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30
Sep
10

Wozniacki and Dementieva reach the Tokyo semis.

Wozniacki, the No.1 seed, built a 5-0 lead when No.6 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was forced to retire from their match with a left foot injury. “I’m very disappointed to have to withdraw. I wanted to fight but I was in a lot of pain,” Radwanska said. “Caroline and I are very good friends and she’s playing so well. She’s too good to play when you have an injury. I’m hoping to play Beijing next week because it’s a big event and I really want to be there.” “Aga is a good friend of mine so I’m sorry she had to retire. I hope she’ll be okay,” Wozniacki said. “I was so focused on my own game I didn’t pay too much attention to the other side of the net. I was playing really good tennis and I’m happy to reach the semifinals. It’s not going to be easy against Azarenka.” Awaiting Wozniacki in the semifinals will be No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka. Wozniacki and Azarenka are tied in their head-to-head, 2-2.

Zvonareva, the No.2 seed, had a strong start but wasn’t able to keep it up, losing seven straight games from 5-3 up in the first set and eventually going down to No.7 seed Elena Dementieva in straight sets at night, 75 62. “I knew Vera wasn’t going to be giving away any points. I knew I had to go for winners and play aggressively and I’m happy I was able to do that,” Dementieva said. “We both returned serve well and had lots of baseline rallies.” Next up for Dementieva is No.5 seed and fellow veteran Francesca Schiavone. Dementieva leads Schiavone in their head-to-head, 6-5. “Every time we meet we have a great battle and know each other’s games very well,” Dementieva said. “Last time we played at the French Open, it ended in disappointing circumstances for me. But injuries are a part of this game. We both had tough matches today so recovery will be a big part of our preparation. I’m sure we’ll both be very motivated to win tomorrow.”

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29
Sep
10

Zvonareva joins Azarenka in the quarter finals.

At the Toray Pan Pacific Open Vera Zvonareva has certainly turned the tide by reaching the quarterfinals on Wednesday in two quick sets. Zvonareva, the No.2 seed this week, had lost to Italian qualifier Roberta Vinci before, but there would be none of that this time as Zvonareva broke away from 3-all in the first set, winning nine of the next 10 games for a 64 60 victory. “Overall I played a good match but there’s room for improvement,” Zvonareva said. “I didn’t show my best today but I played well when I needed to.”

This was the first day since Sunday where rain didn’t require usage of the Centre Court roof and nearby indoor courts. “The conditions were different today,” Zvonareva added. “The roof was open and it was windy, which affected both of our games throughout the match. But, overall, I am happy with how I played.” Next up for Zvonareva is No.7 seed Elena Dementieva, a 64 62 winner over Flavia Pennetta. Dementieva leads Zvonareva in their head-to-head, 4-2. Not only is this the pair’s first clash since 2008, it is also the first time Zvonareva will be the higher ranked player when playing her compatriot Dementieva.

Another quarterfinal clash set up early in the day was No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka and qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, after Azarenka’s 62 retirement win over No.11 seed Marion Bartoli (viral illness) and Vandeweghe’s 63 60 win over Julia Goerges. This is a first-time meeting and Vandeweghe’s second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour quarterfinal, after her run to the final eight at San Diego in the summer (where she beat Zvonareva en route to her first final eight).

Later in the afternoon the No.5 and No.6 seeds also scored wins, No.5 seed Francesca Schiavone putting an end to the run of Kimiko Date Krumm a day after the Japanese No.1 turned 40, 63 63, and No.6 seed Agnieszka Radwanska recording an identical 63 63 victory over Andrea Petkovic.

28
Sep
10

Zvonareva, Dementieva, Azarenka advance in rainy Tokyo.

Playing her first match since her magical run to the US Open final, Vera Zvonareva was impressive in her opening match of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, dispatching Sara Errani in straight sets, 63 63.

Zvonareva was 0-2 at the Premier tournament, but as the No.2 seed this time there are more expectations and she shouldered them well on Tuesday, scoring her third win in as many career meetings with the feisty Italian.

In her two previous appearances at this event, Zvonareva lost opening matches in 2007 (to Samantha Stosur) and 2009 (to Alisa Kleybanova).

Also scoring wins on Centre Court during the day were Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva. Azarenka, the No.8 seed, improved to 5-0 in matches – and 10-0 in sets – against Lucie Safarova, 61 63, while Dementieva, seeded No.7, needed just 51 minutes to roll over Yaroslava Shvedova, 60 61.

“It was a nice and quick match,” Dementieva said. “I played very aggressively and consistently the whole match. It’s always good to get into a rhythm. There are a few big tournaments left so I want to play my best – no matter how well you do in the beginning of the year, it’s always good to have a strong finish.”

