May 5, 2006

Clijsters beats Schiavone to reach Warsaw semis

WARSAW (Reuters) - Belgian world number two Kim Clijsters
moved into the semi-finals of the Warsaw Cup on Friday by
defeating fifth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4 6-4.

In 10 meetings Schiavone has yet to win a set against
Clijsters and, although the match was always competitive, she
did not look like doing so this time either.

"I felt pretty good out there today," said Clijsters. "I
did exactly what I had to do, which was to be aggressive and
try not to let her play the game she loves to play, which is
moving her opponent around, mixing her game up and attacking
with her forehand.

The Italian made the better start in both sets but failed
to maintain her advantage. She broke Clijsters to love to lead
2-0 but a double fault and a netted overhead allowed the
Belgian to break back in the fifth game.

A further break to 4-3 when Schiavone netted a volley was
enough to give Clijsters the set.

The second set followed a similar pattern, with Schiavone
holding off three break points and then breaking Clijsters to

But a fourth double fault and then a backhand down the line
that forced a backhand error from Schiavone allowed Clijsters
to break back immediately.

The players were level to 4-4 where Schiavone hit an easy
smash wide to give Clijsters a break point.

Riding her luck, a forehand from Clijsters then clipped the
net to give her the break and she served out the match with

"My problem was I was playing one point, two points, one
game, two games (well), but if you want to beat Kim you have to
play every point consistently and I think today I didn't do