BRUSSELS — A world record tennis crowd has watched Kim Clijsters defeat Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 in an exhibition in Brussels.
The crowd of 35,681 at King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday surpassed the previous record of 30,472 set in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome in the Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Clijsters was originally scheduled to play Belgian Justine Henin, but Henin withdrew after injuring her elbow at Wimbledon. Top-ranked Williams agreed to replace Henin despite a foot injury.
The match was umpired by tennis great Martina Navratilova.
Hell yes!. Note to tennis gods I would like a repeat of this for the U.S. Open please. Thank You.
It's really too bad for Justine.
Who I believe will now be out for 2 months no U.S. Open for her:(.
I was really looking forward to this exhibition battle (between the Belgians).
But at least the event still turned out successful.
Way to go Kim!.