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SPORTS
24 Jan 2012
AUSTRALIAN OPEN LIVE - ROGER FEDERER V JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO

0527:
That result means that we will have a new women's number one at the end of this tournament. Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are all possible successors to Wozniacki.

KIM CLIJSTERS BEATS CAROLINE WOZNIACKI 6-3 7-6 (7-4) TO MAKE AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMI-FINALS

Wozniacki 3-6 6-7 (4-7) Clijsters
The pair match each other point for point, with each holding serve, as they take drinks at 3-3. Woznaicki picks a pearler of a backhand to move 4-3 up, but her lob touches down well over the baseline on the next point. Clijsters slams home on her own serve and then crashes away a fearless forehand to break the Wozniacki serve set up match point. Clijsters only needs one this time as she picks her way to the net and pats away the forehand volley to finally see off Wozniacki.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 6-6 Clijsters*
Tentative stuff from both players but Wozniacki scrapes through to take it into a tie-break. Must be some frazzled nerves in both players' boxes right now.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 5-6 Clijsters
Having looked like a school tournament with a sixth-former taking their frustrations out on a hapless first year, an intriguing clash of styles is suddenly emerging. Wozniacki is chasing gainfully, getting the ball back one last time and challenging Clijsters to chance her arm. Where once that powerhouse left was landing every time, it is now pretty haphazard. It does just enough this time though as a crunching groundstroke finds its mark to give Clijsters another crack at Wozniacki's serve.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 5-5 Clijsters*
Clijsters' footwork suddenly has all the grace of Ann Widdecombe on Strictly Come Dancing as she strangles a forehand to fall 30-15 adrift. Wozniacki is just giving her opponent enough rope, plugging the ball back in court, and the errors keep coming from the Belgian. All square and, perversely, the pressure might lift off Clijsters now.
* denotes NEXT to serve



From Anon, via text: "Clijsters on one ankle dominating the world number one. Shows what a farce the rankings system is!"

