Kim Clijsters concludes WTT Comeback en Route to U.S. Open
King of Prussia, Pa. (July 22, 2009) – Kim Clijsters completed her debut World TeamTennis season, leading the St. Louis Aces to a 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms. Clijsters, the 2005 U.S.Open Champion, is making her return to professional tennis after a two year hiatus following the birth of her daughter.
The match opened with women’s doubles featuring Clijsters and Liga Dekmeijere for the Aces against the Freedoms’ Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys. Clijsters appeared in top form as the Aces tandem earned a 5-2 victory over the Freedoms. The former world no.1 continued her dominant play in women’s singles with a decisive 5-3 win over 14 year old phenom Madison Keys. Clijsters completed her Philadelphia “trifecta,” partnering with Tripp Philips to earn a hard-fought 5-4 win over Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles.
The men took center stage following halftime. Reading, PA resident Healey played perhaps his best tennis of the season for the Freedoms, dominantly defeating the Aces’ Mislav Hizak 5-1 in men’s singles. The Freedoms finished out their 2009 season with men’s doubles, where Hizak and Phillips of the Aces prevailed over Healey and Josh Cohen 5-3.
The Freedoms conclude their 2009 season with a record of 4-10. For full coverage of the Freedoms season in review, go to philadelphiafreedoms.com. Though the Freedoms are missing the 2009 World TeamTennis playoffs, be sure to follow all the action from the conference championships and the Advanta WTT Finals with live scoring on WTT.com. The conference championships take place on July 24 with the finals taking place in Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C. on July 26.
Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League - Results for Wednesday, 7/22
(Home teams in capital letters)
St. Louis Aces def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 21-17
Women’s Doubles – Kim Clijsters\Liga Dekmeijere (Aces) def. Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2
Women’s Singles – Kim Clijsters (Aces) def. Madison Keys (Aces) 5-3
Mixed Doubles – Kim Cljisters\Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4
Men’s Singles – Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. Mislav Hizak (Aces) 5-1
Men’s Doubles – Mislav Hizak and Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Nathan Healey\Josh Cohen (Freedoms) 5-3
The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season featured the greatest lineup of tennis stars ever seen in Philadelphia – Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova – each appeared during one home match in July.
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