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Serena, Clijsters to meet at MSG in exhibition match

Sports Network

2/3/2010 2:30:58 PM

New York, NY (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Serena Williams and former top- ranked star Kim Clijsters will meet in an exhibition tennis match at Madison Square Garden on March 1.

The reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Serena and reigning U.S. Open titlist Clijsters will meet in a rematch of their U.S. Open semifinal from last year, which came to an abrupt end when Serena lost on a penalty point after berating a line judge at Ashe Stadium.

Clijsters went on to capture the U.S. Open, while the 12-time major champion Serena wound up being fined a record $82,500 and placed on two years probation at Grand Slam tournaments.

The BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup in New York will also feature a semifinal match between French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and seven-time Grand Slam titlist and 2009 Wimbledon runner-up Venus Williams.

The $1.2 million one-day event will feature three matches, a pair of one-set semifinals and a three-set final at MSG.