Five years after last holding the #1 ranking, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters has officially returned to the top of the WTA mountain after defeating Jelena Dokic 6-3 6-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Open GDF Suez in Paris. By advancing to the semis, she ensured that she will replace Caroline Wozniacki as the tour’s top ranked player when new rankings are released on Monday. Clijsters was previously #1 during 2003 and 2006, but her return now marks the first time a mother has been ranked #1. It was a dominant performance that clinched the top spot. She lost the first three games to go down 0-3 before roaring back to win the next 12 games straight and dismiss any hope Dokic had for an upset.
Also making noise in Paris is Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who upset Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3. She will now advance to the semis to take on the tough Petra Kvitova. I’d like to see Bethanie win that match, but…I don’t know. Kvitova will be tough to beat. I think Kvitova, if Clijsters starts slowly in a potential final match, could be the one to make Kimmie pay for shaky starts in matches.
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (Q) Jelena Dokic (AUS) 63 60
(3) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (8) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 62 26 62
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (7/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 57 63 76(3)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (6) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 76(4) 26 63