Friday, August 13, 2010

Clijsters Cruises

Kim Clijsters raced into the quarterfinals Thursday and after a string of upsets over the last two days will be the only Top 8 seed - and the new favorite - for the Premier-level title in Cincinnati.

Clijsters, the No.4 seed, pummelled American wildcard Christina McHale in just over an hour in the feature night match, 61 61, breaking the teenager's serve five times and saving both break points against her own delivery.

"She has a big forehand, a little different than most of the girls we see out there these days. Good kick serve," Clijsters said of McHale. "Her backhand, especially when she has to move out wide, is a bit of a weakness. She'll probably become a little stronger where she can produce the same power on that backhand side as on her forehand - that's obviously where I scored a lot of points today, when I pulled her out wide on those backhands.

"I like seeing young girls doing well and seeing the big names struggling against them. She's obviously part of the next generation building up."

With the departures of Elena Dementieva and Francesca Schiavone on Wednesday and Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na on Thursday, No.4 seed Clijsters is the only Top 8 seed to reach her projected quarterfinal berth in the draw.

"I obviously see the results, but it's not like they were major upsets," Clijsters said. "There's Bartoli beating Wozniacki and Wickmayer beating Li. They're all really good players. These days, anybody can beat anybody."

Next for Clijsters is No.11 seed Flavia Pennetta, who upset Zvonareva. Clijsters beat Pennetta handily in their only previous meeting.

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