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Clijsters beats Venus Williams for Key Biscayne title

Kim Clijsters won the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday.

Clijsters won 17 points in a row early in the second set to pull away. She completed the victory in 58 minutes, raising her arms in triumph when Williams sailed a forehand long on match point.

Williams struggled to keep the ball in play and won only nine points in the second set, when Clijsters went on her roll to take a 4-love lead.

After retiring in 2007, Clijsters married and became a mother before returning to the tour last August. The title is her third since her comeback.

Clijsters will climb to 10th next week, the highest ranking for the former No. 1 since she returned to the tour.