Kim Clijsters lost in a tough match in WT…

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Clijsters immediately took the lead against Elise Mertens’ Taiwanese doubles partner Su-Wei Hsieh and No. 97 in the WTA rankings. She was run out 0-3 in no time. But then it collapsed. Although Limburger dominated the game, more were demolished. unexpected errors in his game. Game after game slipped from his hands and after forty minutes Su-Wei Hsieh won six games in a row: 6–3.

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A sledgehammer blow for Clijsters, who revealed his dismay with a disposable gesture. Despite a difficult start in the second set, the former world number one made a comeback. Clijsters broke the lead at 3-4, immediately gave another break and was in trouble at 5-4, but then brought up impressive tennis. She won the second set 5-7.

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54th unexpected error is too many

The third and deciding set went the same way: multiple winners but also several unforced errors for Clijsters. Su-Wei Hsieh was run out 4-2, Clijsters made a comeback, but then abandoned her serve to lead 40-15. Su-Wei Hsieh came in 5–3, was allowed to serve for the match and won the game after the 54th. forced error From our compatriots.

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Since his return in February 2020, Clijsters had played only three times due to injuries and coronavirus. At the 2020 US Open, she lost in the first round to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (WTA-34) 3-6, 7-5 and 6-1. She had earlier lost 6-2 and 7-6 (8/6) to Spanish Garbine Muguruza (WTA-9) in Dubai and 6-3 and 7-5 to British Johanna Konta (WTA-81) in Motere.

Clijsters was able to participate in the WTA tournament in Chicago as she received a wild card from the organization. Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 135) also came into action on Monday against American Daniel Collins (WTA 28). ‘Flippers’ lost 6-4 and 6-2. Clijsters and Flipkens also pair in doubles. She will take on Polish tandem Magdalena Frech-Katarzyna Cava in the first round.

Mixed feelings

“I left the track with mixed feelings,” Clijsters said after the 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 loss. “There were good things and there were less good things. I’m satisfied that I was able to stand physically after my knee surgery, and I didn’t have any problems. When we got here it was one of the main goals that I set for my team.” So I’m relieved in that regard that it went well. I wasn’t too far from winning and then that was the inconsistency. I was very erratic. I want to improve on that in the next matches.”

Clijsters struck 45 winners against Elise Mertens’ doubles partner, but also had 54 direct errors. “There were moments when I felt really good”, continued the former No. 1, who has no longer ranked for over a year without competition. “I moved well, my body responded well, which is a huge bonus. It’s also true that I made a lot of mistakes. Some of it was because I forced it, but I could live with it.” What I am less satisfied with are the mistakes I made because I was in doubt, in which I could attack his second serve. I don’t like to make mistakes like that. But it will only end when I I can play more matches.”

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