Second seed Serena Williams beat one of the hottest players lately – seed No.10 Flavia Pennetta – 6-4 6-3 and reached the semifinals of the US Open where her opponent will be wildcard Kim Clijsters, the sensation of the tournament.
The defending champion Williams is 7-1 lifetime against Clijsters, and 7-0 on hardcourts, but the mother of little Jada is far from the "elephant" she used to feel like when she picked up a racquet for the first time after giving birth (Clijsters’ quote: "I felt like an elephant sometimes, just trying to move. Even two steps was terrible.")
Williams has only the greatest things to say about her next opponent:
I've seen how she has been moving. It seems like she's even faster than she was before. I was thinking maybe I should have a baby and then I'll come back faster. I have nothing but good feelings for Kim. She's such a good-hearted person. She takes tennis seriously, but life even more seriously. That's the type of person I am, too.
Despite so many victories of the 11-time Grand Slam champion Williams over Clijsters, the two are expected to provide a blockbuster semifinal. After all, Williams won the US Open in 1999, 2002 and 2008, and Clijsters won it in 2005. (photo via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)