Paes-Shaughnessy enter final
NEW YORK: Russian sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze advanced to the U.S. Open women’s semifinals on Wednesday by defeating Israel’s 18th seed Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-1 in 82 minutes.
Chakvetadze will play in her first Grand Slam semifinal on Friday against the winner of a later quarterfinal between Russian fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion, and Hungarian teen Agnes Szavay.
Meanwhile, scrap that Venus vs. Serena match-up at the U.S. Open. Cancel Rafa vs. Roger too. The tournament took a sharp twist on Tuesday — and early on Wednesday — when a pair of fan favourites at Flushing Meadows got knocked out. First, it was Serena Williams.
Top-seeded Justine Henin beat her for the third straight time in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, making it look easy at the end in a 7-6(3), 6-1 victory. “I got to go back and study and figure out how to beat her. That’s it. Bottom line,” Williams said. Next up for Henin might be Serena’s sister. Venus Williams plays No. 3 Jelena Jankovic in the quarters Wednesday, and the winner gets Henin in the semifinals. Henin does not need to say who she’d prefer to play: she’s 1-7 against Venus, 7-0 against Jankovic.
“Every match is a final for me now,” Henin said. “If I have to play Venus, it will be a good challenge for me to play both sisters in the same tournament.”
A lot of tennis fans were looking forward to seeing Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet in a third straight Grand Slam final. That won’t happen now — 15th-seeded David Ferrer upset the second-seeded Nadal 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2 in a fourth-round match that ended at 1:50 a.m.
“Sure, there is disappointment for me, but that is tennis,” Nadal said.
It capped a day that also saw a player lose a point when a ball fell out of his pocket, another complain about centre court TV screens and one of the wildest outfits in Open history.
Earlier on Tuesday, No. 3 Novak Djokovic reached the Open quarterfinals for the first time by beating No. 23 Juan Monaco 7-5, 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-1. After his win, Djokovic talked about the Nadal-Federer history.
“Tennis needs this rivalry,”’ he said. “But, on the other hand, the people are not paying attention to the other players.”
The 17th-seeded Moya defeated Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4, closing the match by winning a net duel with a backhand, cross-court volley.
In another match, No. 20 Juan Ignacio Chela beat Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-4. Wawrinka had been 8-0 in five-set matches, and saved his best swings until after points were played — he smashed two rackets.
Leander Paes and Meghann Shaughnessy fought back from a set down to beat Liezel Huber of USA and Jamie Murray of Britain and storm into the finals of the mixed doubles competition.
The Indo-US pair came through a gruelling semifinal encounter to score a 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 10-5 win.
They set up a clash with the Belorussian pair of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi who got the better of Zi Yan of China and Mark Knowles of Bahamas 7-6 (5) 6-4.
Meanwhile, Sania Mirza and her partner Bethanie Mattek of U.S. crashed out in the quarterfinals, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung of Chinese Taipei. — Agencies
Prefix denotes seeding
Men: Fourth round: 20-Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-4; 17-Carlos Moya (Esp) bt Ernests Gulbis (Lat) 7-5, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4; 3-Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt 23-Juan Monaco (Arg) 7-5, 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-1. 15-David Ferrer (Esp) bt 2-Rafael Nadal (Esp) 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2.
Women: Quarterfinals: 1-Justine Henin (Bel) bt 8-Serena Williams (USA) 7-6(3), 6-1; 6-Anna Chakvetadze (Rus) bt 18-Shahar Peer (Isr) 6-4, 6-1. Doubles: 5-Chan Yung-jan & Chuang Chia-jung (Tpe) bt 16-Bethanie Mattek (USA) & Sania Mirza 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Mixed doubles: Semifinals: Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) & Leander Paes bt Liezel Huber (USA) & Jamie Murray (Gbr) 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 10-5 tiebreak.