Clijsters demolishes Ivanovic to reach U.S. Open quarters

08:26, September 06, 2010      

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Defending champion Kim Clijsters breezed past Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Sunday.

The pair struggled with their serve until the Belgian broke twice to lead 5-2 and it proved to be the turning point for the Belgian.

After taking the first set, the second-seeded Clijsters raced to a 4-0 lead and despite conceding a service break, bounced back to win in 59 minutes.

The 27-year-old will next face fifth seed Sam Stosur or Elena Dementieva.

With breezy conditions returning to Flushing Meadows, Clijsters and Ivanovic exchanged early breaks of serve, and it was last year's U.S. Open champion who slowly seized control with a dominant combination of aggression and tireless defense.

It took the Belgian half an hour to wrap up the opening set with a crushing backhand to leave Ivanovic stranded and increasingly frustrated.

Although 22-year-old Ivanovic, currently ranked 40, showed brief glimpses of the talent that took her to number one two years ago, there was no stopping Clijsters as she powered to a 4-0 lead before wrapping up another victory without dropping a set.

After taking her match-winning run at the U.S. Open to 18, Clijsters said: "I played well and I'm happy to get through in two sets.

"It's all about staying with her. She's a player who likes to grow in confidence and then she takes more risks when she's ahead.

"Once she started to make errors I tried to really get in and be aggressive and play my game. I'm happy with the way I'm improving."

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was another comfortable third-round victor with a 6-3, 6-0 win over 20th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The sixth-seeded Italian continued her fine run with a strong performance to overcome the Russian 19-year-old who was in the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time.

Pavlyuchenkova racked up four double-faults and 29 unforced errors as Schiavone made the last eight at Flushing Meadows for the first time in seven years.

Source: Xinhua


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