Three-time champion Kim Clijsters lost in the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament today to England’s Laura Robson, ending the career of the 29- year-old Belgian.
Clijsters, seeded 23rd and playing in her 163rd Grand Slam singles match, lost 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) to the 18-year-old Robson, who was playing in her 10th Grand Slam match and had never before reached the third round of a major tennis tournament.
Clijsters has said this was her final tournament before retirement.
Clijsters had won 22 straight matches at the U.S. Open and hadn’t lost at the tournament since 2003. She won the title in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and skipped the other years because of injuries and a two-year break to have a child.
Chris Evert, who won 31 U.S. Open matches in a row between 1975 and 1979, is the only woman with a longer streak than Clijsters since professionals were permitted to enter major championships in 1968.
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