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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 October 2005, 15:57 GMT
Clijsters seals ninth win of year
Francesca Schiavone and Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters breezed past Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-3 in the final of the Gaz de France Stars on Sunday to claim her ninth tournament win of the year.

Clijsters did not lose a set all week but got off to a poor start against her Italian rival, seeded 15th in Hasselt.

The 22-year-old Belgian lost her first service game but recovered quickly to the delight of the home crowd of 3,000.

Schiavone, yet to win a WTA event, hailed Clijsters, saying: "She is a great athlete and a great champion."

Given her fantastic form, Clijsters will be among the favourites for next week's WTA Tour Championship in Los Angeles.

But the world number two said Lindsay Davenport would represent a big threat.

"I won't be the only one in shape there," said Clijsters. "Lindsay has been great, too. It is the last tournament for everyone in the top eight and they all will give it their best."




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