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.