Third seed and four-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semifinals of the New Haven Open at Yale with a 6-2 6-1 victory over sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova, but the Dane’s future at her perfect tournament could be affected by a sharp pain in her right knee that troubled her during the quarterfinal.
However, Wozniacki was not the only one affected by the injury, Cibulkova was also distracted by it, especially by Wozniacki calling the physio during Cibulkova’s service game:
I was paying too much attention to her. When you ask for a physio like this, I was serving, it was my game, it was during the game, it doesn’t happen often. When you do it, it has to be serious. You really either cannot move or you cannot continue or something like that.
Should Wozniacki give up the chance to become only the fourth WTA to win five consecutive titles at a single tournament in order to save herself for the US Open? There still are no news on her decision, but she did say that risking a long-term injury is not an option.
If Wozniacki decides to play on Friday and possibly improve to 21-0 at New Haven, seventh seed Maria Kirilenko, who defeated Olga Govortsova in the quarters, will be her opponent.
The other semifinal at the New Haven Open features seed No.2 Petra Kvitova, whose 6-3 6-3 quarterfinal victory over eighth seed Lucie Safarova established her as a US Open Series winner, and seed No.4 Sara Errani, who defeated fifth seed Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-2. Kvitova now has a chance to get a $1 million bonus at the US Open.
At the Texas Tennis Open, Jelena Jankovic is still progressing and now she’s in the final with a 7-5 6-4 win over qualifier Casey Dellacqua. Unfortunately, there will not be an all-Serbian final, as Bojana Jovanovski was double bageled by Roberta Vinci in the semis. Interestingly, this month in Montreal, Vinci double bageled another Serb – former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic. (quote via Yahoo, photo: © Neal Trousdale)