Former world primary Kim Clijsters mentioned she knew her return to tennis wouldn’t be “a easy journey” after dropping within the first spherical of the Indian Wells Masters.
The Belgian misplaced to Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-1 2-6 6-2.
4-time grand slam winner Clijsters was taking part in simply her second match of the yr following knee surgical procedure.
The 38-year-old additionally suffered a first-round exit eventually week’s Chicago Fall Tennis Basic.
Clijsters returned to motion in February 2020 after retiring – for a second time – in 2012. However her comeback was curtailed by harm in October 2020.
“Final week in Chicago I began off properly however had a couple of video games the place I actually wasn’t into the match,” she mentioned.
Clijsters took the second set at Indian Wells earlier than Siniakova once more took management.
“I fought my manner into the match properly in that second set, and I sort of put her underneath strain a bit of bit higher. Total there’s positively moments the place I am feeling actually good on the market, and there is moments the place I really feel too inconsistent,” Clijsters mentioned.
“That is a part of this course of typically, it is not going to be a easy journey and that is what I’ll attempt to enhance each time I am on the market.”
Siniakova will subsequent face tenth seeded Angelique Kerber.