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  Wednesday, 5 September, 2001, 22:55 GMT 23:55 UK
Venus outclasses Clijsters
Venus Williams
Williams won despite 43 unforced errors
V Williams bt K Clijsters 6-3 6-1

The defending champion Venus Williams easily advanced into the US Open semi-finals with a 6-3 6-1 win over fifth seed Kim Clijsters.

The number four seed did not need to produce her best form against the off-form Belgium as both players sacrificed precision for power in a scrappy match.

The first seven error-prone games went with serve in the first meeting between the players before Williams upped the tempo ominously to break.

But, leading 5-3 and serving for the match, the defending champion conceded three break points but the Belgian was unable to convert.


A win is a win and I'm happy to have won
Venus Williams
Williams dug deep to take the set despite 27 unforced errors after 35 uninspired minutes.

Williams improved as she broke in the first game of the second set, with the Clijsters forehand malfunctioning completely.

Clijsters got back on track as she ended that run of four succesive Williams' games with the third game of the set.

But the 18-year-old was struggling to get back into the set and a fourth double fault in the fifth game saw her slump to 4-1.

Williams kept up the pressure and sealed the win on her third match point.


She's always a player that makes a lot of good points and also unforced errors - it's difficult to get your rhythm
Kim Clijsters
Williams will play Jennifer Capriati or Amelie Mauresmo in the last four, and is still on course to play sister Serena in the final.

Williams senior was unperturbed by her relatively poor performance.

She said: " I was disappointed when I lost serve in one game, but I was able to hang on the rest of them. In general, a win is a win and I'm happy to have won."

Clijsters praised Williams after the game despite her tally of 43 unforced errors.

She said: "When she's on top of her game, she doesn't make that many unforced errors.

"But she's always a player that makes a lot of good points and also unforced errors, and that's why it's difficult to get your rhythm."

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