Clijsters Wins 5th 2005 Title at WTA Los Angeles
Posted on August 15, 2005
With the Williams sisters and Justine Henin-Hardenne on the sidelines, Kim Clijsters collected her tour-leading fifth title Sunday at the WTA stop in Los Angeles, rolling over Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-1 to up her stock as a competitor for the year-end No. 1 ranking.
"I've been working hard to try to stay healthy so I can be in that position again," said Clijsters, the new leader in the US Open Series who sat out much of last year with a wrist injury. "Things are falling into place."
Clijsters is an amazing 31-1 in the U.S. since winning the WTA Championships in November 2003.
The Belgian is projected to move from 10 to No. 8 on the WTA Rankings.
"Since my injury, every victory that I get means more and is a lot more special," Clijsters said.
For Hantuchova it was her first final in over a year.
"She proved she really deserves to be one of the best players in the world," Hantuchova said. "She's just playing unbelievable tennis."
Clijsters raised her career record versus Hantuchova to 7-0.
The Slovak hung tough in the first set but was forced to go for more after dropping the opener.
"(Hantuchova) kept hitting the lines and going for her shots, but the closer it gets, she misses a smash," Clijsters said. "They'll go for more risks and you get them out of their comfort zone. That's what sometimes makes a difference."
In the all-unseeded doubles final the Russian/Italian tandem of Dementieva/Pennetta beat American wildcards Haynes/Mattek 6-2, 6-4.