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Clijsters stops Hingis to reach French Open semifinals
2006-06-06 17:56:21 Xinhua English

Kim Clijsters of Belgium reacts during her match against Switzerland's Martina Hingis in the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, June 6, 2006. Clijsters won 7-6, 6-1. (Xinhua photo)

PARIS, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Former world number one Martina Hingis failed to extend her impressive run at the French Open on Tuesday as she lost 7-6, 6-1 to Belgian second seed Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals.

Clijsters will celebrate her 23rd birthday on Thursday with a match against compatriot and defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, a 7-5, 6-2 victor over Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld in another quarterfinal.

Clijsters was forced into a first-set tie-break by Hingis, who lost it 7-5 after 54 minutes.

The second set, however, turned out to be lopsided in favor of the powerful Belgian who wrapped up the match in 76 minutes.

Three years ago Clijsters reached the final, only to be beaten by Henin-Hardene, and in 2001 she finished runner-up to American Jennifer Capriati.

If Clijsters reaches the final, she can regain the world number one spot from France's Amelie Mauresmo. Enditem

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