Defending champion Clijsters into 4th round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Kim Clijsters moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 20 Daniela Hantuchova on Friday.

Clijsters, seeded 11th, did her part to set up a rematch of the 2011 final at the next stage. French Open champion Li Na, the runnerup here last year, was playing a third-round match later Friday for the right to meet Clijsters.

Clijsters’ only loss to Hantuchova in 10 previous matches was at Brisbane earlier month, when she withdrew with a hip injury in the second set of their semifinal at the Australian Open tuneup event.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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