INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Kim Clijsters hit another detour in her comeback to pro tennis, losing in three sets in her first-round match Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open.
She was beaten 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 by Katerina Siniakova, a three-time major doubles champion from Czech Republic. Siniakova teamed with countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova to win a gold medal in doubles at the Tokyo Olympics.
Clijsters, a 38-year-old Hall of Famer, also lost in the first round at the WTA Tour stop in Chicago last week. The four-time major champion and mother of three originally came back last year, but her attempt was interrupted by knee surgery last October and a bout with COVID-19 in January.
She committed nine double faults against Siniakova, who converted six of nine break points. Clijsters received a wild card into the tournament she won in 2005 and 2003. She was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2001.
On the men's side, six Americans advanced at the combined ATP and WTA event.
Marcos Giron defeated Botic van de Zandschulp 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4, and Maxime Cressy got by Laslo Djere 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-5. Tennys Sandgren beat Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 6-3, and Mackenzie McDonald defeated James Duckworth 6-3, 6-3. Tommy Paul beat 40-year-old Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (3), and Frances Tiafoe moved on with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire.
Veteran Sam Querrey lost to Daniel Altmaier 6-2, 6-4, J.J. Wolf lost to Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and Steve Johnson was beaten by 22-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5.