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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.

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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.

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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.