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UPDATED: 08:18, October 31, 2005
Clijsters grabs ninth title this year in Hasselt Open
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Belgian Kim Clijsters seized her ninth WTA title in one season on Sunday when she crushed Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Gaz de France Stars in Hasselt, Belgium.

The world No. 2 now goes into the Tour Championships next month in Los Angeles with an amazing 66-7 win-loss record for 2005.

The 27,000-US dollar Hasselt crown is her 30th career WTA tour title, making her No. 13 in the all-time rankings.

Top seed Clijsters was 0-2 behind third seed Schiavone in the first set when she quickly find her pace and rebounded with a win of six straight games.

The Italian, currently No. 15 in the WTA rankings, was more focussed at the start of the second set but could not hold on to that and the 22-year-old Belgian posted a 6-3 win.

Clijsters did not lose a set this week en route to the final of the WTA Tier III indoor event. "I'm very happy with my week overall -- played some solid matches and put myself in a good position to go to L.A. (WTA Championship)," Clijsters said after the final.

Schiavone, 25, missed her fifth chance Sunday to capture her first career Tour singles title. She had failed to win in four previous finals. "Physically I wasn't the best today," Schiavone said after the match.

The Gaz de France Stars is currently in its second year with a total prize of 170,000 US dollar. Russian Elena Dementieva claimed the inaugural Hasselt trophy last year.

Source: Xinhua


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