"LET'S GO PRIMETIME LADIES" "GIVE US A GOOD SHOW"
Serena to face Clijsters for season-ending title
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Serena Williams, the world's No. 1 ranked player, rallied from a set down to beat third seed Jennifer Capriati, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the final of the WTA Tour's season-ending Home Depot Championships at Staples Center.
Williams will next face fifth seed Belgian Kim Clijsters, who advanced after second seed Venus Williams retired in the first set of their semifinal match due to a strain in her lower left leg. Venus said she twisted her ankle during a quarterfinal match against Monica Seles on Friday.
Clijsters was ahead 5-0 in the first set when Venus strained the peroneal muscle in her left leg just 13 minutes into the match.
It was the second time Venus pulled out of a match in California at the last minute. She didn't play in the semifinals against Serena, her younger sister, in the Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells in 2001.
This was the fourth time in the last five years that Venus pulled out of the season-ending championships. Last year she hurt her left wrist and in 2000 she had anemia and in 1998 a knee injury prevented her from participating.
Serena lost the first set of her semifinal in just 32 minutes, but rallied over the final two sets, which lasted 99 minutes. Serena drilled 14 aces to just two for Capriati, but had 53 unforced errors to just 23 for Capriati. Serena also had 42 winners, while Capriati had only 11.
It was the seventh win for Serena over Capriati in 11 lifetime meetings and Williams has won the last six encounters.
Serena, the French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open Champion, captured this event last year in Munich, when she won via a walkover against an injured Lindsay Davenport.
Clijsters is looking for her fourth title this year, while Serena is trying for her ninth championship of 2002. Serena has won all five lifetime meetings against Clijsters, including a three-set win at the Princess Cup in Japan in September.
The winner of this year's $3 million event will claim $765,000.
11/10 19:34:02 ET