Kim Clijsters hasn’t been able to celebrate her comeback at grandslam level with a victory. The Belgian bow in the first round of the US Open for the 21st placed Russian Yekaterina Aleksandrova: 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The 37-year old Clijsters played in February for the first time in eight years on the WTA-Tour before the coronacrisis broke out, but lost both games. And with the defeat in New York, her second comeback doesn’t seem to end in the same fairy tale as in 2009.
In that year, after two years of absence, Clijsters also made her comeback, promptly winning the US Open. She repeated that trick a year later, after which she booked her fourth grandslam victory in Australia in 2011.
At her second comeback in New York it looked fine at first. The Belgian, now a mother of three, certainly had chances against Aleksandrova and won the first set.
However, Clijsters storage faltered in the final phase of the second set and remained so in the third set. She lost her last four service games.
“It’s a trial,” Clijsters said after the party. “I’ve been telling myself that from the beginning. This challenge comes with hard work and many defeats.”
Still, she was also positive in her game, especially in the beginning of the party. “I look a little more mature to a defeat than I did about ten years ago.”