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Clijsters beats Zvonareva for 3rd US Open title

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Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, reacts after defeating Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, to win the women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) By Charles Krupa Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, reacts after defeating Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, to win the women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) By Charles Krupa
Kim Clijsters, of Belgium,  serves to Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, during a women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.  (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) By Paul J. Bereswill Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, serves to Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, during a women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) By Paul J. Bereswill
Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, returns a shot against Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, during the women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) By Mark Humphrey Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, returns a shot against Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, during the women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) By Mark Humphrey
Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, returns the ball to Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, during a women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.  (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) By Paul J. Bereswill Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, returns the ball to Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, during a women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) By Paul J. Bereswill
Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, during a women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.  (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) By Paul J. Bereswill Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, during a women's championship match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) By Paul J. Bereswill

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kim Clijsters of Belgium won her second consecutive U.S. Open championship and third overall Saturday night, easily beating Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

The second-seeded Clijsters played far steadier than the seventh-seeded Zvonareva, who was warned by the chair umpire when she cracked her racket on the court after missing one shot. Clijsters made only 15 unforced errors, nine fewer than Zvonareva.

Clijsters is the first woman since Venus Williams in 2000-01 to win the title in Flushing Meadows two years in a row.

Clijsters has a 21-match winning streak at the U.S. Open, which she also won in 2005. She missed the tournament in 2006 because of injuries, and skipped it the next two years while taking time off to get married and have a baby.

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