New York:Carolina Wozniacki moved into her first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer on Saturday at the US Open, using her speed and steady play to overcome an early break in the final set.
"It's a dream come true to play the finals of a Grand Slam, and now I'm here," a beaming Wozniacki said. "So I mean, I have absolutely nothing to lose."
The No. 9-seeded Wozniacki converted six of 11 breakpoint chances in the matchup of emerging 19-year-olds and will play Kim Clijsters on Sunday for the title. Clijsters, the 2005 champion, advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Serena Williams.
Wozniacki, a native of Odense, Denmark, covered her mouth after Wickmayer's forehand landed wide on the final point, and nearly broke down as she approached the net. She won the final four games of the match as Wickmayer struggled with her groundstrokes.
"She made not any mistakes," said Wickmayer, who committed 40 unforced errors to 14 for Wozniacki. "She just kept bringing the ball back and back. ... She was really fast."
Caroline Wozniacki warmed up a couple times, read a book and talked to her friends and family as she waited for her US Open semifinal to start Saturday. She even managed to take a nap.
A long weather delay, and a marquee matchup on the US Open's main court, set up a surreal scene at Armstrong Stadium, with a sparse crowd of about 500 in the stands at the start of the semifinal. After the prematch music stopped and before Wozniacki and Wickmayer walked through the tunnel, a concerned fan shouted "Quick, before it rains again."
Wozniacki walked to the net after the first point to complain to the chair umpire about the slick surface, and play was stopped for about 10 minutes while a light drizzle fell.
With the players waiting under umbrellas in their courtside chairs, a man shouted nervously "It's my wife's birthday," and the crowd responded with a cheery rendition of "Happy Birthday." A boy moved to the front row to yell "I love you Caroline," before sheepishly returning to his chair.
"Yeah, I smiled," Wozniacki said. "I mean, what else can I do?"
Wozniacki dominated Wickmayer when play resumed, breaking her four times and closing out the set when the Belgian dumped a volley into the net.
Wickmayer went ahead 3-2 with a break early in the second set but couldn't keep it up as Wozniacki turned up the pressure, setting up the match with Clijsters.
"We're both fighters," Wozniacki said. "We want to win. We want to, you know, win this Grand Slam, and it's going to be a tough match."