China Open 2010 Women’s Singles Final Preview

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Last updated on October 11 at 9:47pm in Beijing. The final has been postponed to the same time tomorrow due to persistent rain…see the final result below…

The 2010 China Open women’s singles semi final matches were completed yesterday. Today the Women’s Singles Final will be played on the Lotus Court at 7:30pm local time in Beijing between No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki and No.2 seed Vera Zvonareva. We will keep you updated here at OCA by updating the score as the final progresses tonight.

The China Open is the fourth and final WTA Premier Mandatory tournament in 2010, which means it is one of the MAJOR tournaments each year. The China Open has 4.5 million US dollars in prize money and is held at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre, which was built especially for the 2008 Beijing Olympics National Tennis Centre on Deco Turf hard courts. This year is the 11th straight year for this tournament and only the second as a Premier Mandatory category event.

In the first semi final the 1.72m Zvonareva met the 1.72m Li Na in their 7th match against each other with the past 6 matches split at 3 wins each. The 26 year old Zvonareva of Russia needed to win to achieve her career best performance in Beijing, whilst the 28 year old Li of China achieved her best in Beijing by making the semi finals this year.

The match went for 1 hours and 12 minutes with Zvonareva breaking her opponent’s serve 6 times from 8 break point opportunities to Li breaking 3 times from 5 chances to prevail 6-3 6-3 over the No.9 seed.

Zvonareva (pronounced zvon-ah-RAY-vah) is pictured above during the 2010 US Open looking very focused. Zvonareva will be playing the WTA Tour Finals for the 4th time (also in 2004, 2008 and 2009) after only playing as an alternate last year she has the chance to gain a lot of points making her within reach of achieving the World No.1 ranking.

In the second semi final the 1.77m Wozniacki met the 1.7m Shahar Peer in their 5th match against each other Peer won the last meeting earlier this year at the Dubai Open and Wozniacki won the 3 in a row in the 12 months prior to that.

The match went for 1 hour and 19 minutes with Wozniacki breaking her opponent’s serve 6 times from 11 break point opportunities. The No.15 seed Peer broke a perfect 3 times from 3 chances and saved 6 set points in the first set to fight back from 2-5 to 5 games all before losing 7-5 6-2. The 23 year old from Israel achieved her career best result in Beijing by making it to the quarter finals and by making the semis may achieve a new career best ranking on Monday.

The 20 year old Wozniacki of Denmark achieved her best result in Beijing by winning her first ever match at this tournament and now has the chance to win her 6th WTA Tour tournament this year from her 7th final in 2010.

Zvonareva and Wozniacki have played each other 5 times and all in the past 18 months. Zvonareva won the 1st match, 3rd and the most recent meeting, which was in the US Open semi finals so leads 3-2. Make sure you watch this match between the two form players on the WTA Tour as both players are having the best year of their careers and are set to play a high level competitive match. Either woman could end the year ranked No.1 so a lot is at stake.

Wozniacki won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 4 minutes to win a WTA Tour high 6th singles title in 2010.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for full coverage of every Grand Slam tournament and every major women’s and men’s tennis tournament on the WTA Tour and ATP Tours. Click this link for further details about the China Open including the schedule of play -> China Open 2010: October 1-10.

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