German qualifier to face Serena in Leipzig

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

German qualifier Anca Barna won her first round match Wednesday at the Sparkassen Cup against Belgium's Elke Clijsters, setting up a match against top-seeded Se

German qualifier to face Serena in Leipzig
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German qualifier Anca Barna won her first round match on Wednesday at the Sparkassen Cup against Belgium's Elke Clijsters, setting up a match against top-seeded Serena Williams. Barna will face Williams Wednesday after ousting the younger sister of Top 10 ranked Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 6-3. The German played the world No 1 at the US Open two years ago and lifted a set against the American. "Maybe Serena will have adjustment problems on this surface. I've already played four matches - plus she doesn't like my slice serve,'' said Barna, who reached the final at Estoril this year. Slovakian Janette Husarova pulled the first upset at the US$585,000 event, ousting eighth-seeded Magdalena Maleeva, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Sparkassen Cup has pulled together one of its strongest fields ever, drawing six of the world's Top 10 with defending champion Kim Clijsters chasing a triple - winning the same event three times. Only Venus Williams has done that of the active players. In other matches, Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States beat Russia's Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, Czech player Iveta Benesova of Argentina's Paola Suarez, 6-3, 6-1, and Germany's Barbara Rittner beat Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (1). Most of the top players swing into action on Wednesday and Thursday. (AP)

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