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US Open: Williams losses to unseeded Clijsters

Serena Williams’ U.S. Open title defense ended in bizarre, ugly fashion Saturday night, when she was docked a point on match point after yelling and shaking her racket in the direction of an official who called a foot fault.

Williams lost to unseeded, unranked Kim Clijsters 6-4, 7-5 in a tight semi-final. With Williams serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second set, she faulted on her first serve.

On the second serve, a line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault. That made the score 15-40, putting Clijsters one point from victory. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat error-prone Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the women’s final of the U.S. Open against former champion Kim Clijsters.

Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0 to complete the match they began on Thursday. Nadal won the first four points of Saturday’s play to close out the second-set tiebreaker before sweeping the final set.

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