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Tennis: Clijsters, Pierce Face Off in US Open Final


Former world number one Kim Clijsters of Belgium takes on French Open finalist Mary Pierce of France in Saturday's U.S. Open women's tennis final in New York.

Clijsters and Pierce have met twice before with the Belgian winning both matches.

The number four seed Clijsters has 27 career titles, and has played in four Grand Slam finals, but she has yet to win a major championship. She has won six tournaments this year after missing most of last season recovering from a wrist injury.

The 30-year-old Pierce is seeking her third Grand Slam title, playing in her second major tournament final this year. Earlier this year, she suffered a lopsided loss in the French Open final to Belgian Justin Henin-Hardenne, whom she upset in this event's third round.

In Friday's semifinals, the 12th seeded Pierce overcame a first-set loss and a nagging leg injury to beat sixth seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Clijsters upset top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia in a three set match 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

The men's semifinals are also Saturday with world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland taking on Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, and American Andre Agassi facing countryman Robby Ginepri.