Clijsters wins US Open women's singles title
Fourth-seed Belgian defeated France's Mary Pierce in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the women's singles title.Updated: Sep 11, 2005 13:54 IST
Belgium's Kim Clijsters won the US Open women's singles title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over France's Mary Pierce.
The fourth-seeded Belgian on Saturday shed the label of one of the best WTA Tour players never to win a major title, needing little more than an hour to dispatch her 12th-seeded opponent.
Clijsters, a former world No. 1, who had fallen short in four previous Grand Slam finals appearances, wasn't going to let it happen again.
She refused to be intimidated by Pierce's deep, heavy strokes, and took full advantage of the French player's numerous errors, especially off the forehand side.
Both of Clijsters's breaks came with the aid of wayward efforts from Pierce, whose first-set effort was littered with 19 errors.
But the Belgian wobbled late in the first set, after breaking Pierce for the second time to lead 4-1, punctuating a loose service game with a double fault to let Pierce pull back to 2-4.
Pierce held for 3-4, but Clijsters cleaned up her act to win the next two games, wrapping up the set on her second match point.
Pierce, who sparked a controversy with a lengthy injury break during her semi-final victory over Elena Dementieva, had the wrapping on her right thigh reinforced by a trainer after the first set, and briefly left the court.
She appeared no more comfortable upon her return however, as Clijsters raced to a 3-0 lead.
First Published: Sep 11, 2005 10:06 IST