Russia’s Vera Zvonareva today reached her second successive Grand Slam final with a comprehensive victory over top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open.
Zvonareva dominated the day’s first semi-final from the outset on Arthur Ashe Stadium to record a 6-4 6-3 win in one hour and 25 minutes.
The seventh seed, who lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final earlier this year, now awaits the winner of the second semi-final between defending champion Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams.
“It was a tough match, Caroline was here in the finals last year and she’s a great player,” said Zvonareva. “It was very difficult for both of us with the wind but I think I was patient and aggressive like in the previous matches.
“It was a great experience for me at Wimbledon but I think it’s in the past, I’m trying to look forward at the moment and am just enjoying this day, my win today. I will think about the match later.”
Wozniacki had not dropped a set in reaching the semi-finals and had only lost 17 games in total, but was immediately in trouble, saving two break points in the opening game of the match.
The 20-year-old Dane, beaten by Clijsters in the final 12 months ago, was unable to repeat the trick in her next service game however and Zvonareva served superbly throughout the opening set to take it in 45 minutes.
Wozniacki was committing way more unforced errors than usual – 31 in total in the match – and although she initially recovered from a break down early in the second set, Zvonareva broke in the next game as well for a 3-2 lead.
The 26-year-old from Moscow was having more trouble with broken strings than Wozniacki’s game and a fourth break of Wozniacki’s serve sealed a well-deserved victory.