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  • August 20, 2019
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- Caroline Wozniacki isnt just back playing tennis. Something
    important about her seems changed. And a lot of it was evident during her 6-0,
    6-2 demolition of Latvias Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday in a quarterfinal
    match that ended Sevastovas giant-killing run through the US Open.Wozniacki
    began by blitzing to wins in the first 10 games of a match that passed the
    50-minute mark before Sevastova, who was fighting an ankle injury that required
    two visits from the trainer, won a solitary game.Even if I had no injury, it
    wouldve been tough to beat her. Caroline played great, Sevastova said.Referring
    to Wozniackis mere five unforced errors compared to the 30 she made, the
    48th-ranked Sevastova added, I think she made no mistakes.Wozniacki moves into
    Thursdays semifinal round opposite Angelique Kerber, who could overtake Serena
    Williams for No. 1 in the world if she wins this tournament. Kerber will find
    that Wozniacki, whose ranking has plunged to No. 74 in part because of an ankle
    injury that forced her to miss three months this year (including the French
    Open), will not be an easy out. She looks nothing like the player who bombed out
    early at the Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.Wozniackis game and
    attitude have more of a serrated edge now, and she says age and suffering some
    hard knocks have a lot to do with it. She used to be the best counterpuncher on
    tour, bar none. But against Sevastova -- and eight-seeded Madison Keys and
    Svetlana Kuznetsova in this tournament before that -- Wozniacki was the
    aggressor. She now comes forward more, cracking hard shots off both her forehand
    and backhand. She kept Sevastova pinned deep behind the baseline, often
    finishing her off with smashes, same as shed done against Keys in the previous
    round.Seeing it on TV is one thing, but I was feeling how deep shes hitting the
    ball and feeling like I cant get on the offense right away, Keys said after
    their match. Its totally different watching and playing.A lot of this feels
    different than when Wozniacki was the top-ranked player in the world for 67
    weeks in 2010 and 2011. She didnt play this assertively or talk with the hint of
    swagger that occasionally slips out now. She constantly had her bona fides
    questioned then -- and even now, at age 26 -- because she still hasnt won a
    Grand Slam title. She made the final here in 2009 but lost to Kim Clijsters and
    was beaten by Williams in the title match two years ago.Until now, Wozniacki
    hadnt been back to a Slam semifinal since.Wozniacki will now admit her desire to
    hang onto the No. 1 ranking and the constant references to the lack of a Slam
    title wore on her, even if she tried to never let it show. She never got sharp
    or refused to answer the same question over and over, but she had a lot more of
    Clijsters in her than Williams, now a close friend but one of the most rapacious
    winners on tour.At times, Wozniacki seemed like shed succeeded Clijsters for the
    title of nicest player on tour -- which is a great thing to be as a human being
    but often has no application to dominating tournaments.So imagine the little
    ripple of surprise Wozniacki caused the other day after shed upset Keys --
    playing some tennis that was almost as immaculate as her win over Sevastova --
    and actually bragged a little, saying, I think it sucks for some of the other
    players to have to play me early in tournaments.On Tuesday, Wozniacki admitted
    she saw Sevastova slip and fall during their match. But she told herself to have
    no sympathy.I think I was just a little extra focused, Wozniacki said. I knew if
    she can still walk and still put weight on it and stuff, then shes obviously
    going to go more for her shots. ... I kept serving well and made her
    run.Sevastova looked nothing like the player who had knocked off French Open
    champ Garbine Muguruza earlier in the tournament. And Wozniacki looked nothing
    like the ball returner whose own father and coach, Piotr, has said used to be
    happy just to make a semifinal.The dream needs to be to win, Piotr told USA
    Today on Sunday.Consider it done, his daughter says.I think when youre a little
    kid and you dont know what anything really means, everybody knows what it means
    to be the best in the world, and everybody knows what it means to be No. 1,
    Wozniacki said Tuesday. That is something Im extremely proud of. ... I mean, how
    crazy is it to say that youre the best in the world at something? Doesnt matter
    if its tennis, football, being a lawyer.So bring on Kerber. Then the
    Williams-Simona Halep winner after that.I still believe and feel like Im one of
    the top players, and grinding my way back, Wozniacki said. Hopefully, I have two
    more matches here.
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    good about the clubs recent play. It worked.
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    . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at
    the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif.
    . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South
    Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also
    Wednesday, Gilles Simon of France beat Donald Young of the United States
    6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4
    and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2.
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    . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of
    them is no longer a rare occurrence.
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    . White came in fourth place in the event. He was the
    two-time defending gold medallist. The gold medal went to Swiss snowboarder
    Iouri Podladtchikov. CLEMSON, S.C. -- Chris Blewitt made a 48-yard field goal
    with six seconds left as Pittsburgh stunned No. 3 Clemson 43-42, spoiling a
    record-setting Saturday for quarterback Deshaun Watson and complicating the
    Tigers path back to the College Football Playoff.It was the biggest win for the
    Panthers (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) since knocking off No. 2 West
    Virginia 13-9 in 2007.Watson threw for an ACC record 580 yards and three
    touchdowns for Clemson (9-1, 6-1). But his third interception gave Pitt the
    chance to crawl back from a 42-34 deficit. After Saleem Brightwells pick and
    70-yard return, James Conner finished the drive with a 20-yard TD run.The
    Panther defense, which gave up 630 yards, rose up when it counted and stopped
    Wayne Gallman short on third and fourth down to take the ball with 58 seconds
    left. Two passes to Scott Orndoff put Pitt within range and Blewitt nailed the
    kick to send the Panthers into a frenzy.Nathan Peterman had a career-best five
    TD passes and 308 yards. Conner rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also
    caught one of Petermans scoring throws.Clemson had its offense going. Gallman
    ran for three TDs and Mike Williams had 15 catches for 202 yards and a
    touchdown.It was Clemsoons first loss at home since 2013 when Florida State, the
    eventual national champions, won 51-14.dddddddddddd It was also the Tigers first
    regular-season loss since November 2014 at Georgia Tech, a run of 23 straight
    games.THE TAKEAWAYPittsburgh: The Panthers showed that coach Pat Narduzzis
    program is taking hold. Peterman stayed calm in the face of Clemsons strong pass
    rush and Conner was able to avoid the Tigers middle duo of Carlos Watkins and
    Dexter Lawrance to keep Pitt moving.Clemson: Many non-Tiger fans will say this
    team had it coming after escaping with close wins at home against No. 5
    Louisville (42-36 on Oct. 1) and North Carolina State (24-17 in overtime on Oct.
    15) after the Wolfpack missed the potential game-winning kick to end regulation.
    Clemsons path is still clear -- win out and hope its one-loss season is better
    than most others.UP NEXTPittsburgh closes the year with two games at home,
    starting with Duke next week.Clemson will try to earn the ACC Atlantic Division
    title with a win at Wake Forest next Saturday.---More AP college football: ' ' '