All good things must finally come to an end and so must this year’s US Open.
But before the tennis concludes , there’s just enough time for the artistes to hit the high notes and close the Flushing Meadows symphony on a crescendo.
The final three days will bring fans more mouth-watering, lip-smacking , engrossing wizardry, not to mention coquetry.
A quick dekko at the women’s singles semi-finalists.
Vera Zvonareva, striding to her second successive Grand Slam semi-final, is a revelation this summer.
She was runner-up at Wimbledon where a calm , serene , almost sedentary seeming Serena overpowered her.
This Russian’s progress to the penultimate round has been under the radar; the hype has centred on Wozniacki, Clijsters and the All-American favourite, Venus Williams.
Can Vera knock out the luscious Dane?
The Russian contingent certainly hope so!
Zvonareva , describing how she feels on reaching two successive Grand Slams:
“Um, what does it say? I guess I’m improving. I’m still improving, you know. I’ve been playing for a while, but I’m still out there and still working hard. I’m still improving. That feels great, you know. I can go out there, and I will try to work even more.”
Caroline Wozniacki hopes to make it her second successive US Open final, with a twist this time around. She intends to take the trophy home.
Last year, she bowed out to a resurgent Kim Clijsters.
This year, she brings a much more compact game to the US Open.
She’s red hot , in more ways than one ; she believes that it helps that all the male fans are rooting for her.
Can the Dane swing her way to the US Open title?
Only two more opponents stand in her path.
Don’t blink! This girl-woman might just blow you away!
Wozniacki about her affection for boxing and how it helps her:
“Yeah, I mean, boxing — it’s just a different way for me to work out. It’s fun, it’s interesting, and it’s great because I have this great coach who knows how to get me in good shape and what I need for my tennis, as well. Yeah, I wanted to try something different, something that was not the usual things. I just love the training. It’s great. It’s really hard not only physically, but also the conditioning. And, you know, it’s great to have a coach there also who just pushes you to the limit.”
That’s right; the powerful Williams can send the neon ball screaming and whistling past the best of the rest.
Her game is powerful enough to be considered a match for the men.
Venus Williams has travelled to the semis in unusually low-key fashion.
The only real news story was, well, not about the tennis, but her on-court attire.
Can she make it her third US Open title? Will it be yet another trophy in her glittering gallery?
The absence of her younger sister Serena can only make her more determined to slam past all opposition.
Can sibling rivalry propel her all the way to the podium?
Venus Williams elaborating on the tactics involved while playing Clijsters:
“Win the point. (Laughter.)
You know, basically just go out there and, as I always do, try to execute my game and win the point, win the set.”
Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the battling Belgians, Clijsters and Henin returned to the WTA tour and let us know why we should have never let them leave.
Clijsters rustled her way past every hurdle at Flushing Meadows in 2009 to hoist the trophy, despite being unseeded.
Henin almost added the Australian Open this year to her list of Grand Slam achievements.
Can the feisty Clijsters claim her third US Open title?
She’s displayed extraordinary composure so far; she hung in tough against a stellar Stosur in the quarters.
She’s an inspiration to sporting mammas everywhere. Can she make this the Mother Of All Slams?
Kim Clijsters on the emotion she experiences on a great victory:
“I mean, last year my emotions were very confusing because they were, you know, happiness, but then also sad at the same time, you know. But it’s different for everybody. I mean, it’s something that you have to — yeah, you have to experience, obviously. I guess it’s maybe like having a baby. You can’t explain it to somebody who has never had a baby what it’s like to give birth, because it’s a feeling that you, yeah, can’t describe unless it’s happened to you.”
This is an updated version of an earlier post.