July 10, 2010

Clijsters tops Serena in exhibition in Brussels

A world record tennis crowd watched Kim Clijsters defeat Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 in an exhibition in Brussels. The crowd of 35,681 at King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday surpassed the previous record of 30,472 set in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome in the Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Clijsters was originally scheduled to play Belgian Justine Henin, but Henin withdrew after injuring her elbow at Wimbledon. Top-ranked Williams agreed to replace Henin despite a foot injury. The match was umpired by tennis great Martina Navratilova. French Open champion, Francesca Schiavone, was also in attendance.

1 comment:

yakira said...

I wish I could have seen this match but it seems like Serena didn't exert herself too much in this matchup- afterall it was an exhibition match. Can't wait to see Clijsters play Serena in US Open! Serena has some major unfinished business to complete this year in NY.