After securing a three-set victory over China’s Li Na for her fourth Grand Slam title, Belgian star Kim Clijsters treated the Melbourne crowd to an entertaining victory speech, beginning with an unlikely tribute.
‘On Saturday before I got here, I chipped my tooth at the airport,’ the 27-year-old said.
‘I went to a dentist here in Melbourne and he fixed me up really quickly… He just said thank me if you get to the final … so I promised him OK, for sure, I’ll do that. So, thank you.’
The Belgian broke 11th-seeded Li four times in the second set and twice in the third to secure the win in 2 hours and 5 minutes. She adds the Australian crown to three US Open titles.