Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Clijsters, Zvonerava set for Semi Final battle.
Kim Clijsters moved into an Australian Open semifinal showdown with No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 7-6 (4) on Wednesday as air force planes flew in formation overhead as part of celebrations for the national day.
Cannons went off earlier when Zvonareva started the Australia Day proceedings at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-2 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova.
Three-time U.S. Open champion Clijsters is seeking her first major outside of America and to return to the final at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2004, when she lost the championship match to fellow Belgian Justine Henin.
Zvonareva has never won a Grand Slam title, losing the last two finals to Clijsters in New York and to Serena Williams at Wimbledon.
Clijsters struggled more than Zvonerava, even had Radwanska serve for the second set at 5-4, and seemingly had an injury with left thigh heavily tapped.
Zvonerava has won three of the last four meetings with Clijsters with the winner this time either play world number one Caroline Wozniacki or inform Li Na for their first Australian Open crown.