Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who is playing for the New York Empire, made a winning start to her 2020 World Team Tennis campaign with a 5-2 win over Washington Kastles' Bernarda Pera.
Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters wins in World Team Tennis
The multiple Grand Slam champion Clijsters retired from tennis in 2012, but returned to the circuit after more than seven years away in February and played two tournaments before the tennis shutdown.
She came back from a pair of 0-40 deficits in the set and won two of three deciding points to get the win. Pera is ranked No. 60 in the world. However, it was the Washington Kastles who won the tie, beating the New York Empire 21-20 at The Greenbrier.
World TeamTennis is a mixed-gender professional tennis league played with a team format in the United States, which was founded in 1973.
#WTT2020: @ClijstersKim earns the Empire a 8-7 lead with a 5-2 win over Pera. Watch @Nyempiretennis take on @WashKastles right now LIVE on @ESPN 2! #WASvsNY #EveryPointCounts pic.twitter.com/jQjka1Fsx0 — World TeamTennis (@WorldTeamTennis) July 13, 2020
The 2020 World TeamTennis season will be the 45th season of the league in the United States. The 2020 World TeamTennis season will include nine teams and each team will play a 14-match regular-season schedule and is being played at one location.
Kim Clijsters has been a world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, having held both rankings simultaneously in 2003. She has won a total of six Grand Slam tournament titles, four in singles and two in doubles. Clijsters became the first Belgian player to attain the No.
1 ranking. She has won 41 singles titles and 11 doubles titles on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. She was a three-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships. She has won the US Open and the Australian Open in singles and Wimbledon and the French Open in doubles.
Kim Clijsters initially retired from tennis in 2007 at the age of 23 to get married and have a family. She returned to the sport two years later and won her second US Open title as an unranked player in just the third event of her comeback.
She defended her title the following year and then won the Australian Open in 2011 as she became the first mother to be ranked No. 1 by the WTA. Along with Margaret Court, she also holds the record for most Grand Slam singles titles won as a mother, with three slam titles, and was the first to win one since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
Clijsters retired again following the 2012 US Open before beginning her comeback in February. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017.