Comeback player Kim Clijsters won the US Open on Sunday, defeating Dane Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3, for her second Grand Slam title.
Perhaps speaking to the current shallowness in women’s tennis, Clijsters was able to accomplish what she had done only once during her full career, winning a Grand Slam title after only two warm-up events, following a four-year layoff to start a family.
The Belgian defeated both Williams sisters en route, and collapsed on the court after finishing off match point with an overhead.
“I don’t have words for this, I’m just glad I got to come back and defend my title from 2005,” Clijsters said with a smile. “I have to thank the USTA for giving me the wildcard to come back here. Winning the first one helped me to keep my nerves at the end, even though I was very, very nervous.”
Clijsters was technically a defending champion along with Serena Williams. The Belgian won the US Open in 2005 in her last appearance.
Clijsters lost in the quarterfinals to world No. 1 Dinara Safina in her comeback tournament at Cincinnati, then in her next event at Toronto lost to former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the third round.
“I’m so excited that she came back but she beat me today,” Wozniacki said. “Best of luck in the future as well.”
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