Clijsters Ousts Venus

Kim Clijsters comes back after losing first set, 6-0
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2009 5:47 PM CDT
Venus Williams, of the United States, reacts during her match with Magdalena Rybarikova, of Slovakia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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(Newser) – Well, she sure answered that question. Anyone wondering how serious a threat Kim Clijsters might be at the US Open after a 2-year layoff got their answer today, when the 2005 champion at Flushing Meadows toppled none other than No. 3 Venus Williams, 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. "It was unbelievable. I don't know what to say," Clijsters said.

Moving well, stinging shots with both forehand and backhand and matching every bit of Williams' power, the Belgian star offered a startling referendum on the state of her game. It may have also said something about the true state of Williams' left knee, which she hurt in the opening round, but had refused throughout the tournament to use as an excuse.