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It's high time we appreciate Venus Williams

Updated: September 9, 2010, 4:14 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

It's about time Venus Williams gets some love at the U.S. Open.

Williams faces defending champion Kim Clijsters in the marquee semifinal matchup Friday, a year after their wacky encounter at Flushing Meadows. Clijsters won that one 6-0, 0-6, 6-4, pushed over the finish line by fans -- a Belgian getting more support than an American at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The crowd's overwhelming allegiance to Clijsters had many of those who regularly cover the sport baffled, even in light ...

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