Clijsters Roars Back With Win

Belgian defeats Kutuzova in lopsided straight sets
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:53 PM CDT
Kim Clijsters of Belgium serves to Viktoriya Kutuzova of Ukraine during the US Open tennis tournament today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Kim Clijsters, the 2005 US Open champ who’s been absent from the game since having a child two years ago, made a triumphant return to the tournament today, the New York Times reports. The unseeded Belgian easily dispatched Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-1, 6-1 in the first game at Arthur Ashe. “Little more nervous than usual,” Clijsters says of the match, “but I really enjoyed it. I felt really good out there.”

“Obviously, the situation was a lot different then,” Clijsters says of her last appearance in 2005, “but you kind of get the whole feeling for it again. I remember just driving up here this morning, just seeing the court and everything. The same memories come back. But it’s nice. I mean, I’m glad that I have those memories.”