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Champion Kim Clijsters' shock return a very welcome one

13 September 2019

"Kim Clijsters ranks among the greats of the game and her return to the Tour is exciting news for the WTA family and tennis fans around the world", said WTA chairman Steve Simon.

Four-time Grand Slam victor Kim Clijsters announced her return to tennis competition Thursday, seven years after announcing her retirement.

Clijsters, who won four grand slam titles before her most recent retirement in 2012, took to Instagram to reveal her intentions to join the WTA Tour when it reaches Australia in January.

Belgian tennis superstar Kim Clijsters is planning one final comeback, announcing her return to the sport after a seven-year hiatus.

. As a previous champion, she has the right under WTA rules to request wild-card admission into major tournaments, so she doesn't have to necessarily play all of the competitions needed to qualify for the Grand Slams.

In a cellphone interview with a small community of newshounds, Clijsters mentioned that her predominant motivation used to be to self-discipline herself.

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She continued, "But I also loved being a professional tennis player".

"Or I'm actually also giving myself some time, and it's something that I kind of forgot about a little bit, you know?"

"And I do feel like".

"For the past seven years, I've been a full-time mom", Clijsters said in a video posted on her Twitter page.

"I love the challenge, I like to push myself", Clijsters said. For me, I still love to play tennis.

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Clijsters has been in training since the start of the year and tested her fitness in singles at the test event for the Court One roof at Wimbledon in May.

In 2009, Clijsters staged a memorable comeback during the American hard court season, which culminated in her winning the US Open title, making her the first mother to win a singles major title since Evonne Goolagong-Cawley at Wimbledon 1980. I was very young when I retired to have my first daughter and came back.

"What do I really want from life?"

Clijsters, 36, retired after the 2012 U.S. Open, where she was beaten in the second round by British player Laura Robson. She went on to win the 1996 Australian Open. 4 years later, she turned world No. 1 in each singles and doubles, the primary Belgian to attain both honour.

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Champion Kim Clijsters' shock return a very welcome one