Hot Wozniacki Nears First Slam Title; Venus v. Clijsters Today at US Open
by Staff | September 10th, 2010, 10:54 am
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The US Open women’s semifinal round gets underway this afternoon in Flushing Meadows, New York. Arriving in the final four are defending champion Kim Clijsters, 2009 finalist Caroline Wozniacki, two-time US Open champion Venus Williams and Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva.

The top-seeded and hot-handed Wozniacki is on first at 1:30pm against Zvonareva. The steady Great Dane is on a career-best winning streak of 13 straight matches and she just whipped Zvonareva 63, 62 in the Montreal final last month. Neither player has conceded a set.

“Definitely a match that’s gonna be tough,” Wozniacki said about Zvonareva. “I mean, she’s a really good — she’s playing really well at the moment. She’s playing aggressively, hitting through the ball. Yeah, I’m expecting a match where I really need to play on my best level to win.”

The 30-year-old Venus and Clijsters are scheduled to start not before 3:30pm on Arthur Ashe. Clijsters has won her last 19 matches at the US Open dating all the way back to a 2003 loss to Justine Henin in the final. The two former No. 1s are meeting for a 13th time having split their previous meetings 6-6. But the Belgian has beaten Venus in four straight including in the US Open fourth round last year. She also beat Venus in the Miami final 62, 61 in April.

“I think in some of the previous matches that I’ve played, you know, it obviously — we had some strange matches, as well, I think, last year,” Clijsters said looking ahead to Venus. “But in the third sets, I think a couple of the third sets, it just came down to, yeah, I felt that I was just maybe physically even a little bit stronger than some of those matches, especially here last year. I think, yeah, if I — you know, she’s capable of doing amazing things, and you just have to hang in there and just, you know, push her, and at the same time be aggressive, and, you know, go for shots and try to make her make the errors, as well, by being aggressive. But at the same time, also I’ll have to be ready. I’ll have to be able to move well. I’ll have to retrieve a lot of balls, but at the same time, like I said, be aggressive.”

More tennis notes courtesy of the WTA:

Three of the Top 4 seeds have made it through to SFs for the first time at the US Open since 2006; and the first time at any major since 2009 Wimbledon; it is also the first time since 2009 Wimbledon that the 4 semifinalists have been ranked in Top 10.

Clijsters and Williams are both Grand Slam – and US Open – champions, while Wozniacki and Zvonareva are both Grand Slam runners-up; this is the first time since 2009 Wimbledon that there is no first-time semifinalist in the last four.

Williams and Clijsters are both 2-time US Open champions, Williams in 2000-01 and Clijsters in 2005, 2009; Wozniacki is the only other player to have advanced beyond QF at US Open previously.

Zvonareva is the only player to have already played a Grand Slam SF this year; if she advances to the final, she would become the 2nd player after Serena Williams to advance to 2 Grand Slam finals this year.

Clijsters is on a 19-match winning streak at the US Open, the 6th woman to win 19 or more consecutive matches here in the Open Era.

Williams is playing her 8th US Open SF (4-3 record); only 3 women have reached more than 8 SFs in the Open Era (Evert, Navratilova and Graf).

Wozniacki, Williams, Zvonareva have all advanced to SF without dropping a set. Of these Wozniacki has conceded the fewest games (17) en route; the fewest since Serena Williams dropped 14 in reaching 2002 SF.

There could be a repeat of last year’s final between Clijsters and Wozniacki. The last time that there was a repeat final at the US Open was in 2002 when Serena Williams d. Venus Williams a year after Venus had defeated her in the 2001 final.

Williams has spent the longest on court (7hr, 47 min), Clijsters the shortest at 5h 53min.

Williams is bidding to be the first 30-year-old to reach a Grand Slam final since Mary Pierce at 2005 US Open (RUp); the last player aged 30 or over to win a Grand Slam was Navratilova (33-y-o) at 1990 Wimbledon.

Williams will break the $28m prize money barrier if she reaches SF; Clijsters has passed the $18m prize money barrier here, and Wozniacki $5m; by advancing to SF.

Wozniacki is on a 13-match winning streak heading into SF; only Venus Williams has a longer winning streak in 2010 (15 matches ).

Wozniacki has won a Tour-leading 4 titles this year; Clijsters is the only other player to win 3 or more. Williams has won 2, Zvonareva 1.

Ranking projections:
Following completion of QF at this year’s US Open, the players projected to be ranked in Top 10 are set, but with 4 of the projected Top 8 still competing, the final order cannot be determined as yet.

Serena Williams will hold on to No.1 after the US Open UNLESS Caroline Wozniacki wins the US Open title.

