Chaos detracts from riveting encounter

Updated: September 13, 2009, 1:18 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- We may disagree on whether Serena Williams is the real No. 1 in women's tennis, but we all knew the U.S. Open semifinal that pitted her against Kim Clijsters would look like a real final, played by two former winners in the time slot originally allotted for the championship.

The jaw-dropping way in which the match ended simply makes Sunday night's final even more of an anticlimax. And no matter what transpired to lead up to that moment -- a questionable foot-fault call, an ...

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