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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays a forehand in her third round match against Nadia Petrova of Russia during day five of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Kim Clijsters, the tennis mom everyone loves, bowed out of professional tennis for the second and final time amid scenes of great emotion at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday afternoon when she lost to a British teenager, Laura Robson, 7-6(4), 7-6(5). Being one of the nicest people in the game, Clijsters wore a big smile as she hugged Robson at the net, but there were tears in the house by then because no one wanted to see Clijster's extraordinary US Open odyssey end. Her career stretched over seven years during which she only played here four times because of retirement or injury, but the Belgian had never lost at Flushings Meadows. Three titles and a 22-match winning streak left only Chris Evert with her 31 straight wins between 1975-79 ahead of her. But although this finale felt premature for most of her fans, there was no doubting the worthiness of Robson's victory. The 18-year-old, who lives about a mile from Wimbledon and trailed 2-5 in the first set, suddenly started unleas...
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