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Tennis: Schalken Defeats Frenchman Clement in Netherlands - 2003-06-22


Home-country player Sjeng Schalken has boosted his confidence ahead of the Wimbledon tennis championships with a victory over Frenchman Arnaud Clement at the Ordina Open grass-court tennis tournament in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

Schalken, who made it to the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year, defeated Clement 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to win his first title of the year without losing a set. Using his backhand to perfection, Schalken broke Clement in the third and ninth games of the first set. He also broke the Frenchman twice in the second set to claim the victory. Schalken is seeded eighth at Wimbledon, while Clement is ranked number 15. Wimbledon begins Monday at the All England Club.

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