Wozniacki who was the tournament’s sixth seed, lost yesterday to unseeded Camila Giorgi of Italy who is ranked 136th in the world. The score was 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in favor of the previously unknown challenger.
The US Open is one of four so-called Grand Slam tournaments, which also includes the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon.
The slumping Wozniacki, the girlfriend of PGA star Rory McIlroy, lost to 196th ranked Petra Cetkovska at Wimbledon.
According to Sports Illustrated, “It was a star-making turn for the 21-year-old Giorgi, who played with unabashed aggression to keep Wozniacki on her heels through most of the match. The Italian hit 46 winners to 45 unforced errors, while Wozniacki hit just 13 winners to 27 unforced errors.”
When asked about her upset victory over Wozniacki and the tactics she used, Giorgi said “This helps a lot to my confidence, and I hope to stay like this for the last week…When the ball came, just hit the ball in the corners.”
Giorgi will go up against Roberta Vinci in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday.
The Bleacher Report explains that Wozniacki, the 2009 US Open runner-up, has encountered a tough go in Grand Slam tournaments:
“This is an discouraging result for Wozniacki, who was knocked out in the second round of the French Open and Wimbledon in 2013. More significantly, she’s reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event in just one of her past seven tries. That includes a first-round exit at the 2012 U.S. Open and Wimbledon. With that being said, Wozniacki has experienced a great deal at the U.S. Open, reaching the finals in 2009 and semifinals in both 2010 and 2011. Still just 23, the Dane has time to reach her world-class potential, but patience is running thin, and the label of a bust is being placed upon her.”
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