Clijsters powers past injured Williams

Reuters - Sat, 03 Apr 17:52:00 2010

Belgian Kim Clijsters crushed Venus Williams 6-2 6-1 in a one-sided WTA Miami Open final.

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Theree-times winner Williams, wearing bandaging on both legs, was never in a contest which was won in just 58 minutes by the 2009 US Open winner.

The match was reminiscent of last year's final at Key Biscayne when Williams's sister Serena, also looking short of fitness, surrendered in similar fashion to Belarussian Victoria Azarenka.

Clijsters returned to tennis last year from a two-year break to give birth to daughter Jada, who watched from the stands.

The Belgian, winner of this event in 2005, never looked back from the moment she broke in the third game of the first set.

Clijsters won 55 total points to Williams' 29 and her victory ends the American's 15-match winning streak.

After the match, Clijsters said she was capable of returning to the top of the world rankings.

The win was her second title of the year and she will move into the top 10 when the rankings are published next week.

Her route to the final included victories over last year's winner Victoria Azarenka, ranked seventh in the world, Australian Samantha Stosur, the number 10, and fellow Belgian Justine Henin.

She said that despite a limited schedule, due to her desire to balance playing with motherhood, she could get back to the top spot she occupied in 2003.

"If I do well at the tournaments I play I think number one is maybe possible. It's just it's not my main goal," she said.

"I'm not in a situation where I feel I just want to go to this tournament and that tournament to get more (ranking) points.

"So if it would happen, that would be great. Obviously I feel I'm hitting the ball really well. Maybe better than I ever have.

"But it's just number one is not really a focus for me. I think I want to peak at the tournaments I play in. If you do well at those tournaments I think automatically you'll get more points and then maybe it can happen," added Clijsters.

The Belgian said her practice sessions and routine had become more focused since her comeback - her daughter Jada watched her final win from the stands - and that she was getting rewarded for her new approach.

"When you're 16 or 17 you're like, 'Hey, let me play every week', because it's that adrenaline that motivates you and keeps you going," said Clijsters.

"I'm in a situation now that I can't do that any more. I don't think there's any top players that do.

"(Jelena) Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, they play a lot of tournaments but I'm in a situation where... I don't want to do that," said Clijsters.

"Physically I don't want to risk that any more. That's something that caused me a lot of injuries in the past."


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