Kim Clijsters has made her first win at the World Team Tennis competition in the United States during the night from Monday to Tuesday (Dutch time) since she made her comeback early this year after a seven-year absence.
The 37-year-old Clijsters won 5-2 in 26 minutes against the American Bernarda Pera, the number sixty in the world. The team competition in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, only plays up to five games.
Four-time Grand Slam winner Clijsters announced last September that she wanted to make a comeback for the second time.
The Belgian lost in mid-February in Dubai at her first WTA match since 2012 against the Spanish world top player Garbiñe Muguruza. Two weeks later she bowed in the first round of the tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, to British Johanna Konta (WTA-14).
Subsequently, the corona crisis halted the tennis season and the comeback of Clijsters. The Flemish emphasized in May that she still believes she can return to the tennis top and is preparing for the mixed team competition World Team Tennis, which is not an official WTA tournament, for the US Open at the end of August.
Clijsters is playing in West Virginia together with, among others, the German Sabine Lisicki and the American Jack Sock for New York Empire. After her win in singles, she lost in doubles on Monday with her 45-year-old partner Kveta Peschke from Pera and Arina Rodionova (3-5).
. @ Clijsterskim gets her first win of the season for New York, 5-2, over Washington's Bernarda Pera. After a double fault to open, her serve was so clutch. @WorldTeamTennisAvatar