Kim Clijsters suffers first-round exit in final second leg | Tennis News

Former world number one Kim Clijsters, on her last return to tennis, suffered a 6-3 5-7 6-3 loss to Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei in the first round of the Chicago Fall Classic on Monday.
The 38-year-old Belgian, who accepted a wild card in the hard-court event, appeared competitive in her first game of the season, but missed out at key moments to remain winless in four events since her back last year.
Clijsters got off to a quick start as she took a 3-0 lead in the first set before world number 97 Hsieh won the next eight games to take control.
But Clijsters, competing for the first time since a first-round loss at the 2020 US Open, came back from a breakdown to force a third set where Hsieh proved the more stable of the two in a game that lasted two hours and 18 minutes.
Next for Hsieh, 35, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at this year’s Australian Open, will be world number 16 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.
Clijsters kicked off his second comeback in February 2020 and appeared in two WTA Tour events before the COVID-19 outbreak interrupted action on the global sporting calendar.
The four-time Grand Slam champion returned to play at the 2020 US Open, where she lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, before knee surgery forced her to end her season. She then contracted COVID-19 in January 2021.
Clijsters won the US Open in 2005 before his first retirement two years later. She returned to the sport in 2009 and won a second major title in New York as an unranked wild card in her third comeback tournament.
The Belgian defended her US Open crown in 2010 and won the last of her four major Australian Open titles in 2011 before retiring again in 2012.


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