Clijsters reaches final after Serena defaulted

Updated: September 12, 2009, 11:08 PM ET
Reuters

NEW YORK, Sept 12 - Belgium's Kim Clijsters reached the U.S. Open final on Saturday after defending champion Serena Williams was defaulted on the final point.

Clijsters won the match 6-4 7-5, which ended in controversy when the American was called for a foot-fault on a second serve to go match point down. An angry Williams argued with the lineswoman who reported her for verbal abuse.

Having already received a warning earlier in the match for smashing a racket, Williams was handed an automatic point penalty for a second violation which gave the Belgian the match.

Clijsters, playing in only her third tournament after taking a two-year break to start a family, became the first mother to reach a grand slam final since Evonne Goolagong achieved the feat at Wimbledon in 1980.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Larry Fine; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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