Zvonareva lands in semis

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NEW YORK -- Russia's top player, Vera Zvonareva, was a straight-set quarterfinal winner Wednesday at the 2010 U.S. Open.

The seventh-seeded Zvonareva reached her second straight Grand Slam semifinal by handling 31st-seeded Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 7-5 on another sun-filled afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Zvonareva broke Kanepi for a 6-5 lead in the second set, and converted on her first match point in the next game when Kanepi launched one final backhand wide of the court at Ashe Stadium.

The 26-year-old Zvonareva advanced in 1 hour, 53 minutes, despite only striking 10 winners over two sets. The Russian did, however, pile up seven service breaks, compared to four for her Estonian counterpart, who also misfired for nine double faults.

Kanepi also appeared in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July.

Zvonareva will meet the Caroline Wozniacki-Dominika Cibulkova winner in Friday's semis, while the other final-four bout will pit second-seeded and defending champion Kim Clijsters against third-seeded former titlist Venus Williams. The former world No. 1 Clijsters beat Wozniacki, this year's top seed, in last year's U.S. Open finale, also titled here in 2005, and was the runner-up in 2003. The former top-ranked Williams titled here in 2000 and 2001 and was the runner-up in Flushing in 1997 and 2002.

The feisty Zvonareva, who celebrated a birthday here on Tuesday, will appear in her third career major semifinal. She's now reached the final four in three of her last seven Grand Slam events and is trying to give Russia a third U.S. Open champion in seven years.

Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in July's Wimbledon finale.


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