Monday, 31 August 2009

Clijsters wins on US Open return




US OPEN Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: 31 August - 13 SeptemberBBC coverage: Live text commentaries on the website from 1600 BST each day, regular updates on 5 live, full commentary on 5 live sports extra in week two, both finals on 5 live, tennis special on 5 live (3 September, 2000-2100 BST







Former world number one Kim Clijsters marked her Grand Slam return with a 6-1 6-1 thumping of Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutusova in round one of the US Open.
Clijsters, 26, retired in 2007 and is making her first appearance in New York since winning the


2005 title.
The Belgian dominated Kutusova from the outset and, with five breaks of serve, stormed through in 54 minutes to meet Marion Bartoli or Rossana De Los Rios.
Defending champion Serena Williams and sister Venus also play on Monday.
Elsewhere, eighth seed Victoria Azarenka made light work of Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru to progress.
Azarenka has been tipped by many as an outsider for the title and the Belarusian won 6-1 6-1 to set up a second round meeting with Poland's Marta Domachowska or Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.
Agnieszka Radwanska, the number 12 seed from Poland, saw off Patricia Mayr 6-1 6-2 and she will now play Maria Kirilenko after the unseeded Russian beat Mariya Koryttseva 6-2 6-1.
Another comfortable victor was Italy's Francesca Schiavone, the 26th seed easing to 6-1 6-2 win against Yvonne Meusburger.

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