- (1) Safina Yanina Wickmayer versus (9) Caroline Wozniacki (4) Dementieva
- (3) Venus (WC) Kim Clijsters versus (2) Serena Williams
- Wozniacki and Wickmayer have not played on the WTA Tour
- Serena has 7 wins to Clijsters 1 they last played in 2003
The winners of the semi-finals are guaranteed 800,000 US dollars in prize money and 1400 WTA ranking points. The players who get knocked out earn 350,000 US dollars and 900 points.
The 1st semi-final match up is between Clijsters and Serena the defending champion commencing at 12:30pm New York time on Friday 11 September. Let’s see whether the New Yorkers have some joy on 9/11 this year.
Serena is a totally different player in the Grand Slams as compared to at the other tournaments. The American has won her 5 matches at the US Open without dropping a set and has only lost 24 games in total.
Serena who is 28 on 26th of this month is wary of how well Clijsters will play against her in the semis, “Yeah, she’s a really good player. She plays tough. She plays hard. Now it’s like a totally different level, because she has absolutely nothing to lose. She just kinda is ‑‑ I think that’s when you can play your ultimate best tennis.”
Clijsters has had more of battle and has shown her game is back with her court movement appearing to be as great as it always was. Clijsters will already be ranked as high as No.49 on Monday if she does not progress any further.
The 26 year old Clijsters said “But that doesn’t mean that you don’t get chances when you get to play her. So that’s, I think, something that I’m going to be really focused on is obviously play aggressive tennis and dominate, you know, try to dominate a lot of points. But then, still, I think the one who keeps the unforced errors down I think is going to get through here.”
Wozniacki and Wickmayer have both achieved career best results by reaching the semi-finals of a Grand Slam singles event.
The 1.82m Wickmayer from Belgium is playing in only her 7th Grand Slam event. Wickmayer who is 1 of 2 Belgians to make the semis had only ever won 1 match in Grand Slam event prior to the 2009 US Open.
Wickmayer who is 20 years old next month said, ”So physically I’ve been feeling really strong this week, and mentally I’ve been always trying to stay calm and stay aggressive at the same time. So I think that’s one of the keys for me.” Let’s wait and see if Wickmayer who is pictured above, can manage to keep that balance of calmness and aggression in the biggest match of her life!
The 1.77m Wozniacki who deserves on all counts to be the favourite to win this match is not getting ahead of herself. The 19 year old said, “No, I don’t take her for granted at all. She’s played great tennis to make it this far. You don’t make a Grand Slam semi-finals without playing great tennis. So, I mean, I’m going to go out there and fight for every point. I’m not going to give you mean. I’m just going to try to do my best. There’s nothing else I can do. Hopefully I can pull it out. But, I mean, you never know. It’s a 50/50% chance when you get out on the court.”
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