Day 10 completed matches
#2 Vera Zvonareva defeats #25 Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4
#3 Kim Clijsters defeats #12 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Thoughts: Both favorites won, and they will play in the semifinals, a rematch of last year’s US Open, which Clijsters won. Zvonareva looked to be in trouble in the second set, but rebounded nicely and her game and approach seem to be growing by the second. She’s also doing a better job of controlling her emotions, and not letting them get the best of her, like they have many times. For Clijsters, another decently easy win, and event the tiebreak in the second set didn’t seem like too much of a challenge for her. It’s going to take a lot from Zvonareva to beat Clijsters when she’s like this.
Day 11 matches and predictions
#1 Caroline Wozniacki vs. #9 Li Na
Prediction: Li in 3 sets
Why: Wozniacki is the number 1 seeded player in the world, but I think she is still too
young to overtake the Chinese veteran. Anyway, Li is playing some great tennis and absolutely dominated in the tournament, and as I’m sure not too many people know, but she has not yet dropped a set, and has defeated the likes of Andrea Petkovic and Victoria Azarenka without much trouble.
#2 Vera Zvonareva vs. #3 Kim Clijsters
Prediction: Clijsters in 3 sets
Why: Who knows what will happen to both of them with the aftereffects of 2 straight days with a match. Clijsters is still the better tennis player, despite Zvonareva’s growth, and still could beat Zvonareva on almost any given day. However, perhaps she will be more tired,
after playing a better opponent in the quarterfinals. Expect a particularly sloppy effort by both at the beginning and one of them to pull away at the end in a hard-fought three set win, and I think it’ll be Clijsters heading to the final.