Zvonareva in to second straight slam final
Originally published on: 11/09/10 10:32
Russia’s Vera Zvonareva reached her second successive grand slam final with a comprehensive victory over top seed Caroline Wozniacki at the US Open.
Zvonareva dominated the day’s first semi-final from the outset on Arthur Ashe Stadium to grab a 6-4 6-3 win in one hour and 25 minutes.
The seventh seed, who lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final earlier this year, will face defending champion Kim Clijsters in the final.
“It was a tough match, Caroline was here in the finals last year and she’s a great player,” said Zvonareva. “It was very difficult for both of us with the wind but I think I was patient and aggressive like in the previous matches.
“It was a great experience for me at Wimbledon but I think it’s in the past, I’m trying to look forward at the moment and am just enjoying this day, my win. I will think about the match later.”
Wozniacki had not dropped a set en route to the semi-finals – losing only 17 games in total, but was immediately in trouble against the Russian, saving two break points in the opening game of the match.
The 20-year-old Dane, beaten by Clijsters in the final 12 months ago, was unable to dig her way out of a a similar hole in her next service game, however, and Zvonareva served superbly throughout the opening set to take it in 45 minutes.
The characteristically steady Wozniacki comitted far more unforced errors than usual – 31 in total by the end of the match – and although she initially recovered from a break down early in the second set, Zvonareva broke in the next game as well for a 3-2 lead.
The 26-year-old from Moscow had more trouble with broken strings than Wozniacki’s game, and a fourth break of Wozniacki’s serve sealed a well-deserved victory.