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Clijsters cruises into Montreal quarters

Kim Clijsters has now on her last 14 matches on summer hardcourts after reaching the Montreal semis.
Kim Clijsters has now on her last 14 matches on summer hardcourts after reaching the Montreal semis.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters is through to the quarterfinals of the Montreal Cup
  • The Beligan fifth seed crushes Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2 6-1 in under an hour
  • New world number two Caroline Wozniacki is also into the last eight in Canada
  • The Dane fought back before dispatching Flavia Pennetta of Italy 4-6 6-3 6-1

U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters is through to the quarterfinals of the Montreal Cup after crushing Kaia Kanepi of Estonia for the loss of just three games on Thursday.

The Belgian -- who collected her third WTA Tour victory of the season in last week's Cincinnati event -- took less than an hour to secure a 6-2 6-1 victory.

The fifth seed now takes on Russian eighth seed Vera Zvonareva for a place in the semifinals.

"It's a bit of an adjustment, playing under the lights at night and then today in the heat, but I'm pleased the way I played," Clijsters, who has now won her last 14 matches on summer hardcourts, told the official WTA Tour website.

"It's always nice to win a tournament and gradually feel your level improve," she added.

It's always nice to win a tournament and gradually feel your level improve
--Kim Clijsters
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New world number two Caroline Wozniacki is also into the last eight -- but she had to recover from dropping the opening set before dispatching Flavia Pennetta of Italy 4-6 6-3 6-1.

The Dane now plays Pennetta's compatriot and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who saw off former world number one Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3.

Former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova will take on China's Zheng Jie, who shocked another Russian -- fourth seed Elena Dementieva -- 6-4 1-6 6-3 to reach the last eight in Canada.

The final quarterfinal will be between France's Marion Bartoli, who outclassed top seed Jelena Jankovic's conqueror Iveta Benesova, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.