photo credit:Francisco Diez
In the 2nd semi final two dual US Open singles champions were set to go head to head for the 13th time in their careers to split the 6 wins a piece deadlock. No.3 seed Venus Williams was playing for a spot in her 5th US Open singles final and 15th Grand Slam singles final. Her opponent was No.2 seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters, who was playing for a spot in her 4th US Open final and 8th Grand Slam singles final.
The winner would earn the opportunity to challenge No.7 seed Vera Zvonareva in the Women’s Singles Final scheduled to be played at 8pm New York time on Saturday 11 September in a night final. Former World No.1 Clijsters from Belgium defeated Venus in the round of 16 at last year’s US Open in a very close final set by 6 games to 4 and made quick work of Venus in their last meeting in the Miami Open final this year dropping just 3 games.
The 30 year old Venus is pictured above on September 5 this year at the US Open getting into position to fire her racquet at the ball with her most dangerous weapon, her serve. The sole American left in either singles event is having her best year for several years and could move within 99 points of taking over the World No.1 ranking.
The 1.85m Venus was going in with the bigger serve, more firepower from her ground strokes and the edge in experience. The former World No.1 struck the first blow in the 1st set after both players held serve without giving up a break point though to 3 games all. Clijsters served first and was broken in the 7th game at 30-40 via a cross court backhand return of serve by Venus.
Venus continued her dominance during her service games by winning her next 2 service games to successfully serve out the 1st set without facing a single break point. Venus took the 1st set 6-4 in 35 minutes to move within 1 set of breaking the 27 year old Clijsters streak of 4 wins in a row against her. The 1.74m Clijsters served first in the 2nd set…
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