#3 Venus Williams
#2 Kim Clijsters
Friday’s women’s semifinal US Open betting affair between Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters is going to be quite the interesting one, as both of these women have had a fantastic history here in Flushing that they can fall back on when looking for the upper hand against the other.
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Williams is now making her astounding eighth appearance in the semifinals here at the US Open. She has appeared in 11 other Grand Slam semifinals in her career and has an aggregate record of 4-3 here in Flushing and 14-4 overall in all of the major events. Five matches into this event, and Williams still has not dropped a set. She has been pushed to three tiebreakers though, and has proven to be a dominating force in those do or die situations. The battle against French Open winner Francesca Schiavone really could have gone either way for Williams, as one key break in the second set proved to be the only difference maker of the entire match. The elder Williams sister make quick work of Schiavone by capitalizing when she wasn’t serving, as she picked up winners on a whopping 48 percent of the Italian’s first service points. A total of 33 unforced errors, including nine double faults, must be erased though, if Williams is going to be playing in this weekend’s finale.
For Clijsters, she is now making her fourth appearance here in the semifinals at the US Open and has never been beaten at this stage. She doesn’t have the same sort of historical record that Williams does in semifinals in Grand Slam tournaments, but there is no shame in a 6-7 record once getting to this point. After really rumbling through her first four foes without any incident, the Belgian was tested by Australian Samantha Stosur, the fifth ranked player here at Flushing. Clijsters lost her first set in the second, but stormed back to win the final set 6-3. She was broken a whopping seven times on the day, but did break back eight times. Perhaps Clijsters will be seen at the net more in this match, as she went 13-of-16 when coming up from the backcourt.
These are two very evenly matches competitors that are going to be squaring off at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night, and both should be considered solid choices to win this tournament of the four women remaining. Though Clijsters is the defending champ and the higher seed here in the US Open, we tend to believe that Williams’ experience is once again going to carry her through. We could see either result happening, but if this is really a 50/50 proposition, we’ll be taking the hometown favorite at these US Open odds every single time.
Selection: Venus Williams +170 at BetPhoenix
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