One event left in Clijsters tennis career
Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, returns to Victoria Duval in the first round of play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Published Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:33PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Now, Kim Clijsters' career in women's doubles is over, too.
A day after exiting the U.S. Open in singles, Clijsters and her Belgian partner, Kirsten Flipkens, fell 6-3, 6-4 to Chuang Chia-jung and Zhang Shuai in the first round of women's doubles Thursday.
Clijsters, a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows, announced this year's U.S. Open would be her last professional tournament. She lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) to Laura Robson on Wednesday, snapping her 22-match winning streak in singles.
Clijsters is teaming with Bob Bryan in mixed doubles. Their first-round match is Friday against Irina Falconi and Steve Johnson.