NEW YORK – Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.
Maria Sharapova couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years.
The season for me has been a little bit up and down, she said in quite an understatement, and it’s so nice to kind of start feeling like I’m playing the way I want to.
Because of the heat, the players received a 10-minute break before the final set; Sharapova returned to the court late, arguing with the chair umpire after receiving a time violation warning. Perhaps sensing that she was fresher than the five-time major champion, Wozniacki later complained that Sharapova was dawdling between points.
Sharapova’s tardiness seemed to swing the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd’s support squarely in Wozniacki’s favor. When the 10th-seeded Dane broke Sharapova at love to go up 3-1 in the final set, she got a standing ovation from the fans and waved her arms to egg them on. Sharapova had appeared to hit a winner three times on that game’s final point only for Wozniacki to chase down the ball. Finally, Sharapova put a volley into the net.
She’s very good at getting a lot of balls back and making you hit another one, Sharapova said. In the end, I went for a little too much.
Sharapova’s loss leaves No. 1 Serena Williams as the only woman remaining of the top six.
About a half-hour after Wozniacki finished her match, play was halted because of thunderstorms with second-seeded Roger Federer down a break in the first set to Marcel Granollers.
Federer acknowledged the two-hour delay helped him regroup. While Granollers won the first set, Federer dominated the rest of the way, winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
Unlike the women’s draw, the men’s side didn’t lose a top-10 player until Sunday, when fourth-seeded David Ferrer was upset by Gilles Simon in the third round. Simon won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to set up a meeting with 14th-seeded Marin Cilic, who beat Kevin Anderson. Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych swept 62nd-ranked Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Wozniacki will next face 13th-seeded Sara Errani, who ended the run of qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 victory.