Belgians Clijsters, Wickmayer Win WTA Titles During Week 1 of 2010
by Staff | January 10th, 2010, 9:02 pm

Brisbane International
BRISBANE, Australia
Surface: hard (Plexicushion)

Kim Clijsters defeated Justine Henin, topping the former fellow No. 1 and fellow Belgian 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6), saving two match points to capture the title at the WTA stop in Brisbane. Afterwards Henin said she injured her left upper leg midway through the third set, and has subsequently pulled out of Sydney next week. Clijsters led by a set and 4-1 before being forced to come back from 3-5 down in the third.
“I think we set the bar for pretty high for ourselves for the rest of the year but obviously it’s a great tournament to start off the year and a great match, so I couldn’t be happier with myself, but I would also like to congratulate Justine,” Clijsters told the crowd afterwards. “This is the first tournament that she’s back and she’s really played at a really high level.” Clijsters donated her $37,000 winner’s check to the Royal Brisbane Hospital children’s wing, which she visited before the tournament began.

ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand
Surface: hard

Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, who dodged a suspension sought by the Belgian tennis federation for multiple missed tests of the drug testing “whereabouts” rule, got her season off to a flying start with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over top seed Flavia Pennetta in the Auckland final.

“Flavia made me play my best tennis,” Wickmayer said. “I’m happy the way everything turned out. This week will stay in my heart and soul for the rest of my life.” Wickmayer improved to 3-2 in career finals, while Pennetta fell to 8-10. “She was too good today. She played unbelievable,” Pennetta said. “I didn’t think I played that badly.”

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10 Comments for Belgians Clijsters, Wickmayer Win WTA Titles During Week 1 of 2010

topspin Says:

saw the video of Kim’s final on youtube, wow against Justine they both some amazing tennis!

I think I’ll start watching more women’t tennis now.

Kimmi Says:

Jelena Jankovic just lost to Szavay in the 1st round of brisbane….Ouch! Not good start to the year.

Skorocel Says:

topspin: Saw those highlights too, and can only agree. That final was one helluva match! Too bad Henin had to withdraw from Sydney… A possible 2nd round encounter with Serena would be a massacre :-)

Kimmi Says:

Even if Henin was not injured, there is no reason for her to tire herself out before AO. If she lost early in Brisbane then yes, she could play sydney but she has reached the final.

Smart move, especially its her first tournament back from retirement, she could be not match fit as she used to be.

Exciting times for women tennis

Kimmi Says:

@ 9:55pm meant to say….first round of sydney…

matze-n Says:

Clijsters-Henin was one of the best woman-tennis-matches i´ve ever seen. Everything you wish to see in a tennis match was there!

MMT Says:

Saw it on TC Sunday – great match. It really looked like Clijsters was going to bag it as her level came down significant in the 2nd set and early part of the 3rd set. But she recovered well. I just can’t believe that Henin was playing at this level in her first competitive tournament. I hope she’s fit for the Australian Open – should make it much more interesting.

tenisbebe Says:

Great match. And Yanina won too – Woo hoo! I cannot believe how far she has come so quickly since I first saw her play in the qualies at Cincy this year & chatted with her after her 1st match. That probably won’t happen again…. :-)

Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, true. She demolish Pannetta in the final..pannetta is a good player too. She is moving the right direction…can you imagine if they ban her for 2 years for that ridiculous “whereabouts” thing, it would have distroyed her career.

tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – sorry, just saw your post to me. yes she dodged a bullet with that one (although I though it was going to be a 1-yr ban?). The powers that be acknowledged beginning of last year that there would be some problems with players adjusting to the “location” stipulation but it seems she was the 1st casualty. Hopefully she’ll be super diligent now.

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