Kim Clijsters grabs 3rd Masters crown

In Doha, Qatar, Kim Clijsters has beaten top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to claim a third Masters title. The prestigious season-ending WTA Championships can be considered as the unofficial World Championships in tennis.

Clijsters recovered from a second-set slump to win the final 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The Belgian tennis diva looked set for an easy win after winning the first set 6-3 and taking a 4-1 lead in the second.

However, Clijsters allowed Wozniacki to come back in the match and had to fight it out in a third set. The Belgian US Open Champion eventually sealed the win after 2 hours and 20 minutes of play.

"It was a tough match", Clijsters confessed. "It is disappointing for Caroline but she has a great future ahead. I am glad I won (...) I don't know for how many years I am going to keep doing this."

Only the best 8 players of the season participated in the Masters event. However, the Serena Williams was not taking part as she was nursing an injury. Kim Clijsters had already won the Masters in 2002 and 2003. Earlier this year, she won the US Open.

1.4 million dollars for a week's work

Kim Clijsters picked up a winner's check for 1.4 million dollars (photo) in her first tournament since winning her third Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in September.

Clijsters had been sidelined with a foot injury for six weeks before coming to Doha. However, she didn't show any any signs of rust in her opening match against Jelena Jankovic. She lost only one match in Qatar, against second-ranked Vera Zvonareva.

On Saturday, the car taking Clijsters to the stadium was involved in what she described as a "scary" accident. She was unhurt, and managed to beat Australian Samantha Stosur in her semi-final just hours afterwards.

The Masters title took Clijsters from 4th to 3rd position on the WTA world rankings, with Wozniacki retaining the top position despite the loss. The Belgian fans have a chance to see Kim Clijsters in action on 9 December, when she faces Justine Henin in the Diamond Games in Antwerp.