Venus Williams won her Zurich Open seminfinal against Ana Ivanovic today, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and in the final, she will play Flavia Pennetta, who defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-3, 7-6.
Williams is 1-3 against Pennetta; her most recent loss to the Italian was earlier this month in Moscow, when Pennetta beat her in three sets in the first round. In that tournament, Pennetta lost to the eventual winner, Jelena Jankovic. This time around, Pennetta defeated Jankovic in the second round in Zurich.
Since coming back slowly and arduously from a long injury time-out, Pennetta has played the best tennis of her career, and it is not often the case that a player does that. She was the finalist in Los Angeles (lost to Serena Williams), and made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
This should be a very entertaining, and perhaps tense, final.