Clijsters Beats Venus for 4th 2005 Title at WTA Stanford

Posted on August 1, 2005

Kim Clijsters turned around a three-match losing streak to Venus Williams Sunday at the WTA stop in Stanford, dismissing the Wimbledon champ 7-5, 6-2 for her fourth title on the year.

"I had to step in and take the balls early and be aggressive on my second serve," Clijsters said. "To win the first set was crucial against Venus."

Clijsters has been piling up the titles since spending much of last year on the sidelines with a wrist injury.

"I'm just glad I'm healthy and moving well," Clijsters said. "Looking back, the injury was the best thing that could have happened to me. I had time to learn about myself. Now I have friends and a life off the road. This victory means more to me than the other wins here because of the injuries I've had in the past."

Williams falls to 2-4 in finals at Stanford.

In the doubles final, Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs won their first title of the year, defeating the Russian duo of Elena Likhovtseva and Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 7-5.