Seles, Pierce To Meet At Kremlin Finals


Mary Pierce upset an aching Venus Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup Saturday and will play Monica Seles for the title on Sunday.

Seles overcame Sandrine Testud of France in a hard-fought match 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

Knee problems proved Williams' undoing. It appeared she began to have trouble in the second set and Pierce took the last five games.


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She ended the set with three aces, and charged ahead again in the third, after Williams double-faulted twice to go down 0-2.

Williams called for a trainer immediately after the game, complaining about her knee. She appeared weak for the rest of the set, and Pierce went on to win 6-0 without giving Williams a point in the last three games.

Williams said her knee had been a problem throughout the match. "I wasn't doing the movement I normally do,"
she said. "I've been playing so many weeks now ... I think it just wore on my knee."

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