1 Nov 2010

Clijsters wins in Doha

3:32 pm on 1 November 2010

The Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters has upstaged world number one Caroline Wozniacki to capture the WTA Championship in Doha.

Clijsters overcame a mid-match lapse to score a three-set win in the final to become the fifth player in the tournament's 38-year history to snare three season-ending titles.

The 27-year-old Belgian went back-to-back when the event was held in LA in 2002-03 and only all-time greats Martina Navratilova (8), Steffi Graf (5) and Chris Evert (4) have won more tour championships.

Monica Seles also won three.

Clijsters's victory earned her a fifth title of the year - one less than Wozniacki's tour-best half-dozen - and 40th of her career and solidified her season-ending ranking of number 3 in the world behind the Dane and Russian Vera Zvonareva.

She also pocketed a cheque for almost $2 million.

Making her victory even more meritorious was the fact this was Clijsters's first tournament since winning her third US Open crown six weeks ago.