Clijsters 'calls curtain on career' after beating Venus in farewell game

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 06:30 hrs

Former tennis world no. 1 Kim Clijsters called the curtain on her career with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Venus Williams in a ceremonial farewell match in Belgium.

Clijsters retired after the U.S. Open but organized a match to thank her fans, 13,000 of whom turned up at Antwerp Sports Palace, including Crown Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde, reports.

According to the report, in the lighthearted encounter, Clijsters was destined to win but still wowed the crowd with the play that made her famous before injuries added to her retirement at 29.

Clijsters beat Williams on the way to her last two U.S. Open titles, in 2009 and 2010, the report said.

She also held a 7-6 edge over the American on the WTA Tour. She also won at Flushing Meadow in 2005 and earned the 2011 Australian Open crown, the report added. (ANI)

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