She was former World No. 1, retired the first time round in 2009, made her second entry and will once again bid goodbye to tennis. Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will retire after US Open this year.
She first took the leave back three years ago for about two years and then came back to play a few more tournaments. She won three more titles and will once again retire at the end of the year. When the 28 year old resumed play after the long break, she bounced back into the game immediately, even with the recurring injuries. It was almost as if she took the time off just to practice. But the star will be doing the last of her practicing this year as she will leave with many who will miss her.
She chose to quit after the US Open as it remains very close to her. Clijsters says that the tournament has done her well each time she has played there and so she wants to walk off the court from the US Open. US Open will be held from August 27 to September 9. In a news conference in Belgium, she told the reporters that she has seen many victories in the tournament and she would like to play it one last time.
It was back in the year 2005 when the sports icon won her first US Open title and then again in 2009 after which she took a two year break. Flushing Meadows is very close to her house as well.
Clijsters will not be able to play French Open due to a hip injury. The injury started to give her problems when she resumed her play but she managed to win titles inspite of the troubles. She will not enter the Wimbledon to play it for the 9th and final time.
Because of her first retirement, Clijsters had missed the Beijing Olympics the last time but is looking forward to the London Olympics.
Clijsters’ contribution to tennis has been tremendous. She has won over 50 title (singles and doubles) and continues to give her best. However injuries have made it almost impossible to play any longer and the star will now bid goodbye to the sport.