Kuznetsova reaches 1st semifinal at Rogers Cup

Posted: 20/08/2010 in ATP

Zvonareva ousts Clijsters in Montreal

Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva upset U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters in Friday’s quarterfinal action at the $2 million Rogers Cup, a hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.

The eighth-seeded Zvonareva came from behind to dismiss the fifth-seeded Clijsters in 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 fashion on the hardcourts at Uniprix Stadium. The Russian prevailed in 2 hours, 7 minutes, with the help of nine double faults from her Belgian counterpart. Zvonareva, herself, piled up eight double faults, but broke Clijsters’ serve on a whopping seven occasions en route to victory.

The former world No. 1 Clijsters, who was fresh off her title in Cincinnati last week, captured this Rogers Cup event, in Toronto, in 2005.

Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in last month’s Wimbledon finale.

Meanwhile, 11th-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her recent winning ways with a 6-1, 6-3 spanking of Chinese Zheng Jie on Day 5. The two- time major champion Kuznetsova has won nine of her last 10 matches, including a title in San Diego two weeks ago.

This week’s winner will earn $350,000.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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