Zvonareva beats Frazier in other semi

Originally Published: August 21, 2004
Associated Press

MASON, Ohio -- Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva fought off two match points and went on to defeat No. 3 Amy Frazier 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 Saturday in the semifinals of the Western and Southern Women's Open.

Zvonareva will meet top-seeded Lindsay Davenport in the finals Sunday. Davenport advanced in a walkover when a hand injury forced fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli to withdraw four hours before their semifinal match Saturday.

"I played the first couple of games really well," said Zvonareva, who blew a 4-1 lead in the second set before winning the tiebreaker and dominating the third set. "Then I started making so many mistakes that I didn't know what to do. I finally found my game in the third set."

Zvonareva's all-or-nothing style produced 42 unforced errors to Frazier's 19 and 12 double faults to Frazier's three. But Zvonareva also had a 57-19 edge in winners and a 16-3 advantage in aces.

"I didn't get much of a chance to get into the points in the third set," Frazier said. "She was hitting so many winners."

All 12 of Zvonareva's double faults and 36 of her unforced errors came in the first two sets.

Her aggressiveness was the key to fighting off the match points. She saved the first with a first serve to Frazier's backhand that was unreturnable and the other with an ace.

"I was thinking that I shouldn't wait for her to make mistakes, and that I should stay aggressive," Zvonareva said.

Bartoli decided after practice Saturday afternoon that she couldn't play because of what WTA Tour Supervisor Fabrice Chouquet described as a blister/cyst on her right hand.

"I'm a little disappointed not to be able to play," Davenport said. "I came here to play. It's a little disappointing for everybody, especially Marion."

Davenport has won 16 consecutive matches and three straight tournament championships.

Bartoli said her hand started bothering her two games into her doubles match Friday, and she couldn't hold her racket without pain Saturday.

"I knew I wouldn't be able to play against Lindsay," said Bartoli, who swings with two hands from both sides. "I couldn't play against an 11-year-old girl."

Bartoli said she had the same type of injury before the French Open two years ago, and it took about a week to heal.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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