For the second straight day, rain forced the Centre Court roof to close and some matches to be sent indoors. “It has been tough not being able to practice because of the weather,” Dementieva added. “All the girls were waiting hours for their matches, so I was lucky to play under the roof of Centre Court.”

06
Sep
10

Stosur outlasts Dementieva in the wee small hours of Monday morning.

Samantha Stosur has advanced to the US Open quarterfinals with a tense, courageous and historic three-set victory over Elena Dementieva in the Grand Slam that never sleeps.

Stosur survived four match points and some controversial scheduling to eclipse the Russian 12th seed 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) and set up a last-eight showdown on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) with defending champion Kim Clijsters.

Stosur and Dementieva only started the gripping fourth-round encounter at 10:57 pm local time and finished at 1:37 am after Open organisers thrust women into the second feature night match at the Open two evenings running for the first time.

It was the latest finishing women’s singles match in US Open history.

The New York major is notorious for rowdy crowds and late-night finishes, but tennis legend Martina Navratilova said it was unfair that Stosur and Dementieva should have to follow a men’s best-of-five-set clash onto Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Making matters worse was the preceding match involved marathon man John Isner, who featured against Nicolas Mahut in the record-setting 11-hour, five-minute saga at Wimbledon in June.

Fortunately, Russian Mikhail Youzhny required “only” three-and-a-quarter hours to put Isner to bed.

Still, Navratilova questioned the scheduling.

“Nobody trains to go to play at midnight. No player can be ready for that,” Navratilova said on American TV.

“How do you stay awake? Drink some coffee. I never played a singles match this late.”

Stosur, though, had far greater concerns after staring down the barrel deep in the deciding set.

Dementieva struck a forehand wide on her first match point trying to serve it out at 5-3.

The French Open runner-up then bravely staved off another three match points in the next game to level at 5-5.

Several opportunities lost, Dementieva crumbled to drop serve again the following game to hand Stosur the chance to finish the job.

This time Stosur missed her chance, Dementieva forcing the Queenslander into a backhand error on her first match point, before breaking to force the tiebreaker.

Finally, though, it was Stosur – who also saved a match point against world No.1 Serena Williams in this year’s French Open quarterfinals – who prevailed when Dementieva fired a forehand long after two hours and 38 minutes.

“I feel unbelievable right now,” an ecstatic Stosur said.

“I think we both played a great match. We went for it and just gave it our best, so to have a match like that here’s just fantastic.”

After snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Stosur had no complaints about the lateness of the match in the so-called city that never sleeps.

“It’s good to make history, I guess,” she said. “It’s a great atmosphere out here.

“It was always going to be tough following the guys but whenever everybody stays around and cheers and supports us like that, it couldn’t be any better.”

Some of Stosur’s power hitting amazed Navratilova and fellow former world No.1 Tracy Austin.

“Wow, that’s just when you say ‘that’s too good’,” Navratilova marvelled at one of Stosur’s sizzling half-volley forehand drives.

Austin was equally enthralled sitting courtside.

“This is phenomenal tennis,” she said. “I don’t get the opportunity to watch from down here very often and I tell you they’re smacking the ball.

“I think they’re hitting harder than the the guys in the first match.”

03
Sep
10

Stosur will meet Dementieva in round 4, Kim waits for Ana?

Defending champion Kim Clijsters survived an early scare to beat Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-0 and move into the fourth round of the US Open.

Australia’s number five seed Samantha Stosur began the day on Arthur Ashe Court with a dominant straight sets win over Italy’s Sara Errani.

She will now meet 12th seed Elena Dementieva, who saw off Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 6-2.

French Open finalist Stosur won 6-2 6-3 in just an hour and 20 minutes.

Hantuchova had led 5-2 in the first set but then lost 11 of the next 13 games, including five on the bounce, as her form completely collapsed.

Hantuchova, the 24th seed, was serving for the first set at 5-3 when rain briefly interrupted play. When the match resumed she served two double faults, and was never able to regain her composure.

Dementieva, who hit 18 winners, said: “I did not want to lose that first set, I was just trying to fight for every point and that was the key for the match.

“After that I felt so much more confident in the second set and played a more aggressive game.”

On her fourth-round meeting with the much-improved Stosur, she said: “She’s a very solid player with a huge serve. She’s a great athlete and moves very well around the court.”

Stosur beat the 37th-ranked Errani for the second time in a fortnight, having seen her off in a warm-up tournament in New Haven, Connecticut.

In six previous appearances at the US Open she had never previously got past the second round, but has reached the quarterfinals or better in nine of her last 10 events.

