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Hingis, Clijsters qualify for WTA Championships

10/29/2006 - Tennis

LINZ, Austria -- Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters have
qualified for the season-ending WTA Championships, joining the top
players next month in Madrid, Spain.

Hingis and Clijsters earned the final spots Saturday when Patty
Schnyder of Switzerland lost to Maria Sharapova in the semifinals
of the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.

The top eight players in the WTA rankings qualify for the
championships. They'll join Amelie Mauresmo, Justine Henin-Hardenne,
Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Elena Dementieva.

Last year, Mauresmo beat Mary Pierce in a marathon final.

The WTA Championships start Nov. 7 and the final is set for Nov.
12.