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Clijsters retires on a losing note

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Belgian former world number one Kim Clijsters signed off her singles career with a second-round defeat by Britain’s Laura Robson at the U.S. Open.

Although disappointed with her farewell result the 29-year-old four-time major winner said she was leaving the sport with no regrets and lots of great memories.

Clijsters said: “It’s been an incredible journey, and a lot of dreams for me have come true because of tennis. As a little girl, I got tennis racquets under the tree and outfits of Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and I would want to wear them to bed I was so excited.

‘‘It’s not just the tennis side of things that you think about now, it’s about life. We’ve had a lot of things happen in these last 15 years that I’ve been on tour. I’m able to look back at them, and I’m very happy with the progress that I’ve made.”

As well as winning a total of four grand slam crowns – including three US Open triumphs and one Australian Open title – Clijsters won 41 WTA titles, the prestigious season-ending WTA championships on three occasions and spent a career total of 20 weeks as world number one.