Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Caroline Wozniacki landed in her second U.S. Open final on Friday when China’s Peng Shuai was forced to retire from their semifinal match on another hot day in New York City.
The 10th-seeded former world No. 1 star Wozniacki was leading the unseeded Peng 7-6 (7-1), 4-3 (30-40) when the Chinese player left the court due to some obvious discomfort in her lower body. According to the rules, Peng should not have been allowed to leave the court in the middle of a game, and should have been allowed only 90 seconds to press on.
Ten minutes elapsed in between points before Peng was ready to continue at Ashe, but once again Peng would succumb to severe leg cramp pain, sitting down on the court before it was announced that she would be unable to continue on Day 12 of the fortnight.
The admirable Peng exited Ashe on a wheelchair, as the 2009 Open runner-up Wozniacki offered some melancholy applause for her Chinese counterpart.
Wozniacki’s opponent in Sunday’s lucrative final will be top-seeded American great Serena Williams or 17th-seeded Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova. Williams owns 17 Grand Slam titles, including five at the U.S. Open. The reigning two-time champ beat Victoria Azarenka in the last two finals at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The resurgent 24-year-old Wozniacki will appear in her second career Grand Slam final, both in Flushing. The Dane is 22-13 in her career WTA finals overall, including a win in Istanbul in July.
Wozniacki improved to 2-2 in her career U.S. Open semis, having reached the final four here four of the last six years.