Clijsters Win Streak Snapped by Kuznetsova at WTA Warsaw

Posted on May 1, 2005

Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, nursing a sore shoulder from her quarterfinal win Friday, saw her 17-match win streak come to an end Saturday at the WTA stop in Warsaw, wasting a set lead in a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Russian and current US Open holder Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"This is my best tennis this year," Kuznetsova said. "I'm really excited about it because I didn't start the season how I would like. I can't say I played horrible but I couldn't get the results I wanted."

Clijsters was upbeat after the loss and said the shoulder injury should not keep her out of Berlin next week.

"I can take a lot of positive things out of it and although I lost I'm the most satisfied with this match out of the whole week," Clijsters said. "I'm going to Berlin tonight and I'll have some treatment there. I have to look after it."

Clijsters was shooting for her third consecutive title after coming back from injury with wins at Indian Wells and Miami.

The Belgian won six consecutive games after falling behind 0-2 in the first set, and in the third was up and early break with three game points to go up 3-1 before the wheels came off.

Kuznetsova will face Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final, with the Belgian former No. 1 putting down a hard charge from 17-year-old Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-5.

The doubles final will be Jans/Rosolska vs. Perebiynis/Strycova.