Alisa Kleybanova made a stunning comeback from a 10-month recovery from cancer and her return to the tennis courts was victorious, but she stopped at the second hurdle, against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in the second round of Miami. It was not a straightforward win for Kirilenko, the first set lasted 80 minutes and eventually the favorite won 7-6(1) 6-3.
We all know that Kleybanova is absolutely fulfilled by the very fact that she’s able to compete again, and every match is a win for her. After losing to Kirilenko she said: “For one month of training this was my limit.”
She is planning to slowly build her schedule, it’s not that she will now play one tournament after the other. However, she did say that Charleston, the event directly following Miami, is on her list. Actually, she said that she will try to play it and then go to Europe. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)