Once and For All, Clijsters Says Goodbye

Jerry Lal/USA Today

Kim Clijsters had mentally prepared to retire. She had explained to her young daughter, Jada, what will happen. She has made plans for the future with her husband, Brian Lynch. But she still was not prepared to have her last major cut short in the second round of the U.S. Open by a young British player in two sets, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).

"This completely feels like the perfect place to retire, I just wish it wasn't today," Clijsters said.

But it was. Ranked 89th in the world, Laura Robson pushed Clijsters to two tiebreaks and won them both. It was the first match the No. 23 seed had lost in four years at the U.S. Open — she won in 2009 and 2010 and didn't play in 2011.

"Kim did fight," Lynch said. "She has nothing to be ashamed of, she left it out there."

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