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De Belgische tennisster Kim Clijsters heeft woensdag met een zege tegen de Amerikaanse Venus Williams officieel afscheid genomen van het tennis. De 29-jarige speelster won in het Sportpaleis van Antwerpen de vriendschappelijke wedstrijd tussen twee voormalige nummers één van de wereld met 6-3 6-3. Na afloop had Williams mooie woorden over voor de Vlaamse: 'Kim had de drie kwaliteiten die een grote speelster nodig heeft om op de tennisbaan het verschil te maken: agressiviteit, beweeglijkheid en regelmaat', sprak Venus. 'Wat nog het opmerkelijkste was aan Clijsters, was de oprechtheid waarmee ze je feliciteerde, als je van haar won. Dat is op dit niveau heel zeldzaam, geloof me.'

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Belgium's Kim Clijsters waves to supporters during an exhibition tennis match against Venus Williams of the U.S., marking the end of Clijsters' professional career in Antwerp December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)REUTERS
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Belgium's Kim Clijsters returns the ball during an exhibition match against Venus Williams from the U.S. at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012. The four time Grand Slam champion retired from tennis at the US Open this year but wanted to thank her fans with a ceremonial farewell match. The 29-year-old Clijsters retired once before in 2007 to have a baby. She has said that this time there is no chance that she will come back to professional tennis. (AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaert)AP
epa03506319 Former world number one Kim Clijsters (R) of Belgium and US Venus Williams great each other at the end of their match during the Kim's Thank You Games at the Sportpaleis, in Antwerp, Belgium, 12 December 2012. Kim Clijsters, will play her farewell single match against U.S. Venus William during a show celebrating her career. EPA/THIERRY ROGEEPA
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Belgium's Kim Clijsters holds a giant racket as she greets her supporters after winning an exhibition match against Venus Williams from the U.S. at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012. The four time Grand Slam champion retired from tennis at the US Open this year but wanted to thank her fans with a ceremonial farewell match. The 29-year-old Clijsters retired once before in 2007 to have a baby. She has said that this time there is no chance that she will come back to professional tennis. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)AP
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Belgium's Kim Clijsters greets her supporters after winning an exhibition match against Venus Williams from the U.S. at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012. The four time Grand Slam champion retired from tennis at the US Open this year but wanted to thank her fans with a ceremonial farewell match. The 29-year-old Clijsters retired once before in 2007 to have a baby. She has said that this time there is no chance that she will come back to professional tennis. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)AP
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Belgium's Kim Clijsters waves to supporters during an exhibition tennis match against Venus Williams of the U.S., marking the end of Clijsters' professional career in Antwerp December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)REUTERS
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