If you took Kim Clijsters aside before the match and told her she’d lose seven of her service games and that her unforced error to winners ratio was 43:25, she probably wouldn’t like her chances. But Clijsters managed to hold on, and defeated the even shakier Sam Stosur tonight, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Clijsters now has a date with Venus Willimas in the semifinals.
We can make a big deal of Clijsters subpar play, but guess what? She won. So, she lost her service games seven times. Well, she broke Stosur eight times. Stosur was an astonishing 7 for 12 on break point chances, so Clijsters responded by being a slightly better 8 of 13. This was not Clijsters’s best day, and she found a way to win. It’s what champions do.
“I didn’t play a good match, but I was able to win it,” she said.
Clijsters can show flashes of uneven and streaky tennis. Remember her fourth round match against Venus last year? In the first set, she won 6-0. In the second set, she lost 6-0. Then she held on to win the third set. We’ll see if Clijsters can keep her Open winning streak alive on Friday afternoon against the streaking Venus.
Meanwhile, only minutes after the Clijsters-Stosur three setter ended, Fernando Verdasco capped off an incredible comeback to defeat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in a five-set thriller before a few hundred people at Armstrong. Verdasco hit into a jaw-dropping 89 unforced errors in the match. That gives him 216 total errors for the tournament, the most by any player. But! He also hit 73 winners, including a running, lunging, screaming forehand that finished off Ferrer in the fifth set tiebreak. It was a fifth set tiebreak that Ferrer led 4-1 at one point, and the Cardiac Kid Fernando Verdasco reeled off six straight points to finish the comeback. Here’s