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Kim Clijsters misses return to Dubai after seven years of absence

Kim Clijsters, at the Dubai tournament against the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, February 17, 2020. (YORICK JANSENS / BELGA MAG)

She is trying to make a comeback as brave as it is improbable. At 36, Kim Clijsters has decided to return to the women's circuit after seven years of absence. And the WTA has changed a bit since then.
The reunion was scheduled for the Australian Open in January, but the Belgian injured her knee. So it was in Dubai this week that Kim Clijsters decided to return.

Her first match, the Belgian played it last night. Facing the Spanish Garbine Muguruza, 16th in the world, also a former number one. Except that it was less long ago than Kim Clijsters, who logically bowed: defeat in two sets but not expeditious: 6-2, 7-6, in 1h37. The last time Kim Clijsters held a racket in competition was in 2012 at the US Open.

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