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October 2, 2022

Kim Clijsters loses to Petra Kvitova in Paris final

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic stunned Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 6-3, in the final of the Open Gaz de France at Paris on Sunday to win the third title of her career. Clijsters slammed an ace to save a match point, but Kvi­tova converted her second match point with a forehand winner. “I would like to dedicate this trophy to my grandfather, who passed away last week,” Kvitova said. “I played for you.” Clijsters will still unseat Caro­line Wozniacki of Denmark as the top-ranked player. Top-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to successfully defend his title at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament at Rotter­dam, Netherlands. Soderling became only the fourth player to repeat his title in Rotterdam, along with Arthur Ashe , Stefan Edberg of Sweden and Frenchman Nicolas Escude.

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