Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kim Clijsters in US Open 2010: Another Strong Come back from the Belgian?

Belgian tennis star and former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters made one of the most notable come backs in the history of Open Era when she won the US Open 2009 title after coming out of her two-year-long retirement from tennis. Moreover, Clijsters became the first Wild Card player to win the title in the history of US Open.

Kim Clijsters suddenly announced her retirement from tennis in May 2007. She then got married to American basketball player Brian Lynch in July of the same year. In February 2008, Clijsters gave birth to a baby girl. In March 2009, she announced her return to professional tennis and got a wildcard entry in the US Open.

After winning her second Grand Slam singles title in US Open last year, Kim Clijsters could not yet shine in any of the next three Grand Slam tournaments. She was knocked out by 19th seed Nadia Petrova at the third round of Australian Open 2010.

Clijsters then missed the French Open 2010 due to her left foot injury. Returning to Wimbledon 2001, she managed to reach the quarter final where she lost to the eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva. Now, the question is if Kim Clijsters can make another strong come back in the US Open 2010 starting from 30 August.

Fans are hoping that Clijsters would come back again in the US Open and win her third Grand Slam singles title. There is no doubt, the 27-year-old is one of the favorites in the US Open 2010.

However, the Belgian must be at her best to defend her US Open title this year because there are a number of favorites for the title. Serena Williams has been in excellent form as she won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year, while there are some emerging young players like Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone and Samantha Stosur. The likes of Venus Williams, Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova are always favorites.

Overall, it is a very good chance for Kim Clijsters to return to her best in the US Open 2010, and thus, making another step to retain the no. 1 position in WTA ranking.

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