Clijsters advances following car crash

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DOHA, Qatar -- Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki won semifinal matches Saturday and will play for the title at the season-ending WTA Championships.

Clijsters bounced back from a car accident on the way to the venue Saturday and posted a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur before Wozniacki polished off Russia's Vera Zvonareva, 7-5, 6-0.

Despite the traffic accident, Clijsters arrived in time for her match and quickly dropped the first three games. She regrouped and saved a set point before forcing, then winning, a tiebreak. The second set was pure domination, as Clijsters needed just 25 minutes to finish off Stosur.

Clijsters, seeded third this week, finished second in the White Group during round-robin action to earn a semifinal with Stosur, who was the Maroon Group winner. It was obviously a good matchup for the U.S. Open champ, who improved to 5-0 lifetime against Stosur. Two of those wins came earlier this year -- at the quarterfinals in Miami and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.

On Sunday, Clijsters will try for her 40th career singles title and fifth in 11 tournaments this year. She won in Brisbane to start the season, then captured the Miami tournament and also claimed the U.S. Open tuneup in Cincinnati before earning her second straight championship at Flushing Meadows.

Clijsters, playing for the first time since beating Zvonareva in New York for the Open title, won't get another crack at the Russian, who beat her in round- robin play on Friday.

Wozniacki made sure of that with a victory similar to the one for Clijsters on Saturday. After a tough first set that Wozniacki won by claiming the last three games, she blitzed through the second set to reach her seventh final of the 2010 season. Zvonareva won just four points in the entire second set.

After securing the year-end No. 1 ranking earlier this week, Wozniacki will try to claim her seventh title of 2010 and the 13th of her career. She lost to Jelena Jankovic at the Indian Wells final in March, but has since won titles at Ponte Vedra Beach, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Haven, Tokyo and Beijing.

Wozniacki lost to Zvonareva in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, then won 10 straight matches in her next two tournaments, beating Zvonareva in the final at the China Open earlier this month. The winning streak reached 11 before Stosur beat her in round-robin play this week.

Clijsters and Wozniacki have met just once previously and it was a memorable win for the Belgian, who notched a 7-5, 6-3 triumph in the 2009 U.S. Open final.


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