REUTERS - Former world number one Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will bring down the curtain on her second career at the end of this years U.S. Open, Belgian news agency Belga has reported. The 28-year-old came out of retirement in 2009 after more than two years out of the sport, winning three more grand slam titles to take her career tally to four.
Injury, which has hampered the Belgian throughout her career, has already forced her to pull out of the upcoming French Open and on Tuesday she said the August 27-September 9 U.S. Open would be her last tournament.
'In principle, I will stop after the U.S. Open. Thats the tournament where I have had my greatest triumphs and it is therefore very special to me,' she told a news conference at the headquarters of her sponsors Galaxo in Paal, Belgium. 'The (Flushing Meadows) stadium is about 45 minutes from our house in the United States and so my in-laws can be there.'
Clijsters won her first U.S. Open title in 2005 and marked a sensational return to tennis with a second in 2009 before successfully defending the title the following year. She also won the Australian Open in 2011.
I'm still bummed she couldn't participate in her last French Open tournament. Would have been great, perhaps even won it with her sliding ability on clay (would have been fun to see).
Instead just like with Martina Hingis, I'm enjoying it all while it lasts and before she leaves again for good.