September 6, 2009
Serena wins; Clijsters knocks off Venus
Defending champion Serena Williams won easily and Belgium's Kim Clijsters stunned Venus Williams Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams, the No. 2 seed, needed just 1-hour and 4 minutes to eliminate 22nd-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-0 and move on to the quarterfinals.
Wild card Clijsters, a former world No. 1 who returned to the tour this summer after an absence of more than two years, defeated the third-seeded Venus Williams 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 in a 1-hour, 42-minute match.
Clijsters won the U.S. Open in 2005. Venus won it in 2000 and 2001.
Eighteenth-seeded Li Na of China also advanced, topping Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-2, 6-3.