It’s Venus Williams v. Kim Clijsters in the Miami Final
by Staff | April 3rd, 2010, 9:57 am
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The 2010 Sony Ericsson Miami women’s championships will be decided today at 12:30pm local time in Miami. The match will feature two Grand Slam champions and former World No. 1s, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Venus has won six of the pairs 11 meetings but has dropped the last three including 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 loss to Clijsters in the US Open semifinals last year.

The match will be televised live on CBS starting at 12:30pm ET.

Notes below courtesy of the WTA:
* Clijsters (2005) and V.Williams (1998, 1999, 2001) are both former champions at Miami; and have both already won singles titles this year: Clijsters (Brisbane) and V.Williams (Dubai, Acapulco).

* V.Williams and Clijsters have both been ranked No.1.

* V.Williams (95%) and Clijsters (86.7%) are among the three leading players in terms of win-loss percentage in 2010 (the other one being S.Williams (90.9%)).

* V.Williams leads the Tour for most main draw match wins (19) this year.

* V.Williams holds a 6-5 win-loss record over Clijsters; they are split at 3-3 apiece for matches on hard court; 4 of their matches have been finals, with the honours split evenly 2-2.

* Both players have similar win-loss records in finals: Clijsters winning 36 of the 53 she’s contested (67.9%), while V.Williams has won 43 of the 68 she’s played (63.2%).

* Winning the title would take V.Williams past the $26m prize money mark, and $17m prize money mark for Clijsters.

WILLIAMS QUICK HITS
* V.Williams is playing her 4th final at Miami, and first since 2001, when she won the last of her 3 Miami titles; prior to Thursday’s SF win over Bartoli, she had lost 3 SF matches since 2001.

* V.Williams is on a 15-match winning streak, coming into the final having won her last 2 tournaments (Dubai and Acapulco). The last time that she won 15 consecutive matches was in 2004; if she wins the final, she would have her longest winning streak since winning 19 matches in 2002, when she won 3 consecutive tournaments (Stanford, San Diego and New Haven) and reached the final of the US Open.

* V.Williams last won 3 consecutive tournaments in 2002 (Stanford, San Diego and New Haven); the last player to win 3 consecutive tournaments was Jankovic in 2008 (Beijing, Stuttgart, Moscow), although she also accomplished the feat in successive weeks.

* V.Williams’ semifinal victory was her 47th at Miami, and she now lies third on the list of most number of wins here (after Graf and S.Williams).

CLIJSTERS QUICK HITS
* Clijsters is through to her 2nd final at Miami, having won the title in 2005.

* Clijsters had conceded only 15 games en route to her SF match against Henin, following that match, the number of games conceded doubled to 30
* Clijsters is 28-42 vs. Top 5 players, but has won her last 2 such matches (V.Williams and S.Williams at 2009 US Open).

* Clijsters is the leading active player for hardcourt titles with 27. If she wins the Miami title she would move into joint-4th with Seles (see table below).

* Clijsters and fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens played doubles at Miami; the wildcard pair reached the 2r (l. Kirilenko/A.Radwanska).

RANKING PROJECTIONS
* By reaching the final, V.Williams will rise to No.4 (overtaking Kuznetsova); she is projected to rise to No.3 (overtaking Safina) if she wins the title.

* By reaching the final, Clijsters is projected to have her highest ranking since returning to the Tour at No.11: she could rise to No.10 if she wins the title.

* By reaching SF, Henin is expected to rise to No.23.

* With Henin failing to reach the final, Aravane Rezai is projected to make her Top 20 debut.


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24 Comments for It’s Venus Williams v. Kim Clijsters in the Miami Final

Kimmi Says:

Hope it is a good match, Go Kim!!


jane Says:

Keep going Kim!


Kimmi Says:

Jane: Its go Kim..but what the hell is venus doing? If not careful Kim will run with this one pretty quickly!

