No win again for Kim Clijsters in her third return to professional tennis. Our compatriot lost in three sets against world number 97 Su-Wei Hsieh in the first round of the WTA tournament in Chicago. “She is no longer as mobile as she used to be,” former tennis player Dominic Monami said in his analysis in La Dernire Heure.
Vincent Van ZenechtenSource, last hour
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38-year-old Limburger has 54 . hit no less than unexpected errors Against Alice Mertens’ doubles partner. Clijsters also lost eight games in a row at a time, causing much needed frustration for the former world number one.
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. But according to Dominic Monami, Limburger would be better off playing a few smaller tournaments before (re)starting the bigger job.
“Her strikes are still there and she can always hurt opponents with her backhand,” said the former world No. 9 among women. “But his forehand is not moving very well and his main concern is his irregularity. She moves very slowly and her flexibility is not what it used to be. One competition cannot be compared to a training session, not even 1,000 training sessions. Sometimes she plays the dominant role, only to lose a game. Just getting a competition rhythm into it can help. Maybe he should think of participating in some ITF tournaments so that he can play matches.
ITF Circuit is the ‘Second Division’ of tennis. The results of the tournament count for the WTA rankings. In particular, lower-ranked tennis players and emerging young talent participate in the hope of being able to collect enough points and progress to WTA tournaments.
“As you get older, you’re slower and less flexible,” says Monami. “Kim doesn’t have the same sparkling energy anymore. Her footwork isn’t the same, nor does her fervent desire. But she’s having fun and that’s the main thing. She misses playing the game.”