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Clijsters returns with an edge



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For Belgian comeback star Kim Clijsters, a visit to the Oncology ward at Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital was more than just a chance to visit with some young fans, but also a chance to take stock of a life that has gained new perspective since her return to tennis in August 2009.

“I admire them so much, it makes tennis [look easy], it puts everything in perspective,” says Clijsters shortly after the visit.

“Having a daughter myself I think it makes you feel so much more connected to their situation. It’s sad, but it’s also amazing to see how brave they are.”

Clijsters chatted with staff, parents and patients for close to an hour as she moved effortlessly from room to room, proving that her class is not just confined to the tennis court.

“I admire the nurses and the parents especially. It makes you think about your situation and how healthy and how lucky you are to be healthy.”

Clijsters will start the 2010 season fit and firing after producing a comeback storyline that was so good – almost improbable – even Rocky writer Sylvester Stallone would be envious.

But now, as the former world No.1 prepares to lace up her shoes for her first tournament of the year, the question is, can Clijsters keep the fairytale going?

It’s a few days before the opening main draw matches kick off and Clijsters is busy practising on Show Court 1 while fellow Belgian returnee Justine Henin is hitting up close by on Show Court 2.

Clijsters’ coach places an empty tennis ball canister in diagonally opposing corners of the court for a crosscourt forehand drill, with the aim being to hit the canister. Clijsters nails it first shot.

Just like Clijsters’ return to tennis, the drill goes exactly to plan for the 2009 US Open champion. And with the benefit of hindsight and the perspective that almost two years on the sidelines brings, Clijsters says that this time around she’s taking a different approach.

“[I’m doing] quite a few things [differently] yes, I think that’s why I’m calling this a second career and not a comeback,” she explains.

“I have the benefit of all that experience before but travelling with my husband, daughter and a brand new team is totally different. I’m loving that challenge.

“I think I have a different perspective now on the court after being away for so long and everything I experienced while I was away.”

And like fellow returnee Alicia Molik, Clijsters believes the time away from the court and the grind of the tour has made her a better player.

“A lot of things have changed in my life and I think you get to know yourself better and that also has an influence on the way you feel on the court,” she explains.

Another thing that has changed for Clijsters, albeit slightly, is her game. While she admits you won’t see her venturing to the net too often, she has spent time working on some of her weaknesses and strengthening the weapons in her already impressive armoury.

“A lot of girls can hit the ball hard and move well, but I think if you can mix it up a little bit more I think that’s something that can make a difference.

“I’ve worked hard physically, I had to obviously after the pregnancy and everything, but it’s paid off. I feel like I’ve had a good off season – I didn’t take a break because I had a long break before that. I’m just happy to be here.”

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Clijsters coming back for more


Saturday 2 January 2010
By Eleanor Preston



Comeback queen Kim Clijsters has warned that emulating her emotional US Open victory at Melbourne Park will not be an easy assignment.

“The grand slams are really important and the Australian Open is a tournament that I’ve always really loved playing and to win it one day would be great but there are many players who have that goal as well,” said Clijsters, speaking ahead of this week’s Brisbane International AO Series event.

“I’m just going to give it my best shot and see what happens. Once you’ve done well at grand slams you are always put in a position where you are one of the favourites. It’s a compliment because it means you have been playing well but every match is tough and we have to compete in every match. You have to play your best tennis but that doesn’t mean that you are automatically going to do that. “

Clijsters will start her Australian summer campaign with a first round encounter in Brisbane against Italian Tathiana Garbin and is hoping for a run of matches to build momentum as she heads into the first grand slam of the season.

She says she has been working hard to prepare for the physical demands of playing in the Antipodean heat.

“I didn’t need to go on vacation at the end of the season because I’d had such a long time off before that so I had a good eight or nine weeks to practise and work on my fitness and now I feel good,” she said. “Physically I feel really good and that’s a big difference to a few years ago, when I always had little injuries going on or some big ones. I feel great and I just want to keep it that way.”

