Saturday, October 02, 2010

Kim Clijsters/Justine Henin face-off on home soil in December

On 9 December, Kim will play Justine Henin at the Diamond Games in the Antwerp Sportpaleis. Yanina Wickmayer and Francesca Schiavone will take part in the event as well.

Like that the Diamond Games will be an opportunity to relive the initial BNP Paribas Fortis Best of Belgium setup earlier this year. Then Henin had to bow out due to the elbow injury she developed in Wimbledon.

is currently recovering well and is pressing for a thorough preparation autumn to be fit for the start of the next season early January. Henin: "I'm happy to get this new opportunity to play Kim, especially before a home audience. I cherish warm memories about Antwerp, so seeing the Sportpaleis again will be great."

The same Sportpaleis is a second home to
Kim, a location that has offered her a lot of memorable moments already. In December she as well will be prepping for the new season. Clijsters: "Everybody knows how fond I am of matches on home soil. Playing Justine makes it even more exceptional, especially since we last missed out on each other in July. It is also a great opportunity for me to give something in return to the people who stayed up all night to be watching my watches at the US Open."

The Diamond Games in Antwerp have more top level tennis on offer. The third Belgian ace,
Yanina Wickmayer, plays the French Open title holder Francesca Schiavone! In-between the audience will be treated on a musical act.

Bob Verbeeck: "We held our very first Brilliant Game in 2001, in the Antwerp Sportpaleis as well, with two promising Belgian tennis players. Nine years and twice a career later they play each other again, undoubtedly before a huge crowd. In the meantime we now even have a third top player and she will have to dig in deep to keep Schiavone at bay. Two absolute top level matches."

The Diamond Games take place on Thursday 9 December in the Antwerp Sportpaleis.

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