Venus Williams would rise to No.2 if she won US Open, as would Vera Zvonareva, unless she loses to Williams in the final, when she would finish No.3.

Wozniacki could rank between 1 and 4, while Venus could rank between 2 and 4 depending on final results.

Samantha Stosur is projected to remain at No.6, unless Clijsters wins the title, whereby she would drop to No.7.

Francesca Schiavone is projected to stay at No.7, unless Clijsters reaches final whereby she would drop to No.8.

Kim Clijsters is projected to climb to No.8 by reaching SF and to No.7 if she advances to final; if she successfully defends her US Open title, she is projected to rise to No.4 or if she faces Zvonareva in the final No.5.

Elena Dementieva is projected to return to Top 10 after reaching 4r at US Open at No.10; Li Na will drop out of Top 10.


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78 Comments for Hot Wozniacki Nears First Slam Title; Venus v. Clijsters Today at US Open

zola Says:

Wozniacki is playing so well. I hope she can win her first slam.


Ben Pronin Says:

Bryansk take the first set in a tiebreaker. Woot!!


E. Calleja Says:

I think this info is wrong “Kim Clijsters is projected to climb to No.8 by reaching SF and to No.7 if she advances to final; if she successfully defends her US Open title, she is projected to rise to No.4 or if she faces Zvonareva in the final No.5.”

Clijsters is world number 3 how can she rise to 8 etc….


margot Says:

Vera takes the first set, with some attacking tennis and making Caroline move around a lot. Good plan. And us girls are getting lots of glimpses of Vera’s lovely “coach” ;)


jane Says:

Yeah margot – if I had Zvonera’s “coach” I’d be “winning” too. Need a drink of cold watch, excuse me.


jane Says:

Sorry I meant drink of cold water (not watch) but watching is not bad either. ;) Hot Woz may just lose to Zvonareva, as she is now down a set and a break.


margot Says:

Another glimpse of coach jane, more cold water and a borrow of my fan..?;)


jane Says:

The electric fan is blasting already, since first glimpse. Woz might know what the boys like (with her choice of attire), but Vera’s good at keeping us girls happy; I’ll be the first to call her a “lucky loser” should she not come through. ;)


Lefty Says:

Caroline breaks back – yessss!
C’mon the Woz Denmark expects…


i am it Says:

I am supporting Zvonareva just because she is the brain.
Brain over Cute Smile.


i am it Says:

“Vera’s good at keeping us girls happy.”
She is keeping this man happy, too.


Lefty Says:

Caz is looking strangely flat and listless today. The omens are not good. Some more courtside coaching is required me thinks.


i am it Says:

Z-girl would be my type even for a one-day date.


jane Says:

i am it, true, but sometimes Zvonareva’s brain betrays her, and she makes bad decisions. Not too many today though. She’s playing like a winner. It’s starting to get a little dicey in this second set, but even still Vera is keeping her cool and serving amazingly!


margot Says:

Woz’s dress too short, she keeps pulling it down, not a good look. I love Vera, she is so tormented and has had bad injuries, now who does that remind you of?
And of course the sumtuous Sergey….


margot Says:

Lefty, were u “lefty foot” once?


i am it Says:

J., I am talking about her college degree, spending free time in book stores and libraries, and keeping herself informed in social issues, etc.


jane Says:

Oh i am it, lol, I thought you meant on the court. ha ha. That’s very cool; didn’t know that about her! I like her skirt too. : ) I was impressed with Woz in her last two matches, but liking Vera today. I watched that meltdown in Toronto and felt so sad for her. A few too many errors from Zvon since the racquet issues but she’s got the break so as long as she can hold on.


Lefty Says:

Margot

I used to be “Lefty Kick” back in the day.
Now, I am more like a gentle tap :-(

My last chance to fly the flag is slipping away.
First Andy Murray now Caz Woz. Do you know how Laura Robson is doing?


margot Says:

dear oh lord, twitchy racquet fest or what!


margot Says:

lefty kick, yes, I do remember you :) alas, Laura has been sent home too :(


jane Says:

Congrats to Vera, a great match for her; she looks relieved. I hope the final is Kim vs. Vera. Lucky winner! ;)

A good tournament for Woz, with some great moments. Not today though; she was just “off” or flat.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! did not give vera a chance. She played the perfect game against wozniacki. Straight sets win too. Congrats to her. back to back finals..wimbles and now USO.

If she gets Kim in the final she will beat her imo. she has beateh Kim twice since wimbledon.


Kimo Says:

Woz tried to be argressive, but she just doesn’t have the shots to do so.

