Henin v Clijsters, Venus v Bartoli in Miami Semifinals
by Staff | April 1st, 2010, 12:11 am

An all-Belgian match-up, and an unresolved rivalry will be featured in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami when Justine Henin takes on Kim Clijsters, and Venus Williams takes on Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who she lost to last year on hardcourt.

Henin posted a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 win over the world No. 2-ranked over Caroline Wozniacki, who tested the Belgian with her consistency.

“I was in a lot of trouble in the first set. It wasn’t easy for me to find a good balance of aggression and patience,” Henin said. “It was the kind of match I really needed. Even though I was a bit tired in the end, I was able to win. In terms of my fighting spirit, I proved I can still do it. That was important for me.”

Wozniacki was unhappy with her inability to close out the match in straight sets.

“She was taking the ball early, trying to get good angles, mixing up the game…she’s a great player,” Wozniacki said. “Of course after being in the sun and fighting for almost three hours, it’s upsetting to lose. Especially because I felt I had my chances and didn’t take them, and she did straight away.”

Clijsters downed Aussie Samantha Stosur in straight sets on Wednesday. Clijsters didn’t face a break point in the first set and broke Stosur at 5-5 in the second.

Henin holds a 12-11 edge over Clijsters in career head-to-head meetings.

Bartoli beat the elder Williams sister in three sets last summer at Stanford.

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12 Comments for Henin v Clijsters, Venus v Bartoli in Miami Semifinals

funches Says:

Good title. Good commentary.

funches Says:

Sorry, wrong thread for the post above.

Bad funches.

tenisbebe Says:

Wow, a 29-minute 1st set. It seems to be alot about Henin’s serve once again, which she changed for her comeback – to win Wimbledon?

jane Says:

Kim is coasting – will she meet Venus in the final? Have they played since Kim’s comeback? Interesting…

tenisbebe Says:

Jane – I don’t think she has played Venus yet, only Serena, as we all will recall for some time…..

Nothing is clicking for Justine right now. These fans have to be disappointed so far. I’m sure these tickets weren’t cheap. Oh my God, she held.

tenisbebe Says:

Lordy – and Kim DF’s. C’mon Kimmie, don’t implode you did in years past.

tenisbebe Says:

That’s what I like to see. Kim is down 30-40 so she pulls Justine out wide and comes into to net to pull it to deuce. You could see the determination on her face in that game.

jane Says:

Henin has been good around the net too the last few games.

jane Says:

tenisbebe did you notice the black tape on Henin’s lower back? I was thinking that might be why her serve is off.

tenisbebe Says:

Give credit to Justine. When Kim tried to massage that 2nd serve in at BP, she went after it. Kim had 2 chances to do the same during the set and couldn’t.

jane Says:

This is looking strongly like a third set; at least the crowd will get more of their money’s worth.

funches Says:

Clijsters beat Venus at the U.S. Open. Won the first set 6-0. Lost the second set 6-0. Won the third set pretty comfortably. Not as strange as the match tonight, but pretty close.

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