Caroline Wozniacki won broken three times in the US Open semifinal against Peng Shuai and even though she broke back each time to stay in the competition what determined the winner after of this grueling match were severe cramps that hit the Chinese.
The first to draw blood after a steady battle including six holds was Peng who broke Woziacki’s serve to lead 4-3. But the Chinese’s advantage was short-lived as Wozniacki broke back right away by winning the 22-shot rally when Peng’s forehand got long. It was actually Peng’s first loss of serve after a stretch of 40 straight holds! Yet again at 5-5 Peng broke Wozniacki and history repeated itself when Woz broke back while Peng was serving for the set and then raced through the tiebreak.
The second set was a real drama. For the third time in this match Peng broke and gave away the lead right afterwards. From 2-0 down, Wozniacki won four straight games. Peng then held to get closer, 3-4, and the drama started. Severe cramps got Peng to her knees and no determination could help her finish the match. Wozniacki won 7-6(1) 4-3.
Wozniacki is now awaiting the winner of the match between Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova. (photo: Jimmie48)