Kim Clijsters completed one of the greatest comebacks in the history of tennis overnight as she won the US Open, beating Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3 and becoming the first mother to win a grand slam since Evonne Goolagong won Wimbledon in 1980.
‘I don't have words for this. I'm just glad I got to come back and defend my title from 2005. It's so exciting for me.
Clisters, who hasn’t even got a world ranking because her comeback – after two years away from the game – is only a month old, dropped to her knees and burst into tears after she smashed home the match point.
‘I have to thank the USTA for giving me the wild card to come back here,’ she said. ‘Just coming back here meant so much to me and seeing how warm everybody welcomed me and embraced me, just to be back was a great feeling.
‘It definitely helped me to keep fighting and stay focused out there. Especially in the last few matches where the opponents became a lot more tougher.’