Kim Clijsters has sealed her position amongst some of the greatest players on the WTA tour after claiming her third season ending championship title in Doha overnight. Clijsters endured a car crash before her semi final match and then stepped up to defeat Caroline Wozniacki the following day 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the finals.
Clijsters has previously won the championship in 2002 and 2003. Only Martina Navratilova (8), Steffi Graf (5) and Chris Evert (4) have won more tour championships. Kim is tied with Monica Seles with three titles.
It was a disappointing loss for new world number 1 Wozniacki who could have used a seventh title to help declare her as the rightful owner of the position, rather than the benefactor of Serena William’s injury. While Wozniacki has won more titles than any of the other women on tour, Clijsters has five titles to Caroline’s six, the Dane is yet to break through and claim a Grand Slam, whereas Kim successfully defended her US Open title a few weeks ago.
Clijsters had been ahead 4-1 in the second set and was showing up areas of weakness in Wozniacki’s game, before she had a mid match lapse in concentration which the Dane took advantage of.
“When we started the third set, I said: ‘Okay, this is going to be the last set of the year, give yourself 200 per cent and we’ll see how it ends. But it was a very tough match. I was able to turn it around and just really focus on getting my game back that made me lead in that match until halfway through that second set.”