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Ai Sugiyama made a third-round exit at the U.S. Open on Friday after she was dumped out of the women’s singles by former doubles partner Kim Clijsters.

News photoAi Sugiyama plays a return to Belgium’s Kim Clijsters during their third-round match at the U.S. Open in New York on Friday.

Belgian No. 4 seed Clijsters swept aside 30th-seeded Sugiyama 6-1 in the first set and went on to wrap up the 70-minute match by taking the second set 6-4 to book her spot in the next round.

“I tried to give it everything I had but came apart,” said Sugiyama.

“I couldn’t respond to her forehands and allowed her to set the tone.”

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