Clijsters stopped playing tennis at the end of 2007 in order to focus on being a wife and mother but came out of retirement in August last year and stormed to victory at the US Open in only her third event back, beating both Williams sisters before overcoming Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

The pictures of her showing the trophy to her daughter Jada in front of a dewy-eyed crowd in the Arthur Ashe stadium capped one of the most astonishingly successful comebacks tennis has ever seen.

Now Clijsters has been joined by countrywoman Justine Henin, who turned around her own decision to retire when she accepted wildcards into the Brisbane International, Sydney and the Australian Open. Clijsters is expecting her rival to return to competition eager and ready to play.

“Something I’ve always enjoyed at the start of the year is watching how everyone else plays and you can really pick the ones who’ve been working hard. I’m sure Justine is one of those who has worked hard because she’s had a lot of time to train really hard to be ready. She’s always been a very professional athlete and that won’t have changed. She has the attitude and the experience behind her.”

For her part, Clijsters says that travelling with a family allows her to keep tennis in perspective and she and husband Bryan have been busy introducing their daughter to some traditional Australian sites.

“We kept telling Jada about the kangeroos that she was going to see so that’s definitely on her schedule during the time that we’re here in Brisbane,” said Clijsters. “There are lots of things to do here and it’s a perfect place to be as a family.”

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Brian Lynch wordt voetballer

Brian Lynch speelde basketbal tot vrouwlief Kim Clijsters besloot een comeback te maken in het tennis. Ondertussen heeft de Amerikaan een andere sport gevonden: voetbal.

'Hij speelt bij een caféploeg in Opitter', aldus Kim. 'Vraag me niet welke ploeg, ik weet alleen dat het terrein op de grote baan tussen Opitter en Bree ligt. Hij vindt het zeer leuk. In zijn eerste match scoorde hij al.'
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Clijsters returns with toddler at foot

KIM Clijsters soothed her toddler daughter on the long flight from Belgium to Australia with stories of the kangaroos she would see during their stay in Brisbane. In New York last year there were regular family outings to Central Park; in Queensland, there will also be walks across the road to swim with the public in the riverside lagoon at Southbank.

For so long an adopted Australian, Clijsters has no fear of being hassled - happy to mingle among the masses with young Jada and husband Brian Lynch. "That's OK. They behave here in Australia," she said, smiling through the news conference that followed her final practice session before today's opening round of the Brisbane International.

Clijsters last visited in 2007, six months before her marriage to Lynch, a Belgian-based basketballer from New Jersey. In May of that year, a sore and weary Clijsters announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 23. The following February brought the birth of Jada, who was destined to frolick on Arthur Ashe Stadium as she does at home in the backyard after her mother's startling return to win the US Open last September in just her third comeback tournament.

And yet, after what Clijsters describes as the "hectic" few days that followed in New York, she says she needs to be reminded of her second grand slam singles success by others. "I don't think about it that much, even now," Clijsters said yesterday. "It was a great moment and it was a lot of fun to share it with the team and stuff afterwards, but once we got home, it was back to normal, to a normal life."

Clijsters, 26, played only one more tournament for the season (a second-round loss in Luxembourg), opting instead to remain in her home town of Bree for the birth of her sister Elke's first child and prepare herself physically for a 2010 schedule that will include 14 or 15 tournaments - down from the 20-22 of her teenage years.

There was, she said, no temptation to keep competing. "I wasn't thinking that I was going to have a shot at winning the Open - I just wanted to play those tournaments and get used to travelling with a family and being back on tour and just getting used to the level a little bit. So I didn't want to all of a sudden change my whole schedule just because I won," she said.

"That was too hard, and my sister was going to have a baby as well and I really wanted to be home for that, and now that I'm a little bit older … I could really choose to be home for important events that were happening in my family. And I did."

There is no specific rankings goal for the year, but Clijsters is well aware that if the results come, so will the points. She is already ranked 18th from just four tournaments, and second favourite for the Australian Open, even though the record books reveal Margaret Court in 1972 as the only previous mother to win the title.

