Kim beats Serena in record match
The match between the "Best of Belgium" and the "Best of the World 'was won by Kim Clijsters. She defeated world No. 1 Serena Williams in the BNP Paribas Fortis Best of Belgium 6-3, 6-2.
Kim Clijsters. (Picture imagellan)

Exactly 35,681 spectators headed for the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels to enjoy an evening filled with top level sport and great music. With that number the BNP Paribas Fortis Best of Belgium set a new world record. The previous record of 30,472 spectators and visitors dated 1973 when Billie Jean King played Bobby Riggs in the Houston Astrodome for the so-called Battle of the Sexes.

Initially, the event in Brussels had to become a 'Belgian Battle', but Justine Henin injured her elbow at Wimbledon and so the clash was no longer possible. Serena Williams was a great stand-in for Henin. Serena and Kim, under the supervision of one time umpire Martina Navratilova, turned the tennis match into a great spectacle.

The 35,681 spectators admired the nice rallies between Kim and Serena. Navratilova enjoyed it as well. When Clijsters in the eighth game nearly torpedoed umpire Navratilova with a missed return, the American joked: "Did I say something wrong?"

The remainder of the eighth game went much better for Kim. She broke through the service of Serena and next served for the set herself: 6-3. In the second set, Kim immediately managed two breaks as well. The Belgian player no longer handed in her lead and around 10pm the 35,681 tennis fans went through the roof after the last point. Kim beat Serena, who was suffering from a foot injury, 6-3 and 6-2.

After that last point the party in Brussels was far from over. A concert and fireworks followed.


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