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Clijsters Says Goodbye

by Amit Badlani
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Kim Clijsters ends her career on a beautiful Day 3

Kim Clijsters finished her singles career on the same court where she won three grand slams. The 23rd seeded Belgian fell to Great Britain's Laura Robson at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Clijsters stated before the US Open that this will be her last tournament, so inherently the loss will be her last singles match. She sat at the interview podium for half an hour, answering questions about her whole career spanning from her toughest loss to what she believes her legacy will be.

"When I hear it, it is special, and I feel proud that I was able to win a grand slam as a mother, just because I know how much work it took after I had Jada to get back physically, tennis-wise, and mentally to get back into the sport," Clijsters said about coming out of retiremenr to win as a mother.

“Kim always displayed grace and character on and off the court," USTA Chairman of the Board Jon Vegosen said in a statement. "So It’s appropriate that Arthur Ashe Stadium brought out her best, because she embodies so many of Arthur’s qualities. We will miss this great champion, and wish Kim and her family all the best.”

Clijsters is still scheduled to play mixed doubles with Bob Bryan later in the tournament.

Meanwhile, #1 Victoria Azarenka, #3 Maria Sharapova, #9 Na Li, and defending champ #7 Sam Stosur advanced to the 3rd round.

On the men's side, there were no major upsets. Olympic champ and #3 seed Andy Murray handled Ivan Dodig in the first Men's 2nd round match of the tournament. #4 David Ferrer and former champ #7 Juan Martin Del Potro advanced to the 2nd round.

Americans, especially on the Men's side, have played very well in the opening round. #9 John Isner dismissed Xavier Malisse in 4 close sets. Qualifier Bradley Klahn topped Austria's Jurgen Melzer in 5 sets. And the America's hope, Ryan Harrison, stormed from set points down in the 1st to win in straights over Germany's Benjamin Becker. Harrison will play DelPo in the next round.

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Clijsters on the loss Robson on how she won the last set Azarenka on her play Sharapova on her performance Harrison on his performance Harrison on playing DelPo in the 2nd round Del Potro on his play Isner happy to move on

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