The former world champion Kim Clijsters has announced her intention to quit tennis in 2013. Winner of the 2011 Australian Open, the Belgian said “it’s not going to be for another 10 years, maximum two years.”
Clijsters, who will turn 27 this summer, became one of the most successful tennis players of the last decade, claiming nine grand slam trophies, last occasion in January, plus other 41 WTA titles. Mother of a child, the Belgian had to take a one-year break between 2006 and 2007. She also became the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong claimed the British grand back in 1980.
“That’s why we tried to enjoy a lot of the things as well and Jada is a good kid, she likes to travel and she enjoys just being in different part of the world. She really takes it all in now, she is at a good age, she really learns a lot,” she said. Clijsters won the Aussie major last week, her first in career.
Her showcase includes in the same time three US Open trophies (2005, 2009, 2010) and three WTA Championships (2002, 2003, 2010). As for the other two grands, Clijsters played the French Open final back in 2001 and 2003 and reached Wimbledon’s semi finals in 2003 and 2006, but won the two tournaments in doubles, both in 2003.
Her impressive record resumes 476 wins and only 113 defeats, producing a 80 percent efficiency. Kim claimed the WTA top spot in August 2003, ending the last year second in the WTA rankings. The Belgian has earned $21,430,000 to become the sixth richest women.
Concerning her doubles career, Clijsters reached the US Open quarter finals in 2002 as well as the Aussie last eight round one year later. She has a 131-54 doubles record, managing to claim 11 WTA titles and 3 ITFs. 2003 remains one of her best years, if not the best.
Nothing we didn't know already, just more of a confirmation.
Let's enjoy it while it lasts 'cause once Kim leaves the women's field is probably gonna take a while to find the next big star.