Kim Clijsters may have lost her final White Group match at the WTA Championship which meant she qualified for the semi finals as runner-up in the group, but as it turns out this could provide her with a better chance of reaching the final.
Her group defeat to Vera Zvonareva has meant that Clijsters has avoided a semi-final tussle with world number one Caroline Wozniacki and instead faces Samantha Stosur, who she has a 100 per cent winning record against across all of their previous meetings.
Clijsters has beaten Stosur on four occasions overall, including in both of their showdowns this year.
Even more concerning for Stosur is that all of these defeats have come on hard courts, meaning that the odds are stacked against her of ending this streak in Doha.
Clijsters may be the 3/10 favourite to beat Stosur and make the final, but there is hope that the Australian can follow up on her impressive Maroon Group win over Wozniacki with another surprise win.
Stosur put up her best ever performance against Clijsters in their most recent meeting in the quarter finals of the US Open, when going down in three sets.
This remains the only time in their four meetings that Stosur has taken a set and the result was particularly impressive given Clijsters’ impressive record at Roland Garros where she has taken the title on her last three visits.
Stosur is 12/5 to claim a first career win over Clijsters, while at worst she should be fancied to win a set.
Clijsters is 11/4 to win 2-1 in sets and 5/1 to come from a set down and reach the final.
Clijsters has won the first set against Stosur in all of their previous meetings and is 2/5 to do this again. See the full Clijsters vs Stosur match betting odds market.