Congrats to Vera. Great year for her.


margot Says:

dear little Vera wins! Yay! And darling Ginny Wade is commentating for me, double treat, like her v. much. Nice intelligent commentary.
Have not seen Woz play very much, seems to me she moves very, very well but has not much to her game except whacking the ball very, very hard. Or am I horribly misjudging her?


Kimberly Says:

Congrats to vera—all bracket challengers, the tennis channel site generated an automoatic “what-if” sceanrio which combines every possible combination of finalist v. winner from all the remaining men and the draw and gives projected winners in each scenario. It is cool check it out. A lot of different people can win or place high still!

Zvonereva completely outplayed wozniaki and I believe she has beaten clijsters lately. Maybe a good chance to win?


i am it Says:

Congrats to Z-girl for her 2nd consecutive final !
She deserved it ! Go win the title now.

And J, she is a political activist. When no one could do, she presented on WTA’s behalf at a UN sponsored conference, titled something like ethnicity and women representation.


jane Says:

Kimberly, yes I checked out the “what ifs” – some of which seem highly more likely than others. ;)

margot, I thought Woz played excellently against Sharapova, and good in the next round as well, “controlled aggression”, and very consistent serving. However, her tendency is to be too defensive.


tenisbebe Says:

So glad for Vera!! Personally have not jumped on the Woz bandwagon this year and Vera was super nice in Cincy. Gave me one of her K-Swiss visors.


i am it Says:

correction: presented a paper and led floor discussion


jane Says:

i am it, very interesting; I will google it and check into her off the court doings more.

Vera was the more “mature” on the court today, she stayed very focused on the task.

tenisbebe, it must be fun to get close to the players at Cincy.


sar Says:

Bravo Vera. It’s hard to beat the media darling. Go all the way!


margot Says:

Now let’s see what these two old timers can do…..


tenisbebe Says:

Yes it was Jane. Kim and Melanie were definitely more tense than last year, which is understandable. Ana was very nice and happy that her tennis started coming together until that ankle injury. Maria is intense and focused, no palling around with that one.


margot Says:

Hmm, Kim looks much slimmer than Wimbles. Ginny Wade said she doesn’t like practising or the gym, but something’s happened.


sar Says:

I read someplace that Woz hasn’t beaten a top 10 player in 18 months.


margot Says:

I like the way Kim’s started. She’s taking the ball so early and really moving Venus around. Also holding her own with the hard hitting.


margot Says:

uh oh, Venus pounces..


Kimmi Says:

ah kim..bad drop shot on break point


tenisbebe Says:

Margot how you doing? Not meaning bring up sad memories but Martina said something quite telling after Stan beat Murray and I wanted your thoughts. She said that Andy does not seem to embrace the challenge of an opponent outplaying him (a la Nadal and Federer) but instead seems annoyed.


Kimmi Says:

venus looks the more comfortable at the moment. kim needs to win this set or else


margot Says:

tenisbebe: Hi! Nice to see you and your inside comments about tournaments are much appreciated!
Oh Andy, Andy :( what can I say? I think she’s wrong on this one but, if things don’t go his way, or he is not pleased with aspects of his game, all his energy seems to into self-destruct, rather than winning. His opponents must go Whoopee when they see all the negative behaviour that oozes out.
The Andy I saw playing at Toronto was so different from the Andy playing Beefy Boy you’ve got to think WTFs going on. Am in despair:(
Meanwhile Venus playing amazingly well, almost no errors!


margot Says:

Spoke too soon. Here comes Kim!


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmie has moved in closer and is hitting the ball earlier. So different from the pre-Mom Kim who would become nervous and fold in pressure situations.


margot Says:

tenisbebe: Venus looks 2 good!


Kimmi Says:

bad game from kim. venus takes adv and breaks back.


jane Says:

Ugh, was really hoping for Kim! But it’s not looking good for her at the moment. What’s the records between Vera and Venus? Anyone know?


fed is afraid Says:

come on kim!!


jane Says:

Just when I thought Kim was out of it, she comes back. Good for her. Hope this goes 3!!


margot Says:

jane: looks as if kim may take second set. Wind playing havoc with both games. Too bad.


Kimmi Says:

jane

venus/vera H2H is 7-1 adv venus. (venus won the last 6 matches)

kmi/vera H2H is 5-2 adv kim (vera won the last 2 matches)

Kim seem to turn it around now. lets hope it goes to third set


RZ Says:

These WTA stats, in terms of Kim Clijsters projected ranking, must be wrong. How can Kim climb to No. 4 if she is already No. 3?


