— It is turning out to be the relationship that gives engagements a bad name. First, golf star
Then, Wozniacki starts a run of success just before
And now this. In front of a packed house in
Sharapova was seeded fifth, five spots better than Wozniacki, and was favored to win not only because she has won five Grand Slam tournaments and a career slam, but because she has been playing effective and determined tennis of late.
But Wozniacki, the Danish star who was No. 1 in the world for much of 2010 and '11 before her ranking slipped to No. 18 after the 2013 Indian Wells event — her lowest since '08 — prevailed, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
The weather conditions were difficult, to say the least. The WTA tour has a mandatory break after the second set if weather conditions are bad enough to be dangerous to the players' health. It was used this time.
"It was humid. It was hot," said Wozniacki, who is training to run the New York Marathon. "I had to change my dress. That rarely happens. I was just soaked."
Sharapova was asked if training for a marathon might have helped Wozniacki be in the kind of shape it took to win Sunday.
"I can only speak for myself," she said. "If I was getting ready for a marathon, it wouldn't help me."
The closest Wozniacki has come to a major title was 2009, when she lost in the final here to
"I'm serving well, I'm running well," she said. "I'm staying aggressive when I have to, and I make the right decisions at the right moment. And I enjoy playing."
The usual thinly veiled Rory question was asked near the end of her news conference, and she replied, "To be honest, I don't think that's a relevant question.…What's happening off the court is not relevant."
Her quarterfinal opponent will be
Despite an hour and a half rain delay,
The second-seeded superstar began against Spain's
"The biggest difference was the wind," Federer said. "It was quite windy when we got out. When we came back, basically, it was gone. So, obviously was Granollers.
For both players, as it was with Federer, the weather was the issue.
Ferrer acknowledged that the humidity and sun were "not easy" for him.
Added Simon: "I never sweat like this in the last 10 years."