September 8, 2009

Clijsters, Serena meet in U.S. Open semi

Defending champion Serena Williams and 2005 champion Kim Clijsters will face off in the semifinals at the women's U.S. Open tennis.

Both won their quarterfinal matches Tuesday.

The second-seeded Serena beat Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 15 minutes. A three-time U.S. Open champion, Williams has already won Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year and is in search of her 12th major title.

Clijsters, from Belgium, defeated Chinese Li Na 6-2, 6-4 in 63 minutes Tuesday. It was Clijsters' 100th victory in Grand Slam action.

The former world No. 1 Clijsters beat Serena's sister, third-seeded Venus Williams, Sunday. She has reached at least the semis in her last six major events.

Clijsters, 26, won the U.S. Open in 2005 and was the runner-up in 2003. She returned to the WTA Tour just last month after retiring in the spring of 2007 to start a family.

The Belgian, who has won her last 12 matches at the U.S. Open, is playing in her first Open since winning the title here four years ago.

The quarterfinals will conclude Wednesday, when ninth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki takes on teen sensation Melanie Oudin and Yanina Wickmayer meets Kateryna Bondarenko.