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Clijsters bows out with win

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Friday, December 14, 2012

ANTWERP, Belgium - Former world No.1 Kim Clijsters celebrated the end of her sparkling tennis career on Wednesday with victory in an exhibition match against American rival Venus Williams.

The Belgian, who won 41 career singles titles, took to the court for her last official match at the US Open in August, but was keen to play for one last time in front of her home support.

With a crowd of 13,000 in Antwerp looking on, the 29-year-old beat Williams 6-3 6-3.

"I had no regrets at stopping my career on August 29 at the US Open, and I still don't have any," said Clijsters.

"There's not just tennis in my life. I like cooking, gardening, reading, decorating the house, putting up the Christmas tree and running."

Clijsters retired for the first time in 2007 to give birth to daughter Jada but returned in 2009 to capture the US Open crown.