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Social Sound Off: Clijsters comeback is your choice

Social Sound Off: Comeback Kim
By Nicholas J. Walz
Thursday, September 4, 2014

On Wednesday, we asked our USOpen.org readers and fans of the US Open Tennis Championships Facebook page to tell us: which unlikely US Open semifinalist of the last 25 years made the biggest impression upon you?

After some great feedback and a very close three-person race between former Open champs Jimmy Connors in 1991, Venus Williams in 1997 and Kim Clijsters in 2009, it was Clijsters who ultimately won the vote as your choice.

The Belgian won three US Opens during her career, but none more impressive than that run five years ago when she came out of retirement late in the summer to play in her first major in nearly three full years. She’d beat Marion Bartoli, Venus Williams and Li Na – three Grand Slam singles winners – just to make the semifinals, where she then beat two of the four remaining women in the 2014 women’s draw, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

Here were some of the better cases made for Clijsters:

Calvin Warner: “Clijsters no doubt about it. She came out of retirement as a mother to win the Open as a wild card, knocking off the [No.] 2 and [No.] 3 seeds en route, the hardest possible path, and beating another Top 10 player in the final. So most impressive, definitely. Most surprising ... probably. Because she went all the way, she gets my vote.”

David Zaparwin: “An old man [Jimmy Connors], a teenager [Venus Williams], a Ph.D. candidate [Mikhail Youzhny] and a mother ... all of them [are] amazing, and if I have to choose I'd say Kim Clijsters. She came as a mother, with new mental toughness.”

Aaron Enoch Jr.: “Clijsters. That was a definite surprise considering she was unranked, and it was only her third tournament back.”

Thanks to all who weighed in and made great cases for their favorite players. Social Sound Off, exclusive to USOpen.org, will post a new question each day for the most passionate tennis fans in the world to answer. Stay tuned tonight at 10 p.m. ET for our next Social Sound Off question – we’ll post your answers the following afternoon.

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