Kim Clijsters loses in Grand Slam return at US Open

New York, September 2

Kim Clijsters has misplaced enjoying her first Grand Slam match in eight years.

The four-time main champion was overwhelmed by Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Tuesday evening within the first spherical on the US Open.

Clijsters received the event in 2005, 2009 and 2010, and retired after the 2012 Open.

Now 37 and the mom of three, she launched into a comeback this yr however has misplaced all three of her matches and struggled with accidents.

She began effectively towards Alexandrova, however the tempo of Clijsters’ serve fell off within the third set, when she seemed to be hampered by a latest belly damage.

Daniil Medvedev, who reached his first Grand Slam last ultimately yr’s U.S. Open, has received his first-round match on the event, beating Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Medvedev went from villain to hero throughout final yr’s event. He was fined 4 instances and booed by followers, however received their assist within the five-set last with comeback that fell brief towards Rafael Nadal.

He took the court docket Tuesday evening to neither cheers nor jeers as a result of followers aren’t allowed at this yr’s Open.

“Same stadium, a little bit less people,” Medvedev mentioned.

Former champion Sloane Stephens has received her opening match on the U.S. Open, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-3, 6-3.

Stephens received the title in 2017 when she was ranked No. 83. She’s seeded 26th.

Stephens performed on Court 17, and mentioned a match with few spectators required an adjustment.

“It’s back to girls’ 12, where it’s you and your parents, and the girl you’re playing and their parents,” she mentioned. — AP

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