[Yahoo] Hurting Pierce makes U.S. Oopen final (AP)

Rusty Backhand
09-09-2005, 08:16 PM
Shaking her clenched fists and pounding her chest, Mary Pierce ignored her aching back and heavily taped right thigh and willed herself into the U.S. Open final. Pierce, who took a 12-minute injury timeout after the first set, gutted through her injuries and rallied to beat last year's runner-up, Elena Dementieva, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Friday and earn a spot in her first U.S.