On Sept. 4, 1999, Serena Williams won a matchup of promising teenagers against Kim Clijsters, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, in a third-round match played in Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 17-year-old Williams battled back from a 3-5, third-set deficit, winning 16 of the last 17 points in the encounter against the 16-year-old Belgian.
Seventh-seeded Serena would go on to claim her first Grand Slam singles title at that year's Open, following up her victory over Clijsters with wins against a quartet of Grand Slam champions: No. 16 seed Conchita Martinez, No. 4 Monica Seles, No. 2 Lindsay Davenport and No. 1 Martina Hingis.
Clijsters, meantime, would have to wait until 2005 to capture the first of her three US Open women's singles crowns.