Russians Crash US Open Semis

'04 champ Kuznetsova, Chakvetadze join Henin in final four
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2007 6:08 PM CDT
Anna Chakvetadze of Russia returns a shot to Shahar Peer of Israel during their match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 2004 women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova cruised into the semifinals of the US Open today, dispatching Agnes Szavay 6-1, 6-4 to earn a shot at fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze. Chakvetadze upended crowd favorite Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-1; top seed Justine Henin is already in, with the fourth spot going to the winner of tonight's match between Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic.

"It's my favorite tournament. I love New York," said the fourth-seeded Kuznetsova. "It doesn't matter how I feel, I just come to this court and always want to give my best." Her next opponent will be in her first Grand Slam semifinal, and credited a simple improvement for the victory. "I just started to play more aggressive," Chakvetadze said.