Amber Liu Falls In Second Round At Bank Of The West Classic.

July 25, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore-to-be Amber Liu (La Mesa, CA) took center stage on her home courts on Thursday night, but fell to WTA superstar Kim Clijsters 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Tennis Center.

'I thought I served pretty well,' Liu said, 'but she pretty much overpowered me. I've never played anyone that highly-ranked before, and I know I have to get stronger ... I could see the depth of her balls, and how heavy they are. That's something you don't see much in college tennis.'

Despite the loss, Liu has enjoyed three outstanding months at both the college and professional levels.

She won the NCAA Singles Championship in May, toured Japan with the U.S. College All-Stars in June and advanced to the final of an ITF professional event in Los Gatos earlier this month. Earlier this week, she picked up the first WTA Tour singles victory of her career by beating Tara Snyder, who has been ranked in the top 40 in the world, in three sets.

Clijsters, who is ranked second in the world, spoke highly of the Cardinal standout after the match.

'She's a player,' Clijsters said. 'She hardly misses any backhands. I think when she gets a little stronger, she can be a very good player.'

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