Unseeded Petra Kvitova absolutely obliterated No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, upsetting the No. 3 seed 6-2, 6-0 in only 46 minutes on Court 2.
The two had the same number of unforced errors (11), but the extremely passive Wozniacki was only able to hit four winners to Kvitova’s 23.
On the back of that lack of aggression, Wozniacki only won five total points in the second set, an absolutely embarrassing statistic for any player, much less a top five player facing an unseeded opponent.
This sort of loss is exactly the sort of vulnerability that has made me skeptical of Wozniacki’s credentials as a top player. If Wozniacki comes across an aggressive player who is playing well, Wozniacki will lose every time. The inconsistency of the WTA is such that this scenario doesn’t happen as often as it should, but when it does it can be ugly to watch.
No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was unable to play consistent enough tennis to oust Wozniacki in the previous round, but Kvitova made no mistake whatsoever in routing the best player in the history of Denmark.
Kvitova faces the winner of Kaia Kanepi and Klara Zakopalova in the quarterfinal of the extremely open second quarter of the draw. If it is Kanepi who makes it through, it would be the second time Kvitova has played her in the second week of a grand slam. A bizarre factoid for two players as anonymous as Kvitova and Kanepi, to be sure.