WTA Tour Brisbane-Eight straight for Clijsters

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01810/clijsters_1810300c.jpgFormer champion Kim Clijsters is yet to lose a match on a Brisbane court, cruising through her quarterfinal match against troublesome Czech lefty Iveta Benesova tonight to mark her eighth straight win at the Brisbane International.

Despite Benesova showing flashes of the form that saw her dismantle top seed Sam Stosur on Wednesday, Clijsters proved the authority from the baseline, holding 14 break-point opportunities and running away with a 6-3 6-2 win.

Booking a spot in the semifinal, Clijsters—who is playing in Brisbane for the first time since winning the 2010 title—felt confident about her form, saying this quarterfinal was a step up from the 6-1 1-6 6-3 second-round epic against Serbian Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday.

“I’m starting to feel more confident. The little bit of the up and down maybe I had in my previous matches, especially in the one against Ana, that wasn’t there, which was good,” Clijsters said.

“I felt like I was looking for the lines a little bit better and from the beginning of the rally I felt that I was, with the return, going for the lines and trying to be in charge of the rally from as soon as I could be.”

“She’s so sharp that she can just hit it in the corner and it’s very tough to get out of that. So I knew that it was up to me to be the first one to do that whenever you get the chance, without rushing it.”

Showing typical athleticism with depth and power from the baseline, fan favourite Clijsters took 24 minutes to gain a 5-0 upper-hand in the opening set, as it looked to be another early night for the fifth seed.

Source: Brisbane International

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