September 12, 2010 / 1:02 AM / 7 years ago

Clijsters wins first set of U.S. Open final v Zvonareva

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Belgium’s Kim Clijsters won the opening set of the women’s singles final against Russia’s Vera Zvonareva at the U.S. Open on Saturday.

<p>Kim Clijsters of Belgium hits a return to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

Clijsters, who won the U.S. Open title in 2005 and again last year, took the set 6-2 in 27 minutes after twice breaking Zvonareva’s serve.

The Russian, appearing in her first final at Flushing Meadows, gifted Clijster a break in the sixth game with a double fault and three unforced errors.

Then Clijsters wrapped up the set with a service break when Zvonareva slapped a backhand into the net.

Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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