Kim Clijsters made a welcome return to the court on Thursday, defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the Diamond Games exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium. Even though it was only an exhibition and little can be read into the result (after all, Francesca Schiavone beat both Venus and Serena Williams last week in a Milan exhibition), Clijsters looked to be in fine form in her first match since August.
The 2011 Australian Open champion was sidelined for much of the second half of the year with a number of injuries, including a stomach muscle injury that prevented her from defending her U.S. Open title. Clijsters looked fully fit in her movement (the bedrock of her game) and in her ball-striking.
But enough about the tennis. “What funny hijinks did they engage in,” you may ask? Well, I’m not sure I’m glad you asked, but since you did, here’s a brief summation:
Kim threatened to shove a ball down Caroline’s throat.
Clijsters and Wozniacki , usually two of the more silent players on the court, did their best Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova impressions.
Clijsters told the crowd that the first person to kiss fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer would win a car, leading to one of the worst security breaches in tennis since Rafael Nadal got smooched at the U.S. Open in 2010. Maaaaaaybe give the security personnel a heads up next time, Kim?
Caro danced. Because that’s what she does.
Speaking of the world No. 1, check out this video of her at an exhibition in Bratislava last month, doing her best impersonation of Serena Williams. I think it’s a horrible impersonation. Serena would never hit a moonball on her return of serve.