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Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters loses in Mexico in latest comeback

AFP
Published Mar 4, 2020, 8:31 pm IST
Updated Mar 4, 2020, 8:31 pm IST
In her second match since retirement in 2012, Clijsters lost in straight sets to Johanna Konta of Britain
Belgium's former World No.1 Kim Clijsters reacts after winning a point during her first round match at the WTA tournament in Monterry, Mexico, against Johanna Konta of Britain on Wednesday. AFP Photo
 Belgium's former World No.1 Kim Clijsters reacts after winning a point during her first round match at the WTA tournament in Monterry, Mexico, against Johanna Konta of Britain on Wednesday. AFP Photo

Monterry (Mexico): Returning to competitive tennis eight years after retirement, four-time major winner Kim Clijsters lost in the first round of the WTA tournament here, just her second match of an ambitious comeback after her 2012 retirement.

The 36-year-old Belgian mother of three played her first match in over seven years in Dubai last month where she was defeated by Garbine Muguruza.

 

In the first round in Mexico, a still unranked Clijsters was drawn to face second seed Johanna Konta, the British number one, and went down 6-3, 7-5.

"I felt some things were better," Clijsters said in comments carried by wtatennis.com.

"Some things still need a lot of improvement. That's why it's good to play matches. In Dubai, I didn't start well because I was overwhelmed, but today I started and served much better than I did there.

"Those are a few of the positive things, and the points that have to be better, I'll work very hard to improve them for other matches."

Clijsters added: "I've been through different generations and played many players throughout my whole career. I'm still at a stage where I want to focus on what I'm doing and how I'm feeling, and also start reading my opponents.

"It's a process that I have to trust and keep working hard to improve in every match I play. I'd like to take big steps but I have to focus on small step and improving day by day."

Konta acknowledged she had been star-struck. "As a young player, I never thought I'd get to play Kim Clijsters in my career," she said. "I feel truly privileged and honored to share the court with such a champion. It's nice to have her back."

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