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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, usually the one
wearing down opponents in the third
set, sure couldn t keep up on a steamy
Sunday at the US Open. Wozniacki
won 6--4, 2--6, 6--2 in two hours, 37
minutes to get back to her first Grand
Slam quarterfinal in more than two
years---and get back in the headlines
for reasons other than her personal life.
"It s been an up and down year for
me," Wozniacki said in quite the under-
With the fifth-seeded Sharapova s
loss, No 1 Serena Williams is the only
woman left in the top six.
Because of the heat, the players were
given a ten-minute break before the
final set; Sharapova returned to the
court late, arguing with the chair umpire
after receiving a time violation warning.
Sensing that she was fresher than the
five-time major champion, Wozniacki
later complained that Sharapova was
dawdling between points.
Her tardiness seemed to swing the
Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd s support
squarely in Wozniacki s favour. When
the tenth-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.
Wozniacki s defensive style is faulted
as the reason that the former top-
ranked player has made only one major
final. But it worked to perfection as
Sharapova wilted. On the last point of
that game, Sharapova appeared to hit
a winner three times only for Wozniacki
to somehow chase down the ball.
Sharapova finally hit a volley into the
net to end the rally.
Wozniacki broke her again to end
the match. About a half-hour later, play
was halted at Flushing Meadows
because of thunderstorms in the area.
As a 19-year-old, Wozniacki made
the 2009 US Open final, losing to Kim
Clijsters, and reached No 1 in the world
the next year. Since then, she was best
known for getting engaged to star golfer
Rory McIlroy---then getting dumped in
late May after wedding invitations had
Wozniacki lost in the first round at
the French Open soon thereafter and
was upset in the fourth round at Wim-
bledon. She had been playing much
better since, though, winning her first
title in nine months at Istanbul then
dropping a pair of three-set matches
Meanwhile, Wozniacki announced a
month ago she planned to run the New
York City Marathon on November 2,
somehow squeezing in training during
a busy fall season. Seems to be working
out well mentally and physically on the
Unlike the women s draw, the men s
side didn t lose a top-ten 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
Wozniacki will next face 13th-seeded
Sara Errani, who ended the run of qual-
ifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni with a 6--3,
2--6, 6--0 victory.
US OPEN SCENE
NEW YORK---Novak Djokovic
used some of his spotlight as the
world s top tennis player to let
another light shine.
Djokovic, who often stays during
the US Open at the home of friend
Gordon Uehling, ended his post-
match news conference Saturday
by inviting Uehling s nine-year-
old daughter up to the lectern next
"If you don t mind, this is a
first-time experience for my dear
friend, Zia," Djokovic told reporters
after his straight-set victory over
Sam Querrey. "She s a musician.
She s a prodigy, a future star and
this is a very valuable experience
for her. So please do ask one ques-
"What instrument do you
play?" a reporter asked. Guitar,
"Are you writing music and the
lyrics?" She is.
"Can you sing a song for us?"
Then, as Djokovic sat with a
smile on his face, little Zia belted
out a tune she wrote and dedicated
to the people of Africa, called
When she finished, Djokovic
wrapped her in a bear hug and a
group of reporters gathered around
the young singer.
Djokovic gives singer spotlight
He s not telling but maybe his
slick, jet-black, Cary Grant hair
style will speak for itself.
"It s got a Twitter account, so
it actually does more speaking
than I probably do," said the fifth-
seeded Raonic, who acknowl-
edges he follows @milos-
Raonic s hair, already the subject
of much discussion on tour, got a
new spritz of publicity Saturday
when CBS tennis analyst John
McEnroe commented how even
gale-force winds wouldn t muss
Raonic s lid, asking, "Does any
piece of his hair ever go out of
"It s not really a secret ... just
the right product," Raonic said
after his straight-set victory over
Victor Estrella Burgos.
Given the opportunity at his
news conference, the big-serving
Canadian declined to plug the
product, and perhaps pick up a
new endorsement contract.
"Maybe I will," he said, "but I m
not necessarily chasing one at the
The secret of Raonic's perfect hair
at US Open
Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova, of
Russia, during the fourth round of the 2014 US Open tennis tournament,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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