Kim Clijsters loses in Mexico
Returning 4-time main winner Kim Clijsters misplaced in the primary spherical of the WTA event in Monterrey, Mexico, simply her second match of a bold comeback after her 2012 retirement.
The 36-year-previous Belgian mom of three performed her first match in over seven years in Dubai’s final month the place she was defeated by Garbine Muguruza.
In the primary spherical in Mexico, a nonetheless unranked Clijsters was drawn to face second seed Johanna Konta, the British primary, and went down 6-3, 7-5.
“I felt some things were better,” Clijsters stated in feedback carried by wtatennis.com.
“Some issues nonetheless want quite a lot of enhancement. That’s why it’s good to play matches. In Dubai, I didn’t begin effectively as a result of I used to be overwhelmed, however, immediately I began and served a lot 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 by completely different generations and performed many gamers all through my complete profession.
“I’m nonetheless at a stage the place I wish to give attention to what I’m doing and the way I’m feeling, and likewise begin studying 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 steps and improving day by day.”
Clijsters turned professional in 1997 and first reached primary in 2003, profitable her first main on the 2005 US Open, a feat she repeated — after a primary retirement — as an unranked wildcard in 2009 after which in 2010.
Clijsters went on to win a fourth main on 2011 Australian Open earlier than a second retirement announcement got here after the 2012 US Open.
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 stated.
“I feel truly privileged and honored to share the court with such a champion. It’s nice to have her back.”