Triumphant Clijsters even surprises herself
It was not part of Kim Clijsters’s grand plan, and that made her U.S. Open victory feel surreal to the Belgian.
“I can’t believe this happened,” the 26-year-old Clijsters told reporters following her grand slam triumph on Sunday after taking more than two years off to start a family.
“It still seems so surreal that in my third tournament back I won my second grand slam, because it wasn’t in the plan.
“I just wanted to come here and get a feel for it all over again, play a grand slam so starting the next year I didn’t have to go through all the new experiences over again.”
Instead, she experienced winning the Open all over again with her 7-5 6-3 triumph over 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
PHOTO: Kim Clijsters of Belgium carries her daughter Jada while holding the trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women’s singles final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque