Venus Williams battled past French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 7-6(5) 6-4 in a late-running daytime quarterfinal, while defending champion Kim Clijsters prevailed against French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur 6-4 5-7 6-3 at night.
After two breaks apiece it came down to a tie-break in the first set of the Williams vs. Schiavone encounter, played in windy conditions. The Italian, seeded sixth, recovered from a 0-4 deficit in the tiebreak, but two forehand errors at 5-5 handed Venus the set. The American third seed took control early in the second set but she twice let breaks slip before dismantling Schiavone’s serve once again to win the match. Williams has now defeated Schiavone in all of their eight meetings.
In the other quarterfinal of the day, Clijsters extended her US Open winning streak to 19 matches, which includes her titles in 2005 and 2009 (before and after her retirement). The fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur made the better start but Clijsters fought back to take the first set. Stosur revived in the second set and Clijsters was in trouble in the decider as she was broken three times in a row. In that same set, however, Stosur did not hold serve once. The scrappy match featured a total of 15 breaks.
Williams and Clijsters will face each other in the semifinals and both are chasing their third titles at the US Open. The two met last year in the fourth round when Clijsters won with an interesting score 6-0 0-6 6-4. (sources: BBC, Women Who Serve, photo: © Neal Trousdale)