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Clijsters wins in return from retirement

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Associated Press
September 14, 2009
— Kim Clijsters cradled the baby in one arm, the trophy in the other.

The joy of motherhood. The joy of winning the U.S. Open.


Clijsters made history Sunday night, capping a comeback from two years out of tennis to become the first unseeded woman to win the Open—and the first mom to win a major since 1980—with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki.


When it was over, Clijsters collapsed to the ground and started crying—tears of joy, probably mixed in with a little bit of shock, too. Her 18-month-old daughter, Jada, watched from a suite with a pacifier in her mouth, but later came down to the court to take part in the celebration.


Guess what mommy got for you, sweetie! A Grand Slam title.


“It was not really our plan,” Clijsters said. “I just wanted to start these three tournaments and get back into the rhythm of playing tennis and get used to the surroundings again.”


Talk about your quick transitions.


It was all quite a different scene from the night before, when Clijsters’ semifinal win over Serena Williams was closed out on a foot fault, an outburst and a point penalty, and the 26-year-old Belgian stood behind the baseline, looking bewildered as Williams ran over to shake her hand.


Williams’ tirade may have been the talk of the U.S. Open. But Clijsters was the winner. This was her second U.S. Open title, the other coming in 2005—her last appearance at Flushing Meadows and before a spate of nagging injuries eventually drove her out of the sport and led her to start a family.


Federer vs. del Potro in men’s final

Rafael Nadal looked lost, swallowed up by the huge serves and crushing forehands coming at him from his 6-foot-6 opponent across the net.


That was Juan Martin del Potro, who made his first Grand Slam final, handing Nadal a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 loss Sunday at the U.S. Open—the worst loss Rafa has suffered in a major. Nadal was dealing with a strained abdominal muscle.


The sixth-seeded Argentine—the first from that country to make a U.S. Open final since Guillermo Vilas in 1977—will face No. 1 Roger Federer in today’s final.


Federer advanced with a semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic.


Serena fined $10,000

Serena Williams was fined $10,000 Sunday for a profanity-laced tirade directed at a U.S. Open line judge, and an investigation is under way to determine whether there should be additional punishment.


The $10,000 penalty is the maximum on-site fine that can be issued for unsportsmanlike conduct at a Grand Slam tournament. The U.S. Open said in a statement that the Grand Slam Committee Administrator will “determine if the behavior of Ms. Williams warrants consideration as a major offense for which additional penalties can be imposed.”


Williams, who was the defending champion, also was docked $500 for smashing her racket after the first set of what became a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Kim Clijsters on Saturday night.



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