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Tuesday, 17 July, 2001, 19:12 GMT 20:12 UK
Clijsters back to winning ways
Belgium's Kim Clijsters in action
Kim Clijsters slides on the Belgian clay court
French Open finalist Kim Clijsters made a good return to home soil with a straight sets victory in the opening round of the WTA Sanex Trophy.

The Belgian teenager completed a 6-3 6-3 win over Slovakia's Ludmila Cervanova to make it into the second round of the $110,000 tournament at the Royal La Zoute club in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

It was the top seed's first game since her Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Lindsay Davenport

"It's good just to get the first match over with" admitted Clijsters. "The public support was great although I didn't play very good tennis."

Second seed Silvia Farina Elia from Italy also made it safely through the first round, beating Jaslyn Hewitt of Australia 6-4, 6-2.

But sixth-seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland went out, retiring injured after taking the first set 1-6 and losing the second 6-4 against Maria Jose Martinez of Spain.

Another unseeded Spanish player Cristina Torrens Valero defeated eight-seeded Argentine Mariana Diaz-Oliva 6-2 6-2.

It was a good day for the other Spanish players in action with wins for Marta Marrero, Gala Leon Garcia, Ana Isabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual.

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