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Henin, Clijsters to meet in semifinals

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Justine Henin improved to 16-3 in her comeback season Wednesday, gaining the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open with a win over No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Henin earned a semifinal meeting with fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters by defeating Wozniacki 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4.

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Beginning with the 2005 French Open, Henin either won or reached the finals in seven of the 10 Grand Slam events she entered. She then stepped down from competitive tennis after the 2008 Australian Open.

After more than a year on the sidelines, she has returned this season and is trying for her third final in four tournaments. Although she was unseeded for this tournament, she is projected to move into the Top 30 in the world when the new rankings come out next week.

Clijsters, seeded 14th, defeated No. 9 Samantha Stosur 6-3, 7-5. Henin and Clijsters have met 23 times with Henin holding a 12-11 edge.

The other semifinal, which was determined on Tuesday, will send Venus Williams against Marion Bartoli. Williams has won 14 consecutive matches and claimed her last two titles in Dubai and Acapulco.

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