It has been a while since Kim played but she looks as sharp as ever. Here she plays a player younger than her by just 3 years so it makes an intriguing encounter. It is the first round of the WTA Chicago classic, former world number one Kim Clijsters of Belgium facing Hsieh Su Wei of Taiwan. Kim hasn’t played since last year’s US Open but she showed little court rust at the start of the match. Check out 2-0 40-0 Clijsters. The mom of three Kim is brave moving to the net early catching out Hsieh with her movement. Kim served at 65% on first serve, this should have been enough to win any top class tennis match. Except that she double faulted way too much. 9 in this one. Hsieh fared slightly better at 8 DFs but still Kim should have capitalized on a weaker serve which was at 57% on first serve. It was down to who makes the most errors After such an impressive start, Clijsters went on to lose the next six games to lose the set. Watch 3-2 adv Hsieh. When Hsieh started to make Kim run more that was the turning point. I can’t explain why Clijsters went so far left chasing the lob but I guess that is down to match sharpness.
Kim received a wild card for this Chicago classic mainly because of her success in the past. She was always a dogged competitor AND THE STATS from this one show it. She presented 20 break point opportunities to Hsieh but only 7 were converted. Check out the second game of the second set 1-0. She would win this set with some winners that roll back the years. But it is again her net play which impressed at break point 5-5(40-30). Beautifully crafted point, the corner hitting setting up the volley at the net. Like I mentioned earlier the match went down to errors, Kim had a humongous 54 errors