Kim Clijsters failed to make a happy comeback on Monday at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, WTA 500 hard tournament with $ 565,530. For her first match since the 2020 US Open, the 38-year-old Limburg native, beneficiary of a wild card, lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 against Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei (WTA 97) , 35, quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, but who has hardly shone in singles since.
“I come off the court with mixed feelings,” she said after her loss. “There have been some good things and some not so good. I am happy, after my knee surgery, to have managed to cope physically, without encountering any problems. It was one of the main objectives that we set with my supervision by coming here. I am therefore relieved that it went well. I was not far from winning. And then there was also this inconstancy. I have been too irregular. And that’s something I would like to improve in the next matches. “
Kim Clijsters has indeed shown that she had lost none of her punching force, landing 45 winning shots, mainly with her forehand, against the doubles partner of Elise Mertens. But besides that, the former world No. 1 also committed too many mistakes, 54 in total. Too much to hope to win.
“There were times when I felt really good,” she continued. “I was moving well, my body was responding well, which is a big bonus. Besides that, it’s true, I made a lot of mistakes. Some were because I forced. And I don’t have a problem with them. Where I am less satisfied is with the mistakes made because I was hesitant, especially when attacking his second serve. I didn’t let go of my arm. And these are the mistakes I don’t like to make. Now, these are mistakes that I can only erase by playing more matches. “