Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Teen dreams at US Open (Caroline Wozniacki)

Melanie Oudin hits centre court again in the next chapter of her Cinderella story when the 17-year-old American takes on Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the quarter-finals of the US Open.Oudin, who has captivated Flushing Meadows crowds with an electric run past a battery of Russian favourites, will match her gritty groundstroke game against 19-year-old Wozniacki under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The teenagers are the opening act of Wednesdayss night programme that closes day 10 with five-times champion Roger Federer taking on Robin Soderling for a semi-final spot.Top seed Federer has been down this Grand Slam road before, beating the 12th-seeded Swede this year on his way to the French Open and Wimbledon titles.The day matches set up the other semi-finalists in the top half of the draw.Fourth seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the 2007 runner-up to Federer, plays 10th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium will be up against Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko in a quarter-final match-up of unseeded players.Sugiyama to goAway from New York, Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama says she is likely to retire at the end of this tennis season.Sugiyama, 34, has indicated the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo later this month will be her last in a 17-year career in which her singles ranking rose to a high of eighth in the world."I am normally the type that can picture what the near future holds but to be honest at this moment in time I can't see myself competing next season," Sugiyama told Kyodo news.Sugiyama won six WTA tour singles titles plus doubles titles at all the Grand Slam events except the Australian Open, where she reached the final this year

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