Kim Clijsters to face Venus Williams in US Open semis

Kim Clijsters continued her march to the ladies final by defeated fifth seed Samantha Stosur in three sets Tuesday night.

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Kim Clijsters of Belgium serves to Samantha Stosur of Australia during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 7.

It took three sets, but defending ladies champ Kim Clijsters beat back a strong challenge from Samantha Stosur in the US Open quarterfinals in New York Tuesday evening. The second-seeded Clijsters downed Stosur, the fifth seed, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

As befitted their seeding, this was a close match throughout. Despite having more unforced errors (43-36), Clijsters had a better first-serve performance and hit more winners (25-23) than Stosur. Clijsters also took advantage of break-point opportunities and net approaches.

Clijsters now prepares to meet former Open champ Venus Williams Friday in one ladies semifinal. Venus beat sixth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy, 7-6, 6-4 on Tuesday.

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