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David Ferrer

Williams keeps it going

NEW YORK — There will be a rematch.

Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams will play again at the U.S. Open on Friday in the semifinals.

They got to this place Tuesday by handling an unpredictable, gusty wind that took tennis balls and made them more like snowflakes, illusory and falling in unexpected places.

The third-seeded Williams, 30 and nine years past her last U.S. Open title, handled the clever pacing from sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone to win 7-6 (5), 6-4 in 1 hour, 54 minutes.

Then the second-seeded Clijsters, the defending champion, withstood the athletic Samantha Stosur, who was seeded fifth and had played until 1:30 in the morning Monday, winning 4-6,...