Caroline Wozniacki vs Angelique Kerber – 2016 US Open

Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber both advanced to the semifinals at the 2016 US Open. They will for a spot in the final.

Caroline Wozniacki had no trouble on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals from the 2016 US Open. The Dane defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-0, 6-2 thanks in part to the fact that the Latvian had an ankle/foot problem during the match, one that made her uncompetitive. Wozniacki will next face Angelique Kerber in the Grand Slam’s semifinals.

Kerber herself was victorious in the morning/afternoon session on Tuesday. The German faced Roberta Vinci, the 7th seed and a runnerup from a year ago. The final score in that match was 7-5, 6-0. For a time, in the first set, Vinci looked as though she would make a close match of the quarter, however Kerber really bore down late in the first set and carried her momentum through to the second.

On head-to-heads it’s Kerber that has the marginal lead at 7-5. Furthermore, the last time they met, the German defeated the Dane on the hard-court surface at Beijing 2015 6-2, 6-3.

While Wozniacki leads their hard-court head-to-head series it may be important to throw out some of their results. For example, the first time these two players played on tour was in Stockholm in 2008. That’s far too long ago to have any kind of insight as to how the US Open semifinals will go now that each player is in her mid-to-late 20s.

Kerber has only started to play her best tennis in 2016. Her year-to-date achievements already include two victories in Grand Slam semifinal matches. With Wozniacki, her best tennis dates back  to 2010 when she was the World No. 1. She definitely has many highlights since falling from the top, however it’s still not clear where she is right now.

Perhaps the best clue as to how well Wozniacki is playing can be found from her fourth-round result. The Dane defeated Madison Keys quite handily, handing the American a 6-4, 6-3 loss. With the season Keys has had, Wozniacki’s game can be considered Top-10 calibre right now.

However, the two-time US Open finalist still hasn’t beaten anyone in the Top 5 this season. Top 10 isn’t necessarily good enough to beat Kerber right now, not the way the German is playing. The Dane might be in for a run towards the top of women’s tennis again, however I see Kerber as the woman of the moment.

The women’s semifinals are both scheduled for Thursday with the championship match to go on Saturday.

 

Shane Lambert