Clijsters pushes back WTA comeback date due to knee injury

andrewhendrie in Uncategorized 05 Nov 2019
Kim Clijsters (PA Images)
Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters has been forced to delay her comeback after revealing she was dealing with a knee injury.
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Clijsters announced a shock return to tennis in September, saying she was inspired by fellow mothers Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka to attempt a comeback, declaring in a video she was targeting a January 2020 start date.

However, that will no longer be the case, with the Belgian currently suffering from a knee injury.

“I’ve had to make the decision that I will not be able to compete in January,” Clijsters wrote on social media.

“I am undergoing rehab and treatment for a knee injury. It’s a setback but I’m determined as ever to get back to the game I love.”

Clijsters is attempting to come back from retirement for the second time. The 36-year-old initially retired in 2007 while just 23 years old, but returned to the tour in 2009, famously winning the U.S. Open title while unranked. Clijsters then retired for the second time after the 2012 U.S. Open.
The mother-of-three won 41 tour-level titles throughout her illustrious career, including four Grand Slam crowns, while she was also World No. 1 for 20 weeks.

“Mothers are trying to compete at the highest level – that is the inspiration,” Clijsters said in September.

“The love for the sport is obviously still there. But the question still is, am I capable of bringing it to a level where I would like it to be at and where I want it to be at before I want to play at a high level of one of the best women’s sports in the world.

“I don’t feel like I need to prove anything, but I want to challenge myself and I want to be strong again.”

As a former World No. 1 and Grand Slam champion, Clijsters can receive an unlimited number of wildcards when she does decide to test herself in competition.
The Belgian said she previously didn’t know that rule existed and it made her decision to come out of retirement a ‘little bit easier’.
Clijsters gave birth to her first child – daughter Jada – in 2008, while sons Jack and Blake were born in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
The 36-year-old will focus on her knee rehabilitation before attempting a comeback at some stage during the 2020 season.