Clijsters' comeback begins on a successful note
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters beat Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3 in the Diamond Games on Tuesday in her first match in four months.
Clijsters said the left wrist injury that sidelined her in 2004 did not bother her as she opened the defense of her hometown title.
``So far, so good,'' Clijsters told the crowd of more than 10,000. ``I had good backhands, not always perfect ones, but that is to be expected at this point. I hope all will go better now.''
The Belgian star expects a tougher match against fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova on Wednesday.
``Petrova serves very well and moves quicker, too,'' Clijsters said.
Petrova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-4, 6-1 in the first round, but two other seeded players were eliminated. No. 6 Nathalie Dechy, a semifinalist at the Australian Open, lost to Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4, while No. 8 Karolina Sprem was beaten by Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 7-5, 6-3.
In other first-round matches, Camille Pin of France defeated Marta Marrero of Spain 6-1, 6-2, Virginie Razzano of France downed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia-Montenegro 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia beat Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Nadia Petrova (5) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-4, 6-1
Klara Koukalova def. Nathalie Dechy (6), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
Anna Chakvetadze def. Karolina Sprem (8), 7-5, 6-3
Kim Clijsters def. Jelena Kostanic, 6-2, 6-3
Katarina Srebotnik def. Maria Camerin, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Virginie Razzano def. Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Camille Pin def. Marta Marrero, 6-1, 6-2
Mary Pierce def. Iveta Benesova, 6-2, 6-1
Belgium's Kim Clijsters celebrates after winning her match over Croatia's Jelena Kostanic at the WTA Proximus Diamond Games tournament, in Antwerp, February 15, 2005. Clijsters made her comeback after a wrist injury grounded her for four months. Clijsters won 6-2 6-3.