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brickhousesupporter
Mar 29th, 2011, 12:32 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=6267091

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- With her dubious No. 1 ranking secure for at least three more weeks, Caroline Wozniacki (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=630)'s taking a break.


Her enforced vacation began Monday when she lost in the fourth round at the Sony Ericsson Open to Andrea Petkovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=735) of Germany, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
"I'm just going to take a few days of rest now," Wozniacki said. "I need that, you know -- maybe on the beach, get some of the tan lines off."
Wozniacki's play paled next to Petkovic's at pivotal moments. Leading 5-4 in the opening set, Wozniacki failed to convert three set points. As the final set slipped away, she angrily kicked at a ball -- and failed to make solid contact.
That was one of her many unforced errors.
The ranking system draws criticism because Wozniacki has been on top for nearly six months, despite never winning a Grand Slam tournament. She'll remain No. 1 through at least April 18, but with Serena and Venus Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=403) skipping Key Biscayne for health reasons, Wozniacki missed a chance to strengthen her claim to the top spot.
"I'm not thinking about that," she said. "Of course I would have loved to have won today, but it didn't happen. I'm not going to dig a hole for myself, or dig a grave. I will just take a few days of rest, and I'm prepared for the clay season."
Petkovic, ranked a career-best 23rd, hit an ace to end the first set and another on match point. She waved her arms as she danced at the net to celebrate her biggest victory.
"It's the Petko Dance," she later said with a smile.
No. 16-seeded Maria Sharapova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=399) scored her first win over a top-five player in more than three years, beating No. 4 Samantha Stosur (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=214) 6-4, 6-1. Sharapova, a two-time runner-up at Key Biscayne, earned a berth in the quarterfinals against No. 26 Alexandra Dulgheru (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=1569).
Two-time champion Roger Federer (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=425) reached the fourth round by beating No. 32 Juan Monaco (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=352) 7-6 (4), 6-4. Federer, who slipped to third in the rankings last week, hit 31 winners and had only 20 unforced errors.
Wozniacki is tied for the tour lead in victories this year, and she earned her 14th career title a week ago at Indian Wells. But she has little history of success at Key Biscayne, where she has yet to reach the semifinals.
Content as always to stay behind the baseline, she doggedly battled Petkovic on a warm afternoon for 2˝ hours. But Wozniacki converted only five of 17 break-point opportunities.
"I had so many chances in my first set," she said. "I had set points and I didn't take them. Then the energy level dropped a little bit, and I lost."
Petkovic became the first German woman to reach the tournament's quarterfinals since Anke Huber in 2001. She'll next face No. 6 Jelena Jankovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=312), who beat Anabel Medina Garrigues (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=396) 6-1, 6-3.
Petkovic attributed her upset win to tactics -- she varied the pace and occasionally charged forward.


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"It was not like I played unbelievable," she said. "It was more that I was able to stick to my game plan and I was playing clever. Most players think they can overpower Caroline. I think that's the wrong approach, because she's going to bring each ball back, so I tried to mix it up a little bit. Thankfully it worked."
The Petko Dance dates to last year, when she unveiled it after beating Nadia Petrova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=371) in the first round of the U.S. Open.
"I wanted to get rid of it after the Open, but the fans said like, `Hey, we are just coming to see the dance, and you're not doing it anymore.' So I brought it back. But this is definitely the last tournament where it's going to happen, and then I'm moving on to something else."
There was no Sharapova Dance, but lots of fist-waggling from the three-time Grand Slam champion. Her trademark shriek accompanied almost every shot, and the decibel level rose as she closed out the win.
Sharapova has lost only 12 games in three matches after missing Key Biscayne in 2008-10 because of injuries.
"Since I haven't played here in so many years, I feel like I owe it to my fans to play many matches here," she told the crowd with a laugh.
She improved to 7-0 against Stosur, who was the French Open runner-up last year but is just 9-8 -- all on hardcourts -- in 2011.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

I am not a Wozniaki fan, but the shade that Associated Press are throwing her way is rediculous. Can you spot all the shadey comments?

