Vera Zvonareva believes players are still making the mistake of underestimating Caroline Wozniacki – a mistake she intends not to repeat in Friday’s US Open semi-finals.
Wozniacki is the top seed at Flushing Meadows and the world number two, but critics feel that ranking is “soft” due to a lack of wins against fellow top players.
The 20-year-old Dane has never won a match against either of her potential final opponents in New York, Venus Williams holding a 4-0 head-to-head record against her and Kim Clijsters winning their only previous meeting in the final here 12 months ago.
But Wozniacki has dropped just 17 games in reaching the semi-finals – the fewest since Serena Williams lost 14 in 2002 – and is on a 13-match winning streak with a record of 19-1 since Wimbledon.
And Zvonareva knows from recent experience just how well Wozniacki is playing having lost to her in the final in Montreal last month – Wozniacki is 2/7 to win again today whilst Zvonareva is 5/2.
Zvonareva can take confidence from defeating Wozniacki in their first ever meeting in Indian Wells last year, and is also yet to drop a set in the tournament, although she hasn’t played the same calibre of opponent as Wozniacki.
With Wozniacki in such good form, it’s difficult to see Zvonareva progressing but the match may be tighter than the odds suggest with Wozniacki 8/11 to win in straight sets or 3/1 to win in three sets.
Wozniacki’s title odds of 11/10 may be a bit short considering she’s never beaten either of her possible final opponents.
Zvonareva is the outsider in the title race at 10/1. See the full US Open tennis betting market here.