The Asian Age

Shara­pova knocked out by Woz­ni­acki at US Open 2014

- BOPANNA- SRE­BOT­NIK IN QUARTERS

New York, Sept. 1: Maria Shara­pova was knocked out of the US Open by Caro­line Woz­ni­acki on Sun­day, leav­ing the women’s draw with just two of its top eight seeds while Roger Fed­erer made the most of heavy rain to make the last- 16.

Five- time Grand Slam cham­pion Shara­pova — the 2006 ti­tle win­ner in New York — was de­feated by Dan­ish 10th seed Woz­ni­acki with the 2009 run­ner- up claim­ing a de­served 6- 4, 2- 6, 6- 2 tri­umph on a steamy Arthur Ashe Sta­dium court to reach the quar­ter- fi­nals.

Shara­pova, look­ing to add this year’s US Open ti­tle to her French Open win in June, was un­done by 43 un­forced er­rors and eight dou­ble faults.

The hot and hu­mid con­di­tions were so pun­ish­ing that the play­ers were granted a heat break in the locker room be­fore the third set, and when they re­turned to the court Woz­ni­acki wasted lit­tle time, break­ing Shara­pova to love in the fourth game for a 3- 1 lead.

She broke the Rus­sian su­per­star again in the fi­nal game to seal the vic­tory and a chance to play 13th- seeded Ital­ian Sara Er­rani for a semi- fi­nal berth.

Er­rani ended the mag­i­cal run of 32- year- old Croa­t­ian qual­i­fier Mir­jana Lu­cic- Ba­roni 6- 3, 2- 6, 6- 0.

“It means so much to me,” said Woz­ni­acki, who reached the semi- fi­nals in 2010 and 2011 but hadn’t been past the third round at Flush­ing Mead­ows the last two years.

“It’s been a bit up and down for me this sea­son,” she added.

“To win to­day against a cham­pion like Maria is an un­be­liev­able feel­ing.”

The de­par­ture of fifth­seeded Shara­pova leaves just two of the women’s top eight left — world num­ber one and two- time de­fend­ing cham­pion Serena Wil­liams and sev­enth- seeded Cana­dian Eu­ge­nie Bouchard. “I thought she played re­ally well.

S h e made me hit a lot of b a l l s . T h a t ’ s al­ways been her strength. But she did ex­tremely well to­day. She’s a great re­triever, es­pe­cially in th­ese types of con­di­tions. I just felt like I maybe went for a lit­tle too much,” said Shara­pova.

Five- time cham­pion Fed­erer sat out a two- hour break for tor­ren­tial rain to race into the fourth round.

The sec­ond- seeded Swiss, the cham­pion be­tween 2004- 2008, came back from a set down to de­feat Spain’s Mar­cel Gra­nollers 4- 6, 6- 1, 6- 1, 6- 1 by rac­ing away with 20 of the last 24 games of the match which had been in­ter­rupted due to rain and the threat of light­ning.

Fed­erer, bid­ding to be­come the old­est Grand Slam cham­pion in more than 40 years, clinched his 70th win at the tour­na­ment on the back of 57 win­ners and 13 aces.

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year- old had strug­gled in the first set where he slipped to 2- 5 down against the world num­ber 42 be­fore he grasped wel­come respite in the locker room to sit out the storm. In­dia’s Ro­han Bopanna and his Slove­nian part­ner Ka­t­rina Sre­bot­nik sailed into the mixed dou­bles quar­ter- fi­nals after de­feat­ing the Span­ish- South African pair­ing of An­abel Me­d­ina Gar­rigues and Raven Klaasen 6- 3, 6- 4 in a contest which lasted an hour and five min­utes.

The quar­ter- fi­nals will have an In­dian on both ends of the court as Bopanna and Sre­bot­nik will square off against top seeds Sania Mirza and her Brazil­lian part­ner Bruno Soares.

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— Agen­cies
— AP ?? Den­mark’s Caro­line Woz­ni­acki cel­e­brates her 6- 4, 2- 6, 6- 2 win over Maria Shara­pova of Rus­sia in their US Open women’s sin­gles pre- quar­ter- fi­nals. For­mer cham­pion Maria Shara­pova re­acts after los­ing a point on Sun­day.
— AFP — Agen­cies — AP Den­mark’s Caro­line Woz­ni­acki cel­e­brates her 6- 4, 2- 6, 6- 2 win over Maria Shara­pova of Rus­sia in their US Open women’s sin­gles pre- quar­ter- fi­nals. For­mer cham­pion Maria Shara­pova re­acts after los­ing a point on Sun­day.

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