US Open 2010 Women’s Singles Finals: Kim Clijsters vs Vera Zvonareva
Defending Champ Kim Clijsters takes on No. 7 seed Vera Zvonareva Saturday night 7:30PM ET September 11th in the 2010 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Finals match.
If winning the U.S. Open ever came down to a popularity contest, Kim Clijsters would be roared to victory every time.
The Belgian mother charmed the New York crowds last year when she celebrated an unlikely victory by fooling around with her infant daughter Jada on the centre court.
Clijsters has won the hearts of the crowds again this year, despite reaching Saturday’s final at the expense of the last American left standing in the singles draw, Venus Williams.
She is sure to be the favourite both the oddsmakers and the spectators in the stands.
She was a finalist at the U.S. Open in 2004 then won the title in 2005. She missed the next three years, first through injury then after taking a break to start a family, before winning on her return in 2009.
Her winning streak now stands at 20 matches and the crowds have been lapping it up. It is as though her fairytale run to the title last year is being played out all over again.
The former world number one knows, however, that sentiment plays no part in professional tennis and her Russian opponent is dangerous, despite never having won a major title.
This year Zvonareva played her first grand slam final at Wimbledon and she has not dropped a set so far at Flushing Meadows. More worryingly for Clijsters, Zvonareva has won their last two clashes, both this year, after losing the first five.
The seventh-seeded Zvonareva is not only one of the most improved players on the women’s tour, she is also one of the smartest. She combines her playing career with studying for a double degree and has learnt her lessons on the court as much as off it.
Although she has won their two most recent clashes, Zvonareva remains wary of the more experienced Clijsters.
UPDATE: Kim Clijsters crushes Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to win her 3rd US Open Women’s Singles Title. The defending champion Belgian overwhelmed the 7th-seeded Russian in a one-sided final Match.
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