Clijsters, Malisse shut out Slovakia

Updated: January 5, 2004, 11:21 AM ET
Associated Press

PERTH, Australia -- Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse won their singles matches and the mixed doubles to lead Belgium to a 3-0 victory over Slovakia at the Hopman Cup on Monday.

France beat Russia 2-1 in the eight-nation event, with Amelie Mauresmo and Fabrice Santoro winning mixed doubles 6-3, 6-4 for the clinching point.

Mauresmo, ranked No. 4 in the world, beat Anastasia Myskina 6-2, 7-6 (2), but 2000 U.S. Open champion Marat Safin beat Santoro 6-3, 6-3. Safin was playing for the first time after a nine-month layoff because of a wrist injury.

Clijsters, No. 2 in the world, beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-2 in 40 minutes, and Malisse beat Karol Kucera 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.

The defending champion Americans, with James Blake and Lindsay Davenport, play the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

The top teams in two round-robin groups play in the final on Saturday.

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