Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters Meet for Cincinnati Title
by Tom Gainey | August 15th, 2010, 9:18 am

I’ve pieced together some information, notes from the WTA and video on today’s Western & Southern Financial Group women’s final between former No. 1s Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters.

The match is scheduled for 3pm ET.

Both players are seeking third third title of the season. Sharapova has wins in Memphis and Strasborg, while Clijsters won in Miami and Brisbane.

This will be the eighth meeting between the pair. Clijsters holds a 4-3 edge in their head-to-head meetings (all meetings on hard courts), but this will be their first match up since the 2007 Australian Open semifinals.

Twice in 2003 and two more times in 2005 Clijsters got the better of Sharapova. The tide turned in 2006, and Sharapova has now won three in a row against Clijsters.

Both players are through to the final of Cincinnati for the first time Clijsters and Sharapova are both former world No.1s.

Clijsters and Sharapova have both won 2 titles in 2010; Clijsters has a 2-0 win-loss record in finals this year, while Sharapova is 2-2, having finished runner-up at Birmingham and Stanford.

Clijsters and Sharapova are bidding to become the first player in 2010 to win 3 singles titles.

Sharapova now leads the Tour for finals appearances this year with 5 (after V.Williams on 4).

Clijsters has won 28 of her 37 titles on hard court; and 16 of Sharapova’s 22 titles have come on hard court.

Clijsters is projected to rise to No.5 in the rankings and could go as high as No.4 if wins the title.

Sharapova is projected to improve her ranking to No.12 and could go as high as No.9 if wins the title.

The last time Sharapova was ranked in the world’s Top 10 was 19 January 2009 (as No.9).

This marks Clijsters’ 55th singles final; she has a 37-17 win-loss record in finals.

Sharapova is through to her 33rd singles final; she owns a 22-10 win-loss record.

Clijsters has a 3-1 record against Top 15 players this year (one loss came to No.15 Azarenka at QF of Eastbourne).

Since returning from shoulder surgery, Sharapova has a 7-3 win-loss record against Top 10 players (most recently No.9 A.Radwanska this week).

A win for Clijsters today would see her move past Monica Seles to individually hold the 4th most hard court titles in the Open Era.

Here’s Sharapova presser after her 64 36 62 win last night over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova:

Kim’s presser after Ana Ivanovic retired:

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12 Comments for Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters Meet for Cincinnati Title

Kimmi Says:

great final. they play for the first time since kim’s return.

as always GO KIM

grendel Says:

they’ve had some great matches. The ones I’ve watched, Kim’s had the upper hand in the end.
Really funny picture here of Kim with Ivanovic. Anna looks quite predatory, with Kim eyeing her with some alarm. Just a trick of the camera, I realise that.

margot Says:

grendel: it was Sam Smith at Wimbledon who dropped that little tidbit about Kim, also said she hates the gym! Me too girl! I really like Sam as a commentator and had no idea what she looked like, but then saw her in veteran’s doubles. She’s lovely.
As for Rafa he seems to believe it’s 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration.

grendel Says:

margo, I agree Sam Smith is excellent as a commentator, and certainly attractive. She was the English #1, you know (for what that’s worth).Unfortunately, she has a sort of flat, monotone delivery, which is disagreeable to hear.

grendel Says:

catching some of this with the rain in Toronto (commentators, Chris Bradnam – and Sam Smith, margot). Most games seem to be going to deuce, but Sharpie is 2 breaks up, largely because of all Kim’s double faults – well, Sahrpie is playing pretty well, too, outpowering Kim a bit.

Sharapova has a few dfs too, but in her case they are because she’s aiming for good second serves – deliberate risk, i.e., knowing how good Kim is on return. Cleijster’s double faults are just pure Cleijsters – damn ball could go anywhere when she’s serving.

What a contrast in their demeanour on court when serving. Kim gets cracking on as if she’s afraid of missing a dinner engagement. Sharapova is so deliberate she makes Nadal look like speedy Gonzalez.

margot Says:

grendel: Kimmi probably is! Just posted how much I like Maria’s attitude. She slinks to the back of the court, fidgets with her racket strings and then gives her opponent THE LOOK! Nice she ain’t.

grendel Says:


no, Sharapova’s a toughie alright. She was the only player at Wimbie who gave Serena any sort of a challenge. I look forward to their coming battles. Sharpie is not one of life’s good sports, she won’t have forgotten her humiliations at Serena’s hands, and if she can return the favour, even a few years late, she will.

Kimmi Says:

clijsters came back after rain delay..aggressive. sharapova few errors changes the whole match. we go to the decider

Kimmi Says:

kim breaks first in the third set..maria calls for a trainer. looks like a problem with the heal..

Kim concentrate…

jane Says:

Clijsters wins after FIVE championship points. Really fell apart for Maria, but huge congrats to Kim! I like and enjoy watching both of these ladies for their games and compete levels. Would love to see them deep into the USO!!

Kimmi Says:

aaah kim..she did it. fight fight fight she did. After the tie breaker it was all downhill from sharapova. injury or no injury, kim deserve it.

i did not not watch much of the match before the rain but apparently kim saved 3 match points.

the win is even more satisfying when you fight and come back from jaws of defeat

Good luck at the Rogers Cup kim.

Wishing justine henin was playing..oh well.

grendel Says:

seems to have been two matches – Sharapova won the first, Clijsters the second. Unfortunately for Sharapova, only the second counts. Now wonder she looked so miffed.

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