Record-crowd was watching the exhibition match between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters at the King Baudouin Stadium in Belgium on Thursday and the world No.1 Williams was the one who lost 6-3 6-2.
One of the aims of the event was to attract the greatest number of spectators ever and to break the record of 30,472 people watching the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. The organizers’ goal was reached as there were 35,681 people in attendance of the Williams vs. Clijsters match.
The original name of the event was “Best of Belgium” as it was supposed to feature Belgium’s stars Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, but as Henin had to skip it due to the elbow injury sustained at Wimbledon, Serena came in as a replacement and the event was renamed to “Best of Belgium versus Best of the World”.
Martina Navratilova was honorary chair judge, and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was also present. (sources: Tennis Served Fresh, Simply Serena Williams)