Clijsters Straight-Sets Bartoli in Comeback at Cincinnati
by Staff | August 11th, 2009, 12:16 am

A few weeks back, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli beat former No. 1s Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams en route to the title at the WTA event in Stanford. Which on Monday night in Cincinnati made former No. 1 Kim Clijsters’ comeback all the more impressive when the Belgian straight-setted the Frenchwoman 6-4, 6-3.
It was the first WTA match in over two years for Clijsters, who retired injured and battered and ready to start a family, having her first child with basketball-playing husband Brian Lynch.

Clijsters jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Bartoli tied it up, then the Belgian took charge.

“I was really excited to be out there,” Clijsters said. “It has been so long I’ve been practicing for this. To finally be here, it was exciting. It was nice to be back out there and going through the whole match preparations and routines again. I am excited I will be playing another match, that it’s not over after my first one.”

Bartoli was the No. 12 seed, while Clijsters needed a wildcard to get into the event.

“Without playing a match for two years, it is pretty amazing the level she already has right now,” Bartoli said. “Before she retired, her forehand was weaker than her backhand; today I think it was the opposite. When I put her wide on the forehand she was coming up with some amazing shots. But the way she was moving and hitting, it’s just amazing.”

Clijsters will next face Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, who beat Gisela Dulko 6-4, 6-0. Clijsters is 5-2 career against Schnyder.

“We all miss her on the tour,” Schnyder said of Clijsters. “She has always been a fan favorite and great for the sport. I really hope she enjoys it again and stays with us for a while. I didn’t see her too happy at the end when she decided to take the break, and now I see her happy again. That’s all that matters. If you have so much success you can choose which life you want to live…now she’s back.”

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14 Comments for Clijsters Straight-Sets Bartoli in Comeback at Cincinnati

Vlad Says:

It’s good to have her back.

Julie Says:


I’m so happy she is back!

tenisbebe Says:

Well, got in after midnight and am just now getting a brief chance to post. Don’t know what went on in Montreal today but this was a BIG win for Kimmie. So glad for her. Marion was devestated, to say the least – I really felt for her, a very hard loss coming on the heels of her career win in CA. Kimmie is just as kind and considerate as they say, a true champion. Can’t go into any details now (perhaps later) but was an interesting day with the ladies.

rainman Says:

now we have some competition coming back to the women’s game… welcome back kimmie!

Ashino Sushanti Says:

I’m NOT surprised at all. Remember 2005, when Clijsters stormed back, winning the entire US hardcord season including the US-Open, after she was sidelined for almost one year because of her wrist injury. And at that time she defeated the complete top 10 of women tennis. Davenport, Williams, Mauresmo, Henin…!!! I’m happy because there’s hope now for some style in tennis. I’m so sick of pathetic finals, sloppy tennis and muscles instead of brain and having something more than just on game plan on their minds.

Marcus Says:

No wonder Bartoli lost. She did not do her homework. I always thought Clijters had a devastating forehand even before she retired.

Ty Says:

What a sad statement on where the woman’s game is right now

Veno Says:

Hey bebe, nice to see you’re having a blast in Cincy.
Kim grew up in a small Flemish village(Bilzen) 2 miles from where I live(Maastricht) Daughter of a professional footballer(you call it soccer hahaha) and a gymnast and she always said she inherited her father’s legs and her mother’s agility :-D
And she really is as kind as they say….very down to earth.

And Montreal already providing fireworks…Thank god for the streaming, I have been glued to my comp. screen. And what a day we have today!!!
Nadal looked fine btw in his doubles match…
Very curious to see Fed, Andy M. and Novak play today….A lot of questions will be answered :-D

Have a great one again today bebe!!!

Veno Says:

Ty: I’m glad Kim won, but have to agree with your statement there..further proof the women’s game is starting to become a joke. You can’t get away with having a women’s tour in which so much money is put in and earned by players(let’s not start on equal pay), a tour that has been professionalized so much the past 20 years in making it possible for a worldwide possibility for talented tennis athletes to be able to become a pro and where the WTA isn’t able to form it into a representative professional tour….What a pity

Von Says:

Glad to see my long time fave, Clijsters inching back on track, and welcome back Kim! Now I can watch women’s tennis again with some interest and excitement. Kim played a very entertaining match with Graf at the Wimby celebrations and her FH was firing winners, so I’m not surprised she’s playing so well now.

tenisbebe Says:

Thanks Veno & for the update on Montreal as well. Had to sleep in a little today and now am rushing out the door. Ciao

Jay Says:

woemns tennis is a joke. steffi graf should make a comeback she could be top 3.

I like tennis bullies Says:

Ty Says:
What a sad statement on where the woman’s game is right now

Jay Says:
woemns tennis is a joke. steffi graf should make a comeback she could be top 3.

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ditto and ditto

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