They were raised far from the perpetual motion of Times Square, and even as recently as a decade or so ago, they might have had a hard time identifying which subway line runs to Flushing. But when the time came to close an important chapter in their lives—and to begin a new one—Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters knew there was no better place than New York.
Their careers certainly have had very different trajectories, and their styles and personalities are singular. But Mr. Roddick and Ms. Clijsters have one very important thing in common. Their tennis legacies were written on the hard courts of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens.
Both Mr. Roddick, who won the U.S. Open in 2003, and Ms. Clijsters, a champion in 2005, 2009 and 2010, chose to end their career at this year’s Open. Ms. Clijsters made it clear months ago that she would be hanging up her tennis bag after her last match in Flushing this year. Mr. Roddick surprised the tennis world by announcing mid-tournament that he, too, would retire after the Open.
Both players won the hearts and loyalties of New York’s discerning tennis fans with their professionalism, charisma and sense of style.
Hey, sorry, I just woke up.
In arguably the most boring women’s final ever played in Queens, Kim Clijsters defeated Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 in a 59 minute match.
For some perspective: The Djokovic-Federer fifth set was 68 minutes. They played four sets of tennis before that! Someone should have given Ana Ivanovic a wild Read More
It’s been a long time since any of us saw a tennis match that dramatic. Two old time vets showed up in Queens this evening, and they show a lot of guts (and lot of nerves!), but it’s Kim Clijsters who walks away with the win and the final’s appearance defeating Venus Williams 4-6, 7-6, Read More
Venus Williams gets her test today.
It’s the only time this U.S. Open–whether she wins or loses–that she’ll have to play a fellow two time+ Grand Slam champion. Neither Venus nor Clijsters are playing their best tennis–Clijsters got through her quarterfinals match by seemingly losing less than Stosur–but we’re hoping they put on a show Read More
If you took Kim Clijsters aside before the match and told her she’d lose seven of her service games and that her unforced error to winners ratio was 43:25, she probably wouldn’t like her chances. But Clijsters managed to hold on, and defeated the even shakier Sam Stosur tonight, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Clijsters now has Read More
My sleeper pick may as well have slept in this morning.
Kim Clijsters blew away Ana Ivanovic in just under an hour in an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory. This was Ivanovic’s first fourth round Open match since 2007 when Venus Williams beat her 6-4, 6-2 on a Sunday afternoon on Ashe. That match looked Read More
Kim Clijsters is friendly to a fault. Unlike some players who are totally unapproachable, if you pass by Clijsters on the grounds here there’s a good chance she’ll say hello for no reason at all. Just look at that picture of her and her kid! Also, she’s so in love with her husband! This Read More
Wait one second: What’s this? Is the Power Serb back? Ana Ivanovic played on Ashe today and defeated Australian Open semifinalist Jie Zheng in straight sets. Ivanovic is going to the third round. This also means this is the farthest she’s gotten at a U.S. Open since 2007 (she was bounced in the second round Read More
We’ve established that plenty of folks are skeptical with whether Serena is actually injured, but Kim Clijsters is not one of them.
After Clijsters’ straight sets first round victory today over Greta Arn, the returning U.S. Open champ said she’s seen Serena’s injury and it’s legit.
“I saw the injury, so…and it’s not something Read More
Before the tournament began, Kim Clijsters, fresh from retirement and early motherhood, complained that women in the game today don’t have a clue about how to grind out a win.
“I remember Justine [Henin], she was one who could mix her game up even if she was not playing well,” she said. “Someone like Read More