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.
Those are the words of four-time grand slam champion and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who announced Thursday that she is returning to professional tennis at the age of 36.
"I don't really feel like I want to prove something".More news: Multiple People Stabbed At Tallahassee Business
"But I also love being a professional tennis player".
"I need to feel what it's like to stand across the net from these women", she said. "So. what if I tried to do both?"
Kim Clijsters at Wimbledon in 2019. Multiple US open champion, Clijsters announced a shock return to Tennis at the age of 36 nearly seven years after calling it quits. In the interim, she gave birth to her daughter Jada in February of 2008, and she came out of retirement to play her first tournaments in August 2009 at the Western & Southern Open and Rogers Cup, immediately tallying two Top 10 wins. She was the first Belgian to achieve the number one ranking in the world in the sport.
She returned in 2009 but officially retired from the sport in 2012 after the US Open at Flushing Meadows. She said she's eyeing a return in 2020.More news: Saudi Arabia to keep over complying with OPEC+oil cuts
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.
She stepped down again, apparently for good, seven years ago but now it has emerged she has been planning to return for some time. She won the Australian Open in 2011. "I think for me it's the challenge", Clijsters said.
With 41 singles titles, Clijsters is beaten only in the trophy count by Serena Williams and Venus Williams among players active on tour, while her haul is the 14th highest in the Open era.
As well as her singles Grand Slam titles she won two more in doubles at the French Open and Wimbledon with Ai Sugiyama in 2003. "I'm surprised how, at times when I'm going through a rough practice, how easy it is for me to stick with it and to fight through it and to push through it".More news: Hundreds of Nigerians board plane to leave South Africa