After months of injury, Kim Clijsters returned to the tennis courts Thursday in an exhibition match against world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at Antwerp, Belgium.
Clijsters won the Diamond Games exo 6-2, 7-6 but the important result was Kim’s health and her future outlook.
“After such a long recovery and so much training effort, it is fun to be playing an ‘official’ match,” Clijsters said.
“The start of 2011 was really good,” she reflected. “But after that I made some decisions I no longer would make now.
“Now, I’ll be listening to my body much better.”
Clijsters was hampered by an ankle injury and a stomach pull which ended her season in August at the Canadian Open.
The former No. 1 and current mother is still looking to improve even at age 28.
“I will take things one tournament at a time, but above all I would like to improve my game,” Clijsters said. “I have been working really hard at my service, because that often did not go well in the past year. And there are a few other details I would like to see improve still.”
Following her fourth Australian Open title, Clijsters finished the season ranked No. 13.
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