For her part, Clijsters believes her improved post-natal strength is more in her mind than her body. "Obviously I have a lot of other things to do besides training, but that keeps it fun and I love it. And so far balancing motherhood and being a wife and a tennis player is going really well."

Still, it is a sign of how long she has been away that Clijsters was not even aware Australia had changed its national surface from the spongy green Rebound Ace to the firmer blue Plexicushion until after her arrival early on Tuesday.

"I was like 'oh, why can't I push into the court any more?', but it still feels good. It obviously reminds me a little bit more of the surface in New York, but I think it's a little bit slower, bounces up a little bit higher," she said. Thus, she believes the ball reacts similarly, but that the new surface is safer for the players and is thus a better choice.

Clijsters, indeed, has made some bold ones: an early retirement, young motherhood, and the decision to return that paid such immense and immediate dividends that the bar has been set almost impossibly high for her grand slam follow-up. So, can the four-time semi-finalist and 2004 runner-up win the Australian Open three tournaments on?

For now, she insists, Brisbane is the main focus, but "I'm going to just try to give it my best shot and repeat what I did at the US Open". In the meantime, there are native marsupials to visit in the country that was once her second home - and where she is happy to pass on the "Aussie" prefix to Ana Ivanovic, the popular Serbian girlfriend of Queensland golfer Adam Scott. "Oh for sure, that's fine," said Clijsters, laughing. "That's actually a good one. I'll tell her that in the locker-room."
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Still, it is a sign of how long she has been away that Clijsters was not even aware Australia had changed its national surface from the spongy green Rebound Ace to the firmer blue Plexicushion until after her arrival early on Tuesday.

"I was like 'oh, why can't I push into the court any more?', but it still feels good. It obviously reminds me a little bit more of the surface in New York, but I think it's a little bit slower, bounces up a little bit higher," she said. Thus, she believes the ball reacts similarly, but that the new surface is safer for the players and is thus a better choice.
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Clijsters takes match in 53 minutes


BRISBANE, Australia -- U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters won her opening match in the Brisbane International, beating Italy's Tathiana Garbin 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday.

Clijsters, the top-seeded woman in the joint WTA-ATP tournament at Queensland Tennis Centre, will face Australia's Alicia Molik in the second round.

"It was just a nice feeling to be out there again," the Belgian star said. "I am really happy that I'm here because it really makes the transition to Melbourne (site of the Australian Open) a bit easier."

Molik beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

On Monday, Justine Henin, the former No. 1 making a return to official tournament play after 20 months in retirement, will face second-seeded Nadia Petrova.

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Clijsters opens New Year in style in tennis


BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) - Belgium's Kim Clijsters opened the New Year in the best possible style when she overpowered Italian Tathiana Garbin 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday.

Despite a nervous start to the match when she lost her serve in the opening game, the reigning US Open champion quickly found her form to overcome Garbin in just 53 minutes.

Garbin had no answer to the 26-year-old Clijsters once the Belgian found her range, with an array of powerful and accurate groundstrokes proving lethal.

Clijsters' forehand was particularly damaging, pinning Garbin back in the corners and forcing a host of errors from her opponent.

The strength of Clijsters' groundstrokes put Garbin's serve under immense pressure and the Italian was unable to cope, making just 51 percent of her first serves.

Clijsters took full advantage and broke twice in the first set and twice more in the second as she booked her place in the second round.

The match was the former world number one's first on her full return to the WTA tour after retiring in May 2007.

She made a partial comeback last year, playing just four tournaments and culminating in her sensational US Open victory in New York.

"It was a nice feeling to be out there again," Clijsters said.

"I felt like my groundstrokes were going really good, I felt like I was standing up on the baseline and really changing the direction of the rallies."

The win delighted the large crowd packed into the Pat Rafter Arena, who gave Clijsters a rousing reception when she stepped onto the centre court.

