Down 5-6 and serving at 15-30, down a set, Serena Williams was two points away from losing to Kim Clijsters. She hit a fault out wide. Then, unbelievably (but accurately), she was called for a foot fault, to give Clijsters double match point.
After she was called for the foot fault, Serena turned toward the Read More
It’s so good it should be the final! And yet, after about an eight hour rain delay today, there are probably no more than 5,000 people present for the Serena-Clijsters semifinal. The upper deck–where the vast majority of the seats are in the stadium–is almost completely empty. In the lower sections, people are scattered. The Read More
It’s been nearly nine hours since a tennis ball has been in Queens, but we’re going to get some tennis for you. Very quietly, it has stopped raining. Even more quietly, both courts are in the final stages of being completely dried.
Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams have just taken to the Ashe court, which Read More
The USTA announced that the women’s semifinal matches have officially been canceled. This means that the women’s finals will be played on Sunday, at the earliest.
The USTA said we will continue to wait for a break in the weather to try to squeeze in the completion of the Nadal-Gonzalez quarterfinal. That match is currently Read More
We found Billie Jean King all by herself in the player’s dining room late Thursday afternoon, sitting at a table with papers and index cards spread all over the table (remember, she’s a business woman!). We asked the tennis legend what she thinks of Kim Clijsters’ odds in the semifinals against Serena Williams.
“Kim’s Read More
It’s not long until the Kim Clijsters-Serena Williams semifinal. Considering the other side of the draw–Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer, seeded 50th in the world–the winner of this match is quite likely to be the winner of the Open.
The last time a player beat both Venus and Serena at the U.S. Open it was Read More
On a glorious afternoon on Labor Day, there were close to a thousand paying tennis fans squeezed between the fountains outside Arthur Ashe Stadium watching an oversize television.
Melanie Oudin, a 17-year-old pint-size, freckled-faced blonde from Georgia, had grabbed their attention. After being obliterated in the first set, then down a break in the Read More
That was fast! With the stadium only about half filled, Kim Clijsters just won a remarkably easy quarterfinal match against Li Na, 6-2, 6-4. This means that if Serena Williams wins tonight–and no one expects her to have a problem with Flavia Pennetta–we’ve got an unbelievable semifinal in the works.
After her win, Clijsters said Read More
Since around the time Kim Clijsters retired in 2007, the women’s game has been in rapid decline. Look no further than this past week for an example: top-seeded players have dropped left and right in the opening rounds.
With Melanie Oudin’s gorgeous upset of Maria Sharapova yesterday and Clijsters’ victory over Venus Williams this Read More
Rub the sleep out of your eyes, kids! Yesterday was one of the nuttiest days we’ve ever seen at the Open, but nine hours after it all ended, it’s time to get back to tennis.
Later this afternoon, Venus Williams will take on Kim Clijsters, an absurdly intriguing fourth round match. We’re giddy just thinking Read More