Future Tennis Hall of Famers and fellow Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin played an exhibition at the Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium on Thursday. The 2010 WTA Player of the Year Clijsters and 2010 Comeback Player of the Year Henin split the first two sets, with Kim taking a third set super-tiebreaker. What that means is that the played the first two sets normally, with Kim winning the first 6-1 and Justine winning the second 6-3 and instead of a full third set, they just play a tiebreak instead, in this case to 10 points, to settle the match, which Kim won 10-5.
The two great champions also discussed the possibility of playing doubles together at the 2012 Olympics. Clijsters, in addition to being a former (and in my mind, current) #1-ranked singles player is a former #1-ranked doubles player. She is one of only six players, along with Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, to hold the #1 ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously. But that was seven years ago, and just putting two Hall of Fame singles players together doesn’t guarantee doubles success. Many great doubles teams consist of middle of the pack singles players. The Clijsters-Henin doubles pairing has happened before in the FedCup against Russia in 2006. The 2012 Olympic tennis competition will be held at Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club on grass. Clijsters has spoken of 2012 possibly being her final competitive year of tennis before looking to have another child.