A Split Decision at The U.S. Open

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 6, 2009

US Open FLUSHING, N.Y. (BASN) — Sunday was a rough day for the Williams sisters at the U.S.Open. Serena won easily over Daniela Hantuchova of Russia 6-2, 6-0, but then watched her sister Venus fall to the comeback kid, Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-0, 0-6, 6-4.

Serena played as well as she has all year in the easy win. Her serve was overpowering and her net game strong as she won 7-of-8 approaches. Her next opponent will be the winner of Sunday’s match between Russian Vera Zvonareva and Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

Serena is now a heavy favorite to win the entire Open with top seed Dinara Safina out with a loss on Saturday evening.

Venus, suffering from a knee injury played a very strange match against Clijsters who had taken time off from the Tour to have and raise a young child.

Venus was overpowered in the first set but came back blazing in the second set with a strong serve.

Clijsters regained her first set form in the third set and took an early break. Venus fought back and had two break points in the 10th game but could not convert and Clijsters served the match out for the win.

It was a difficult loss for Venus because her side of the draw is relatively open. She would have faces Na Li, the top player in China Monday evening if she had won. Li had beaten her at the Olympics and Venus would have had a strong revenge motive.

Venus and Serena are still scheduled to continue on with their doubles quest.