Safina ends Clijsters’ march

CINCINNATI:World No 1 Dinara Safina ended the comeback run of Kim Clijsters, defeating the former top-ranked player 6-2, 7-5 in the quarter-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament.

Safina will face Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, who beat Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3. Russian Elena Dementieva ousted Danish Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-1 to reach her fifth semi-final of the season, where she will meet Serbian fifth seed Jelena Jankovic, who ousted Austria’s Sybille Bammer 6-0, 6-3.