Clijsters battles past Sharapova

Kim Clijsters saw five match points slip away before beating top seed Maria Sharapova in the US Open semi-finals. The Belgian was on the verge of victory against an out-of-sorts Sharapova when she led by a set and 6-5.

But the Russian recovered from 0-40 and saved two more match points before racing through the tie-break. Clijsters showed tremendous nerve to stay calm and regain her form, taking the third for a 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 win and a final against Mary Pierce. "It was tough," said Clijsters. "I gave everything I had on those match points and she just came up with better shots. (BBC Sport)

Congrads to Kim on the US Open win. Nevertheless, it's "ouch" for Maria, while she is a good player, I think Maria is been using just pure grunt to play out her opponents this shows in her previous defeat against Davenport, Williams and now Kim, all whom have experience and is using them as leverage to win matches.

Well, Maria have plenty of time to fix that, each victory and defeat will see her gain experience, no sweat there. Just keep it all in prespective and keep it real, you are gonna get those Grand Slams soon enough. All the best Maria!