Kimmi Says:

kim spraying balls..oh no. hold here kim

broken just like that..ah!

she is not looking like the Kim of last year


jane Says:

Let me rephrase that, just when I thought Venus was out of it …


margot Says:

And kim gives Venus a lovely present! jane continue looking up Vera v Venus stats!


jane Says:

Thanks for the stats Kimmi; I think Vera vs. Kim would be a better, i.e., more competitive final, by the sounds of those stats. But it’s not looking very promising at the moment. Kim is making way too many errors, particularly when it matters.


tenisbebe Says:

Not the best tennis from either because of the crappy wind. Why in the hell did they build on that site knowing about the wind issues? Armstrong is much less wind than the enormous Ashe. Ai yi yi. Please let’s have a 3-setter!


Kimmi Says:

uh ho..venus was serving bombs and suddenly 2 double faults


jane Says:

Venus has fallen apart in the tiebreak. Kim needs to serve it out, but she has 5 set points so let’s hope she can get it and force a third – make that 4 set points!


Kimmi Says:

strange tie break. what happened tp venus? Go kim


RZ Says:

Was that the fastest tiebreak in the history of tennis?


Nina Says:

Wow, didn’t expect this one.


tenisbebe Says:

Sigh, have to leave soon to play a match. Check in with y’all later.


jane Says:

See ya later tenisbebe.


Kimberly Says:

its a tough match because of the wind but I still think the quality is overall good. It’s certainly been competitive at least.

Looking like Clijsters going to pull through. Oh well I was rooting for Venus.


jane Says:

These two certainly know how to make a match dramatic! Ahhh… break point. If Venus breaks here, she will win.


jane Says:

She does – double faults and errors, bad ones, from Kim.


Lefty Says:

What a rollercoaster!
Can Clijsters serve it out…


jane Says:

Wow! What a lob – Kim breaks back (with help from Venus’ double fault). I see Serena in the crowd; I read a few weeks back that she has had plastic surgery. Don’t know if it’s true, and I can’t tell, but there were rumours about it on some celebrity sites.


margot Says:

What a see-saw of a match! Now can Kim serve it out? Ginny says she’s not putting any money on it, and nor am I!


jane Says:

Hurray Kim! Good fight from Venus! Fun match, considering the conditions. : ) I think this’ll make for a good final. Hope so.


grendel Says:

” And darling Ginny Wade is commentating for me, double treat, like her v. much. Nice intelligent commentary.” margot, I too very much like Wade. Have you noticed how deferential Rusedski is to her – whereas he is quite patronising to poor Annabelle Croft, who seems slightly afraid of him. Of course, Wade won – is it 3 slams? I love the way she carries it off if she forgets a name, no embarrassment, she just grins a bit, and ploughs on.

I’m not able to watch tennis at the moment, but it sounds like Zvonereva will be meeting the sister she didn’t meet in the Wimbie final – surely a first? Whereas you knew she had no chance against Serena, she certainly has a shot with Venus. I don’t agree with your characterisation of Woz – her play is not flashy but is rather interesting in my view. Zvonereva has always been a terrific player, by far the most complete of the Russians. But she does lack power, so she has the same sort of problem as Hingis, really.


Lefty Says:

Well it’s almost a repeat of the final from last year. Should be a good one.
Well done Kim!


fed is afraid Says:

yes, go kim for uso champion!!


margot Says:

Yes she can and yes she did! Well night folks, bed time here in UK. Good talking to u all! Depending on times of matches, hope 2 c u 2morrow!
jane: everything crossed. :)


Lefty Says:

Yeah, see you all tennis groupies tomorrow for more blood,sweat and tears. Or for me, that’s later today ;-)


grendel Says:

looks like I spoke too soon. Not sure who to support out of Zvonereva/Clijsters – like them both. Well, I’ll be watching the final on Tuesday along with all the other matches. I’m carrying a special electro-magnetic shield which is programmed to repulse any reference to tennis results and to throw a mildly incapacitating bolt of electricity at anyone who so much as mentions Nadal, Djoko, Fed, Kim or Vera. Will be locked up in front of the box all day Tuesday. What if the wrong people win? Will it have been worth it, deleting films and such like from the planner to make space for tennis, thereby causing severe agro in certain quarters? I mean, you do all that, only to be wrapped in gloom for about a week, seems a bit daft. Still, perhaps after all the correct sequence of events will have been recorded, and smug smiles will be the order of the day. Silly, really, isn’t it? I mean what’s it to me, or to you, what some geezer I have never met does with a small, hollow spherical object, employing an implement composed partly of gut from an animal and partly of synthetic material? Well, you gotta pass the time somehow….

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