Second seed Kim Clijsters only took 59 minutes to defend her US Open title against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia, 6-2, 6-1. Clijsters’ second consecutive US Open win makes her the first woman to accomplish the feat since Venus Williams won two in a row in 2000 and 2001. This latest win is Clijsters’ third US Open in her career.
Clijsters won her first US Open crown in 2005. She missed the 2006 tournament due to an injury. Clijsters also took time away from playing tennis when she got married and decided to start a family. She also missed the 2007 and 2008 US Open.
Clijsters broke serve twice in the first set. She only scored four winners but played well enough to draw 13 unforced errors from Zvonareva. Zvonareva made a total of 24 unforced errors against only 15 by the Clijsters.
The Belgian tennis star was just too much for the Russian finalist. Zvonareva is usually known to be emotional during matches. She kept her emotions in check in previous games, including her upset win over top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals. In her final match against Clijsters, she began losing her temper again and Clijsters capitalized on her shaky performance.
US Open 2010 Women’s Finals Today: Clijsters vs Zvonareva – The US Open 2010 women’s finals will be held today at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, 7:00 PM. It will be a match between number 2 seed Kim Clijsters and number 7 seed Vera Zvonerava.
Clijsters demolished Venus Williams during the Semifinals yesterday in 3 sets. This is the second time in a row that Venus Williams had been eliminated in the US Open.
Here is a brief video highlights of the US Open 2010 game US Open Women’s Singles champion, Kim Clijsters and 2-time US Open champion Venus Williams.
Kim Clijsters will be up against a formidable opponent, Zvonerava who managed to win twice against her in their last two meetings at Wimbledon and Montreal quarters, both in three sets.
With this matchup, analysts are saying that Zvonereva has an edge over Clijsters. In overall rivalry standings, Zvonereva is ahead, 5-2, including a 6-4 in the third-set victory over the Russian back at the 2002 US Open. However, it seems that Clijsters had become the favorite during the US Open 2010 because she had shown a higher level of play and energy compared to Vera. Clijsters had also won the US Open twice already.
The match between the two will surely be a great watch. Meanwhile here are the remaining schedule for the US Open 2010:
Kim Clijsters is one win away from defending her US Open Championship. The Belgian tennis star survived a three-set semifinal match against Venus Williams, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, to set up a title match against 7th seed Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki earlier on Friday to advance as the other US Open finalist. Clijsters extended her winning streak to 20 matces at Flushing Meadows and is looking to repeat as champion, a first after Venus Williams won the US Open titles in 2000 and 2001.
Clijsters overcame a strong first set by Williams to win in three sets. The defending champion was trailing one set when she adjusted her position, moving closer to the baseline. Clijsters played with more consistency as Williams fell into a slump of seven double-faults and 50 unforced errors.
Clijsters has a slight edge, riding on the momentum of a good season. Zvonareva may not be a pushover either as she displayed that she can beat a solid and consistent player in Caroline Wozniacki. We will find out on Saturday if Clijsters keeps her title or Zvonareva makes up for her recent Wimbledon meltdown.
Seventh seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia stunned Danish top seed Caroline Wozniacki in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the US Open finals on Saturday. Wozniacki was on her way to a second straight finals appearance at Flushing Meadows but Zvonareva had other plans.
The hard-hitting Russian pushed Wozniacki to the baseline most of the time, using a deadly combination of power and precision that pushed the 20-year old top seed into a series of errors. Wozniacki has played consistently well prior to the semifinals but it seemed that Zvonareva got her number by dominating from the start.
Zvonareva broke serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead in the first set. She survived two break points in the fourth game to pull away at 3-1. Zvonareva held on to the lead, winning all her three service games to take the first set.
Wozniacki took the first game of the second set but dropped the next two to trail 2-1. The 20-year old top seed then pulled even but Zvonareva took the next two to lead 4-2, serving out to finish the match.
Zvonareva is set to play in her second Grand Slam final after Wimbledon against the winner of the other semifinal match between Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams.
Ana Ivanovic was forced to withdraw from her Cincinnati Open semi-final match with Kim Clijsters. As a result, Kim Clijsters advances to the finals waiting for the winner of the other semi-final match between Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Ivanovic could not continue with a left foot injury in the opening set. She twisted her left foot in the first set and it became apparent when she could not return a serve. Taping the injured foot did not help much as Ivanovic winced in pain.
This is not the first time that the former number one player is injured this season. A right shoulder injury early in the season caused a major setback as she has not reached any final match this year. She was ranked number 62 at the Cincinnati Open.
For Clijsters, this would be the second time that she is making a tennis comeback through the Cincinnati Open in two years. Her first one was after her two-year break from the game to so she could start off with her own family. This time Clisjters is coming off a break from Wimbledon.
Kim Clijsters Wins US Open 2010 Tennis Women’s Finals – Kim Clijsters became the second woman to repeat the US 2010 Women’s Championship since Venus Williams in 2000 and 2001. Clijsters demolished her opponent in the US Open 2010 Women’s Finals, 6-2 and 6-1.
Russian Vera Zvonareva who is seeded number 7 cannot do anything against number 2 seed Kim Clijsters. Looking at the statistics of the match 78% of Clijsters first serve won her the match against Zvonareva who only managed 48%. On second serve win percentage Clijsters also had an edge, 55% to 36%.
Clijsters managed to convert 4 of his 5 break points while Zvonareva managed none on his two breakpoints. Clearly this is a game for Kim Clijsters. Clisjters is the US Open 2010 Women’s Champion 2009 and 2010.
Congratulations to Kim Clijsters!
Meanwhile here is the US Open 2010 Women’s Finals video highlights: