Kim Clijsters will play her first game in nearly a year in Atlanta tonight (1 p.m. Belgian time). The 38-year-old Limburger will meet American Sloane Stephens in an exhibition match for the local ATP tournament.
marten vanhoofSource: Belgian
Clijsters, who is currently ranked 1092 in the WTA rankings, last played at the US Open last year. There she lost her first round to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, who was still very strong, to Elise Mertens in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. Prior to this, Clijsters performed strongly in the unofficial world team tennis competition, but were also out straight in the first round in Dubai and Monterrey. She hasn’t played this year yet. She hoped to play in Miami and Charleston in the spring, but had not yet recovered sufficiently from knee surgery.
Stephens, 28, won the US Open in 2017, a tournament that Kim Clijsters won three times (2005, 2009 and 2010), but has dropped to seventy-seventh in the WTA rankings in recent years.
Clijsters’ return could be a sequel to the WTA tournament in Cincinnati in the coming weeks. The US Open starts in late August, where as a three-time winner, she may also be able to count on a wild card.
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