It’s official: Former No. 1-ranked player Kim Clijsters is returning to the tennis circuit after two years in retirement.
If you don’t recognize Clijsters’ name (pronounced KLY’-sturz), you will shortly. The 25-year-old is a former World No. 1 ranked player in singles and in doubles. Known as Kim Kong or Kim Possible to many fans, Clijsters is recognized for her deep, powerful, well-placed groundstrokes, as well as her court-wide defense, speed and athleticism. Clijsters became the first Belgian – man or woman – to be ranked World No. 1 and she was considered by her peers as one of the most likeable players on tour.
For nearly a week, rumors and speculation swirled about Clijsters comeback plans.
“I intend to play in the US Open and almost certainly in the tournaments at Cincinnati (early August)- my first official tournament back – and Toronto,” the Belgian told a press conference in her hometown on March 26th.
Clijsters’ return from retirement is planned for the US hardcourt season. She has asked for Cincinnati, Toronto and US Open wildcards. According to the plans, the tennis player who retired in May 2007 will make her comeback on August 10, at the Cincinnati Open.
After retiring from tennis, Clijsters married basketball player Brian Lynch and gave birth to daughter Jada Ellie. She recently announced an exhibition match with Steffi Graf at this summer’s Wimbledon.
Among those expected to compete with Clijsters for the WTA title include Venus & Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina to mention only a few.
“I don’t need to be number one again. I have done that and I don’t need to do it again. I am just going to see how things evolve.”
We think she makes a great addition to the competitive pool of women players and will definitely tune in to see how she plays. Welcome back!