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Part-time winner, full-time mother

Kim Clijsters defeated Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1, on Saturday night to win her third US Open championship, then celebrated on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court with her 2 ½-year-old daughter, Jada Lynch.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2010 00:22 IST
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Kim Clijsters defeated Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1, on Saturday night to win her third US Open championship, then celebrated on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court with her 2 ½-year-old daughter, Jada Lynch.

In Clijsters's opinion, that was the highlight of the night.

In 2009, Clijsters was a surprise winner, an unseeded player who was competing in her third tournament after ending a 27-month retirement. She described this year’s title run as more satisfying because she was saddled with expectations being the defending champion and No. 2 seed.

“I think it’s in a way more satisfying that I was able to defend my title,” Clijsters said.

She said her approach to tennis had changed since Jada was born in February 2008. Clijsters schedules practices, fitness sessions and physical therapy around her daughter’s eating and sleeping schedule.

Asked if she can be a full-time mother and a part-time Grand Slam champion, Clijsters smiled and said, “That’s what I’m going to have to be.”

“I’ve said from the beginning that the Olympics are something I would like to achieve,” Clijsters said of the 2012 London Games. “I don’t think it would be possible to have a baby and then try to come back for the Olympics. I don’t know if I can physically do that,” she said.

US Open only one without roof

IANS adds: Calls for a spare-no-expense roof at the US Open are expected to once again intensify after rain forced the postponement of the men’s tennis final for a third straight year, with the Sunday’s men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic postponed to Monday. The US event is being left out among the four Grand Slams as the Australian Open works to complete a record third covered court, and Wimbledon ensures play is continuous after completing a moveable roof over its Centre Court in time for the 2009 edition. The French Open on clay can carry on in light rain due to the surface.