Clijsters Runs Away with 2nd-Straight US Open Title

Kim Clijsters became the first woman in almost a decade to defend her US Open singles title when she dominated Vera Zvonareva in a lopsided final on Saturday.

Clijsters did not show any ill effects from a grueling semifinal victory over Venus Williams a day earlier as the Belgian top seed easily handled everything that Zvonareva could offer. The anticlimactic final ended in less than an hour, with Zvonareva managing to win only three games, 6-2, 6-1.

It was the third-straight victory in a US Open final for Clijsters, who won in 2005 before missing the next year with injuries and retiring for two years to get married and have a child. She is the first woman to successfully defend her title since Williams did the trick in 2000 and 2001. Clijsters has now won 21-straight matches since 2005. “It’s been an incredible year being back. This is the first time I’ve been able to defend my title here at the U.S. Open,” she said. And based on how she performed this year at her favorite Grand Slam event, other players might need to step up their game to dethrone the Belgian star at Flushing Meadows next year.