Clijsters ousts Hingis at Aus. Open

Jan. 26, 2006 at 9:54 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters downed unseeded Swiss Martina Hingis at the Australian Open Wednesday in three sets in the quarterfinals.

Clijsters, the 2005 U.S. Open titlist and the runner-up at the Aussie Open in 2004, earned a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Hingis.

Clijsters' semifinal opponent Thursday will be third-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, who routed seventh-seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 6-3, 6-0, in just 52 minutes Wednesday at Rod Laver Arena.

With Wednesday's victory, Clijsters moved to the No. 1 ranking, ahead of Lindsay Davenport, who lost to eighth-seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

The other semifinal Thursday will pit Henin-Hardenne against fourth-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova.

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