After making a sensational comeback to tennis in 2009 despite having two years out of the game, Kim Clijsters will finally be bowing out of the world’s professional tennis stage at the US Open this year.
Calling time on her career for the second time, the Belgian former world number 1 has unfortunately had to pull out of the upcoming French Open due to an injury and will make the American tournament her last.
Speaking at a press conference held by her sponsors – Galaxo – in Belgium, Clijsters explained why this particular tournament would be her last: “In principle, I will stop after the US Open. That’s the tournament where I have had my greatest triumphs and it is therefore very special to me. ”
Although currently ranked 44th in the world due to a number of injuries that have plagued her throughout her career, Clijsters is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest female tennis players. Her return to tennis was just spectacular, with a second US Open title win in 2009 followed by a successful title defence the following year. She also managed to cinch the Australian Open title in 2011 and re-claimed her world number 1 ranking that season despite a gap of 256 weeks.
Aiming to use the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event Den Bosch to return to action, the 28-year-old is hoping to be on track to return to London in June and have a final crack at winning the grass court Grand Slam tournament, made even more special this year by its inclusion in the Olympic Games.
Having notched up a total of 41 singles titles and 11 doubles titles since she made her professional tennis debut in 1997, Clijsters will be calling time on a truly great career.