US Open Betting Preview: Women’s Semifinals – Caroline Wozniacki vs. Vera Zvonareva

#1 Caroline Wozniacki

#7 Vera Zvonareva

The top seed and odds on favorite to win the US Open will be in US Open betting action on Friday night, as looks to move past yet another Russian foe in Vera Zvonareva.

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Wozniacki might have just turned 20, but she is already bordering on some uncharted waters here at the 2010 US Open. She is now playing in her second straight semifinal here at the US Open, which is also just her second semi ever in a Grand Slam event. The Dane was the runner up to Kim Clijsters last year, and she would love to see a rematch setup at Arthur Ashe Stadium this weekend. Neither Maria Sharapova in the fourth round nor Dominika Cibulkova in the quarterfinals were able to do much with the finesse game of Wozniacki. She was only broken twice against the Slovakian in a 6-2, 7-5 victory, and recorded five breaks of her own. The top seed also did a fantastic job limiting mistakes, as she committed just 18 unforced errors in relation to the whopping 43 of Cibulkova.

The Russian princess of tennis right now is Zvonareva, who is going to look to play in her second straight Grand Slam finale after finishing as the runner up at Wimbledon earlier this year. This is the first time that Zvonareva has reached the semifinals at the US Open, but that was also the case on the grass courts of the All England Club as well. The seventh seed in this tournament really showed no signs of fatigue in spite of the fact that she was already playing her ninth match here at Flushing (including doubles) against Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday. Zvonareva blew through her quarterfinal 7-5, 6-3, making her a perfect 10-0 in singles sets so far in Flushing.

At just 20 years old, we aren’t so sure that Wozniacki has earned the right to be this heavy of a favorite against such a stout competitor. Zvonareva has a lot better power game than anyone that the Dane has faced yet in this tournament, and we tend to think that an upset might be in the cards if Wozniacki isn’t careful. Either way, this should be a great match, and we think these are great odds on a woman who already knows what it is like to be in a final at a Grand Slam event this year.

Selection: Vera Zvonareva +300 at BetPhoenix

A bone marrow donation could help save a life

Alberta Sweetgrass October 1, 2007 | Ungar, Linda When you roll up your sleeve and give blood at a blood donor clinic, your donation saves the lives of people with the same blood type. A bone marrow donation through Canadian Blood Services Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry, on the other hand, may help save the life of someone from your own ethnic group. Donors and patients are not matched by their blood type so finding a match for Aboriginal patients can be challenging. go to website bone marrow donation

There could be as many as 250 people in Canada in need of a bone marrow transplant at any given time. Some of them will likely be Aboriginal. Canadian Blood Services notes in its promotional material that they need Caucasians to register for the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry. But since some antigens (proteins that stimulate the production of antibodies) occur with different frequency in different groups, the registry is also calling on Aboriginal volunteer donors to come forward.

“If you need blood, any ethnic group can have your blood type but if you are from a certain genetic background and you need bone marrow, you are more likely to find your donor in your own community,” said Beverly Campbell, director, Canadian Blood Services Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry from her Ottawa office.

“It is important to have representation from Aboriginals in Canada because they have a unique typing we don’t find elsewhere in the world.” She went on to say that the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry, along with almost 60 registries worldwide, provides Canadians with access to over 11 million potential donors. “We search each other’s registries for volunteers willing to donate. Canadian patients receive a lot of stem cell products from other countries. Over half comes from outside Canada so it is important for Aboriginals in Canada to assist in making stem cell donations possible for patients in their community.” Stem cells (which are contained in bone marrow and grow into red and white blood cells and platelets) are used to treat diseases like leukemia, anemia, lymphoma, inherited immune dysfunctions and other cancers,” said Campbell.

Registering as a donor is simple she assured. “We are particularly looking for younger donors. They are the first choice. If two donors match equally well with a patient and one is 35, and the other 50, then the patient’s physician would almost certainly select the younger donor.

