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Kim Clijsters v Vera Zvonareva as it happened


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By Piers Newbery

0239: Clijsters picks up a cheque for $257m dollars, or something like that, and is joined by daughter Jada on the court as she parades the trophy. Thanks for all your input today, I think it still goes down as a pretty 'Super Saturday' after Djokovic's earlier efforts, and Clijsters is fully deserving of her victory despite the rather limp opposition in the final. Let's hope for a belter when we return at 2100 BST for the men's final - Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic. And maybe a bit of racket abuse.

0229: Kim heads off into the stands to celebrate with her friends ad family, while Vera is in absolute floods while sitting defeated on her chair. Come on Vera, chin up. Two Grand Slam finals is a row is a pretty good effort by anyone's standards.


Clijsters 6-2 6-1 Zvonareva
Zvonareva flickers to life at 15-30 but Clijsters steps it up from the baseline and Vera finds the net. Two points away, and Clijsters double faults. Break point... but Zvonareva goes wide, and then long on the next point. Championship point.... and Clijsters hammers a forehand winner.

* Clijsters 6-2 5-1 Zvonareva
Zvonareva double faults at 30-30 and the writing looks to be on the wall at break point... but she hits an ace! Amazing. It doesn't last long though as Clijsters plays a couple of terrific forehands to earn break point number two... and VZ double faults. Some presumably fairly industrial Russian follows from poor old Vera.

SmallDrives on twitter: "I love racket abuse... but you try it too often at Roland Garros or Wimbldeon and the court will soon be beyond possible use."

thethirdhalf on twitter: "As long as the racket isn't being thrown at a judge/ball kid/umpire/opponent, abuse away."

From Rob, Manchester, via text: "Racket abuse? Surely it's the only sign Vera is still alive?! And Nova nearly popped it through his head earlier and it worked for him, I say smash 'em!"

Clijsters 6-2 4-1 Zvonareva *
A big cheer when Clijsters double faults on the first point and, bearing in mind how popular Kim is, that's a sign of how much the crowd want a contest here. The Belgian then wins the best rally of the night before a lob goes long for 30-30. Another big rally that feels key, and Clijsters quashes the uprising with a beautiful drop volley followed by a fist clench. Vera swats her racket in frustration. Deuce, and VZ hooks a fine forehand cross-court winner and it's break point... ace! Clijsters sees out the game and that could have been Vera's big chance.

* Clijsters 6-2 3-1 Zvonareva
Zvonareva receives a big round of applause when she finally gets on the board from 30-30, although that might make her feels even worse. Are they taking the mick?

ABAtweets on twitter: "Really want Zvonareva to take this to 3 sets to prove that the women's tour has depth but Clijsters is looking far too strong."

From Glen in kinsley, yorkshire, via text: "Game over?"

Clijsters 6-2 3-0 Zvonareva *
Clijsters holds in a trice. Speaking of racket abuse, I propose they get rid of the warnings for that. I like racket abuse and think it should be encouraged. Who's with me?

* Clijsters 6-2 2-0 Zvonareva
Big, big hitting from Clijsters and the Belgian is quickly 0-30 up. We haven't had a three-set women's final for 14 years, I believe, and it's not looking likely tonight. Three break points to Clijsters at 0-40.... double fault! If I had a racket, I'd probably smash it right now.

Someone is having a tantrum
Clijsters 6-2 1-0 Zvonareva *
Uh-oh. Zvonareva is sent sprawling at the baseline as she chases down a ball in vain and then smacks her racket three times on the ground. "Warning, racket abuse," is the inevitable result. Clijsters hold easily and the emotional Russian needs to keep it in check or this could all be over very quickly.

A celeb has been spotted
* Clijsters 6-2 Zvonareva
I tell you what, Charlize Theron has put a shift in today. She's been here for all three matches and was around yesterday too. A man could warm to that kind of dedication. Anyway........ Clijsters is piling on the pressure and Zvonareva has no answers at the moment. It's 0-40, three set points... and the Russian nets. One set gone after 27 fairly disappointing minutes.

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From Irish Dave in Slovenia via text: "Hi Piers!I was really fired up after that greatFed-NoDjo semi but flagging now.Come on Zz..sorry,drifted off there for a sec..Zvonareva.:-)"

chicity7 on twitter: "Still recovering from fed-djokivic which was pure excitement! now just need a clijsters win to top off a briliant evening!"

Clijsters 5-2 Zvonareva *
A surprising forehand error is an early alarm for Clijsters and she finds the net again to face a little pressure at 40-30, but the Belgian dominates a fine rally with some fantastically deep hitting and forces the error.

* Clijsters 4-2 Zvonareva
Zvonareva double faults on the opening point and forehand and backhand errors take her to 30-40. Break point for Clijsters... and Vera sticks a backhand over the baseline. Edgy stuff from the Russian.

Text in your views on 81111
From Rob, Manchester, via text: "Re 80's female tennis players; Have you never heard of a certain Steffi Graff? Didn't she win the Golden Slam in 88? Clijsters is probably the only player to remind me of her in the last 15 years, but I hope Vera can nab her first GS title to shake up the women's game."
I'll be sure to look up this Stephie Gruff character at the very next opportunity. And good?

Clijsters 3-2 Zvonareva *
A double-quick hold for Clijsters after some impressive fishing around deep behind the baseline for some heavy Zvonareva groundstrokes.

* Clijsters 2-2 Zvonareva
Zvonareva guesses right at the net with Clijsters bearing down on her and holds to 15. Not much to report so far.

Clijsters 2-1 Zvonareva *
A solid hold from Clijsters, who's had her dodgy moments in her the last couple of matches. It seems like there's less wind around tonight on Arthur Ashe, which should help both women. I think we've all had enough of the now traditional New York gale.

* Clijsters 1-1 Zvonareva
Vera belts a nice off-forehand winner but Clijsters gets to deuce with a nerveless drive-volley, before the Russian pulls through with a good serve and a backhand up the line. There's live coverage now on 5 live, which you can access via this page if you have the great good fortune to live in this United Kingdom.

HawkerH on twitter: "I'm going for Clijsters to win. I couldn't (confidently) suggest in how many sets, shame, I wanted to place a bet on this one."

Clijsters 1-0 Zvonareva *
A fantastic early point sees Clijsters chase down a fine Zvonareva volley and fire a forehand winner up the line, and the Belgian holds.
* denotes NEXT to serve

0127: Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova arrive for the coin toss - I thought they were the only female tennis players in the world in the 1980s, you never saw anyone else - and it's Clijsters to serve...

0120: So what is the tale of the tape with Clijsters and Zvonareva? Over to the WTA: "Clijsters leads 5-2 but Zvonareva has won both meetings since Kim's return in 2009. Clijsters is bidding for her third straight victory at the US Open (did not play 2006-08) - Navratilova, Seles and Venus all fell in the final when attempting to win three straight titles here. She has won 26 of her last 27 matches at US Open. Zvonareva is the only player along with Serena to reach two GS finals this year - looking for her first GS title - and she is expected to climb to number two in the world if she wins."

0115: Your thoughts, jokes, comments and demands were almost too entertaining during the men's semis, it was a bit distracting, but I promise to concentrate harder if you send me some more via Twitter, 606 or text on 81111 (UK) or 44 7786200666 (worldwide) with TENNIS before your message

0110: OK, so has everyone caught their breath? Despite it being Sunday in the UK it remains 'Super Saturday' in the US, and we have the women's final between Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva to round things off. Up for it?

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