It was a strange end to a dramatic tennis match.
The much-anticipated clash between defending champion Serena Williams and 2005 champion Belgian Kim Clijsters, coming in after 2 and a half years in retirement, took place in front of a relatively small crowd at Flushing Meadows.
It was Clijsters, 26, who looked on top the best part of two sets, she broke serve to clinch the first set and when she was closing in on a sensational victory, the pressure told on Williams.
The Belgian was two points from victory when Williams, who had earlier been given a code violation for racquet abuse, was called for a foot-fault. That prompted the American to move towards the line judge in question gesturing angrily and verbally abusing her. Williams received a point penalty on match point and the grinder Clijsters advanced to the US Open final in dramatic circumstances.
It’ll be a great game between Clijsters and the 18 year old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark tomorrow. My pick is that there is no stopping the power and experience of Kim Clijsters right now – she has her eye on the prize after many said she couldn’t make it back after taking so long away from the game after the birth of her baby in 2007.
Never say never.