NHO Cheat Sheet: Caro Chases 5th, Petra’s Lucky 29

by Nicholas McCarvel

Petra’s Stunning Stat

She’s one of tennis’ biggest hitters, but who knew that she was its marathon woman, too? Petra Kvitova won 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Thursday, marking the third straight three-setter she’s played at the New Haven Open at Yale this year. But the defending champ has an even more unique stat to her name: she’s played 29 three-setters this season, the most of any top 100 player. The defending champion’s victory over the Russian moved her record to 18-11 in those matches. Might she need a couple more to repeat in New Haven? Maybe. Meanwhile, watch her relax – and crack herself up – in a hilarious ‘Would you rather?’ video above.

Six for Six and a Fifth for Caro?
Want to make Caroline Wozniacki feel old? Just bring up her accomplishments here in New Haven. The Dane is into her sixth semifinal in six appearances at the Connecticut Tennis Center. But can she win a fifth trophy? “I’ve got two more tough matches to do it,” she said Thursday night.

Knocking on the Door
Two semifinalists – Petra and Caroline – might be household names for many fans, but their opponents Friday probably are not. Yet Simona Halep and Klara Zakopalova are respected in tennis circles, Halep having gone on quite the run this season with three WTA titles to her name and a whopping 27-5 record since early May. Zakopalova, a journeywoman of sorts, is ranked No. 33 in the world and is perhaps best known for her three-set scare against eventual champion Maria Sharapova at the French Open last year – the only player to take a set off Maria that tournament.

Smiles from Caro
23-1? Not bad, Caro. She’s all smiles with a wave to the crowd (in stadium and at home) and into her sixth straight New Haven semifinal.

Caro wave

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