Clijsters on road to #1
Playing her 15th tournament of the season, Kim Clijsters captured her eighth crown with the Luxembourg Open title on Sunday. The U.S. Open champion stormed past Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-2 6-4, to equal her best title haul for a year, in 2003 when
"This was the first tournament that I ever won and that's why it's so nice to be back here for my first tournament after my U.S. Open win," said the champion afterwards.
It was the Belgian's fifth win in Luxembourg and 29th title overall and maintained her perfect record in finals this year.
It was a second final defeat in succession for Groenefeld who lost to Russia's Maria Kirilenko in Beijing last weekend.
Groenefeld lost her first three service games and although she managed to break Clijsters once in the first set, she was well beaten.
Clijsters won her first title in Luxembourg in 1999 and then added three in a row from 2001-2003 before missing last year's event with a wrist injury.