Kim Clijsters beats Venus Williams in semifinals for 20th straight US Open win


Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters edged Venus Williams 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4, reached her third straight US Open final (2005, 2009, and now 2010) and will be looking for her third successive US Open title.

The third-seeded Williams won the first set 6-4 by converting on the only break point in that set. Then the second-seeded Clijsters established a 5-2 lead in the second set, but Williams produced a comeback of her own and a tiebreak was played. However, Williams double faulted two of her service points and eventually lost the set. In the decider, after another exchange of breaks, Clijsters cracked through Williams’ service again for a 5-4 lead and then served out for the victory.

The 2010 US Open final will therefore feature defending champion Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva, who stopped top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the earlier semifinal. Clijsters own a positive career record against Zvonareva, 5-2, but all the wins Clijsters recorded came prior to her two-year-long retirement. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)


  1. What a great match! The momentum was swinging until the last set! For a while, until about 4-4 third set I actually thought Venus might miraculously pull this off. But in the end my tip was right. Kim has shown she is the one to beat here.
    I’m so happy for her, her comeback is one of those great stories which are so rare nowadays that they resemble a fairy tale. Go Kim, take the title :-)!


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