It also kept alive the possibility of a dream final against fierce rival and fellow countrywoman Justine Henin, who will play second seeded Russian Nadia Petrova in the first round on Monday in her first match since making a comeback.

Clijsters said the Brisbane tournament would help her prepare for the Australian Open later this month.

"I'm really happy that I'm here because it really makes the transition to Melbourne a bit easier," she said.

"At least now we have a roof over us and you get a feel for the humidity and you don't all of a sudden come from snow to extreme heat."

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ALICIA Molik believes only the presence of a baby stroller distinguishes the Kim Clijsters she knew during both players' first tennis incarnation to the new-model Clijsters she will meet in the second round of the Brisbane International.

Clijsters' win yesterday was her first in Australia since 2007; Molik's was her first at tour-level, anywhere, since January, 2008.

''[Clijsters] plays the same style of tennis, smiles just as much, and she has a husband and a gorgeous little girl; that's probably the only difference,'' said Molik, after her 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 defeat of Russian Ekaterina Makarova marked her successful WTA return. ''Still playing great, great tennis.''

If Clijsters was expected to beat unseeded Italian Tathiana Garbin, and did so 6-2, 6-1, then Molik is coming from considerably further behind. The Belgian retired while close to the top of the game, while Molik had been struggling with injury and desire for some time before retiring after the Beijing Olympics.

In March, she started hitting again, at first, just for fun. But, by August, she was ready to return, soon-to-be inspired by Clijsters' stunning US Open triumph, while herself starting in the more modest surrounds of the secondary ITF circuit, but nevertheless turning her unranked status into a spot back inside 200 while accumulating the vital match practice she had lacked.

Yesterday's, though, was another level entirely, against an opponent ranked 60th in the world. There were some shaky moments, a lapse in the second set and five break points to be saved late in the third, but her elation and satisfaction afterwards were obvious.

''It has been a long time,'' said Molik, 28, and ranked 190 places below her career high. ''This is what it's all about. Playing the pro tours was a stepping stone to getting to this level. I don't think I would have won today had I not had the results I've had the last three months.

''But today is what it's all about, and tomorrow, or the following day, is what it's all about as well. I play Kim, I believe.

''We haven't played for a number of years now, but she's the form player on tour and that's the type of player you really want to match your game up against, and who better to play at this time of year? You get a really good gauge, I think, of where you're at.''

Molik and Clijsters first played when they were 14, and two of the sport's more popular figures built a strong friendship, even though the occasional doubles partners played the last of their only two senior matches back in 2002, and Clijsters won both.

Both say they are thrilled to have the other back in the game.

''I'm really, really happy to see her back,'' said Clijsters.

''She's always been one of the most down-to-earth people on tour and a girl that I played doubles with in the past sometimes as well. We grew up almost, playing together, and I know her really well.

''She's one of those players when you see them again you just get a good vibe and that was definitely the case with her.''

If the presence of fellow unretired Belgian Justine Henin adds to the tournament's retro feel, then Clijsters continues to eschew the current fashion for skimpy dresses and cutaway tops to stick with the trusty polo-and-skirt combination that she has favoured throughout her career.

And there is much else that remains from her previous Australian visit in 2007, including the formidable power off the ground and gymnastics-like baseline movement, even if her serve lacked rhythm at times and she missed several routine overheads that would usually be certain winners.

Yet the top seed was broken only once, in a scratchy first game that contained four double faults, and found her groove soon enough against the 59th-ranked Garbin who, at 31, is the oldest woman in the field.

''Obviously there's a few details that can always get better, but I think for a first match it's been a while for me since Luxembourg, so it was just a nice feeling to be out there again,'' Clijisters said.

''I felt like my groundstrokes were going good, I felt like I was really standing on top of my baseline and really changing up the direction of the rallies and I think that was a good feeling.

''The smashes could have been a little better, but I'm really happy that I'm here because it really makes the transition to Melbourne a little bit easier, I think.''

