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U.S. Open: Caroline Wozniacki wins in 3 hours, 2 minutes

September 5, 2011 |  8:54 pm


In a match both mesmerizing and maddening, top-seeded and top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki beat 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1, in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, a match that lasted 3 hours 2 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Kuznetsova committed 78 unforced errors yet somehow led Wozniacki, the 21-year-old Dane who was a finalist here two years ago, by a set and 4-1. But Wozniacki, whose No. 1 ranking gets questioned because she has never won a major championship, said she had one mind-set.

"I had to keep playing, keep playing every point."

Kuznetsova was always the aggressor but the effort also cost the 26-year-old Russian, who took a long break after losing the second set.

"I think one of my strengths is that I never give up," Wozniacki said. "I felt like I could play another two or three sets."


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-- Diane Pucin, reporting from New York

Photo: Caroline Wozniacki stretches to hit a backhand during her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday night at the U.S. Open. Credit: Andrew Gombert / EPA