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Venus beats Clijsters in Antwerp

Posted: Friday February 18, 2005 4:40PM; Updated: Friday February 18, 2005 4:40PM
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ANTWERP, Belgium (Ticker) -- Venus Williams halted Kim Clijsters' comeback attempt Friday.

The third seed, Williams routed the unseeded Clijsters, 6-2, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the $585,000 Proximus Diamond Games.

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Williams, who lost to Australia's Alicia Molik in the fourth round of the Australian Open in her only previous appearance this year, is seeking her 32nd career title and first in more than 10 months.

The defending champion here, Clijsters had not played since retiring during a semifinal match at Hasselt in October as a wrist injury limited her to only 22 matches in 2004.

The Belgian had wrist surgery on June 12, but started feeling pain again and needed more time to let the injury heal.

Williams was joined in the semifinals by top seed Amelie Mauresmo of France, who defeated seventh Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Molik, the fourth seed, who got past Klara Koukalova of Russia, 6-3, 6-4.

In Friday's other quarterfinal, second seed Anastasia Myskina of Russia takes on Katarina Srebotnik of the Czech Republic. If Myskina wins, all four top seeds will have reached the semifinals.

Mauresmo was upset by Russia's Dinara Safina in the final last week at the Open Gaz de France tournament.

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