Together with the former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who will appear in her second career US Open quarterfinal after her fourth-round win Monday, our young talent Ágnes Szávay is also going to be there.
The fourth-seeded Russian defeated 18-year-old Belorussian Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3 in 74 minutes with the help of 25 unforced errors. Kuznetsova, 22, won her lone Grand Slam title here in 2004 by beating Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian finale. The two-time major finalist Kuznetsova was last year’s runner-up at the French Open. Kuznetsova’s opponent in the quarters will be another unseeded 18-year-old, Hungarian Ágnes Szávay. The 18-year-old player from Hungary defeated Julia Vakulenko 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Szávay, who will appear in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, lost to Kuznetsova in a finale in New Haven less than two weeks ago. Szávay is the first Hungarian tennis player, who got this far and worked out her place in the quarterfinals of the US Open. She has not even lost a set, so far, in this tournament. Concerned that the two women’s quarterfinals set for Wednesday - Kuznetsova vs. Szavay and Chakvetadze vs. Peer - weren’t dazzling enough, US Open officials changed the schedule. The match between six-time major champion Venus Williams and No. 3 Jelena Jankovic was shifted from Tuesday to Wednesday night, with both players’ approval.