Wimbledon 2012: How Kim Clijsters' Loss Could Affect Her at US Open

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Vera Zvonareva of Russia on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Kim Clijsters has said her final farewell to the All England Club.  The Belgian fell to No. 8 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-1 in the Round of 16. 

Clijsters was unable to make a quarterfinal at Wimbledon this year, a Grand Slam she has never won.  Her chances looked stronger this year with her not having to go through No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals.

The two events that Clijsters will now look to focus on will be the Olympics, held at the All England Club, and the US Open. 

The Belgian is far more of a threat in New York than on the grass surface.  The US Open will be the last Grand Slam event of her career.

This loss could affect her confidence level, however.  It's not like the 47th-ranked Belgian lost in a three-set match.  She just wasn't in the match.

The former No. 1 is a three-time winner at the US Open, winning in 2005, 2009 and 2010.  Clijsters dealt with injury for the majority of 2011, but now looks to go out on top under the lights of New York.

The problem will continue to be her draw.  With a low ranking, Clijsters will see many top players in the first few rounds. 

After defeating two seeded players in the first round with Jelena Jankovic and a third round match against Vera Zvonareva, Kerber proved to be too much.

Kerber did play a very clean match with 19 winners and only five errors, while Clijsters seemed to have trouble reacting to Kerber's variety of play. Kerber mixed it up with a strong return game and an array of shots at net. 

In the place where Clijsters has had her greatest triumphs, it will be a sad day to see her go.  A win at the US Open will make her a five-time Grand Slam champion.

For her to get through the second week, she will need to play the aggressive tennis we've seen from the Belgian.  The hard courts are very much suited for that type of play.

This loss could be a minor setback for Clijsters or it could be the beginning of the end.  One thing is for sure, the US Open will be the last tournament of her career.