Clijsters makes winning return at French Open

Kim Clijsters won her first match at the French Open in five

years, easily defeating Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2, 6-3 in the first

round of the clay-court Grand Slam on Tuesday.

Clijsters, the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion,

played her previous match at Roland Garros in 2006 when she lost in

the semifinals to Justine Henin.

She did not return to the tournament as a player since that

match because of injuries and a sabbatical from tennis while she

got married and gave birth to a daughter.

The 27-year-old Belgian, a runner-up in Paris in 2001 and 2003,

also had to cope with injuries this season and resumed training

only a few weeks ago.

It was the first time since her return to competition that she

didn’t win the first set of a first round Grand Slam match 6-0.