The Pendleton Panther

Word “Beligian” in tennis, again!

Posted on: September 25, 2009

jhhbestwebTESSENDERLO, Belgium (AP) -After more than a year in near oblivion, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters and newly un-retired Justine Henin have doubled up to make sure that all tennis talk quickly includes the word “Belgian” again. “And don’t forget Yanina,” Clijsters said of Yanina Wickmayer, a teenager who came out of the blue to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open. “The hype of Belgian tennis was created a little bit again.” Winning the U.S. Open barely three tournaments into her comeback has shot Clijsters up to No. 17 in the rankings, with Wickmayer racing up to No. 22. If Henin, who announced her return after a 16-month retirement on Tuesday, plays somewhat to the form that made her a seven-time Grand Slam champion, she’ll also be gunning for No. 1 soon enough.

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