29
Aug
10

A tasteful appreciation of some of our favourite ladies.

A moment of beauty before the violence of the US Open begins, caught on video by the New York Times team of Dewey Hicks, Todd Heater, and Pamela Chen.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/08/29/magazine/womens-tennis.html

25
Aug
10

Dementieva has winning her first Grand Slam title on her mind.

Elena Dementieva of Russia moved into the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen tennis tournament with 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.

Dementieva says she rested for four weeks after tearing a left calf muscle during the French Open and is excited about getting in more matches before next week’s U.S. Open.

She will face Marion Bartoli, who defeated Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday. Flavia Pennetta also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Russia beat James Blake 6-4, 6-2.

21
Aug
10

Just close your eyes and stick in a pin to select the winner of the 2010 Us Open.

The final grand slam of the year gets under way in New York on August 30.

Who will win among the Women may be even more unpredictable than the men. With the withdrawl of Serena, and the likelehood than Venus, who hasn’t played for so long that I’m forgetting what she looks like, will not be fully recovered, it makes the field wide open.

Just yesterday Kim Clijsters injured her thigh against Zvonareva, and even though she says it’s not too serious, there must be a cause of some concern to her coach. And of course Justine Henin is certainly out.

Jelena Jankovic is nursing a sore leg that has hampered her for two tournaments, and Caroline Wozniacki is not back to her earlier form. Victoria Azarenka’s game goes up and down like a toilet seat, one week she wins and looks so good and then follows it up with a poor showing. Sam Stosur, the ultimate choker, has the game to win, but she is also just coming back from injury.

So who remains? Maria Sharapova will win if she can control her serve for two weeks…..highly unlikely. Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming around to her old form and has the experience….a strong possiblity. Dinara Safina….no way. Elena Dementieva may want it more than anyone else as this could be her last chance…..don’t overlook her.

And then there are whole bunch of players who could pull off a major upset just as Schiavonne did in Paris.

19
Aug
10

Dementieva ousted by Zheng Jie in Montreal.

Kim Clijsters was an easy third-round victor, while defending Rogers Cup champ Elena Dementieva was an upset victim Thursday at this $2 million Canadian event, a U.S. Open tune- up.

The fifth-seeded former world No. 1 Clijsters pummeled Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-1 on the hardcourts at Uniprix Stadium. The big-serving Kanepi was a surprise Wimbledon quarterfinalist last month.

Clijsters is the reigning U.S. Open champ and fresh off her title in Cincinnati last week. She captured this Rogers Cup tournament, in Toronto, in 2005.

Up next for Clijsters in Friday’s quarterfinals will be quality Russian Vera Zvonareva.

Chinese Zheng Jie stunned a fourth-seeded Dementieva in 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 fashion. Zheng was a surprise Aussie Open semifinalist back in January.

The two-time major runner-up and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dementieva beat former No. 1 Maria Sharapova in last year’s all-Russian Rogers Cup finale in Toronto, as this event shifts between Toronto and Montreal each year.

Former top-10 star Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her recent winning ways by ousting seventh-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 on Day 4. The 11th-seeded two-time major champion Kuznetsova corralled her eighth win in nine tries on Thursday and was a titlist in San Diego two weeks ago.

Kuznetsova’s quarterfinal opponent will be Zheng.

 Zvonareva added another win to her great summer, as she cooled off red-hot Hungarian Agnes Szavay in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Szavay had won her last 12 matches heading into Thursday and was seeking a third title in three events, with recent titles coming in Budapest and Prague.

Meanwhile, surging 10th-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka drilled ninth- seeded Chinese Li Na 6-3, 6-3 and 17th-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli of France leveled Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova 6-0, 6-1. The lefthanded Benesova stunned top-seeded former world No. 1 Serb Jelena Jankovic here in the second round.

12
Aug
10

Russian teen takes out Dementieva in Cincinnati.

Elena Dementieva was a surprise loser in the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday, going down in straight sets to fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Pavlyuchenkova hardly gave her opponent a look-in en route to a 6-1 6-3 victory, which set up a third-round meeting with Shahar Peer.

Peer, the 13th seed from Israel, breezed past Spain’s Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-3 6-2 in round two.

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, the fifth seed, joined Dementieva in making an early exit when she was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Russia’s Elena Vesnina.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cruised into the last 16 with a 6-0 6-2 triumph over Austria’s Sybille Bammer, while 10th-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova progressed with a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win against German Andrea Petkovic.

Fourth seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium beat Russia’s Dinara Safina 7-5 6-2 to set up a third-round meeting with American Christina McHale, who cruised past Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-2 6-4.




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