Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: Clijsters beats Serena at "Best of World" event, sets new attendance record

Friday, July 9, 2010

PHOTO OP: Clijsters beats Serena at "Best of World" event, sets new attendance record

The "Best of Belgium" exhibition event, renamed the "Best of World" after Justine Henin was replaced by Serena Williams in the match due to an elbow injury, set a new world record for attendance at a tennis match with 35,681 spectators surpassing the previous record of 30,472 set by the "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973 featuring Billie Jean King + Bobby Riggs.

Kimmie defeated an injured ReRe (foot) 6-3, 6-2 with 18-time Grand Slammer Martina Navratilova serving as chair umpire and Roland Garros champ Francesca Schiavone making a surprise appearance.

"I was here often as a little girl to come and watch football," said Kimmie referring to her late father, Leo, who played soccer in the stadium. "That I can actually play here is very special and emotional. I said to myself a few times: 'Remember this moment well.'"

The event, held at King Baudouin Stadium, raised money for charity and marked Belgium's 6-month presidency of the European Union. It concluded with a concert and fireworks.

Check out more images from the record-setting moment below!

[Photo(s): Sport.Be]

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  1. i was present :-)
    cheering for serena :-) (me and my friend , so 2 out 35k of belgian people - we had a lot of fun )
    match wasn't that impressive but the atmosphere was amazing !!

    i liked kims dress - the yellow is very nice .. and we have to admit that justine looked nice in her dress :-)

  2. love the feeling of sisterhood in that first photo; three women who have all matured past the pettiness of youth

  3. Aww...look at how hot Kimmie is in that gorg yellow dress!

    Gah! Wish I could have been there. It looks like everyone had a great time.

    Yay! you, for going. :) I won't hold it against you that you were in Serena's camp. ;)

  4. Make that 2 peeps who are totes jelly of you Isabelle! I wish I could've been there too.

    It looks like it had an incredible atmosphere just from the photos alone nevermind being there.

    I agree - Kimmie looks great in that bright yellow!

  5. Serena claims to be 5'9 but she looks a lot taller than Clijsters who is supposed to be 5'8.

  6. Go Kim! So happy for her. She's my inspiration--tennis (and winning) after baby! Wootwoot!


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