Kim Clijsters is one win away from defending her US Open Championship. The Belgian tennis star survived a three-set semifinal match against Venus Williams, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, to set up a title match against 7th seed Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki earlier on Friday to advance as the other US Open finalist. Clijsters extended her winning streak to 20 matces at Flushing Meadows and is looking to repeat as champion, a first after Venus Williams won the US Open titles in 2000 and 2001.
Clijsters overcame a strong first set by Williams to win in three sets. The defending champion was trailing one set when she adjusted her position, moving closer to the baseline. Clijsters played with more consistency as Williams fell into a slump of seven double-faults and 50 unforced errors.
Clijsters has a slight edge, riding on the momentum of a good season. Zvonareva may not be a pushover either as she displayed that she can beat a solid and consistent player in Caroline Wozniacki. We will find out on Saturday if Clijsters keeps her title or Zvonareva makes up for her recent Wimbledon meltdown.