Friday, September 30, 2011

Vera Zvonareva advance to finals at the Pan Pacific Open!

TOKYO -- Vera Zvonareva staged a remarkable turnaround to beat Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 6-0 on Friday and advance to the final at the Pan Pacific Open. The fourth-seeded Russian took advantage of a collapse by Kvitova, who held a comfortable 5-1 lead in the first set before Zvonareva stormed back to make it 5-5, breaking her opponent three times. Both players then held serve to force the tiebreaker. The second set was all Zvonareva, who broke the fifth-seeded Czech three times to close out the match in 1 hour, 30 minutes.

"If I knew what happened I would tell you," Kvitova said. "I don't know what happened. At 5-1, I just didn't play my game and she came back and played much better than me. The first...
set was mine for sure." Zvonareva had won both her previous matches against Kvitova on hard courts and continued her dominance in Friday's match at Ariake Colosseum. "I played very good tennis, very consistent," Zvonareva said. "Petra is a tough opponent. We always have tough matches but I was a little more consistent today." Zvonareva and Radwanska are 2-2 in head-to-head matches. "I've beaten Vera a couple of times, she's a great player and I know I have to play my best to beat her," Radwanska said. "I just hope I can play like I can today."

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