“Male donors are preferred as they are larger in stature and may have more cells. But we want female donors too. Women tend to be smaller in size and have more antibodies developed through pregnancies. Antibodies can make it more difficult for the recipients. But finding a matching donor is what is most important.” The chance of finding a match donor within the family is less than thirty percent, leaving the only option to locate a donor through the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Campbell said, “Many patients confronted with the news that they need a bone marrow transplant begin to worry about finding a donor. The Canadian Blood Services Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry was created to ensure that every bone marrow transplant patient is given the greatest possible chance of being matched to a donor. We understand that this is an extraordinarily difficult time in a patient’s life, and we want them to know that the staff of the registry is committed to this task.” She went on to explain, “Getting a donor is like throwing a rock in the middle of the river the circles go out from the center. You start with siblings first, then parents. Since the patient’s markers are inherited from their mother and father, the further you get from the parents, the less likely there is to be a match. For example, I spoke a lady with three children. One needed a transplant. The other two siblings matched each other in this case, but neither matched the child that needed the donation. Today a lot of people have only one or two children; the bigger the family of course, the better the odds of a match. In other situations, children may be adopted or they may not know who their father is or where to go to find family members.” Registering to become a bone marrow donor is the first step. Donors can register on line at:

1 888 2 DONATE (236-6283) for more information.

The assessment portion is where a donor provides the necessary personal, health-related and contact information required to be added to the registry. Canada Blood Services staff will call the potential donor and arrange for him or her to go somewhere convenient, such as a health centre or hospital, to provide a blood sample.

Campbell said, “Once a person is identified as a potential donor by the blood sample, they will have to travel to the nearest transplant centre. The registry will reimburse for travel expenses. We do our best to make sure that any donor who is willing to do this will not suffer financially. We don’t want to make it difficult to join but also not so easy that people will sign up and then not go through with the process. We want committed donors. This is not something to be done on a whim. It is not effortless but it is doable.” She said, “I am awed by the dedication and caring of the donors. I’ve seen donors who go to great lengths to make a donation. One lady coming in a long way was driving instead of flying and it was winter. They ended up closing the highway after she and her husband were already on the way. They slept on a bench in a gas station and then kept going when the weather cleared. It is wonderful what people will do. It is not always that difficult of course but things sometimes happen.” As far as what a donor can expect to experience Campbell said that may vary depending on whether the physician is looking for stem cells or has a patient who needs bone marrow or peripheral cells. “If it is a bone marrow collection that is required, that means day surgery, probably with an anesthetic or an epidural. It is a painless extraction a long hollow needle is inserted into the hip bone and the marrow is extracted from the centre of the large bone. Recovery takes a bit of time and the donor can be stiff and sore for a couple of days. here bone marrow donation

If the doctor is looking for peripheral blood stems the donor gets an injection of growth factor to stimulate the stem cells to grow. The stems are then removed from the blood.

The donor recovers in a couple of days, generally feels more discomfort after the injections of the growth factor, and may experience bone pain a few days leading up to the collection. Most donors say that anything they experience in discomfort is overshadowed by what they are doing.” Someone donating through the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry will not be told anything about the recipient at the time of donation. Campbell said, “Some countries’ registries don’t ever allow contact. If your recipient is in those countries you will never know who they are. In Canada you can ask for an anonymous recipient update after a year. You can sign a release and if the recipient agrees, you can contact one another. Many don’t want that. So clearly we don’t make any promises.” It is the responsibility of the transplant physician to request a search of the registry for a patient. Even through the patient doesn’t contact Canadian Blood Services to get on the list Campbell said the registry staff is happy to answer any questions patients may have about the search process itself. More comprehensive information about the search is best provided from the patient’s doctor.

“We need you. We are here and what we do is wonderful but we can’t do anything until people join the registry. We need donors from all communities and ethnic groups. This is something we can’t fix with money or good will. Unfortunately, waiting until someone in your own family is sick and then getting tested is often too late.” “A search takes time and when someone is ill, they often don’t have the time to wait weeks for potential donors to get tested. We need donors to come forward, get screened and onto the registry. Time is of the essence.

[Author Affiliation] BY LINDA UNGAR Sweetgrass Writer OTTAWA Ungar, Linda

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