NEW YORK—Painful to watch.
That’s the only way to describe Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-0, 6-2 annihilation of Anastasija Sevastova at the U.S. Open, one of the most lopsided Grand Slam quarterfinal matches in recent memory.
Both players came into Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night with something to prove. Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up and former world No. 1, has fallen to 74th in the rankings. Sevastova, ranked 48th, retired in 2013 and stunned Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta en route to the quarterfinals.
Nobody expected either of these women to be here.
The first game of the match went to deuce, and it appeared early on that we were in for a long, back-and-forth battle between two determined women aiming to turn their careers around. It wouldn’t turn out that way.
Wozniacki broke Sevastova in the first game, and in the ensuing game the Latvian rolled her ankle on the first point. The 26-year-old received medical treatment, had her ankle taped up and ultimately decided to go back on court.