Fifth seed, Maria Sharapova suffered a shock fourth round exit at the US Open as Caroline Wozniacki stunned the Russian on a stiflingly hot day at Flushing Meadows.
Wozniacki showed she is back as a force in women’s tennis by knocking out Sharapova 6-4 2-6 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
The last time the Wozniacki beat Sharapova, was at Flushing Meadows at the same stage four years ago, when she was in her best.
Roared on by the majority of spectators on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 2009 finalist looked back to her best as her superb defensive ability proved too much for Sharapova in a pulsating final set.
The Dane said that she feels good and comfortable while playing, adding that the crowd was amazing and it is just so much fun to play again on the big court.
She also said that training to run the New York Marathon in November was aiding her game, adding that she thinks it will help her a lot.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer came from behind to beat Marcel Granollers in four sets and reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.
The five time US Open champion lost a rain-disrupted first set but recovered to win 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1.
In other games decided at Flushing Meadows, Gilles Simon and Spanish fourth seed, David Ferrer, sweated it out under a midday sun, the 26th seeded Frenchman posting the first big surprise in the men’s draw with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 win.
A stormy day finished off with another upset on Arthur Ashe Stadium court as 17-year-old Swiss sensation Belinda Bencic swept past ninth-seeded Serb and former world number one Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (6) 6-3.