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Clijsters aims to swat Venus

After surviving a bee sting to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals, Kim Clijsters was looking forward to trampling on Venus William's title hopes.

india Updated: Jul 02, 2003 00:33 IST

After surviving a bee sting to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time, Kim Clijsters was looking forward to trampling on Venus William's title hopes when the pair meet on Thursday.

"You have to just believe in your chances and go for it," said the Belgian following her 5-7 6-0 6-1 victory over Silvia Farina Elia on Tuesday.

"I don't think we've played each other where we're both at our best but I'll be aggressive myself."

Clijsters said she was still sore after the bee stung her stomach during the first set.

Venus has won four of their six meetings to date, but with Clijsters enjoying the best season of her short career in 2003, the twice champion will have her work cut out if she is to reach her fourth successive final on Saturday.

"I expect her to play well. She's obviously a good player. I don't find fault in anything she has done," said Venus, looking to win her first grand slam title since her triumph at the 2001 U.S. Open.

"But my level of play is high enough to definitely play well against any competitor."

Venus, who beat fellow American Lindsay Davenport 6-2 2-6 6-1 to reach the last four, has endured a disappointing season by her own standards.

Only the Antwerp cup has been added to a glistening collection which already includes four grand slam trophies.

"It's impossible to be the shining star every time. It's impossible to be in the winner's circle every time. You don't learn as much if you don't lose a few times," said the 2000 and 2001 Wimbledon winner.

Clijsters in the meantime has lifted four titles and is now threatening to overtake Venus's sister Serena at the top of the world rankings.

Despite her ascent to the top, Clijsters is the only semi-finalist not to have won a grand slam and she desperately wants to join the exclusive club by triumphing here.

"It's a good feeling to be to be in another semi and especially here," said the twice French Open runner-up.

"This grand slam means a lot to me and overall I'm really happy with my level here.

"If the top ranking happens that's great but I'm not there yet. It's always nice if you can be on top of your sport but I'm not thinking about that yet."

First Published: Jul 02, 2003 00:33 IST