Sunday, September 12, 2010

Clijsters crushes Zvonareva for 3rd straight US Open

In yet another rousing performance in a US Open final, Kim Clijsters decimated Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 to win her third title in New York.

Moving swiftly, serving accurately and dominating action off the ground, the Belgian and part-time New Jersey resident set a record for the least amount of time played in dispatching the Russian in 59 minutes (officials began to keep time records in 1980). It was the most one-sided final at the US Open since American Chris Evert smoked Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.

It was a near perfect performance for Clijsters, who found incredible depth and angles off the ground, hammered away with her forehand, kept her backhand sharp and played every big point as if it were her last.
Zvonareva had beaten Clijsters twice this summer at Wimbledon and Montreal, but could never find enough accuracy off the ground, or the consistency with her serve and returns that led her to an upset of top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals.

The Russian began the match in fine fashion, trading holds with the Belgian to 2-2, but then the wheels came off. After Clijsters held to 3-2, Zvonareva committed two backhand errors to be broken to 4-2.
Clijsters pushed the Russian around the court in the next game and then broke to win the set when Zvonareva dumped another backhand into the net.

The second set began as badly for Wimbledon finalist Zvonareva as the first set ended. After Clijsters whipped a forehand that the Russian couldn't catch up to, she smashed her racket off the cement three times and broke it, receiving a warning. Zvonareva doubled faulted away the next game and Clijsters easily held to 3-0. Finally, Zvonareva stopped her seven game losing streak when Clijsters inexplicably committed four unforced errors and the Russian held at 3-1. But even though the Russian slapped her thigh, bounced up and down on her feet and yelled at herself to get moving, she could never find a high level and lost one physical rally after another.

Clijsters fought off a break point with an ace and held to 4-1, then broke Zvonareva again when the Russian double faulted, and finally won the match when she crushed a forehand crosscourt winner.

Clijsters smiled widely and spent a good eight minutes thanking the crowd, her husband Brian Lynch and daughter Jada, and all of her friends and support team.

She finished the match with 17 winners, 10 forced errors and 15 unforced errors, to only six winners, 17 forced errors and 24 unforced errors form the Russian.

Clijsters became the first player to repeat as titlist since Venus Williams since 2001, and given that she won the title in 2005 and didn't play from 2006-2008 due to injury and retirement, she became the first player since Evert to win three titles in three appearances. Evert won four straight between 1975-1978.


Carlos said...

Welcome back "Captain" I hope everything is fine with you.

I knew the first set was over when the Kim broke Vera Z. to take the lead at 4-2. I switched the channel and when I switched back to match it was already 2-0 Kim in the second set. I said to myself, 'Just give Kim the trophy already' then again I said that the day prior to the match.

Here is my top ten from USO 10

1)Kim Kong winning her third straight USO.
3)Vera Z. fizzling out and being flat like a soda in the final.
3)Vera Z. reaching her second straight grand slam final.
4)"The Big Stuffed Bunny" getting destroyed to the first top ten seeded opponent she faced.
5)Azarenka collapsing (hey, what happened to my rumor :P )
6)Divapova's shoulder not holding up.
7)Dementieva again showing is all mental with her and not physical conditioning.
8)Stosur's run but once again not being able to get over the hump.
9)Cibulkova and "T.B.S.B.' windy match.
10)Shvedova and King winning the doubles title.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Its good to be back :)
and everything is okay.

Not only could you see the set was over, but the match. After Vera's mini tantrum after the break, it was one break! she didnt exactly have to react in that way. She still needs some massive work on her emotions, if she is to stay at the top.

I agree with most of your top 10. But what about the Kim Kong Venus SF I loved that match!

Carlos said...

I'm glad to hear everything is O.K.

Vera to me is a head case. Seriously, she needs a sports psychologist.

"Captain" I knew you were going to bring Kim and V semis match! My only excuse: It slipped my mind, don't ask me why it just did. I know, a big BOOOOOOO to me. When I posted the comment that's when I remembered. As a consolation I said to myself, 'At least I gave credit to the doubles winner'. :P

Post a Comment