Kim Clijsters's play in the first event of her comeback got others talking—including her opponent.
Playing for the first time since 2012, the four-time Grand Slam champion and mother of three was highly competitive in the second half of her 6-2, 7-6 (6) loss to Garbine Muguruza.
"Exciting," said Muguruza. “I've seen her play when I was starting on the tour. She's an incredible player. Excited to be the first one on her third comeback, I think. She played very well, especially in the second set."
Clisters, who was down a set and 3-0 before getting to a second-set tiebreak, produced some high-quality shots against two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza, who reached the Australian Open final in earlier in February.
"She has the tennis there. I'm sure she's going to get better and better, for sure give us a lot of trouble," said Muguruza. "She played really well."
Clijsters next plays the WTA event at Monterrey, where she also received a wild card.