What Caroline Wozniacki's Wimbledon Loss to Petra Cetkovska Means for US Open
Caroline Wozniacki's struggles in majors continued as the former No. 1 fell to Petra Cetkovska in the second round at Wimbledon, 6-2, 6-2.
The 28-year-old Cetkovska, who is ranked No. 196 in the WTA, broke Wozniacki four times in the match and won 14 of 15 points at the net. She had 30 winners to Wozniacki's six, and Wozniacki failed in all six of her break-point chances.
Cetkovska advanced past Round 2 for just the second time in her career.
The 22-year-old Wozniacki is still looking for her first major triumph, and she will now have to turn her attention to the U.S. Open (Aug. 26 to Sept. 9) to try and capture one.
If she wants to do that, she will have to make vast improvements compared to her major performances in recent memory. Wozniacki fell in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first Grand Slam event of the year.
That was far better than her second-round, straight-set loss to Bojana Jovanovski at the French Open. However, that result was no surprise, as Wozniacki's game is not well-suited for clay, and she's always struggled at Roland Garros.
Of course, the inconsistent Wozniacki can lose early in any tournament. In 2012, she lost in the first round of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. And she only won four games in her first-round loss to Irina Begu at the U.S. Open last year.
How will Caroline Wozniacki perform at the U.S. Open?
However, the Flushing Meadows courts do suit her better. In 2011, she lost in the semifinals to Serena Williams. She also lost in the semis in 2010, and in the final in 2009.
While her loss at Wimbledon will do nothing to silence her detractors, Wozniacki can't be completely counted out at Flushing Meadows.
Hard courts are arguably her best surface. She doesn't have the power that shines on the grass courts, but she can generate power on returns on hard surfaces. She also covers a lot of ground.
While Wozniacki's hopes of winning a major appear to be dwindling by the day, it is far too early to write her off.
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