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Far from the 22,000 fans parked into Arthur Ashe Stadium, women's no.1 Caroline Wozniacki found herself relegated to court 13 on Thursday where a little over 500 fans watched her battle 10th seed Andrea Petkovic for a place in the US Open semi-finals. Tuesday and Wednesday's washout and a damp spot on the baseline of Louis Armstrong Stadium was the reason for the ladies being banished to an outside court, and Wozniacki adjusted exceptionally well to the alien conditions romping through the opening set 6-1 in just 27 minutes.
The second set was a completely different kettle of fish with the players trading breaks on three occasions to send the set into a tiebreak. Wozniacki dominated the breaker from start to finish, racing to a 6-3 lead before finally clinching the win on her third match point.
Up next for the young Dane is a resurgent Serena Williams, a 7-5, 6-1 winner earlier in the day against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Williams has beaten Wozniacki in each of their previous two meetings, but those were a couple of years ago, before Caroline became the number 1 player in the world. The youngster will have her work cut out for her against the 3-time former champion, and will go into the match as the underdog, a position that should work to her advantage.
Twenty two year old Angelique Kerber had never been past the 3rd round of a Grand Slam before this fortnight. In fact the world no.92 has had a rather poor year slipping from a career high rank of 45 in January to her present status after losing twice as many matches as she had won coming into the US Open. However, the left-hander from Bremen continued to shock and awe, advancing to the semi-finals on Thursday with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 over the 26th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
The match was not exactly a classic with as many as 16 breaks of serve with both women teeing off with glee on the other's delivery. Pennetta will look back at the match and wonder where she lost it, with the break point conversions at the end of the day the telling difference between the two players. Kerber took 9 of her 15 chances to break the Pennetta serve, while the Italian had a conversion rate under 40%, managing just 7 of 18.
Kerber will next take on the no.9 seed Samantha Stosur in the semi-final, and will need to serve a lot better if she is to pose a serious threat to the Aussie. Stosur is notoriously solid on her serve and will offer few cheap points, but will have to be vary of using her patented kick serve out wide on the ad court, which should sit up nicely on the hard courts right in the hitting zone of the Kerber forehand.
The women's semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday.
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Angelique Kerber(GER) def.  Flavia Pennetta(ITA) 6-4 4-6 6-3
 Caroline Wozniacki(DEN) def.  Andrea Petkovic(GER) 6-1 7-6(5)
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