Thursday, March 31, 2011
Vera aproaching Miami final, and No. 2 rank.
Zvonareva won five break points in the match against the Radwanska, who also reached the quarter-finals of Miami last year, and the Australian Open earlier this year. “I had to take my chances today,” said Zvonareva in the post-match on-court interview. She attacked the net a number of times often after chasing down Radwanska’s numerous drop shots. “I’m really happy the way I played and the way I came into the net,” she said.
Despite hitting only 53% of her first serves, Zvonareva had 27 winners to Radwanska’s five, and closed out the match in 94 minutes. After today’s challenge, Zvonareva said she will “try to recover the best I can to play good tennis tomorrow.”
If Clijsters also advances to the semi-final, it will be the 11th meeting with the Russian player, five of which occurred since last year’s Wimbledon. Clijsters has the edge, 7-3 overall, but Zvonareva won three of these past five meetings. She and Azarenka split their four matches in 2010, but Zvonareva is 6-2 in career meetings.
Zvonareva could surpass Clijsters at No.2 if she goes on to win the title here.