Vera Zvonareva, Kim Clijsters move to Australian Open quarters


Second seed Vera Zvonareva is two matches away from reaching her third successive Grand Slam final (after Wimbledon and US Open last year), as she edged the first set and cruised through the second for a 6-4 6-1 victory over unseeded Iveta Benesova.

Zvonareva’s quarterfinal opponent will be Wimbledon 2010 surprise semifinalist Petra Kvitova, who took out fifth seed Samantha Stosur in the third round and on Monday she fought back to beat Flavia Pennetta, seed No.22, 3-6 6-3 6-3.

After wasting six break opportunities, Kim Clijsters was pushed to tiebreak by unseeded Ekaterina Makarova in the first set. The third-seeded Clijsters won the tiebreak 7-3, and soon after the whole match 7-6(3) 6-2.

Quarterfinal pairs (seeding is in brackets):

(1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. (6) Francesca Schiavone
(30) Andrea Petkovic vs. (9) Li Na
(12) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (3) Kim Clijsters
(25) Petra Kvitova vs. (2) Vera Zvonareva

(photo: © Neal Trousdale)


  1. To be honest, Kim and Vera are probably the only top players that are in form right now. Caroline hasn’t showed us so far that game she had at the end of 2010, and she is pretty lucky with draw.


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