Caroline Wozniacki is in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park after overcoming Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets after Rafa Nadal was forced to retire with injury in the deciding set against Marin Cilic
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Wozniacki speaks: “I knew it wasn’t going to be that easy,” she says. “A lot of games in the first set were quite close, but I was proud that I managed to stay cool. She [Suarez Navarro] improved in the second set and made me step back to the baseline. I stepped a bit closer to the baseline in the third set and I feel had a little more energy in the end.” On Elise Mertens, her semi-final opponent, she says “she’s had an amazing start to the year. It’s gonna be a tough one.”
Wozniacki found another gear in that final set just when she needed it – and she’ll need it again in her semi-final when she goes in search of her first appearance in the final at Melbourne and, of course, that elusive slam.
Third set: Wozniacki* 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 Suárez Navarro (*denotes server) Wozniacki rounds off an impressive performance by securing victory with some comfort. A bit of late-80s pop nostalgia with Mental as Anything’s Live It Up played on the PA serenades the players back on court. Wozniacki begins with another excellent first serve, that enables an easy one-two and a 15-0 lead. Another two errors from her opponent takes the Dane to three match points. She squanders the first of them with a netted forehand after a long rally and some more focused returning from Suarez Navarro, but secures her place in the semi-finals when the Spaniard overhits from the back of the court again. Wozniacki raises her arms – she’s in the last four, and it’s 1.39am local time.
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