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This Kim Clijsters not your friend

Updated: September 12, 2010, 7:02 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

New York -- Watching Kim Clijsters during her remorseless dismantling of Vera Zvonareva in the U.S. Open women's final Saturday, it was amusing to think that not so long ago, Clijsters always heard she was too "nice" to win Grand Slams. Serena Williams snarls and shrieks her way through championship matches. Justine Henin, Clijsters' bantamweight Belgian countrywoman, is as mean as a mongoose once you throw her on a tennis court.

For a long time, Clijsters was the perennial runner-up ...

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