Former world number one Kim Clijsters is competing at the Cincinnati tournament after over two years away from tennis. The Belgian star is facing France’s Marion Bartoli, who recently won the Stanford open against Venus Williams.
AFP - Belgian star Kim Clijsters makes a long-awaited return when she serves it up at the WTA Tour's Cincinnati event on Monday.
The unseeded wild card Clijsters won't have it easy as her first match is against 12th seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.
Bartoli is fresh off an impressive win over Venus Williams in the final of the Stanford Bank of the West Classic.
"I see it as a second career," Clijsters told The New York Times on Saturday. "Honestly, the first word that comes up is, oh, it's a comeback. But so many things have changed and so many things have happened."
Indeed the former world number one racked up 34 singles titles when she retired in May 2007 at age 23, citing injuries and the upcoming marriage. Two months later she married basketball player Brian Lynch and then there was the birth of daughter Jada Ellie. During that time of her life her father, Leo, succumbed to lung cancer.
"In tennis, it's very important that you're very stable there, the hips and the core," she said. "With the pregnancy, that's something that was totally gone."
Clijsters is in the same half of the draw as top seeded Dinara Safina and sixth seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and could face either or both if she should go on a run
Date created : 2009-08-10