Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kim Clijsters comeback victory over Li Na in Aus Open 2012

This has to be the match of the tournament so far.... Belgian Kim Clijsters taking on Li Na of China in the Australian Open fourth round match in Melbourne.

Kim Clijsters of Belgium pumped up after her comeback victory over China's Li Na in the Australian Open grand slam tournament fourth round match

Down four match points and hobbling on her injured left ankle, defending Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters rallied for an amazing 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over Li Na at the Australian Open Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Clijsters was in pain from the ankle she twisted in the seventh game whereas Na Li was just a bundle of nerves. The French Open champion failed to serve out the fourth-round match at 5-4 in the second set, but then led 6-2 in the tiebreaker having four match points. Again Clijsters refused to yield.

I said in my mind, keep fighting,” Clijsters said. “You never know what happens on the other side of the court.

Of course I was nervous,” Na Li said. “If you’re nervous, you could not think too much, right?

Pictures of Kim Clijster's amazing victory over Li Na after being four match points down.

Belgian tennis mom Kim Clijster's playing a backhand during her amazing comeback victory over Na Li of China in Australian Open 2012 Grandslam tournament
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Clijsters twisted her ankle during her fourth round match against Li Na in Melbourne
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Clijsters taking an injury timeout during her come back match win over Li Na
Pic courtesy: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac

Kim Clijsters being treated for an ankle injury during the Australian Open Grand slam tournament
Pic courtesy: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac

Clijsters was hurt in the first set while serving at 3-all and 30-all. As she hit a forehand, her left foot got stuck on the surface and the ankle twisted awkwardly. She got up to finish the point but then immediately called for the trainer and had the injury strapped.

Belgian Kim Clijsters is excited to win after being four match points down against Li Na in the fourth round of her last Australian Open
Pic courtesy: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac

Kim Clijsters exults after winning her match against Li Na of China
Pic courtesy: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac

Kim Clijsters of Belgium acknowledges the Aussie crowd for supporting her during her comeback victory over Na Li of China

This is supposed to be the last Australian tournament for Kim Clijsters as she hinted at retiring to have a family life after the end of this season. Hoping that Clijsters would do well in her last Aus Open tournament which holds a special place in her and the Aussie crowds minds.

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