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Clijsters Ousted in Third Round of Rogers Cup


World No.1 women's tennis player Kim Clijsters made an unexpected early exit Thursday from the Rogers Cup hardcourt tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada.

The top-seeded Belgian lost in the third round to unseeded Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. Clijsters surpassed American Serena Williams earlier this week to take the world number one ranking.

Other seeded players upset Thursday were No.4 Daniela Hantuchova of the Czech Republic, No. 5 Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 7th-seeded South African Amanda Coetzer and 8th seed Jelena Dokic of Serbia and Montenegro.

Hantuchova fell to unseeded Argentine Paola Suarez, 6-2, 6-0. Myskina was upset by 9th-seeded countrywoman Elena Dementieva, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. No. 12 Elena Bovina of Russia knocked off Coetzer, 6-2, 6-1, and Dokic fell to 10th-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2.

Second-seed Justin Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and third-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo each beat the "seed jinx" to advance.

Henin-Hardenne dismissed countrywoman Nadia Petrova, the 14th seed, in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, and Mauresmo defeated unseeded Fabiola Zululaga of Colombia, 6-4, 6-2. In other results, Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia bested Maugui Serna of Spain, 6-1, 7-6.

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