WTA Tour: Kim Clijsters to pick up racquet yet again, set for comeback in 2020

Clijsters who is inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame is yet to announce the date of return.
WTA Tour: Kim Clijsters to pick up racquet yet again, set for comeback in 2020Clijsters first called it a day in 2007 to start a family but returned two years later and won two more US Open titles and the Australian Open. (Photo: Getty)
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Kim Clijsters is ready to make a comeback at the age of 36 with a return to the WTA Tour in 2020. The Belgian former world number one wants to take it as a challenge and not to prove anything. 

The former No. 1 and four-time major champion, who is inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, announced on Thursday she is planning to return to the pro tour in 2020, although she's yet to announce the date of return.

"My goal right now ... is to be able to get fit enough, and ready tennis-wise, to compete at the highest level. That to me would be my challenge, as of right now. And if you get to that stage, then you push yourself, and then it might be like, 'Hmm, let's see if I can get, I don't know, to the second week of a Grand Slam.' I'll constantly push myself, I think, if I feel that I'm getting better and improving," Clijsters said to Associated Press.

 "But it's very hard for me to think about right now, and very unrealistic at this stage, to think, 'I want to try and get to a quarterfinal of a Grand Slam,'" she said. "I don't think like that, because I'm in the moment, and I know how much work I still have ahead."

Clijsters first called it a day in 2007 to start a family but returned two years later and won two more US Open titles and the Australian Open before her second retirement in 2012. The Belgian can get unlimited wildcards at WTA tournaments as she was a world number one. She will require to feature in three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points to re-establish a ranking.

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