Here comes the first daily report for my new blog. I will report on the semifinals of WTA San Diego and WTA Copenhagen tournaments. I will start with San Diego.
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. (5) Flavia Pennetta 64 60
Some time ago, you would predict, the Russian two-times Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, will prevail over her Italian opponent but the current situation is quite different. Meanwhile Kuznetsova has been struggling to find any form this year, Pennetta has been considered a threat in the tournaments she plays. However Kuznetsova found a good form in San Diego this week in her previous matches and although Pennetta has been a threat in many tournaments, she hasn't been in any great form since Wimbledon as well as her Russian opponent so it was a bit unpredictable match.
The second set was not that intense like the previous one. Kuznetsova was absolutely dominating the play with great serving and great groundstrokes from the baseline, especially her forehand was finally working like she surely wanted to. On the other hand Pennetta's game was really off, even her best shot, backhand down the line, was not working well which resulted in an easy win 64 60 for Kuznetsova.
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska def. Daniela Hantuchova 64 62
The final between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Agnieszka Radwanska is scheduled on Sunday and should start at 1:00 PM local time.
(7) Klara Zakopalova def. (2) Na Li 63 16 64
Finally the third set showed some nice play from both as they cut off some wild unforced errors, also probably got used to opponent's game. Zakopalova was a break up for most of the set but there was a horendous call during her service game which resulted in Li levelled the score to 4-4. At 4-4 40-30, Li hit a cross-court forehand winner which took a bit of the line but the line judge called it out, thanks to this, the Chinese didn't manage to hold her important service game and kind of "gave up" after lossing this game. Zakopalova served out the match without any problems and reached her first WTA Tour final this year after winning 63 16 64 against the seed #2.
(1) Caroline Wozniacki def. (Q) Anna Chakvetadze 61 26 64
The second semifinal was the more expected one as the home Danish star Caroline Wozniacki wanted to show her best tennis in front of home crowd. Her opponent was Russian Anna Chakvetadze, the qualifier who was on 11 matches winning streak, after winning Portoroz two weeks ago and being in Copenhagen semifinal as a qualifier, before this match.
The final set, as in the previous semifinal, was a very entertaining and competitive fight. Spectators could see very nice long rallies with some great winners from both at the end. Wozniacki was a break up for most of the final set and remained unbroken as she was serving really well in this final set. Unfortunately for the crowd, Wozniacki got broken at 4-3. But then fortunately showed experience and why she's the world number three and took a 0-40 lead on return. Chakvetadze was fighting very hard but was able to save only two out of three break points in that game as she hit a forehand down the line wide after a big rally. Chakvetadze quite couldn't believe her forehand shot was called out but as the slow motion confirmed, it was out. Then it was an easy job for experienced but still young Caroline Wozniacki to serve out the match, maybe Chakvetadze was still upset with that call in the previous game. It's definitely great for this tournament to have their own favourite in the final and Wozniacki looked happy enough screaming CMON after she won the match.
The final between Wozniacki and Zakopalova is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM local time on Sunday. Quite a strange time to start the final as most of tournaments' finals don't start before the noon. We will see if the favourite, Caroline Wozniacki, will take the title and please her fans and home crowd or if Zakopalova will be able to surprise and finish off her nice Copenhagen run with a title.