Clijsters, a 6-year-old four-time grand slam champion, is set to return to tennis in January for the third time in her career.
“I am thrilled to announce my return to the WTA tour for a second time. “Clijsters said. “Although there is still a lot to do in the next four months, my biggest motivation is the personal physical and psychological challenge, and I want to challenge myself again. At 36, I think it’s too young to retire. There are still so many mums and exciting players. I can’t wait to get back in the game and see where I can go after having three kids.” Clijsters continued.
She retired in 2007 at the age of 23 after winning the 2005 U.S. open and reaching the no. 1 ranking. After hanging up the photo, xiao ke got married and gave birth to a daughter in 2008.
After leaving professional tennis for nearly two years, she announced in March 2009 that she would return that summer. In September, the wildcard beat the Williams sisters and Denmark’s Caroline wozniacki all the way to the U.S. open, becoming only the second player since 1980 to win a grand slam singles title. In her second career, she won three grand slam titles at the 2009 us open, 2010 us open and 2011 Australian open.
In an interview with the women’s tennis association’s official podcast, clijsters explained the thinking behind her second comeback. “My love affair with tennis never wanes. It’s more a question of whether I can get back to the top. I don’t feel like I have to prove anything, but I want to challenge myself.”
Let’s look forward to the return of this outstanding athlete.