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The 27 year old Kim Clijsters of Belgium is reaching new heights having won her 3rd US Open singles title in exactly 1 hour 6-2 6-1 against Vera Zvonareva who has been the runner-up in 2 straight Grand Slam singles finals this year, just a few minutes ago in New York.
The match began at 8:25pm under the lights in the Arthur Ashe Stadium making it the only Grand Slam singles final in both men’s and women’s tennis to be played at night. The 1.74m Clijsters has now won 3 Grand Slam singles titles and all from the past 3 US Open tournaments that she has entered. The former World No.1 improved to 6-2 against Zvonareva after losing to her twice this year including in the Wimbledon quarter finals.
Today Clijsters was too good and consoled Zvonareva on her 2nd Grand Slam final loss in which she was unable to play anywhere near her best by reminding her that Clijsters herself lost the first 4 Grand Slam singles finals that she contested before winning her first final at the 2005 US Open. Clijsters was a runner-up at the 2001 & 2003 Roland Garros, then at the 2003 US Open and the 2004 Australia Open.
More details about the final to follow ASAP. In terms of rankings the following are the latest details and the first place anywhere that you can find out about what will happen to the WTA rankings when they are updated at midnight on Sunday in the USA.
Last year Zvonareva earned 280 WTA ranking points for making the round of 16 whereas this year who best ever US Open performances earned her a place in the final without dropping a set and 1, 400 WTA ranking points, which means her current total will improve by 1,120 point making her new total 5,550. Zvonareva has deservedly earned a new career best ranking of No.4.
Clijsters will drop 2 places in the world rankings to No.5 because she has now won back-to-back US Open’s. Clijsters could not improve her ranking points total because she won the maximum of 2,000 points for winning a Grand Slam singles title just as she did in 2009 when she won in her 3rd tournament in her comeback from retirement as a wild card entrant.
Despite being beaten by Clijsters in the semi finals Venus takes Clijsters spot at No.3 and Zvonareva also beaten by Clijsters in the final moves ahead of Clijsters as well by 225 points. Clijsters only played 1 tournament for the remainder of 2009 after winning the US Open and lost in the 2nd round by 8 points to 6 against in the final set tie-break to Patty Schnyder in Luxembourg to collect just 30 points. This means that Clijsters has huge scope for building her ranking points total for the rest of 2010.
The current No.2 Caroline Wozniacki loses 500 points because she was the runner-up at the 2009 US Open and this year was beaten one round earlier in the semi finals by Zvonareva. Therefore, Wozniacki’s total will drop from 6,410 by 500 points to 5,910 as the runner-up earns 1,400 points whereas the semi finalists earn 900 points.
Current World No.1 Serena Williams has 7,895 points but loses 900 points to drop to 6,995 because she was injured and did not play at the US Open to earn any points in 2010. Elder sister Venus Williams improves from 5,176 to 5,796 as she lost in the round of 16 in 2009 and earned 280 points versus making the semi finals this year earning an extra 620 points.
The major tournaments coming up are Japan Open in Tokyo, the China Open in Beijing and the WTA Tour Finals in Doha where ONLY the best 8 players in 2010 qualify and play-off for the World No.1 ranking which could still go to anyone of 8 women. The Top 5 women below plus Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone. So follow women’s tennis here for the rest of the year to see who becomes the WTA Tour Champion for 2010!
The Top 5 WTA rankings as at Monday 13 September will be:
- Serena Williams 6,995
- Caroline Wozniacki 5,910
- Venus Williams 5,796
- Vera Zvonareva 5,550
- Kim Clijsters 5,325
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