Clijsters to meet Kvitova for Paris Indoors crown

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, Last Updated: 12:25 PM ET

PARIS, France -- Kim Clijsters and Petra Kvitova were semifinal winners Saturday and will play for the title at the Paris Indoors.

The top-seeded Clijsters rolled through the first set before rallying in the second to earn a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, while Kvitova cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 rout of American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Kvitova needed a mere 59 minutes to dispose of Mattek-Sands in the first match of the day. The fourth-seeded Czech broke serve three times in each set and had her serve broken only once in the dominant performance.

Clijsters then took the court and raced out to a 4-0 lead before Kanepi won a game. After Clijsters took the next two games to wrap up the opening set, Kanepi turned the tables and opened a 4-1 lead in the second.

Kanepi was serving for the set at 5-4 when Clijsters broke to even the set. The Belgian star, who will become the top-ranked women's player in next week's rankings, then held serve and broke again to complete the comeback.

Clijsters will try for her 42nd career singles title and second of the year on Sunday. She won the Australian Open last month for her fourth career Grand Slam crown and followed it up last week by winning each of her singles matches in Fed Cup play against the United States.

Kvitova is also gunning for her second title of 2011, but just the third of her career. She won the Australian Open tuneup in Brisbane to start her season and reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne, where she lost to Vera Zvonareva.

The 27-year-old Clijsters has won both previous meetings with the 20-year-old Kvitova, taking a 6-1, 6-1 decision last year in Miami and a 6-3, 6-0 rout in the third round of last year's U.S. Open.

Sunday's winner will claim a first prize of $103,000.


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