US Open tennis 2010 has two days left but today’s US Open schedule is touted as “Super Saturday” as the results will determine one final, and one championship. The four remaining men have had a day of rest to prepare for their semifinal doubleheader this afternoon. However, yesterday’s two female winners only have 24 hours to rest, before they take the court one last time tonight. This afternoon, the US Open tennis 2010 schedule could result in a long awaited Federer-Nadal final, and a repeat women’s champion.
The bar was already set yesterday afternoon, as the women’s semifinals had one upset and one down-to-the-wire finish. Top seed Caroline Wozniacki once again stumbled late in a Grand Slam, despite dominating in the first several rounds. This time, she fell to Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 6-3, as Zvonareva made her second straight Grand Slam final.
The last match on the US Open tennis 2010 schedule today has Zvonareva facing Kim Clijsters for the women’s title. For the second straight year, Clijsters defeated a Williams sister to reach the final, with Venus as the victim this time. However, it was a closer match than last year, with Clijsters pulling it out, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Clijsters needed a break at 4-all in the third set to finally finish Williams off, and continue her Open winning streak. The 2010 US Open results could give Clijsters her third straight, non consecutive championship at Flushing Meadows, and second in a row. But after her battle with Williams, Clijsters needs enough left over to keep Zvonareva from her first major title.
By the time the women’s final starts, there may have formed an even bigger match for tomorrow. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal haven’t met in a Grand Slam final since the 2009 Australian Open. But after a long wait, they could finally meet again, provided they win again this afternoon.
For Nadal, he is thought to have the easier opponent, in 12’th seed Mikhail Youzhny. However, Nadal has never made the final at Flushing Meadows, and Wozniacki proved that a top seed can fall against a hungry opponent. This weekend could be the next great step for Nadal, and move him up the ranks of the tennis greats – or it could be his greatest disappointment.
Federer is also a solid favorite today, although the US Open tennis 2010 schedule pits him against a higher seed. But third-seed Novak Djokovic has repeatedly come up short against Federer, and lost to him in the 2007 Open final. This is Djokovic’s latest chance to reach another level, as he has already overcome a slow start in this tournament.
The US Open tennis 2010 results this weekend will define the tournament, starting today at noon on CBS.
US Open- “Schedule of Play”
Yahoo Sports- “Venus done after Open loss, but not for good”
New York Times- “Open House: Great Expectations (and Theater) for a Nadal-Federer Final”