Kim Clijsters, “very excited to replay”, prepared her first trip to the beach with Sofia Kenin


Kim Clijsters prepared in a somewhat unusual way for the start of chapter 3 of her career at the WTA Premier hard tournament in Dubai, endowed with 2,643,670 dollars. The 36-year-old Limburger, who will finally challenge the Spanish Garbine Muguruza (WTA 16) in the first round, was thus invited this weekend by the organizers to exchange a few balls at the beach of Jumeirah Al Naseem with the American Sofia Kenin (WTA 7), winner of the Australian Open.

Dubai is the perfect place to start my comeback“, she told local media at the foot of the famous Burj al Arab Hotel.”I have been preparing indoor for about six months and being able to be here in the sun is therefore particularly pleasant. It’s a great way to start my week and I’m very excited to go back on a court and replay in competition. I know this is the twentieth anniversary of the tournament, which was the first to award equal prize money to men and women. It is therefore a very special place and an honor for me to return there at the same time as my debut, since I have never performed there.

Kim Clijsters and Sofia Kenin, who have known each other since 2005, when the former world No.1 had introduced the backstage of the WTA tournament in Miami to the young American then six years old, also took the opportunity to evoke the triumph of the Floridienne at the Australian Open last month. The story, however, does not say if the Libmourgeoise asked her what advice about Garbine Muguruza, that ‘Sonya’ Kenin, as she likes to be called, beat the final in Melbourne 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

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