*Wozniacki 3-6 4-5 Clijsters
Her first serve of the game is closer to the baseline than service box, but Clijsters appears to have zapped the gremlins in her game as she puts together a fine point culminating in a regulation forehand volley for 30-30. They are back with avengence though in the next two as a clunky forehand floats wide to give Wozniacki a service game to pull level.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 3-5 Clijsters*
The clouting power is still pouring from the Clijsters' racket but some of the accuracy has gone. She overcooks two groundstrokes to let Wozniacki off the hook and are there a few mental creaks knocking around upstairs for the Belgian as she attempts to close this one out?
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 2-5 Clijsters
The crowd roar their approval as Clijsters moves within a game of victory. Still a lot of love for "Aussie Kim" dating back to her days dating home favourite Lleyton Hewitt. She has repaid that support with a masterly display that has left Wozniacki smeared across the canvas today.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 2-5 Clijsters
The crowd roar their approval as Clijsters moves within a game of victory. Still a lot of love for "Aussie Kim" dating back to her days dating home favourite Lleyton Hewitt. She has repaid that support with a masterly display that has left Wozniacki smeared across the canvas today.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 2-5 Clijsters
The crowd roar their approval as Clijsters moves within a game of victory. Still a lot of love for "Aussie Kim" dating back to her days dating home favourite Lleyton Hewitt. She has repaid that support with a masterly display that has left Wozniacki smeared across the canvas today.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 2-4 Clijsters*
Clijsters bruises and bullies her way to 15-40. Wozniacki strokes away the first break point but a brute of an inside-out forehand chalks up the sixth break of serve for Clijsters.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 2-3 Clijsters
Plenty of perspiration from Wozniacki under the baking Melbourne sun and she gets her reward with an improbable break to love. She got a bit lucky at 0-15 when Clijsters mis-read her opponent's movement and pinged straight into her hitting zone when the rest of the court was wide open, but there is nothing fluky about the way Wozniacki brought up 0-40. A superbly-controlled running forehand pass dips just over the net and that deserves the break on its own.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 1-3 Clijsters*
Wozniacki is throwing herself onto the front foot, attempting to mix it more with Clijsters. Only limited success for Mrs McIlroy-in-waiting though. A second-serve ace sees off a first break point, but Clijsters snaps straight back at her with a ripped return off the next point. This time the Belgian converts and she is three service holds away from the last four.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 1-2 Clijsters
A searing backhand, punched down the line, leaves Wozniacki a mere spectator as Clijsters holds to love. No sign of the rolled ankle that she suffered in her previous outing against Li Na hindering Clijsters. A sudden recurrence might be Wozniacki's best chance of keeping her hopes of a first Grand Slam title alive.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 1-2 Clijsters
A searing backhand, punched down the line, leaves Wozniacki a mere spectator as Clijsters holds to love. No sign of the rolled ankle that she suffered in her previous outing against Li Na hindering Clijsters. A sudden recurrence might be Wozniacki's best chance of keeping her hopes of a first Grand Slam title alive.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 1-1 Clijsters*
Wozniacki keeps fending and fetching and does just enough to keep Clijsters at bay as the Belgian bashes away, but fails to force another breakthrough.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-6 0-1 Clijsters
Clijsters, all muscle and sinew behind these groundstrokes, is threatening to steamroll straight through Wozniacki. More flat, hard hitting and Wozniacki is scratching around in search of a way back into this one.
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 3-6 Clijsters*
Gutsy stuff from Wozniacki who has been off the pace for most of this opening set as she sees off a first break and set point. But for all her scurrying and retrieving, she lacks the weapons that Clijsters has pointed at her from the opposite end. A pinpoint forehand from the Belgian brings up a second set point of the game. Wozniacki cranks down an ace to pull it out of the fire. Another menacing advance to the net is crowned with a crashing overhead to set up a third for Clijsters, again Wozniacki faces it down, but her defences are finally undone as she dollies one up at the net and Clijsters slaps away the forehand with a shout of glee.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 3-5 Clijsters
A breath of life into Wozniacki's flagging chances in this set perhaps? At 15-15, the Dane latches onto a bit of mid-court nonsense from Clijsters but her forehand is out of kilter and she plants between the tramlines. Clijsters is maybe tightening a touch though as she balloons long on the next rally and from deuce plants into the net to give Woznaicki break point. Clijsters is left thoughtfully plucking the strings of her racket as another shot goes astray. Interesting...
* denotes NEXT to serve

Wozniacki 2-5 Clijsters*
Denmark's world number one is up against a barrage of baseline big-hitting from her predecessor at the top of the women's game. A corker of a forehand brings up two break points for Clijsters and she gets a healthy slice of fortune as well as her shot squirms its way over the tape to put her two breaks up. She serves for the set with fresh balls next.
* denotes NEXT to serve

*Wozniacki 2-4 Clijsters
No nonsense stuff from Clijsters as she smites her way through a love service game.

Wozniacki 2-3 Clijsters*
Clijsters opens up with a sumptuous shot down the line, but Woznaicki has also picked up the service slack and batters down the threat to hold for the first time.



*Wozniacki 1-3 Clijsters
It is boiling hot day out there on the Rod Laver Arena court, the ball zipping around off the baked surface. Clijsters holds onto a service game for the first time in the match. Wozniacki took a couple of points off her, but could not force the issue any further after a thick net cord fell the wrong way for her.

0345: Morning all. We hadn't planned it, but Victoria Azarenka's three-set win over Agnieska Radwanska has opened up a bit of time for a live text commentary on Caroline Wozniacki's clash with Kim Clijsters in the day's other ladies' quarter-final at the Australian Open. World number one against the defending champion? That is a Brucie bonus and a half. Clijsters leads 2-1 with all three games won against the serve.


Source: bbc.co.uk

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