Kim shots are very soilid though!


jane Says:

I think Kim better be careful Kimmi – Venus looked down and out before in this tournament, against Daniela I think it was (?), and then she suddenly came back into and won.


Kimmi Says:

WOW, the return form Kim of that big serve from venus..Kim is on the zone right now!

Two breaks down already in this second set..hope Kim can keep it up..she really broke down in the semi against Henin..but henin was much better than this venus!


Kimmi Says:

ha! Kim still on the Zone…now this match is a rout or what!

C’mooon Kim


jane Says:

Well Venus is making too many errors perhaps to make it back into it. But I notice she is getting a little louder this game. Not moving well today, is Venus.


jane Says:

Come on Kim – stay focused!


jane Says:

This reminds me a little of Serena vs. Azarenka at the AO. Serena just looked out of it and then had a resurrection. I wonder what’ll happen here – bet Venus goes for the break, big time.


Kimmi Says:

Yah! she lost it in that game.

Gooo Kim!!

You know, the match between henin v kim in brisbane..kim was 4-0 up in the second and then justine came back..that was bad but she went on to win the match in third set tie breaker in the end.

Gooo Kim


jane Says:

Kim is just tooooooo good today. I don’t think Venus can make any sort of comeback. She is looking a little hunted at the moment.


Kimmi Says:

3 match points WOOOT!


Kimmi Says:

Too easy! 6-2 6-1 oh boy

Congrats to Kim!

Back to the top 10 where she belongs!


jane Says:

Yahoo Kim!! Congrats to her! Top ten, where she belongs.

What an error fest from Venus though. Ugh-ly.

Glad I saw the Henin vs. Clijster’s match as at least it was dramatic and went the full distance – that was more like the final.


Kimmi Says:

“Yahoo Kim!! Congrats to her! Top ten, where she belongs.”

aaaah! jane, we said exactly the same..weird!!


jane Says:

Kimmi, yep. We were on the same wavelength. : )

I hope Kim and Justine both move up in the rankings, so that they are seeded well in the slams. It’d be nice to see them meeting in the finals.


Huh Says:

Very sad for Venus. She is my fave after all. :(
Hoping for Venus to rout Kim at the Wimby.


contador Says:

LOL…Kimmi and Jane are you the same person?

whatever the case, i love you guys and Huh too!

missed the womens final but , YAY KIM!


contador Says:

ah, sorry Huh. nothing personal, okay. Venus and Serena are two legends…

i tend to cheer for the underdogs lately.

not usually during a federer match , but i did cheer for roddick at times last wimby and got sick when he lost.

and i have been a little too happy for the federer vanquishers lately AFTER the match; that means delPO, davy, baggy and berdych….not benny….he’s a vilian..( joking )

i think it’s time venus, serena, roger and rafa start sharing some big ones more, is all.


andrea Says:

wow. broke her at love to close out the 2nd set.

i like kim’s game. some of the depth of her shots and angles.

when we were at the US open in 2000, we sat right behind the players box when lleyton hewitt was playing and kim ended up talking to us for quite a while. giving us all the low down on the players. little gossip session. she was great.


contador Says:

intersting, andrea. that had to be fun gossiping with cljisters.

i am not as up on women’s tennis as mens but i’ve watched enough of spectacular slams featuring venus and serena.

lately i like kuzy. love the personality. and henin’s backhand is amazing to me. but i have seen too many meltdowns and dramas, so have stopped paying much attention.

players like ivanovic and safina i was cheering for and it’s frustrating.

i have a the venus/ clijsters match recorded but haven’t watched it.

from jane and kimmi’s posts, it sounds like it was a rout.


Huh Says:

conty:

I would like Rod to win Wimby this year and for Murray to win his first slam, these are my priority things for the remaining part of the season, nothing else comes even close right now. And to be honest, I also badly want Venus to win her 6th Wimby. Hoping for things to go my way. :)


Huh Says:

Conty:

I prefer men’s tennis much more though, now and forever.


sar Says:

Too bad for Venus losing, I like her.

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