What might have been? Caroline Wozniacki served for a spot in the semifinals but let her match with good friend Agnieszka Radwanska slip away, the Pole winning 3-6 7-3 6-2. Petra Kvitova can now take the world No. 1 ranking by winning the Apia International Sydney. Women’s semifinals are slated for 2 pm on Friday.
Radwanska, the world No. 8 needed three sets and well over two hours to defeat the top-seeded Wozniacki in a hard-fought 3-6 7-5 6-2 victory.
World No. 2 Kvitova will dethrone Wozniacki as the world’s top player if she wins this event.
Wozniacki, who was on course to meet Kvitova in the final, will have to hope her rival is defeated before the Czech lifts the trophy.
It looked business as usual after the Dane cruised through the first set 6-3, but Radwanska found her groove in the topsy-turvy second set.
She scored the early break to race to 4-1 lead but Wozniacki quickly broke back to nullify the advantage and eventually bring games level at 4-4.
Wozniacki broke the Pole again to take the lead for the first time in the second set at 5-4 and give herself the chance to serve it out.
Radwanska, however, determined to keep herself in the match, broke right back to go to 5-5 and won her next service game for a 6-5 lead.
The next game proved the turning point of the match with Radwanska eventually breaking the Dane, needing four set points to wrap it 7-5 and force a decider.
Radwanska seemed to have the momentum in the third set, breaking the top seed who had an injury time-out for a troublesome wrist during the set, to go 5-2 up.
Wozniacki stepped up to serve but Radwanska, who could see the finish line, brought up three match points on the Dane’s serve.
She only needed one to wrap up the match 6-2 in the final set.
Radwanska will meet world No.3 Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in a semi-final on Thursday, while China’s Li Na will do battle with the second-ranked Kvitova for a spot in the final.