Kim Clijsters made last year’s US Open one of the most interesting ones as she won the title playing only her third tournament after a three-year-long break from tennis. The 27-year-old Belgian has now put icing on the cake by defending her title in the shortest women’s final since officials started keeping track of match times in 1980 and the most one-sided final in 34 years, since Chris Evert demolished Evonne Goolagong in 1976.
The second-seeded Clijsters defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva, No.7 seed, 6-2 6-1 in just 60 minutes, without dropping even one service game. The match started with consistent play from both players as the score went to 2-2, but from then on Clijsters won seven straight games and barely looked back. Clijsters, who won her third US Open title, had words of consolation for Zvonareva who easily lost her second straight Grand Slam final: “Vera just keep it going, it will happen.”
In addition to the $1.7 million winner’s prize, Clijsters also received a $500,000 bonus for finishing second in the US Open Series of tournaments. The Belgian’s winning streak at the US Open is now 21 matches – she won the title in 2005, then didn’t play tennis for three years, and came back to win in 2009 and 2010. (source: Reuters, photos via: US Open, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)