Kim Clijsters sets sights on 2020 comeback after seven-year absence

Kim Clijsters sets sights on 2020 comeback after seven-year absence

The victor of 41 WTA titles and a former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters will make a return to the WTA Tour next season at the age of 36!

Kim Clijsters watched Serena Williams' latest incredible tennis comeback - and now she's going to try to pull off her own, with two more kids at home and after several more years on the sideline.

Kim Clijsters is ready to make a comeback at the age of 36 with a return to the WTA Tour in 2020.

The WTA said Clijsters, as a former top-ranked player, can receive unlimited wild cards at its tournaments.

Capriati's lay-off from tennis was only brief following the 1993 US Open as she struggled with the pressure of the sport, yet she had a long, long route back to the top, having been a child star and won the Olympics in 1992.

"I do think the level and the power that a lot of the women bring is higher than maybe in the past, and it's higher at a consistent level", she said. "I are desirous to detect how far I will push myself and what level I will get to - and embody the total positives and negatives along the kind".

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"And I do feel like".

"These last seven years I've been a full time mum. I wish Kim all the best in this next chapter of her playing career".

Clijsters turned pro in 1997, won the US Open for the first time in 2005 and walked away from tennis in 2007 at just 23, shortly before getting married to an American basketball player, Brian Lynch. I still love to play tennis, whenever I'm at a Grand Slam playing the Legends, if somebody asked me hey, do you want to hit some balls, I'm the first one to be like I'll hit.

"I don't feel like I need to prove anything, but I want to challenge myself and I want to be strong again", she said on the WTA Insider Podcast. "See you in 2020", she added.

Having won the 2009 US Open, Clijsters became the third WTA player to take a major title after giving birth repeating Margaret Court's and Evonne Goolagong's achievement. She went on to win the 1996 Australian Open. Four years later, she grew to vary into world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, the first Belgian to achieve both honour. In all, she amassed 41 singles titles in her career, including four majors, three WTA Finals titles (2002, 2003, 2010), and held the No.1 ranking for a total of 20 weeks.