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Kim Clijsters stumbles on return, loses in three sets in Indian Wells opener

Former world number one Kim Clijsters, who retired for the second time in 2012 but returned to action in February 2020, lost to Czech Katarina Siniakova 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 at Indian Wells, which took her 0-5. But dropped. Since coming back on tour. Clijsters went 3–0 behind in the first set as she struggled to find the rhythm with her serve at the start, but accelerated the winners to the delight of a supportive crowd on a cold day in the Southern California desert. In the second, the tables turned.

Clijsters underwent knee surgery in October 2020 and returned to the court at last week’s Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, where she lost to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the first round.

“Last week in Chicago I started well but there were some games where I wasn’t in the match, here too, looking for my rhythm, my anticipation again, reading my opponents, getting used to playing on a big court again. Well done. Where I feel very inconsistent. It’s just part of the process in general, it’s not going to be an easy ride and I’m going to try to improve every time I’m there.” Clijsters told reporters.

Clijsters misses open forehand on game point Which could have brought the players back on serve. From there Sinikova was able to reach the shore till the end. Former world number one doubles player Siniakova, who won gold at the Tokyo Games alongside Barbora Krejcikova, will now face 10th seed Angelique Kerber.

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