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SPANIARD Virginia Ruano Pascual has fought back from a set down to upset ninth-seeded Croat Jelena Kostanic at the Gaz de France Stars WTA event in Belgium today.
Ruano Pascual beat Kostanic 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to advance to the second round. In the day's other matches, third-seeded Russian Elena Bovina overpowered local hope Carolina Maes 6-1 6-1, and Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic topped Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-1 6-4.
In a major boost for the tournament, former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters said she would make her comeback from a five-month injury layoff at the event, which is near her hometown in eastern Belgium.
"I am very eager to finally play again, in competition. Especially in my own country," Clijsters wrote in a weekend diary entry on her Web site, www.kimclijsters.be.