2009 US Open: Serena Williams beats Flavia Pennetta to set up Clijsters semi-final
Serena Williams won a war of heavy groundstroke rallies to beat battling Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-3 and set up a semi-finals clash against Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open.
Williams overpowered Pennetta to break serve at love in the 10th game for the first set, and then earned the only other break of the hard-fought match in the sixth game of the second set to clinch victory.
Williams was dominant in her service games, sending seven aces past Flavia and knocking in 86 percent of her first deliveries. The Italian served up five double faults.
“She never gives up, is such a great player and never gave up tonight,” Serena Williams said after the 75-minute victory.