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Tuesday October 4, 2005

Clijsters wins eighth title of the year in Luxembourg


LUXEMBOURG: US Open champion Kim Clijsters won her eighth title of the year after overpowering Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the US$585,000 Luxembourg Open on Sunday. 

The victory equalled Clijsters's previous best title haul for a year, in 2003 when she reached number one in the world. 

It has been a great year for the Belgian who won her first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows last month after four defeats in finals stretching back to 2001. 

She could even regain the world number one spot next week in Filderstadt for the first time in nearly two years. 

“This was the first tournament that I ever won (in 1999) and that's why it's so nice to be back here for my first tournament after my US Open win,” said the champion. 

Clijsters did not drop a set all tournament and was only really tested in her quarter-final victory against Italy's Francesca Schiavone. 

It was the Belgian's fifth win in Luxembourg and 29th title overall and maintained her perfect record in finals this year. 

Clijsters, who missed most of last year with a wrist injury, said: “2003 was a great year but I played a lot more as I played doubles as well and until I reached Toronto I didn't lose before the semi-finals,” she said. – Reuters 

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