NEW YORK (AP) — Her lead slipping away, her Achilles tendon hurting, Roberta Vinci reminded herself of all the times she celebrated victories at the U.S. Open.
“It helps me in delicate moments,” the 2015 runner-up said Friday after another win at Flushing Meadows.
“In the end, the head does a lot,” she added. “If you think negatively, it’s hard to get out of tense moments. So I try to think about what I did last year, what I’ve done in other years.”
For another past U.S. Open finalist, this tournament is also a rush of positive thoughts. Caroline Wozniacki, a former top-ranked player, had failed to win any matches at the majors this year when she arrived at Flushing Meadows.
Now she’s into the round of 16 — the first time since January she’s posted three victories at the same event.
“It feels like my back garden and everything feels so familiar,” said Wozniacki, whose ranking is down to No. 74 after a string…