Clijsters cruises into third round at US Open

New York: Kim Clijsters took an easy step on the path to defending her US Open crown by dismissing Australian teenager Sally Peers 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday on centre court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Second-seeded Clijsters, 27, crushed 22 winners against just eight for the overmatched Peers as she raced through a 56-minute match against a 19-year-old opponent playing her first grand slam tournament.

The victory extended the Belgian`s U.S. Open match-winning streak to 16. She won the won the 2005 title but missed making a defence due to injury, and then took two years off after that to start a family.

Clijsters will face either 27th seed Czech Petra Kvitova or Briton Elena Baltacha in the third round.

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