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Kim Clijsters comes out of tennis retirement at the age of 36

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Kim Clijsters won the most recent of her eight grand slam titles in 2011 (Picture: Getty)

Former world No.1 Kim Clijsters has announced a shock comeback to tennis at the age of 36.

The Belgian initially retired in 2007 and returned two years later following the birth of her first child and won three grand slam titles before hanging up her racket again in 2012.

Clijsters has since had two more children, but in announcing her return she revealed she had been inspired by the success of mothers on tour, such as her contemporary Serena Williams.

At 36 years old I feel like Im too young to be retired, she said. And with so many inspirational athletes and moms competing, I cant wait to get back on the match court and see whats possible after having three children.

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Clijsters planning to return to competitive action at the start of next season, adding: While there is a lot of work ahead of me in the next four months, my biggest motivation is the personal challenge involved – both physically and mentally, I want to test myself again.

Clijsters won the 2009 US Open title as an unranked player in just her third tournament back, becoming only the third WTA player to win a grand slam singles title as a mother after Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Hi guys, Im excited to finally be able to share this news with you… #wta #2020 pic.twitter.com/tm7jYMEwrH

— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) September 12, 2019

She successfully defended her title in New York the following year to win a third US Open crown and also clinched the Australian Open title in 2011, ascending to world No 1 shortly after.

She will be eligible for unlimited wild cards, and StevRead More – Source