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   Thursday, 23 January, 2003, 04:14 GMT
Gamewatch: Serena v Clijsters
All the action as top seed Serena Williams defeats fourth seed Kim Clijsters in a thrilling second women's semi-final.

Serena Williams 4-6 6-3 7-5 Clijsters

Game-by-game updates:

Third set:

Serena 4-6 6-3 7-5 Clijsters
The writing is on the wall for Clijsters as Serena wins the first three points of the game to give her triple match point and when Clijsters nets after some powerful play by Serena, the victory is complete.

Serena 4-6 6-3 6-5 Clijsters
Serena makes it five games in a row, securing the game with a strong display as she moves closer to victory.

Serena 4-6 6-3 5-5 Clijsters
Clijsters starts the game with two double faults but recovers superbly with a dramatic drop shot and volley to make it 30-all. However a driving forehand by Serena gives her a break point and another error on the backhand sees Serena win the game and get right back into contention.

Serena 4-6 6-3 4-5 Clijsters
Serena serves two excellent first serves to get to 40-30 and a Clijsters backhand drifts well wide to keep Serena in with a shout and put the pressure on Clijsters again.

Serena 4-6 6-3 3-5 Clijsters
Serving for the match, the tension starts to show for Clijsters. Serena saves two match points and in a thrilling passage of play then goes on to break Clijsters to give herself a glimmer of hope.

Serena 4-6 6-3 2-5 Clijsters
Staring defeat in the face, Serena holds her nerve and her serve to stay in the match and make Clijsters work for victory.

Serena 4-6 6-3 1-5 Clijsters
Clijsters rattles off four points in a row, showing her fighting qualities to hold and move to within one game of victory as Serena continues to struggle.

Serena 4-6 6-3 1-4 Clijsters
With Serena rattled, Clijsters gets three break points, a lucky drop shot off the net cord saves the first but Clijsters wins the second after another unforced error by Serena to make it a double-break.

Serena 4-6 6-3 1-3 Clijsters
After over six minutes of treatment and two injury breaks, Serena resumes at the start of the fourth game. With her opponent's mobility hampered a little, Clijsters tries to take advantage but although Serena earns a break point, the Belgian recovers and holds.

Serena 4-6 6-3 1-2 Clijsters
A big game for Williams who holds, sending down an ace to clinch the game but at the changeover she calls for the trainer for treatment on a blister on her foot.

Serena 4-6 6-3 0-2 Clijsters
Clijsters puts some daylight between herself and her opponent by holding her own serve.

Serena 4-6 6-3 0-1 Clijsters
An early break opportunity for Clijsters which she takes after Serena, who recovers from 0-30 to 30-all, nets a shot.

Second set:

Serena 4-6 6-3 Clijsters
A first set point for Serena on the Clijsters serve and the Belgian sends a crosscourt forehand long and wide to level the match at one set apiece.

Serena 4-6 5-3 Clijsters
Serena defends superbly against the Clijsters onslaught and manages to hold her serve once again and move to within one game of the set.

Serena 4-6 4-3 Clijsters
Serena works hard against the Clijsters serve to make it 0-40 but two backhand errors take it to 30-40 and a long forehand makes it deuce. Clijsters claims the advantage and makes it five points in a row to win the game and send out a clear signal to her opponent.

Serena 4-6 4-2 Clijsters
Serena opens up a two-game lead with some thumping serves although Clijsters battles hard to get to 40-30 at one stage.

Serena 4-6 3-2 Clijsters
Clijsters moves her opponent around the court but Serena responds with a superb passing shot to keep her in the rally and she shows her competitive instinct to recover and claim a crucial break.

Serena 4-6 2-2 Clijsters
The unforced errors continue to mount up for Serena but at 30-30 she uses her speed and reach to smash past Clijsters and Clijsters sends a shot long to give her opponent the game.

Serena 4-6 1-2 Clijsters
Clijsters, full of confidence holds to lead for the first time in the set with another backhand error by Serena.

Serena 4-6 1-1 Clijsters
Clijsters makes sure Serena doesn't have things all her own breaking to love but the Belgian has the better of another debatable line call before her sliced backhand sees her win the game on the first of three break points.

Serena 4-6 1-0 Clijsters
After taking the first set, Clijsters is immediately put under pressure in her first service game of the second set and Serena swoops to claim an early advantage.

First set:

Serena 4-6 Clijsters
Serena serves to stay in the set and with the tension mounting at 30-40 she keeps her cool on a second serve to save one point. But two double faults in a row prove disastrous for Serena as Clijsters takes the set.

Serena 4-5 Clijsters
A couple of good put-away shots initially put Clijsters 30-15 up but Serena recovers to earn a break point but sends a forehand wide. But Clijsters proves best to win a hard-fought game.

Serena 4-4 Clijsters
A couple of forehand errors and a backhand mistake make it 15-40 and another forehand long over the baseline gives Clijsters an immediate break back.

Serena 4-3 Clijsters
Serena claims the first break of the match as she starts to take a grip on proceedings capitalising on Clijsters' errors to break to 15.

Serena 3-3 Clijsters
Serena is made work hard as she tries to control the points but she is meeting with resistance from Clijsters but still holds.

Serena 2-3 Clijsters
Another good game sees Clijsters keep her cool to hold after Serena nets a backhand at 40-30.

Serena 2-2 Clijsters
Serena again looks strong on her own serve with a couple of aces to leave Clijsters struggling.

Serena 1-2 Clijsters
Clijsters serves well but there are ominous signs from Serena although she nets a forehand to give Clijsters the game.

Serena 1-1 Clijsters
A competent start by Serena who holds without too much difficulty.

Serena 0-1 Clijsters
Clijsters makes a good start to hold in her first service game, moving well around the court.

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