2009 US Open semifinal: Serena Williams vs Kim Clijsters
Today we will be able to enjoy a semifinal that has taste of a great Grand slam final at the US Open.
Kim Clijsters is making an impressive comeback from a two-year layoff. She will face Serena Williams, who is the defending champion and also is joking about having a baby just so she can return playing better as well.
“Seems like she is even faster than what she was before,” Williams said. “I was thinking that maybe I should have a baby and then I will come back faster. That was my observation so I’m thinking about it.”
Williams, who added she has already picked Wilson as a baby namer, will play for her 12th career Grand Slam title in Saturday’s women’s final if she can get past Clijsters today.
“She has absolutely nothing to lose,” Williams said. “I think that’s when you can play your ultimate best tennis.”
Clijsters already has the greatest run by a wild card in US Open history.
Now she wants to become the first mother to reach a Grand Slam final since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the 1980 Wimbledon title, but to do it she will have to dethrone Williams, which is not easy to do.
Having lost seven of eight meetings with Serena Williams, Clijsters knows how tough that task will be.
“She has always been able to step it up at the Grand Slams. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t get chances when you get to play her. So that’s something that I’m going to be really focused on is obviously play aggressive tennis and dominate, you know, try to dominate a lot of points. But then, still, I think the one who keeps the unforced errors down I think is going to get through here.” Clijsters said.
Clijsters and Serena Williams are each on 12-match US Open win streaks since Clijsters was unable to defend her 2005 title due to injury and retired before the 2007 US Open.
Who will win today? Kim Clijsters who is playing her third tennis tournament in more than 2 years? or Serena Williams who has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon already in 2009??? We will see….
Information from AFP