Saturday, 4 September 2010

Women's US Open - Ana keeps winning, Kim next

Ana Ivanovic was among the winners on day 5 at the US Open as she defeated Virginie Razzano, 7-5 6-0. After a tightly contested first set Ivanovic managed to make the move at the right time as she broke Razzano at 5-5 before taking the first set and cruising through the second to set up an enticing 4th round clash with Kim Clijsters. These two played the Cinncinati SF a few weeks back however Ivanovic had to pull out at 2-1 down due to injury so it will be especially rewarding to see these two battle out again. Clijsters beat Petra Kvitova, 6-3 6-0 winning 12 straight games after going 3-0 down in the first set. Kvitova was superb in the first 20 minutes hitting numerous winners and putting Clijsters on the defensive. However Kvitova's game became wayward as Clijsters assumed control of the match and in particular improved her serving statistics as she put in her most impressive performance to date. The 4th round match-up should be a great match and i'm predicting a 3 set victory for Clijsters.

In other matches, Elena Dementieva defeated Daniela Hanutchova, 7-5 6-2 after saving set points in the first set. Hantuchova was hitting the ball superbly in the first set however a brief rain break seemed to interrupt her rhythm and once again Hantuchova displayed how mentally fragile she can be as her game disintegrated after serving for the first set at 5-3. Dementieva however managed to raise her game from 5-3 down and became increasingly more consistent as her winners tally started to increase steadily. Dementieva will now play Sam Stosur who comfortably dispatched Sara Errani, 6-2 6-3 in her best performance at the US Open. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova made the 4th round a a grand slam for the first time as she destroyed Gisela Dulko, 6-1 6-2. She will now meet Francesca Schiavone who defeated Alona Bondarenko, 6-1 7-5 in an entertaining affair where Schiavone produced a number of dazzling winners. In the final two matches, Venus Williams eased past Mandy Minella, 6-1 6-2 to set up another clash with Shahar Peer who surprisingly defeated in-form Flavia Pennetta, 6-4 6-4. Venus and Shahar have faced off 3 times this year with Venus winning all three so Peer will have to bring something special to the court if she is to have any chance of dispatching Venus.

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