Defending champion Kim Clijsters and world no.3 Victoria Azarenka will compete for a place in Saturday's Australian Open final. Clijsters, playing in what she says is likely to be her last Australian Open, picked up a solid 6-3, 7-6 (4) win against world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki in sweltering hot conditions at Melbourne Park this afternoon. That loss means that Wozniacki, who is still searching for her maiden Grand Slam title, will in all likelihood lose the number 1 ranking come Monday. Earlier in the day, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was the first woman to book a semi-final spot with a lopsided 6-7, 6-0, 6-2 win against 8th seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
Clijsters came into her match with Wozniacki as the overwhelming favourite, despite the 21-year old being the top ranked player in the world. With greater power, better athleticism, immense experience and a lot more guile in her corner, the match would clearly be won (or lost) by how well she played, despite the best efforts of the Danish counter puncher. To Wozniacki's credit though she made Kim hit a lot of balls and packed a bit more punch on her first serve, but that wasn't enough to deny the Belgian.