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BRISBANE, Australia - Kim Clijsters won a battle of comeback kids Down Under on Tuesday, beating Australian darling Alicia Molik in straight sets in the second round of the $220,000 Brisbane International.

In a battle between two players who came out of retirement last year - as well as two of the most popular players in Australia - Clijsters, the No.1 seed, cruised past wildcard Molik in exactly an hour, winning eight games in a row right off the bat and, after watching her opponent close to 3-all in the second set, reeling off three more to dust off the straight set win, 60 63.

"We've known each other for a lot of years, and even though we haven't played a match for a long time, the feeling is still there," Clijsters said. "I was able to read her serve well today. I also tried to use all the angles to make her move."

"I'm glad that I played her here before Melbourne," Molik said. "I'm not very disappointed. I was playing mostly at pro level in the past months. I watched a lot of matches on TV, but it's different when you are actually playing this level."

Clijsters could be on a collision course with fellow Belgian and close rival Justine Henin, who came out of retirement herself and is playing her first event back here.

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BRISBANE, Australia -- Kim Clijsters' career comeback continued to gather momentum Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Australia's Alicia Molik at the Brisbane International.

The top seed won the first eight games in the second-round match until Molik, playing her first top-tier tournament since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, held serve.

Clijsters won the U.S. Open last September in only her third tournament back from more than two years in retirement, becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980.

Clijsters' title inspired a comeback by fellow Belgian and former No. 1 Justine Henin, who won her first tour match since May 2008 on Monday against second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia.

Having Clijsters and Henin on the opposite ends of the draw sets up the possibility of an intriguing all-Belgian final in Brisbane in the lead up to the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 18 in Melbourne.

Clijsters said she watched Henin's comeback match on TV and was confident both of them had the potential to return top of the women's tour.

"She was moving really well. Didn't look like she'd left," Clijsters said. "Of course, it will be a good challenge, but there's a lot of other girls I look forward to playing as well."

Among them are Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams.

"Those are obviously the big matches. And Justine now as well," Clijster said. "Justine and I, we've been on top of women's tennis for a few years, so hopefully we can get back to that in the next few years."

Clijsters is into the quarterfinals against Aleksandra Wozniak or Lucie Safarova.

Clijsters said she hasn't lost any momentum since the end of last season, spending time during the break training in Germany against "lots of guys" to mix it up and fine-tune her game.

"After a few weeks of practicing in the off season I was ready to come out here and play matches," she said. "I like to practice, but when I feel I'm ready, I want to start playing matches. So I was very excited to come out here and play my first matches."

She has only lost six games in her opening two matches in Brisbane, following a 6-2, 6-1 win over Tathiana Garbin, and her powerful forehand was working well against Molik.

Molik rallied to get the second set back on serve by breaking Clijsters in the sixth game, but the 26-year-old Belgian won the last three games to close out in an hour.

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I know that especially for us fans of our beloved Belgian, author Peter Bodo has always been an (you can imagine) to our Kim. But this time, he wrote something different concerning the Clijsters vs. Henin rivalry. So if you don't like him at all, please forgive me for posting his statement here:



Will Justine Henin make a Kim Clijsters-like return?

Shortly after Kim Clijsters opened the campaign of 2010 in Brisbane the other day, she said, "It was just a nice feeling to be out there again. I'm really happy that I'm here because it really makes the transition to Melbourne [site of the Australian Open] a bit easier."

But it's not like Clijsters needs a whole lot of transitioning to reach the level she hit about 30 days after taking an 18-month break from the game. Clijsters celebrated her return to tennis last summer by winning her second career Grand Slam title in just the third tournament of her comeback, at the U.S. Open. Heck, you could start the Australian Open tomorrow and she'll be just fine.

All seemed peachy for Clijsters until … Justine Henin's copycat decision to follow Clijsters back onto the tour.

