U.S. Open Tennis 2010 – Recap Of Days 10 and 12

September 16, 2010

Day 10 Review

The wind was once again a major factor that perhaps influenced some of the outcomes and significantly influenced the level of play. There were wind gusts between 25 and 30 miles per hour, for most of the day. On Arthur Ashe Stadium, where all of the important singles matches were played, the wind was also the strongest.

Between Russian Vera Zvonareva and Estonian Kaia Kanepi was the first singles quarterfinal match on Ashe Stadium. Both players faced not just the wind but also nerves, looking for a first time appearance in the semifinals. With the wind, the big hitting Estonian struggled and had 60 unforced errors while the Russian only had 28 unforced errors. With a very tough second set that lasted for more than 70 minutes, Zvonareva was more steady and eventually won the match 6-3 7-5.

In the first men’s quarterfinal match of the day, Novak Djokovic comfortably defeated the struggling Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(2) 6-1 6-2.

First seed Caroline Wozniacki took out Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 7-5 in the second women’s quarterfinal match of the day, in the evening session. Standing barely 5’3” tall, for her small stature, Cibulkova packed quite a big punch, and it seemed that the match would go to three sets after she had chances to take the second set to a tiebreak. Both players often had to toss and catch the ball several times before finally serving it, as the wind was really strong. Several times throughout the match, flying paper, towels, and other debris also interrupted play.

In a highly anticipated match, Roger Federer closed out the evening session that ended rather routinely. To advance to the semifinal, Federer took out Robin Soderling 6-4 6-4 7-5. Surprisingly, than serve of the big swinging Swede, Federer’s serve was much more effective. In fact, while Soderling served 22 unreturned serves, Federer hit 43 unreturned serves.

Day 11

Between Mikhail Youzhny and Stanislas Wawrinka was the first quarterfinal match, which was a real battle that tested each player’s mental and physical toughness. Both players each won 154 points, as the match was dead even. However, after four intense hours, with a 3-6 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory, the Russian Youzhny celebrated to advance to his second career U.S. Open semifinal.

Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-3 6-4 in a match that never seemed like a close contest, in the second men’s quarterfinal match.

Day 12

The women’s semifinal matches were only featured in this day. Last’s runner up Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Vera Zvonareva. On important points, Wozniacki made careless and uncharacteristic mistakes, which eventually cost her the match. After reaching Wimbledon back in July, Zvonareva advanced to her second consecutive Grand Slam final.

In a close encounter that ended with a 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 score, defending champion Kim Clijsters defeated Venus Williams. In the third set, Clijsters showed some real clutch with a lob winner to take a 5-4 lead and then a backhand winner on match point.

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