14 Feb 2011

Clijsters loses final in Paris

6:17 am on 14 February 2011

The new women's tennis world number one Kim Clijsters couldn't put the icing on the cake of an memorable week losing to Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-3 in the Paris Open final.

Top seed Clijsters, who won the Australian Open last month before helping Belgium into the Fed Cup last four, secured her place as the new number one by reaching the semi-finals at the Stade Coubertin.

However, she was given a stern test in the opening set of the final, losing her serve twice as Kvitova's power and superb returning dominated.

Clijsters settled more into her rhythm in the second set but sent an easy volley into the net to be broken in the seventh game and the tall, ponytailed Kvitova sealed the title with another break.