Sport in brief: Wozniacki knocked out of US Open in second round

Danish team news ahead of crucial qualifier tonight

Denmark woke up to the news that its tennis darling, Caroline Wozniacki, has been knocked out of the US Open in the second round – and in the cruellest of fashions.

The world number five had four match points to win the match against Czech player Petra Cetkovska, but eventually lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 to the world number 149.

After losing the first set and falling 1-4 behind in the second, the Dane rallied to win six of the next seven games.

But in the end, Cetkovska’s aggression was telling, and she saved all four of the match points with winners, hitting 61 in total compared to Wozniacki’s 23 in a contest that lasted just short of three hours.

As the beaten finalist last year, Wozniacki was defending 1,300 ranking points and is now expected to slide to number seven or eight when the new list comes out following the final.


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