LONDON, June 17 Kim Clijsters was out-hit and
out-shrieked on Thursday as Victoria Azarenka bundled the former
world number one out of the Eastbourne championships in the
The Belgian, sharpening her grasscourt game for next week's
Wimbledon championships, lost 7-6 6-4 at the south-coast venue
which has witnessed several shocks this week.
Clijsters saved set points at 3-5 in the first set but
survived to take it to a tiebreak which Azarenka won 8-6.
The second set appeared to be heading Clijsters's way but
the vocal Azarenka recovered a break and marched into the
semi-finals where she will face France's Marion Bartoli.
"I'm very happy," Belarussian Azarenka, whose groans and
grunts shattered the peace of Devonshire Park, told reporters.
"The conditions were windy but I dealt with that and feel I'm
playing very well on the grass."
Britain's Elena Baltacha sensed one of the biggest victories
of her career when she won the first set against French Open
runner-up Samantha Stosur but collapsed to a 6-7 6-1 6-0 defeat
as the Australian world number seven upped her game.
"She was on a roll, she played really hot in that second and
third set," Baltacha told reporters. "There's a reason why she
made the finals of Paris, she's a very good player."
Bartoli beat Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 5-7 6-4 7-6
while, in an all-Russian contest, qualifier Ekaterina Makarova
beat former U.S. and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Clare Fallon; To
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