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May 8, 2021

Tennis: Kim Clijsters beats Caroline Wozniacki to win WTA title

Kim Clijsters won the season-ending WTA Championships for the third time with a battling win over world number one Caroline Wozniacki in Doha. The Belgian, 27, followed up her US Open victory in September by claiming another of the game’s premier prizes as she beat Wozniacki 6-3 5-7 6-3. “I’m glad I won and it must be disappointing for Caroline, but I don’t know how many more years I’m going to keep doing this,” said Clijsters quoted by BBC.

“This has been a fantastic week for me. Kim just played amazing today and she deserves to win”, said Caroline Wozniacki. And the Belgian was supportive of Wozniacki, adding: “She will win a Grand Slam. She is too good of a player not to. She’s young, she’s number, she just has to keep working the way that she has been working. She’s been doing really good things, and the good things will keep coming then.”

Despite winning six tournaments in 2010, questions will remain over Wozniacki’s validity as number one as long as she is without a major, and she is also yet to register a single win over serial Grand Slam winners Clijsters, the Williams sisters or Justine Henin.

Sunday’s final provided an opportunity for the Dane to set about rectifying that situation but again Clijsters, who beat Wozniakci in their only previous meeting in the 2009 US Open final, proved the stronger. “I’m kind of relieved because it seemed like it would never end,” said Clijsters. “It was just a great battle, great fitness and I think we showed the crowd some great women’s tennis.” Wozniacki said: “This has been a fantastic week for me. Kim just played amazing today and she deserves to win. In the third set it was very close. She played really well, especially in the important moments. Definitely the experience mattered a little bit today.” In the doubles final, top seeds Gisela Dulko of Ar­gen­tina and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta beat second seeds Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik 7-5 6-4.

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