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Last Updated: Friday, 9 September 2005, 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK
Live: Sharapova v Clijsters
US Open final semi-final:

M SHARAPOVA Rus * v K CLIJSTERS Bel

2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6

* denotes server


Third set:

Sharapova 3-6 Clijsters
The pressure is on Sharapova as she opens with a double fault and a poor drop shot into the net. A Clijsters forehand takes her to 15-40 and two more match points and Sharapova finally succumbs with a forehand into the net..

Sharapova 3-5 Clijsters
Sharapova brings Clijsters in with a drop shot and then lobs her on the opening point, and repeats the trick to go 0-30. A blistering return sets up 0-40 and she takes the second break point with a wonderful forehand winner.

Sharapova 2-5 Clijsters
Clijsters breaks to love and surely the match is over now.

Sharapova 2-4 Clijsters
The nerves are jangling in the Clijsters camp when Sharapova takes the first two points and she is soon at 15-40. The Russian finds a winning return down the line and the match is alive again.

Sharapova 1-4 Clijsters
The match looks all but over as Clijsters takes command of another Sharapova service game but the Russian hangs on.

Sharapova 0-4 Clijsters
Clijsters dominates another service game and moves closer to victory.

Sharapova 0-3 Clijsters
Clijsters is in complete control now and Sharapova looks to have exhausted herself in winning the second set. A wayward forehand gives Clijsters the doulbe break.

Sharapova 0-2 Clijsters
Clijsters holds comfortably and looks to be back on track.

Sharapova 0-1 Clijsters
Clijsters manages to break serve despite surely still reeling after seeing five match points slip away. A lengthy 'comfort break' looks to have disrupted the momentum that had swung Sharapova's way.


Second set:

Sharapova 7-6 (7-4) Clijsters
Clijsters recovers quickly from missing five match points in the previous game to go 2-0 up. Sharapova just refuses to yield, however, moving 4-3 ahead with an ace and racing through to level dramatically.

Sharapova 6-6 Clijsters
Clijsters quickly moves to 0-40 and three match points. A monumental rally ensues and Sharapova saves the first with an outrageous drop shot. The second goes with a backhand winner and the third with an unreturnable serve. From deuce, a missed return sees Clijsters' fourth match point disappear and a big Sharapova serve saves the fifth. The Russian holds and puts the pressure on Clijsters in the tie-break.

Sharapova 5-6 Clijsters
Sharapova wins one magnificent rally with some superb scrambling but it is not enough to break Clijsters, who moves ahead again.

Sharapova 5-5 Clijsters
Clijsters sends a lob long to hand Sharapova the game and the Belgian is going to have to work for a victory.

Sharapova 4-5 Clijsters
Clijsters holds with ease and moves to within a game of the final.

Sharapova 4-4 Clijsters
Sharapova holds in an epic game that sees Clijsters twice earn break points that would surely prove decisive. Each time the Russian responds with winners to keep the match alive.

Sharapova 3-4 Clijsters
Sharapova is not at her best but is fighting hard to get back in the match. She battles her way to break point but sees a backhand pass down the line go agonisingly wide, and Clijsters holds.

Sharapova 3-3 Clijsters
Another regulation hold looks on the cards at 40-15 but Sharapova's frailty on serve quickly reveals itself and she faces three break points. Her fighting spirit remains intact and she saves two with forehands and the third with an ace.

Sharapova 2-3 Clijsters
Clijsters edges ahead again with a straightforward hold and Sharapova looks at a loss as to how to make an impact on the Belgian's game.

Sharapova 2-2 Clijsters
Sharapova levels with a better service game to keep the pressure on Clijsters.

Sharapova 1-2 Clijsters
Clijsters holds again despite one fizzing backhand winner from Sharapova and there is little sign of the Belgian cracking at the moment.

Sharapova 1-1 Clijsters
Sharapova stops a losing run of six straight games with a solid service game but she needs to start making an impact on Clijsters' serve.

Sharapova 0-1 Clijsters
A seemingly poor call hands Sharapova an unlikely break point but she hammers a backhand return into the bottom of the net. A Clijsters forehand into the net gives the Russian another chance but this time the Belgian rallies her way out of trouble and holds.


First set:

Sharapova 2-6 Clijsters
Sharapova's form completely deserts her and a double fault on set point hands Clijsters the opener, and a fifth straight game.

Sharapova 2-5 Clijsters
Clijsters consolidates with an impressive love game finished with an ace and Sharapova is looking a little desperate at the moment.

Sharapova 2-4 Clijsters
Clijsters takes a grip on the first set as Sharapova is just unable to hit a winner past her, eventually forcing errors as the Russian goes for too much.

Sharapova 2-3 Clijsters
Clijsters is the first to hold serve, scrambling superbly way behind the baseline under a barrage of heavy hitting from Sharapova.

Sharapova 2-2 Clijsters
Another break, and Sharapova never looks like holding. Nerves seem to be affecting both players in the early stages.

Sharapova 2-1 Clijsters
Sharapova claims a third successive break as her big forehand returns again put too much pressure on Clijsters, who is yet to settle.

Sharapova 1-1 Clijsters
Clijsters breaks straight back, despite one superb lunging volley from Sharapova.

Sharapova 1-0 Clijsters
Sharapova opens with a blistering game, hammering her returns and breaking Clijsters to 15 at the first opportunity.



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