NHO Cheat Sheet: Wozniacki Gone, But Gets a Jersey

by Nicholas McCarvel

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So Long, Caroline
We’ll see you next year, right? Caroline Wozniacki lost her first full match in six years at the New Haven Open at Yale Friday night (she retired midway through her semifinal match a year ago) in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat at the hands of Simona Halep, who is one of hottest players on tour over the last four months, going 28-5 in 33 matches.

Let’s Just Be Friends
Petra Kvitova led Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 5-0 before relenting a single game against her friend and Czech compatriot. But Zakopalova – to the thrill of the crowd – would win a game to get on the board, going down 6-0, 6-1. “We are good friends,” Kvitova said after the win, though saying she never thought of giving Zakopalova the game. “She could beat anyone the way she was playing,” Zakopalova said after the loss.

Doubles Trouble
Facing a point to go down a set and 5-4, No. 2 doubles duo Anabel Medina Garrigues and Katarina Srebotnik won a long back-and-forth against Liezel Huber and Nuria Llagostera Vives, eventually winning the second set 7-5 and the match in a match tiebreak. That earned them the right to play in Saturday’s final against No. 3 seeds Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie, who secured their championship spot on Thursday night.

A Jersey for Caro
The Yale hockey team, who won the NCAA title last season, presented Wozniacki an honorary jersey after her loss.

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Sarcasm from Petra
After winning three three-set matches in her opening rounds, Kvitova wasted no time in a 6-0, 6-1 effort on Friday. And then tweeted about it, with a smile:

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