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Zvonareva zooms into US Open semifinal

Russian Vera Zvonareva continued to tear up the Grand Slam stage, reaching her second consecutive semifinal at a major on Wednesday with a defeat of Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 7-5 at the US Open.

The seventh-seeded winner backed up her appearance in the Wimbledon semifinals, which she parleyed into a final against Serena Williams two months ago.

The wind that has characterised the event throughout was in evidence again in a blustery quarterfinal in the wind-tunnel atmosphere of the Ashe stadium.

Zvonareva managed her victory with 28 unforced errors and just 10 winners against Kanepi in the first meeting between the pair.

“It was very tough out there,” said the Russian, who returned to the top 10 after Wimbledon and will remain the highest-ranked of her compatriots on the WTA. “The balls flew a lot.

“We tried to show our best. I put all the effort into trying to hang in no matter what the conditions. I’m happy I pulled it out today.

“The most important thing was to find the balance between aggression and patience. I was able to do that.” Zvonareva was the only one of five Russians to advance past the fourth round and has reached the second week at three of the four majors in 2010. The victory came a day after she celebrated her 26th birthday.

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