‘I was dominating some points,’ says Kim Clijsters as she takes positives from losing return
Kim Clijsters said she was happy with her performance as she lost to Garbine Muguruza on her return to the WTA Tour on Monday.
The 36-year-old, playing her first match since the 2012 US Open, lost out 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to the recent Australian Open finalist.
However, she insists she was encouraged by her display, particularly in the second set.
“I had a good feeling out there,” Clijsters said after the match.
“I do feel a little bit of – I’m not going to say relief, but a feeling of the pace I can handle.”
“Second set, I felt I was really in the match. I felt like for a while I was dominating some of the points.
“I think that’s a good feeling to have, knowing the way I started the first set and then the way I was able to get back into that second set, with the type of tennis I played.
“It’s something that is the positive about this match. I’ll take that with me for the next matches.”
Muguruza agreed with Clijsters’ assessment, adding: “I know she can play incredible. She did at some point play at an incredible level.”
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