Let's face it, Henin tormented and overshadowed Clijsters thoroughly through that Euro soap opera we might as well call Belgians Girls Gone Wild, Part I. Tiny Henin assembled Grand Slam titles left and right, while zaftig Kim had to settle for a reputation as the nice girl who finished second. At one point, Clijsters' frustrated dad caused a sensation by implying that Henin's physique and stamina had been improved (the job seemingly didn't require much) by the use of banned substances.

All this makes the tournament currently under way that much more interesting. Clijsters, the top seed in Brisbane, crushed Tathiana Garbin in a laugher in her first-rounder, 6-2,6-1. Meanwhile, down in the bottom half of the draw, No. 2-seeded Nadia Petrova put up stiffer opposition before folding and genuflecting to the sweetest backhand in women's tennis. She lost to Henin, 7-5, 7-5. Could we have a Henin-Clijsters showdown as early as this weekend?

I doubt it. While Clijsters made it clear last summer that it was safe for moms (and others) to walk away from tennis and then return after a reasonable interval to pick up where they left off (this will become a trend in women's tennis -- you heard it here first), I don't expect Henin to find her A-game as quickly as did Clijsters.

Here are my reasons: Henin always played a more precise, execution-heavy game than her hometown rival (let's face it, Belgium, for all its charms, is about the size of a town). It will take longer for her to get grooved and comfortable. Henin is also smaller and frailer than Clijsters; this will pose problems.

You can't simulate competition in practice, no matter how hard you go at it. It will take Henin time to acclimate to game-day conditions at the intervals demanded by tournament play. She'll have to develop the composure, physical comfort and reflexive decision-making abilities that her game demands. Henin had her hands full with Petrova, one of the more tentative and mentally frail of the leading WTA players. A woman with less talent but more grit will test Henin to the max.

You can't dial in as versatile and artistic a game as Henin's in one or two tournaments; the big question looming in my mind is just how patient Henin will be on her comeback trail -- especially when you consider the standard set by Clijsters. And age will be a factor for Henin: she's closing on 28, while Clijsters is two years younger.

But the big difference always was, and always will be, physical. If Clijsters were a car, she'd be a heavy-duty pickup with the off-road package -- a pretty rare and effective vehicle for women's tennis. Henin is a more familiar Ferrari, reliant on constant maintenance and fine-tuning.

For this long haul, I'll go with the pickup.

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Catching Up with Kim Clijsters
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
New mommyhood has changed the tennis champion.


Momlogic sat down with championship tennis star and Fila spokeswoman Kim Clijsters to find out what life is like for her off the court. She tells us being a mom is a love match.

Momlogic: How hard was your decision to leave the game two years ago to start a family?

Kim Clijsters: It wasn't hard at all, it felt right at the time -- and it was the most enriching time of my life. Coming back was the hard part; I did hardly any tough exercise for 18 months, as I was busy taking care of my daughter and father [who was suffering from lung cancer].

ML: Was it tough for you to get back to work when you started playing tennis again? How long after you had your baby did you start training again?

Kim: Hitting the ball came back pretty quickly, but the movement took a lot longer. I started training again after my dad passed away in early January, so about 11 months after Jada was born.

ML: How has motherhood changed your game?

Kim: I think motherhood has made me more organized, as I have to have good quality training time so I can spend as much time as possible with my family. I think it's also made me more focused and tougher in certain situations.

ML: You're the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon in 1980. How proud are you of that accomplishment?

Kim: I was very proud when they told me I was the first mother to win a major in almost 30 years, and Evonne Cawley was a terrific player and person.

ML: Did Serena Williams' much-publicized U.S. Open outburst affect your matches at all?

Kim: Serena's outburst didn't affect me at all; there was still one more match to play -- the final, the next day.

ML: How was it having your daughter Jada with you at the U.S. Open?

Kim: Having Jada in New York relaxed me, as I played with her a lot on my off days, and helped keep my mind off tennis the whole time. It really hit me after I won, seeing her running around the court -- how special all this was.
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January 03-09, 2010

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Kim Clijsters def. Lucie Safarova
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