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2006-08-05 02:32:29

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Top seed Kim Clijsters overpowered Martina Hingis 7-5 6-2 to reach the Acura Classic semi-finals on Friday in San Diego. Second seed Maria Sharapova crushed defending champion Mary Pierce 6-2 6-3, setting up a last four clash with Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who beat number four Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-3. Belgian Clijsters will face seventh seed Nicole Vaidisova of Czech Republic after she beat Russian Anna Chakvetadze 3-6 6-4 6-3. Hingis...

2006-08-04 00:45:51

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Top-seed Kim Clijsters tested the limits of her endurance with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Jelena Jankovic to move into the quarter-finals of the Acura Classic in San Diego on Thursday. Clijsters was joined by second seed Maria Sharapova, who beat fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-4 6-4. Sharapova will face Mary Pierce in the quarters after the defending champion blitzed Finland's Emma Laine 6-2 6-1. Belgian Clijsters will face eight seed Martina...

2006-08-03 21:52:20

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Top-seed Kim Clijsters tested the limits of her endurance with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Jelena Jankovic to move into the quarter-finals of the Acura Classic in San Diego on Thursday. Clijsters was joined by second seed Maria Sharapova, who beat fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-4 6-4. Sharapova will face Mary Pierce in the quarters after the defending champion blitzed Finland's Emma Laine 6-2 6-1. Belgian Clijsters, who will face either Martina...

2006-07-31 19:26:04

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Russia's Maria Sharapova hopes her improving fitness will help turn her season around at this week's Acura Classic. "The past two weeks have been the first time that I've had full practice where I didn't need to see the trainer every day," the world number four told reporters. The 19-year-old, seeded second in San Diego, has failed to win a tournament since Indian Wells in March. A twisted ankle before the French Open has hampered her...

2006-07-31 15:46:33

LONDON (Reuters) - The Fed Cup final between Belgium and Italy will take place in Charleroi, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday. The September 16-17 tie will be held at the 6,200-capacity Spiroudome arena. World number two Kim Clijsters and French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne are expected to team up for hosts Belgium, who are aiming to win their second Fed Cup title following their success in 2001. Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta will spearhead...

2006-07-30 16:58:46

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD (Reuters) - Top seed Kim Clijsters won her fourth Bank of the West Classic title with a 6-4 6-2 victory over second seed Patty Schnyder in Sunday's final. "I feel so familiar every time I come back here," Clijsters said after picking up her second trophy of the year. "It feels comfortable. It's been like that from the first time I played here. Everything just comes together. When you feel good, you start to play better." Rarely threatened during the...

2006-07-30 00:24:10

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD (Reuters) - Second seed Patty Schnyder set up a final showdown with world number two Kim Clisters at the Bank of the West Classic after cruising past French teenager Tatiana Golovin 7-6 6-1 in Saturday's semi-final. Top seed Clijsters, chasing her second title of the year, outclassed third seed Nicole Vaidisova 7-5 6-2 in the day's first semi. After a nervous start, Schnyder recovered from 0-3 in the tie-break to win seven out of the last eight points to...

2006-07-29 18:54:16

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD (Reuters) - Titleholder Kim Clijsters outclassed third seed Nicole Vaidisova 7-5 6-2 to reach the final of the Bank of the West Classic on Saturday. Clijsters exhausted the 17-year-old Czech in long rallies and kept her off balance by varying the speed of her replies. "When you play younger players, they go out and have nothing to lose but once it gets close, that's when experience can play a role and they can get frustrated," said the U.S. Open champion....

2006-07-27 00:53:26

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD, Ca. (Reuters) - Three-times champion Kim Clijsters battled past Jelena Jankovic 5-7 6-2 6-2 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday. The top seed was joined in the quarter-finals by French teenager Tatiana Golovin who enjoyed a 6-2 6-3 upset win over sixth-seeded Ai Sugiyama, and Australian Samantha Stosur who toppled seventh seed Shahar Peer of Israel 7-5 6-3. Russian Vera Zvonareva won a repeat of last week's Cincinnati final by...

2006-07-25 00:11:58

By Matthew Cronin STANFORD, California (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters is looking to repeat last year's success on hard courts when she begins the defense of her Bank of the West Classic title this week. The world number two lost only one match on hard courts en route to her first grand slam title at Flushing Meadow last season, but this year she has one title to her credit and has lost in the semi-finals of three consecutive grand slams. "This is the part of the year I...