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Clijsters made history last night, capping a comeback from two years out of tennis to become the first unseeded woman to win the Open and the first mom to win a major since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980 with a 7 5, 6 3 victory over No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki.
When it was over, Clijsters collapsed to the ground and started crying tears of joy, probably mixed in with a little bit of shock, too. Her 18 month old daughter, Jada, watched from a suite with a pacifier in her mouth, but later came down to the court to take part in the celebration.
“It was not really our plan,” Clijsters said. “I just wanted to start these three tournaments and get back into the rhythm of playing tennis and get used to the surroundings again.”
Talk about your quick transitions.
It was all quite a different scene from the night before, when Clijsters’ semifinal win over Serena Williams was decided on a point penalty, and the 26 year old Belgian stood behind the baseline, looking bewildered as Williams ran over to shake her hand. Open, but Clijsters was the winner. Open title, the last comin Burberry Burberry Canada Canada g in 2005 her last appearance at Flushing Meadows and before a spate of nagging injuries eventually drove her out of the sport and led her to start a family.
Some might have called this the mother of all upsets, but by the time she reached the final, against the resilient but still learning 19 year old from Denmark, it was hard Burberry Canada to view it that way.
Clijsters beat both Williams sisters and two other players seeded in the teens. She matched Venus and Serena power shot for power shot and showed she could play Wozniacki’s patient game and play it better.
This match was nothing like the Williams match before it turned sour which was filled with short, hard hitting rallies in which Clijsters moved one of tennis’ best players at will and made her hit shots from places she normally doesn’t.
Instead, it was a waiting game, and when Clijsters fell behind 4 2 in the first set, she showed Burberry Canada she was willing to play it.
A 29 shot rally here, a 25 shot rally there. Drop shots and lobs. Clijsters did that. Went for more, too, and finished with two more winners than unforced errors (36 34) a good ratio on any day and 26 more winners than Wozniacki.
After getting back on serve, Clijsters held off two break points at 5 5, then broke Wozniacki for the fourth time to win the first set. The second set was easier and before they knew it, Jada was on the court with her mommy posing for photographers.
Clijsters didn’t even have a ranking coming into this tournament because she hadn’t played enough matches to get on the list. She’ll come in at around No. 20 when the new rankings come out this week, but said she probably won’t try to improve on that right away.
“It’s the greatest feeling in the world being a mother,” she said. “I just can’t wait to spend next the few weeks with her and have her routine schedule at home again.”