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U.S. Open Champ Clijsters Eyes No. Ranking [i][url=’http://www.yellowbrix.com/’]YellowBrix[/url] story [b]TEN-FILDERSTADT[/b] from AP[/i] U.S. Open Champ Clijsters Eyes No. Ranking [i][b]Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press (via ClariNet)[/b][/i] / [i]Thu, 6 Oct 2005 16:00:02 EDT[/i]
FILDERSTADT, Germany (AP) — U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters closed in on the top ranking Thursday, beating Croatia’s Karolina Sprem 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals at the Porsche Grand Prix.
The Belgian can become No. 1 by winning this tournament a third time. If Clijsters meets third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo in Saturday’s semifinals, she could unseat injured Maria Sharapova.
Mauresmo advanced when Jelena Jankovic retired with a virus after dropping the first set 6-0.
Clijsters next faces fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva, who won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 against France’s Nathalie Dechy. Also, Nadia Petrova beat Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-1.
Clijsters wasted three match points before Sprem netted a forehand return. Sprem fought off three set points while trading power shots with the Belgian before tiring.
“It was a harder match than the score indicated,” said Clijsters, seeded second behind Lindsay Davenport. “I felt quite good. I did what I had to do.”
In addition to Jankovic’s virus, Likhovtseva complained of illness during her loss, and Anastasia Myskina was treated courtside in winning her match Wednesday.
“This is pure coincidence — just your average infections,” said tournament doctor Lennart Sewigh, who administered blood tests to the players.