Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Clijsters to play farewell match against Venus Williams
Kim Clijsters, who retired from tennis after the U.S. Open, will play a ceremonial farewell match on December 12th against Venus Williams.
Clijsters announced on her website that she will face her longtime rival in the Kim's Thank You Games at the Antwerp Sports Palace in front of 13000 fans.
Venus Williams: "This is a very special moment for me. I was in Antwerp already at the first edition of the Diamond Games in 2002. I'm always very happy to play here, the audience is incredible. It is an honour to be able to play against Kim in her last match. I am really looking forward to it and am very pleased with the invitation! "
For Bob Verbeeck, organizer of Kim's Thank You Games, Venus is the perfect adversary for Kim: "Over the years Venus has contributed largely to the success of the Diamond Games, through her tennis and her victories, but also through her personality. Venus joined the Diamond Games right from the start, at the start of Kim's breakthrough too. We could not have hoped for a more symbolic goodbye for Kim."