Canada 2010 Women’s Semi Finals

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Last updated 23 August at 6pm in Canada. Play was been suspended again due to rain with Wozniacki leading 2 games to love in the 1st set against Kuznetsova in the 1st semi final. The semi finals were both played at 10am on Monday with the final scheduled for 1:30pm in Montreal. See the results below…

The 2010 Canadian Open women’s main draw singles quarter final matches are now complete. All 4 semi finalists are seeded players with the highest ranked player being World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki. Now there will be a first time winner of the Canadian Open, who will prevail?

OCA will keep you updated with all of the semi final results as matches are completed, right here on this post. Tune in as both semi finals are set to be very competitive matches. The 4 semi finalists will be fighting for a major title and to earn as many WTA ranking points as they can in the heated battle to qualify for the all-important WTA Tour Finals.

In the first quarter final match No.11 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated the unseeded Zheng Jie for the 6th straight time to keep her perfect record against Zheng. The 25 year old Kuznetsova from Russia won 6-1 6-3 to continue her improved form over the past few weeks. Kuznetsova has now achieved her best result in Canada after making 3 straight quarter finals from 2006 to 2008.

Kuznetsova is a former World No.2 and dual Grand Slam singles champion (US Open 2004 and 2009 Roland Garros) and next plays current World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki for a spot in the Women’s Singles Final. These two are tied at 2 wins each with Wozniacki winning their last meeting by 7 points to 3 in a final set tie-break at the 2009 US Open.

In the second quarter final match another Russian, No.8 seed Vera Zvonareva won her 2nd match in a row this year against No.5 seed Kim Clijsters and again came back from losing the 1st set AND trailing in the 2nd set. The 25 year old Zvonareva won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and now trails Clijsters 2-5 in their head to head battles.

Zvonareva is pictured above just before making contact with the ball for this double handed backhand ground stroke. The former World No.5 has equalled her best result in Canada by making the semi finals just as she did in 2004.

The 1.72m runner-up at Wimbledon this year next plays Victoria Azarenka for a spot in the Rogers Cup Women’s Singles Final. Zvonareva holds a 4-2 advantage over Azarenka in their previous encounters, however after winning the first 4 matches and 9 sets against the Belarusian, Zvonareva has lost both matches that they have played this year. Azarenka won both matches on hard courts, first at the Australian Open and then at the Dubai Open.

In the third quarter final match of the day 20 year old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark took revenge against her conqueror at Roland Garros this year, Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-2. Wozniacki recorded her first win against the 2010 Roland Garros women’s singles champion to move to 1-2 in their series of head to head clashes.

The 1.77m Wozniacki is the youngest player left in the draw and has achieved her best result in Canada by a long way as she had not won a main draw singles match until this year. Wozniacki only earned 1 ranking point here last year, so will make large gains on Serena this week.

The 2009 US Open singles runner-up could very well be the next World No.1 especially since Serena Williams announced yesterday that she will be unable to play the US Open this year because her right foot has not healed enough since having surgery. Serena made the semi finals at the US Open last year so will lose 900 WTA ranking points from her rankings point total for not playing this year.

In the last quarter final match of the day 21 year old Victoria Azarenka recorded her 5th straight victory and 3rd victory this year over No.17 seed Marion Bartoli to keep her perfect record over the 2007 Wimbledon singles runner-up.

Azarenka’s career high ranking is No.6 which she may eclipse in the next few months as her results for the latter part of 2009 were under par for this rising star.

The 1.8m Azarenka won 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) and saved triple set point in the 2nd set to equal her best result at the Canadian Open  by making the semi finals. Azarenka made the semi finals here in 2008 and will be looking for a spot in her 3rd major WTA tournament final. Azarenka won the 2009 Miami Open and was a runner-up at the 2010 Dubai Open.

The player’s name that is bolded in the semi final 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.

The 2010 Rogers Cup in Canada semi final draw is:

  1. (1) Jankovic (10) Victoria Azarenka versus (8) Vera Zvonareva (5) Clijsters
  2. (4) Dementieva (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova v. (2) Caroline Wozniacki
  1. The order of play for Day 9 – Saturday 21 August is:
  1. 3pm on Court Central Kuznetsova lost to Wozniacki 2-6 3-6
  2. 7pm on Court Central Azarenka lost to Zvonareva 6-7 (6-8), 0-1 retired

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