Delighted Clijsters surprised by progress
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:47
Playing on a wild card in just her third tournament since coming out of retirement having become a mother for the first time, Clijsters breezed past China’s 18th seed Li Na in just 63 minutes, winning 6-2 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering last-four clash with defending champion Serena Williams.
The victory was the 26-year-old Belgian’s 100th career grand slam win in her first US Open since winning it in 2005 and she said: “I never had the mentality before the tournament that I would get to a semi-final or final at the grand slams.”
She added: “I definitely didn’t have that idea but something switched with me after Toronto (her second tournament back) where I felt like ‘Okay, I can compete with these girls’, because that was obviously a big question in my mind.”
Williams beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-3 in their quarter-final tonight.
The defending champion’s serve played a significant part in her victory as she hit seven aces and finished with an 86% first serve success.
The American is now relishing a showdown with the returning Clijsters.
Williams said: “She is such a great person and I only wish the best for her – though not in the next match of course.
“It will be a great match. She has nothing to lose and is having so much fun, which makes me so happy.”