Another return to the big circuit. Another turn, now 38 years old. Kim Clijsters, former world No. 1 and owner of four Grand Slam singles, as a mom, is preparing for another return to the WTA major tour, this time in Chicago and being inspired by what she sees of Andy Murray.
The Belgian, with a great career, returned to the circuit in 2009 with a daughter and won three of her four Grand Slam singles. After a few years, he hung up the racket and dedicated himself to his family and caring for more children with his wife. He returned in 2020 in just three tournaments and now he is again in the news for stepping on the courts.
She is four years older than a legend who, after a tough hip operation, is still struggling to return to a high level, as is the case with Murray, also a former world leader and owner of Majors titles.
“Seeing the way Andy came back is very motivating and gave me a lot more energy. Knowing what things he went through and being open to overcoming certain challenges is something I can relate to and reflect on” , he claimed.
In Chicago, Clijsters will perform against Hsieh Su-Wei. “I trained for a long time and I am very excited to be able to play again. I want to play many games and, in this way, be able to enter the work routine and build, again, my level slowly,” said the Belgian, in statements taken by the WTA site.
“I feel like I’m doing a lot of things well in practice. I see that I’m getting fit and strong. My goal will be to pick up the pace with a string of games. I know I can play at this level,” Clijsters said, before a special moment, at 38 years old.