Friday, April 2, 2010

Miami Results: Venus and Clijsters to Face off in Finals; Soderling and Berdych Win

At one point last night, Kim Clijsters looked to be cruising to an easy victory over longtime rival and countrywomen Justine Henin, but the Australian Open finalist recovered after being down a set and 2-0 to even the match. After Henin won the 2nd set tiebreak 7-3, the two battled back and forth in the decider before Clijsters prevailed 8-6 in the 3rd set breaker.

Clijsters' final round opponent? The red-hot Venus Williams, who has improved her winning streak to 15 after easily beating Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4. Williams' and Clijsters' last match was a wild one, in the Round of 16 at the US Open where the Belgian won in 3 sets.

Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick both won on Wednesday to set up the first semifinal, but one was still to be decided on Thursday, and two big-servers occupied them. Robin Soderling dominated Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-4 and Tomas Berdych found himself down a set to 10th seeded Fernando Verdasco before winning the next two 7-6 and 6-4 to reach the final 4.

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