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Finally, This Is It for Clijsters

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After her latest last, her final news conference before her final Grand Slam tournament, Kim Clijsters retreated to the players’ lawn at the United States Open. Three children sat beside her. She gripped two tennis balls. They held Rice Krispies treats.

There was Clijsters, caught between two worlds, the picture of transition. For another few days at least.

It seemed fitting that Clijsters chose the Open to say goodbye. She seized her first Grand Slam singles trophy at Flushing Meadows in 2005. She announced her return to...

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