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Mar 20th, 2003, 10:05 AM
Clijsters takes advantage of Davenport's errors

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Associated Press


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Kim Clijsters mixed lobs, volleys and pinpoint groundstrokes to beat Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday at the Pacific Life Open for her second title of the year.


Davenport, a former No. 1 still working her way back from last year's knee surgery, made 39 unforced errors -- 12 more than the top-seeded Clijsters.


Clijsters also won the Sydney tournament in January. However, she was more excited afterward talking about how both she and boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt each walked away with Pacific Life trophies.

Clijsters, a 19-year-old from Belgium ranked No. 3, said earlier that she gets almost more nervous watching her boyfriend of some three years play than when she's on the court herself.


"He's been in these types of situations, in big finals more than I have,'' Clijsters said. ``I was happy I got to play first because otherwise I would have been watching more of his match. I think then it would have been harder for me to focus for my own match.''


Was Hewitt worried about her match?


"He was still sleeping when I had to leave. I don't think he was worried about mine too much,'' Clijsters said.

She earned $332,000 for her singles victory, and Hewitt got $400,000.

While crediting her opponent for outplaying her at Indian Wells, Davenport said she didn't like the early starting times for the finals, tailored for television.


She said she got up around 6:30 a.m. -- "a little ridiculous for a final.''


"It wasn't a great match, no question about it,'' Davenport said. "I don't think I've ever warmed up for a final at 7:20 in the morning, especially after finishing so late the other night (around 11 p.m.).


"It's disappointing because, win or lose, you'd like to play a more high-quality match for the fans, or even just for yourself.''


Davenport was denied an unprecedented third Indian Wells championship; she won the event in 1997 and 2000.


Clijsters showed her versatility on a point in the 10th game of the second set, when she sent Davenport scrambling with a cross-court forehand, followed with a lob that made Davenport backpedal, next hit a drop shot that forced Davenport toward the net, then won the point with a forehand passing shot.


Davenport could only shake her head.

Later in the day, she and partner Lisa Raymond won the women's doubles, defeating Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final.