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Last updated at 11:30pm New York time on Friday 10 September. See the latest results and scores below…
The 2010 US Open women’s quarter final main draw singles matches are now complete. Of the 4 seeds that were seeded to win through to the semi finals three of them have lived up to expectations. The semi finals provide the opportunity to play-off for a spot in the 2010 US Open Women’s Singles Final.
No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.2 Kim Clijsters, No.3 Venus Williams and No.7 Vera Zvonareva are all fighting fit and set to fight it out in New York today. Clijsters who is the defending champion and Wozniacki played in the 2009 US Open final and have the chance to have a rematch in this year’s final. Clijsters is pictured above during her quarter final match against No.5 seed Samantha Stosur 2 days ago playing her double handed backhand ground stroke.
All four semi finalists are right handers who use a double handed backhand. All four players have played in a Grand Slam singles final since Wimbledon 2009. Here we take a quick look at some other information and statistics about the 4 semi finalists:
Wozniacki – 20 years old from Denmark. Her current World No.2 ranking is her career best ranking. She is 1.77m tall. Her best Grand Slam results are being a runner-up at the 2009 US Open, her current semi final this year and a quarter finalist at Roland Garros 2010. To get to the semi finals Wozniacki has not lost a set and conceded only 17 games in 5 matches.
Zvonareva – 26 years old from Russia. Her career best ranking is No.5 which she first achieved on February 2 2009. She is 1.72m tall. Her best Grand Slam results are runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon, semi finalist 2010 US Open and 2009 Australian Open and 2003 Roland Garros quarter finalist. To get to the semi finals Zvonareva has not lost a set and conceded a mere 29 games in 5 matches.
Zvonareva is pictured above on September 5 at this year’s US Open just 2 days before her 26th birthday as she is preparing to return serve.
Venus – 30 years old from America. Her career best ranking is World No.1 which she first achieved on February 25 2002. She is 1.85m tall. Her best Grand Slam results are winning 5 Wimbledon singles titles and 2 US Open titles and being a runner-up 7 times; at 2003 Australia Open, 2002 Roland Garros, 2002-03 & 2009 Wimbledon and 1997 & 2002 US Open. To get to the semi finals Venus has managed not to lose a set but has been stretched to a tie-break in 3 of those 10 sets and lost 36 games in total.
Clijsters – 27 years old from Belgium. Her career best ranking is World No.1 which she first achieved on August 11 2003. She is 1.74m tall. Her best Grand Slam results are winning 2 US Open singles titles and being a runner-up 4 times; at 2004 Australia Open, 2001 & 2003 Roland Garros and at the 2003 US Open. The mother of Jada was only the 3rd mum to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open-era of tennis when she won the 2009 US Open as a wild card entrant.
To get to the semi finals Clijsters only lost 14 games in her first 4 matches then lost a set and a further 14 games in her quarter final win over No.5 seed Samantha Stosur to concede a total of 28 games and 1 set in 5 matches.
The Head-to-head match ups for the semi finals:
In the 1st semi final Wozniacki and Zvonareva are tied at 2 wins each, although Wozniacki retired during the 1st set of Zvonareva’s 2nd win. In their last meeting Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2 on the hard courts last month in the final of the 2010 Canadian Open in Montreal. These two played the very dramatic match in the 2009 WTA Tour Finals in Doha, where Wozniacki suffered from severe leg cramps and still won 6-4 in the 3rd set. To see what happened click here -> Wozniacki versus Zvonareva Doha 2009. Zvonareva is having her best year at the same time so this should be a great semi final!
Wozniacki has been on a huge tear of form after her round of 16 loss at Wimbledon. Wozniacki has won 20 matches and only lost 1 up until today’s semi finals in which she won 3 tournaments Copenhagen, the Canadian Open and New Haven. A Wozniacki win at the US Open this year will make her the new World No.1 as her WTA ranking points total will improve to 7,010 versus Serena’s 6,995.
In the 2nd semi final Venus and Clijsters are tied at 6 wins each, although Clijsters has won the last 4 matches in a row and all on hard courts including last year’s round of 16 match at the US Open by 6 games to 4 in the final set. In their last meeting Clijsters won 6-2 6-1 in the final of the 2010 Miami Open.
Venus will be looking for revenge for last year’s US Open defeat, to make her 5th US Open singles final and 15th Grand Slam singles final. Clijsters will be fighting to go up in their personal series 7-6 by keeping her run of wins against Venus in tact in order to make her 7th Grand Slam singles final and 3rd at the US Open. If Venus serves well and can manage to keep her unforced errors down then this could be THE match of the women’s tournament.
The player’s name that is bolded in the semi finals singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Any player whose name is italicised and has her first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the semi 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 semi finals singles draw is:
- (1) Caroline Wozniacki versus Vera Zvonareva (4) Jankovic
- (3) Venus Williams v. (2) Kim Clijsters
The schedule of play for the semi final matches on Friday 10 September is: