Kim Clijsters: 'There were some positive things but I still have to improve my game'


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Kim Clijsters: 'There were some positive things but I still have to improve my game'

Opening the season with three straight losses after an ongoing knee injury, Johanna Konta came to Monterrey as the second seed and took down former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 25 minutes. It was the second match for Clijsters after making a comeback, losing to Garbine Muguruza in Dubai and suffering another early loss in Monterrey ahead of Indian Wells where she also received a wild card.

The Belgian fired nine aces but it wasn't enough to keep her safe, giving away more than 40% of the points in her games and getting broken three times from eight opportunities offered to the Briton. Johanna lost 12 points in ten service games, never facing a break point and scoring a late break in set number two to seal the deal in straight sets.

They stayed in touch in the opening six games before Konta grabbed a break at 15 with a backhand winner in game seven to move in front. She secured the set with another break in game nine following a forehand winner, gathering boost ahead of set number two where Clijsters raised her level to stay in touch until 5-5.

Nonetheless, she couldn't do anything on the return and Konta found the way to avoid a tie break, earning a break in the 12th game to move over the top and enter the last 16. "I felt some things were better but some still need a lot of improvement; that's why it's good to play matches," Clijsters said.

"I've been through different generations and played many players throughout my whole career. I'm still at a stage where I want to focus on what I'm doing and how I'm feeling, and also start reading my opponents.

It's a process that I have to trust and keep working hard to improve in every match I play. I want to take big steps but I have to focus on small ones and to improve day by day." "Her ability to do things with the ball is what made her a multiple Grand Slam champion.

It's why she was able to come back and play at a level like this," Konta said. "That's not exactly an everyday thing, that's for sure."