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Clijsters beats Bartoli to advance

Updated: August 10, 2009, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MASON, Ohio -- Kim Clijsters joked that she had "zero" confidence going into her first match in 28 months.

She didn't play like it, beating 12th-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Cincinnati Open.

"I'm really excited playing my first match," the former top-ranked Clijsters said. "I've been training since the start of February, and I've always been focused on Cincinnati. Winning my first match feels good."

Clijsters, who retired in May 2007 and ...

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