Saturday, September 11, 2010

US Open Report: Day 12

7th seed Vera Zvonareva made top seed Caroline Wozniacki look like an amateur defeating her in straight sets 6-4 6-3 to reach her second consecutive major final. Zvonareva dictated the match running Wozniacki all over the place and being more steady in the yet again difficult conditions. Wozniacki looked lost out there unable to cope with both the conditions and Zvonareva's strong game play. Wozniacki had a chance to grab the #1 ranking from Serena Williams if she won the tournament, but she has to now make due with the $250,000 bonus cash for winning the US Open series and reaching the semifinals.

No matter what happened in the other match Zvonareva's opponent would be a former no. 1 and 2-time US Open champion. In the blockbuster match between Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams, both ladies went back and forth controlling the game. Clijsters had early breaks in the first two sets only to lose it later. It cost her the first set, but she fought back in the second winning that one in the tie-break where Venus was unable to win a single game on her serve. Clijsters yet again won a early break in the third set, but was broken by Venus soon after. Fortunately, she broke Venus' serve again with an amazing lob enabling her to serve out the match and for her second straight US Open final.

Bob Bryan, who already won the Mixed Doubles title with Liezel Huber yesterday, won another title today this time getting the Men's Doubles title with his twin brother Mike Bryan for their 9th major title, only two away from the great Woodies. They defeated doubles team Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.

Women's Final Preview:
One would think this would be a slam dunk for defending champion Clijsters who has won 20+ straight matches at the US Open especially with her 5-2 edge H2H over her opponent. However, since Clijsters' comeback last year, they met twice and Zvonareva has won both of those meetings, one in Wimbledon and the other in Montreal. Both matches went to three sets with Clijsters getting only two games in the third set of each. With that said, the pressure to perform well again in a Slam final just might get to Zvonareva similar to what happened to her in Wimbledon against Serena this year. So I'll pick mommy Clijsters to lift the trophy and her duaghter Jada once again tomorrow night!

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