14 September 2009
The Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters has come back from two years out of the game to win the women's singles at the US Open, for a second time. The former world number one beat Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5 6-3.
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What a story. What a player. In May this year Kim Clijsters stepped on to Centre Court at Wimbledon, a retired player invited for a gentle workout in an exhibition to test the new roof.
Four months on she's the US Open champion. As comebacks go, there are very few to match it across any sport.
The Belgian took two years out of the game during which time she got married and had a baby daughter. Incredibly, this is only her third event back.
The final itself was of high calibre, full of outstanding rallies, great excitement and smiles on each side of the net. It was the perfect antidote to Serena Williams' shameful shenanigans.
Alastair Eykyn, BBC News, New York
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- stepped on to
here, no longer playing
- a gentle workout
a period of time spent doing some light physical exercise
- as comebacks go, there are very few to match it across any sport
there have been very few occasions when a sportsman or sportswoman who had not been playing/taking part in competitions for some time was so successful when he or she returned to their sport
- her third event back
the third competition she has taken part in since she got married and had a baby daughter
the last in a series of competitions in which the winner is chosen
- of high calibre
with participants who have very good skills and abilities
- antidote to
here, welcome relief from (literally, an antidote is a chemical which relieves or limits the effects of a poison)
deceitful, questionable acts