When doctors assured her that her right knee injury wouldn’t be aggravated by further play, Caroline Wozniacki decided to enter her semifinal against Maria Kirilenko and try to crawl to her fifth-straight New Haven title. However, the 20-0 winning streak was over after the first set, when the Dane, trailing 5-7, realized she had to retire due to the injury she picked up in the second set of her quarterfinal against Dominika Cibulkova.
Wozniacki, confident of her health for the upcoming US Open, tweeted:
Some treatment and ice and I should be all good for the Open next week!
Despite the unlucky circumstances, the New Haven Open will always remain a special tournament for Wozniacki. Plus, last year in New Haven she kissed her boyfriend Rory McIlory in front of the world for the first time.
In the title match, Kirilenko will face Petra Kvitova and will try to repeat the recent Olympic performance, where she beat the Czech 7-6(3) 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Elsewhere, at the Texas Tennis Open, Roberta Vinci defeated Jelena Jankovic 7-5 6-3 in the final and earned her seventh career title. Serving at 5-4 30-15 in the first set, there was a close call which didn’t go Jankovic’s way and, as things often end up with JJ, she lost her nerve and eventually the entire match. En route to the $220,000 title, before Jankovic the third-seeded Vinci double bageled Bojana Jovanovski in the semis, while against Chanelle Scheepers, Polona Hercog and Hsieh Su-Wei she also didn’t drop a set. (photos: sr_cranks, © Neal Trousdale)