14 Sep 2009

Clijsters greatest sporting comeback of the year?

7:05 pm on 14 September 2009

Kim Clijsters has completed possibly sport's greatest comeback of the year winning the U.S. Tennis Open after more than two years out of the game.

Unranked and with just three tournaments into her comeback after starting a family Clijsters beat Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 6-3 in just over an hour and a half at Flushing Meadows in New York to win her second grand slam title.

Clijsters is the first mother since Australian great Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980 - and only the third in the Open era - to win a grand slam crown, and a month ago wasn't even playing competitively.

Clijsters had retired in May 2007 and, until the start of this year, says she hadn't missed the game at all.

But an invitation to play an exhibition match under the new centre-court roof at Wimbledon this year reignited her interest.