This was not the time for victory for the Williams sister in tennis. Just like what her sister Serena Williams suffered, Venus Williams was also eliminated from Wimbledon 2011 after losing to Tsvetana Pironkova in Round 4 in the two straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Accordingly, this was the first time since 2006 that both of the Williams sisters were eliminated from Wimbledon and did not reach the quarterfinals.
The elimination of the two Williams sisters occurred almost simultaneously. Venus Williams lost from Tsvetana Pironkova and was eliminated from Wimbledon 2011, with less than two hours after her younger sister Serena lost from Marion Bartoli.
Venus Williams also suffered the same fate of injuries just like her sister Serena. She also had an injury and was forced to withdraw from the 2011 Australian Open during the second game of her third round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany.
At the end of the game, Venus Williams insisted that her sister’s lost had not in anyway contributed to her own downfall saying: “My loss today was my own doing. I just didn’t put the ball in the court, simple as that.”
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.
Venus Williams seems to be the last person distracted by her flambuoyant tennis outfit. Venus defeated Francesca Schiavone, 7-6 (5), 6-4, despite nine double faults. So much hype was built around her flashy tennis dresses but third seeded Venus just let her game take over to advance to the semifinals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
The last time Venus played in a US Open semifinal match was in 2007. She has won seven Grand Slams that include the 2000 and 2001 US Open titles. It has been eight years since she last played in a title match at Flushing Meadows.
Her recent win was not an easy one against the reigning French Open champ but she has proven that there is more to Venus Williams than her “distracting” tennis outfits.
Venus is the only American player left in the Grand Slam tourney. Fellow American Sam Querrey lost a five set match to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in men’s tennis earlier.
Caroline Wozniacki did everything right on Monday to defeat Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4, advancing to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows. Wozniacki needed an almost perfect game to frustrate 2006 U.S. Open champion Sharapova into committing unforced errors.
Wozniacki is last year’s U.S. Open runner-up, losing to Kim Clijsters in the finals. She is the tournament top-seed and she is certainly living up to expectations up to this point.
Maria Sharapova’s attempt at making it to the U.S. Open quarterfinals since winning the 2006 edition has come to an end with her loss to Wozniacki. Sharapova posed some challenges but her 36 unforced errors compared to 10 for Wozniacki did her in. Wozniacki showed more consistency while Sharapova tried to force winners that did not pay off.
Wozniacki next plays No. 45 Dominika Cubulkova, who won over No. 11 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 7-6 (4) earlier in the day.
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.
Just as what has been destined for him to be, the unstoppable Nadal just proved to everyone that he’s the king of the tennis court. He never let Tomas Berdych overpower him by winning in all straight sets 6-3 7-5 6-4.
His win in the Wimbledon this year marks his 8th Wimbledon championship title. He wasn’t able to defend his title last due to injury but then again, this year he’s back for his revenge.
“To have my hands on this trophy again is more than a dream for me,” Nadal told BBC Sport as he reflected on his two hour 13 minute victory on Centre Court.
He faced Czech Berdych who defeated Nadal’s arch-rival Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and dispatched world number three Novak Djokovic.
“He was really good. He was so strong. The biggest difference between us was that when he got a chance he just took it,” Berdych told gathered reporters. BBC
He has indeed shown to the world that he rules the Tennis world.
Rafael Nadal just defeated Fernando Verdasco in two straight sets at a score of 6-0, 6-1 to win the Monte Carlo Masters Finals for the sixth straight year and end his title drought. It was an all-Spanish match and Nadal’s last grandslam was during the Rome Masters 2009. For the record, Rafael Nadal is the only youngest player to win 6 straight titles for the Monte Carlo Masters at the age of 23. Nadal’s record is now in line with Britain’s Reggie Doherty, who won the Monte Carlo event six times overall, between 1897-99 and 1902-04.
Even if Roger Federer did not playi at Monte Carlo, Nadal’s win is a good starting point for him to reclaim a French Open title from the most-rivaled Swiss player at Roland Garros when the tournament starts late next month.
Nadal vs Djokovic on US Open 2010 Tennis Men’s Singles Finals – It was sweet victory for Novak Djokovic as he finally dethrone the five-time US Open champion Roger Federer. This was the third time that Federer lost in a Grand Slam Tennis tournament. Djokovic won in five sets 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
“It’s one of those matches that you will remember for the rest of your life,” said Djokovic, “not just because you won against one of the best players that ever played this game, but coming back from match points down and playing good tennis to win in the end. I am very proud of myself.”
Rafael Nadal’s game was a lot easier and now he is ready to face Djokovic on the hard court of the US Open 2010 Tennis Tournament. Djokovic has an edge over Nadal when it comes to a hard court, 7-3 and that includes three consecutive straight-set victories.
Djokovic is 2-6 in a Grand Slam semifinals, and 7-14 in lifetime against Nadal. Meanwhile, Nadal will enter this game as the crowd favorite after winning all 18 sets that he has played at the US Open 2010 Tennis Tournament. The US Open 2010 Tennis Men’s Singles Final is scheduled to take place no sooner than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time and will be shown live on CBS TV.
Here are the remaining schedule for the US Open 2010 Finals:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: 1:00 PM
- Women’s Doubles Finals – Vania King(USA) / Yaroslava Shvedova(KAZ) vs. Liezel Huber(USA) / Nadia Petrova(RUS)
- Men’s Singles Finals – Rafael Nadal(ESP) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)
Court 7: 12:00 PM
- Junior Girls’ Singles Finals – Daria Gavrilova(RUS) vs. Yulia Putintseva(RUS)
- Wheelchair Quad Singles – David Wagner(USA) vs. Peter Norfolk(GBR)
Court 11: 12:00 PM
- Junior Boys’ Singles Finals – Denis Kudla(USA) vs. Jack Sock(USA)
- Wheelchair Men’s Singles Finals – Shingo Kunieda(JPN) vs. Nicolas Peifer(FRA)
Court 13: 1:00 PM
- Wheelchair Women’s Singles Finals – Esther Vergeer(NED) vs. Daniela Di Toro(AUS)