Clijsters plans shock WTA Tour comeback

Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

Kim Clijsters stuns tennis world with shock comeback announcement

Four-time grand slam victor Kim Clijsters plans to return to tennis in 2020.

"For the past seven years, I've been a full-time mum", Clijsters said in a video shared to social media. "I do really feel that's one thing that [affects] me too".

"But I also love being a professional tennis player".

"If I feel like it's interfering with what's going on with the kids, then I'm not playing. So. what if I tried to do both?"

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Now, the Belgian is ready to make the second comeback, retiring for the first time at the age of 23 in 2007 after the event in Warsaw when she was ranked 4th, struggling with a hip injury that prevented her from playing at her best.

She returned in 2009, but bowed out again three years later after the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Meanwhile, Steve Simon, the chairman and CEO of the WTA, said that Clijsters will be eligible for unlimited wild cards. I think for me it's the challenge.

Clijsters won her first grand slam at the US Open in 2005, seven years into her professional career.

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During her time in retirement, the former player worked as a commentator and at her tennis academy, according to BBC.

She said the earliest stages of her comeback bid have been filmed by a documentary crew for the past six months, although she decided for sure to give this a real try only in recent weeks.

Top seed Karolina Pliskova, whose match against Slovenia's Polona Hercog was suspended late on Wednesday, will kick off today's matches with the score at 6-3, 2-5 in her favour while third seed Kiki Bertens faces Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic. She won the 2009 US Open title becoming only the third women's singles star after Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawle to achieve the feat. 4 years later, she turned world No. 1 in each singles and doubles, the primary Belgian to attain both honour. Roddick won the 2003 US Open title reached three Wimbledon finals, losing to Roger Federer all three times.

Clijsters said she has been considering a return to the tour for the past two years. "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".

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