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Serena blast at official mars Clijsters' victory

BELGIAN comeback queen Kim Clijsters knocked out Serena Williams in a wildly controversial finish on Saturday to advance to the final of the US Open and become the poster girl for working mothers.

Just weeks after returning to the tour from a two-year break to start a family, Clijsters beat the defending champion 6-4, 7-5 after a day-long rain delay at Flushing Meadows.

At 5-6, 15-30 down in the second set, Williams whacked her second serve but the lineswoman called her on a foot-fault that put her at match point down.

The American's subsequent expletive-laced tirade directed at the lineswoman resulted in a point penalty - and the end of the match.

"I swear to God I'm...going to take this...ball and shove it down your...throat, you hear that? I swear to God," Williams said.

After the line-judge reported the second seed to the umpire for verbal abuse, Williams added: "I never said I would kill you, are you serious?"

Asked in her postmatch news conference what she said to the line judge, Williams wouldn't say, replying, "What did I say? You didn't hear?"

"I've never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don't know why she would have felt threatened," Williams said.

In the final, Clijsters will face Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated unseeded and error-prone Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

Earlier, third seed Rafael Nadal needed just 34 minutes to complete a rain-delayed 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory over Chile's Fernando Gonzalez and gain a spot in the semifinals.

Nadal will face sixth seed Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, one of the hottest players on the tour this summer.

"He's a very complete player," the Spaniard said of Del Potro. "In the past, he didn't serve like he is doing right now. He has an unbelievable serve right now. From the baseline, he is very solid."

In the other semifinal, five-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland faces fourth-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic, both players well-rested after having three days off.


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