BY INNOCENT AMOMOH
Caroline Wozniacki said Thursday’s defeat to Petra Cetkovska in a third round game at the US Open left her frustrated.
The Czech became the highest seed to fall in the upset-filled women’s draw as she was stunned by the Dane 6-4 5-7 7-6(1) at Flushing Meadows.
The former world number one admitted her 149th ranked 30-year-old conqueror played well, but blamed herself for not taking her chances.
“She played well. I let her play well. She had nothing to lose and went for her shot. It could have gone my way. I’m just frustrated with the match. Not playing my best level, but still being so close, still having my chances, not closing it out. That hurts. That really hurts,” said the 25-year-old two-time US Open finalist.
Cetkovska, who has tumbled to a 149th ranking after missing seven months with a hip injury before returning in March, was delighted by her memorable win.
“I said it’s now or never, so I just went for it. It’s just amazing. So happy to be able to be back and to compete,” said Cetkovska, who will play Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, a straight sets winner over Romanian Monica Niculescu.
“Those first months it was extremely difficult. Every day I was asking myself if I will be able to play tennis again, to play on such a big stadium, to play such a big match and win it. So for me, it’s just an amazing feeling,’ she told reuters.