Jorn
Mar 29th, 2011, 12:41 PM
I can't see what the Williams sis have to do you her at No. 1 even a Wimby and US Open wins won't get them near No. 1...

tea
Mar 29th, 2011, 12:44 PM
WTF is this Associated Press? I bet some local American agency that says what their audience prefer to hear: "if our Serena and Venus were playing...." Ewww. Classless. I call for a boycott this Ass.Press.:( Instead I prefer Danish press news that kman and others are regularly sharing with us.:yeah:

Svetlana)))
Mar 29th, 2011, 12:54 PM
Dubious #1 ranking :hysteric:

brickhousesupporter
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:04 PM
WTF is this Associated Press? I bet some local American agency that says what their audience prefer to hear: "if our Serena and Venus were playing...." Ewww. Classless. I call for a boycott this Ass.Press.:( Instead I prefer Danish press news that kman and others are regularly sharing with us.:yeah:
You sound like someone who thinks that Foxnews is fair and balance, because they are saying what you want to hear.

brickhousesupporter
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:06 PM
As the final set slipped away, she angrily kicked at a ball -- and failed to make solid contact.
That was one of her many unforced errors.

This is my favorite line.....

DefyingGravity
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:39 PM
Ouch....but you have to expect it. If you're #1 without Slams, which is what casual audiences tend to lean towards as a defining achievement, you're gonna get hounded. Look at Safina. She was #1 from April to nearly the end of the year in 2009, right? As the months continued, the press was more harsh.

News media tends to employ serious tennis fans to write for the casual tennis fan, who doesn't care how solid Wozniacki's game plan is or the difficulty of sustaining such a gameplan. All they care about is why hasn't she won one of the four tournaments we're watching on ESPN that pop up in sports bars sometimes.

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:43 PM
WTF is this Associated Press? I bet some local American agency that says what their audience prefer to hear: "if our Serena and Venus were playing...." Ewww. Classless. I call for a boycott this Ass.Press.:( Instead I prefer Danish press news that kman and others are regularly sharing with us.:yeah:

:weirdo: are you serious?

MaBaker
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:57 PM
she angrily kicked at a ball -- and failed to make solid contact.
That was one of her many unforced errors.
lol
:weirdo: are you serious?
Hi

http://i55.tinypic.com/23jpruo.gif

Brena
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:07 PM
WTF is this Associated Press? I bet some local American agency that says what their audience prefer to hear: "if our Serena and Venus were playing...." Ewww. Classless. I call for a boycott this Ass.Press.:( Instead I prefer Danish press news that kman and others are regularly sharing with us.:yeah:

Read next week in KmanPress: ''Imelda Marcos Says: Wozniacki Is the Best (And So Are Her Shoes)''

GoofyDuck
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Read next week in KmanPress: ''Imelda Marcos Says: Wozniacki Is the Best (And So Are Her Shoes)''

:haha:

Young 8
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:28 PM
WTF is this Associated Press? I bet some local American agency that says what their audience prefer to hear



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Alejandrawrrr
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:40 PM
As the final set slipped away, she angrily kicked at a ball -- and failed to make solid contact.
That was one of her many unforced errors.

:lol::worship:

2moretogo
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:41 PM
Article written for page views and comments obviously. Words such as dubious, putting the Williams sisters in there, ignoring the things that went on in the match and instead taking valuable page space to talk about some silly dance. Tennis journalism is so sensational you'd think there were only 5 tournaments played a year over 2 months by some of these articles.

égalité
Mar 29th, 2011, 03:22 PM
WTF is this Associated Press? I bet some local American agency that says what their audience prefer to hear:

LMAO :hysteric: :hysteric: :hysteric:

brickhousesupporter
Mar 30th, 2011, 04:29 AM
I think everyone should see the shade that the local American agency is throwing at Caroline.

njnetswill
Mar 30th, 2011, 05:19 AM
I'm pretty sure tea was being sarcastic...