Former top-ranked Kim Clijsters planning return to tennis

13 Septembre, 2019, 01:40 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

Clijsters retired from tennis in 2012 aged just 29 after losing to Laura Robson at the US Open.

The 36-year-old mother of three won the 2009 U.S. Open.

Two years after winning her first major at the 2005 U.S. Open, an injury-plagued Clijsters chose to quit the game at the age of 23 to start a family, returning two years later to claim her second U.S. Open as an unranked player in only her third tournament back.

Despite her lengthy time out she still ranks third among active players in terms of tournament success behind the Williams sisters - Serena with 72 titles and Venus with 49.

After giving birth to daughter Jada, Clijsters returned to win the US Open again in 2009 and 2010, before adding the 2011 Australian Open.

Kim Clijsters is officially coming back to the court. The pair were engaged but broke up in 2004.

"For the past seven years, I've been a full-time mom", Clijsters said in a video posted on her Twitter page. For me, I still love to play tennis. "To see, first of all, if my body is capable of even doing that".

Clijsters, who has won 41 singles titles in her career, is eligible for unlimited wildcards at WTA tournaments and will need to play three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points to re-establish a ranking.

Clijsters' last singles match was in the second round of the 2012 US Open but Clijsters' record speaks for itself.

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Kim Clijsters watched Serena Williams' latest fantastic tennis comeback - and now she's going to try to pull off her own, with two more kids at home and after several more years on the sideline. She successfully defended her title in NY the following year to win a third US Open crown and also clinched the Australian Open title in 2011, ascending to world No 1 shortly after.

She is one of just six women to be simultaneously World No. 1 in singles and doubles.

This marks the second time in the Belgian's illustrious career that she will return to the tour after an extended hiatus.

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"It's a very satisfying feeling to have that kind of challenge again". "That was, to me, the toughest part about it".

"I don't think like that, because I'm in the moment, and I know how much work I still have ahead".

Clijsters, the 36-year-old four-time Grand Slam champion and mother of three, stunningly announced Thursday her intention to come out of retirement and return to the WTA Tour in 2020.

Speaking to the WTA Insider Podcast, she added: "The love for the sport is obviously still there. For me, I still love to play tennis", she said.



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