DUBAI — Former world primary Kim Clijsters will return to skilled tennis for the primary time in seven years on the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships on Monday – however she has been handed a troublesome first spherical match-up.
The 36-year-old, who gained 4 Grand Slam titles however final performed in 2012 on the U.S. Open, has been drawn in opposition to sixth seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands after being given a wildcard entry.
“I’m actually excited to be getting again to the match court docket. I can’t wait to return to the sport I really like and play in entrance of the followers once more – the help and encouragement that I’ve acquired because the announcement has been overwhelming,” she instructed the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation web site.
Clijsters stated final 12 months she can be returning to the court docket, however a wrist damage ended hopes of starting her comeback finally month’s Australian Open.
This will probably be her second comeback: She first retired from tennis in 2007, taking a break to have the primary of her three youngsters, however got here again inside 24 months to assert three of her 4 Grand Slam titles and return to the highest of the rankings in 2011.
Her newest comeback, she stated, was fueled by a want to simply play once more.
“Every time I’m at a Grand Slam enjoying the legends, if any individual requested me ‘Hey, do you wish to hit some balls?’, I’m the primary one to be like ‘I’ll hit. I’ll be the hitting companion in your apply in the present day’,” she stated.
“The love for the game is clearly nonetheless there. I don’t really feel like I must show something, however I wish to problem myself and I wish to be robust once more.”
Six of the highest 10-ranked girls are competing on the competitors in Dubai. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Modifying by Hugh Lawson)