US Open 2010 Semifinals: Vera Zvonareva beats Caroline Wozniacki, advances to Finals

US OPEN Tennis 2010US Open 2010 Semifinals: Caroline Wozniacki vs Vera Zvonareva Live Video Stream

Top-seed Caroline Wozniacki will play against 7th-seed Vera Zvonareva for a spot in the Women’s Singles Finals. The match will be played today at 1:30 pm ET Friday, September 10, 2010 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, New York.

Wozniacki, promoted to the top seed this year because of the absence of world number one Serena, made the final against Clijsters in 2009 but is a more confident player now.

The 20-year-old won three lead-up events last month to finish as the leading point scorer in the U.S. hard court series. If she wins the US Open 2010, she will collect a bonus cash prize of $1 million and replace Serena atop the world rankings.

The Dane has sailed through her matches without dropping a set and developed a killer’s instinct to finish off her opponents quickly.

In her way stands Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals and then the winner of the match between the woman who beat her in last year’s final, Kim Clijsters, and twice former champion Venus Williams.

The pair have played each other just four times before, all in the last two seasons, splitting them two apiece.

Zvonareva, six years older than Wozniacki, has taken longer to hit her straps and will be appearing in her first US Open semi-final, but the 7th-seeded Russian is now flush with confidence after reaching the Wimbledon final in July.

UPDATE: Zvonareva tops Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 in US Open semis

Vera Zvonareva reached her second straight Grand Slam final, defeating top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on Friday.

The 20-year-old Wozniacki had made her first major final at Flushing Meadows in 2009 and had been dominant in her run this year. She lost just 17 games in advancing to the semifinals, the fewest since Serena Williams dropped 14 in 2002.

But Zvonareva knocked her off rhythm with powerful serves and assertive play. The seventh-seeded Russian had five aces, and she won 70 percent of points on her first serve and 13 of 17 points at the net.

Zvonareva will play for the title against the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between past U.S. Open champions Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Zvonareva rarely seemed flustered by Wozniacki’s knack for returning virtually every shot—and by the strings that broke on three of her rackets.

Wozniacki had an uncharacteristic 31 unforced errors, the wind again making for difficult play at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Dane had been riding a 13-match winning streak and led the tour with 31 victories on hard courts this year.

Zvonareva, who turned 26 on Tuesday, had never been past the fourth round at the U.S. Open before this year. She lost to Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 in her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July.

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