Monday, 5 September 2011

Williams and Wozniacki confront former major winners

 Updated at: 0940 PST, Monday, September 05, 2011
Williams and Wozniacki confront former major winners
 

NEW YORK: American Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki both face former grand slam title winners at the U.S. Open on Monday as the last major of the year enters the second week.

Williams will play Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, while Wozniacki meets Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has won both the U.S. and French Open singles titles.

Williams and Wozniacki are overwhelming favourites to win their fourth round matches and eventually clash in the semi-finals but neither player is taking anything for granted.

Wozniacki, the current world number one, said she was expecting a tough battle against Kuznetsova.

"I haven't thought about how I'd play her," said the Dane. "She's a tough competitor. She can play very aggressive.

"It's a match that definitely would need me to play on my
best."

Novak Djokovic has been almost invincible this year, losing just two matches all season and winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles along the way.

The Serbian has not dropped a set in his first three matches and is brimming with confidence ahead of his fourth round clash with Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.

Roger Federer dropped a set in his last match against Croatia's Marin Cilic but was happy just to get past a tough and experienced opponent. (Reuters)

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