Clijsters Ends Career at US Open, Falling to Robson in Second Round
Three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters ended her singles tennis career tonight at Arthur Ashe Stadium, falling to 18 year old Laura Robson 7-6(4), 7-6(5), in their second round US Open match.
Robson hit 26 winners and 28 unforced errors on her way to winning the tight match. Clijsters hit 32 winners, but her 33 unforced errors proved too much to overcome on the big points.
“One of my biggest dreams came true in 2005. I played some of my best tennis here, some of my greatest matches,” Clijsters said after the match. “Since I retired the first time, it’s been a great adventure for me and my team, but I’m also looking forward to the next part of my life coming up. This completely feels like the perfect place to retire. I just wish it wasn’t today.”
“I want to say thanks to Kim for being such a great role model. I’ve grown up watching you,” Robson said.
Clijsters’ colleagues, sponsors, and others tweeted their thoughts on her farewell to tennis:
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) August 29, 2012
So sad to see Kim go. Thanks for inspiring us. You always took the time to encourage us even when you beat us good luck for the future
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) August 29, 2012
Tennis loves you @clijsterskim !It’s been a pleasure to know and watch you….Wish you all the happiness in the world!
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) August 29, 2012
Congratulations @clijsterskim and thank you for all the good you’ve brought to our sport!
— Tennis Hall of Fame (@TennisHalloFame) August 29, 2012
— Babolat (@babolat) August 29, 2012
— Fila Tennis (@TennisFilaUSA) August 29, 2012
Its so sad to see kim leaving the tour…she is just an amazing person,great rolemodel.we will all miss her!all the best for her life after
— Julia Goerges (@juliagoerges) August 29, 2012