Last updated at 10:20pm New York time on Wednesday 8 September. See the latest results and scores below…
The 2010 US Open women’s round of 16 main draw singles matches are now complete. Of the 8 seeds that were seeded to win through to the quarter finals six of them lived up to expectations. Only No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic and No.8 seed Li Na being were upset earlier in the draw. Jankovic was the runner-up at the US Open in 2008 and Li Na made the US Open quarter finals last year.
The remaining 6 of the Top 7 seeds will be in action over the next 2 days as they contend for a spot in the semi finals, which provides the opportunity to play-off for a spot in the 2010 US Open Women’s Singles Final. Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Samantha Stosur, Francesca Schiavone and Vera Zvonareva are joined by No.31 seed Kaia Kanepi and the unseeded Dominika Cibulkova (pictured above).
The first quarter final match to be played today is between 2010 Roland Garros singles champion Francesca Schiavone and the only remaining American Venus Williams. Their last two battles were both earlier this year and have gone the distance with Venus coming back to win in 3 sets after losing the first set, both at the Australian Open and the Madrid Open.
Both Venus and Schiavone are 30 years old; in fact Venus is just 6 days older than Schiavone. However, the difference in height is substantial, Venus is 1.85m whilst Schiavone is 1.66m. Schiavone is having the best year of her career and will be hoping that it is 3rd time lucky this year against the dual US Open singles champion. Schiavone seems to be in better physical condition and is due for a win against Venus.
Venus leads 7-0 in their previous meetings so will have the pressure of being expected to win weighing on her mind. The former World No.1 made the round of 16 last year before being knocked out by eventual champion Kim Clijsters 6-4 in the final set. The 5-time Wimbledon champion will be focused and determined to set up a possible rematch with Clijsters and to close in on a possible 8th Grand Slam singles title.
The second quarter final match to be played today is between 2010 Roland Garros runner-up Samantha Stosur and defending champion Kim Clijsters. Their last match was the closest match to date with Clijsters moving to 3-0 in their head-to-head encounters with a 6-3 7-5 win in the quarter finals at the Miami Open this year.
The 26 year old Stosur is having the best year of career and has already achieved her best ever result at the US Open by making the quarter finals. The 1.72m Australian previous best was twice making it to the 2nd round. Stosur is the first Australian woman to make the US Open quarter finals for 26 years! Stosur has defeated numerous players that she had never beaten before during 2010. Will Clijsters be her next victim?
The 27 year old Clijsters has won the US Open singles title in each of the last 2 years that she has played and is now on a hat-trick. The former World No.1 has made it back to World No.3 just over one year into her comeback from retirement.
The 1.74m Clijsters was a runner-up in a Grand Slam singles finals on 4 occasions before winning the 2005 US Open (Australian Open 2004, Roland Garros 2001 & 03 and 2003 US Open). Clijsters will be doing her best to improve that ratio to 3-4 over the next 5 days, whereas Stosur will be working hard to go one step further than she did at Roland Garros this year.
The third quarter final match to be played tomorrow is between 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva and No.31 seed Kaia Kanepi who is playing in her second straight Grand Slam quarter final. The 25 year old Kanepi from Estonia was painfully close to winning through to the Wimbledon semi finals before losing 8-6 in the final set.
The 1.81m right hander will be hellbent on making progressing further this time after knocking out No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic and No.15 seed Yanina Wickmayer thus far to record her career best result at the US Open. Kanepi has never played Zvonareva before which could prove to be an advantage over her more experienced opponent.
The 1.72m Zvonareva also recorded her career best result at the US Open by making the quarter finals. Zvonareva has now made the quarter finals or better at all 4 Grand Slams and turns 26 today. Everything is happening for the Russian who could also set a new career high ranking.
The fourth quarter final match to be played tomorrow is between No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki who was a runner-up at the US Open last year and the only remaining unseeded player Dominika Cibulkova. The 21 year old Cibulkova from Slovakia is pictured above at this year’s US Open just after making contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke.
The 1.61m Cibulkova defeated the 20 year old Wozniacki in their first match in Beijing in 2007 but since then the 1.77m Wozniacki from Denmark has won 4 matches in a row witthout dropping a set against Cibulkova including their last match right before the US Open 6-4 6-1 in New Haven where Wozniacki won the tournament. The pressure will be on Wozniacki to win and Cibulkova has been through to a Grand Slam semi final already at Roland Garros in 2009 making it a pressure match for Wozniacki.
The player’s name that is bolded in the quarter finals singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Any player whose name is italicised and has his first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the quarter finals. For further details about the women’s event you can visit -> US Open 2010 Women’s Schedule of Play.
The 2010 US Open women’s quarter finals singles draw is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki versus Dominika Cibulkova (8) Li
- (4) Jankovic (31) Kaia Kanepi v. (7) Vera Zvonareva
- (6) Francesca Schiavone v. (3) Venus Williams
- (5) Samantha Stosur v. (2) Kim Clijsters
The schedule of play for the quarter final matches on Tuesday 7 September is: