As predicted here at OnCourt Advantage the Belgian is a player to watch as she cuts her way up the rankings. Kim Clijsters defeated the 12th seed – Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-3 in the 1st round and beat Patty Schnyder 6-2 7-5 in the 2nd round. Clijsters then upset 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Next up in the quarter finals, Dinara Safina ended Clijsters run 6-2 7-5.
Comeback Kim earned 200 WTA ranking points. As of 17 August 2009, 250 women have more than 200 WTA points, therefore, Clijsters be No.251. However, Kim needs to earn WTA ranking points in 2 more tournaments before she can be added to the WTA Tour ranking list.
In another quarter final, 14th seed Flavia Pennetta built on her victory over No.3 Venus Williams in the previous round by defeating unseeded Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3.
The No.8 seed from Denmark – Caroline Wozniacki was beaten in the 3rd quarter final by Elena Dementieva, 6-2 6-1. Dementieva showed her strong form in defeating a young player with a bright future Romanian, Sorana Cirstea.
No.5 seed Jelena Jankovic beat the unseeded Sybille Bammer 6-0 6-3 to press through to the semi-finals. Bammer recorded a great victory over No.2 Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 in the previous round to earn her place in the quarter finals.
At Cincinnati Jankovic revealed a strong message she lived by and one that everyone can learn from: “You got to keep feeding your mind with positive things and words and just keep pushing yourself to the limits.”
In the semi-finals Safina handed out a 6-2 6-0 defeat to late bloomer, the 27 year old Italian Pennetta, to book her spot in a WTA Tour final for the 8th time this year.
Pennetta is the first Italian woman in WTA rankings history to earn a ranking in the world’s Top 10. Pennetta has won 2 titles in a row prior to this semi-final result to boast a 15 wins to 1 loss record in her past 3 events.
The match of the tournament was the semi-final between Dementieva and Jankovic. Jankovic had 3 match points at 40-0 whilst serving at 5-4 in the final set. Dementieva played aggressively to win the next 5 points in a row.
Dementieva took a 6-2 lead in the final set tie-break to hold 4 consecutive match points. Jankovic eventually won 7-6 (7-2), 0-6, 7-6 (8-6) in 2 hours and 46 minutes. This win, self talk and positivity propelled Jelena on to post a 6-4 6-2 victory over Safina in the final.
Safina now has 3 wins to 5 losses this year in WTA Tour finals. The Russian collected $175,000 US dollars and 550 ranking points. Meanwhile Jankovic won $350,000 US dollars and 800 ranking points.
Pictured above is Jankovic in Cincinnati, really driving straight out through a backhand ground stroke just like she is driving her mind into career best form.
The US Open main draw starts on August 31. Follow last year’s US Open finalist, Jankovic, together with Dementieva and Safina as they race to be a first time Grand Slam singles champion.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Jim Courier. Courier was born on 17 August in 1970. The American won 4 Grand Slam singles titles: 2 French Open titles in 1991 & 1992 and 2 Australian Open crowns in 1992 & 1993. He achieved his highest career ranking of No.1 on 20 February, 1992.
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