Friday, September 9, 2011

Defending champions advance to U.S. Open final

Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, last year's unlikely U.S. Open champions, earned a chance to defend their title today when they defeated 5th seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. King and Shvedova, seeded 3rd, will play 4th seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the final. Huber and Raymond defeated Daniela Hantuchova and Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals.

Last year, King and Shvedova played Petrova and Huber in the final; now they are playing the pair in consecutive matches.

Top seed Esther Vergeer made it to the wheelchair final today when she defeated Annick Sevenans 6-2, 6-3. Her opponent will be Aniek Van Koot, who defeated 2nd seed Jiske Griffioen 6-3, 6-2. In wheelchair doubles, top seeds Vergeer and Sharon Walraven will play 2nd seeds Griffioen and Van Koot in the final.

1st seed Caroline Garcia advanced to the junior quarterfinals today. Defending champion Daria Gavrilova was defeated yesterday in the second round.