The Belgian ace Kim Clijsters made an impressive return to the WTA Tour after staying away from the circuit for eight-long years. She played some jaw-dropping tennis against Australian Open 2020 finalist Garbine Muguruza in Dubai, and also battled against Johanna Konta in Monterrey, Mexico.
Unfortunately, her return to the circuit did not turn out to be an ideal one, as the coronavirus pandemic has led to the suspension of the tennis tour. The momentum of her comeback has been effected as she’s not getting to play professional matches.
Also, she’s skeptical about her motivation to continue with professional tennis, if the entire 2020 year is suspended due to the travel restrictions and other factors.
“Even if we don’t play in 2020, I’ll keep playing. I’ve shown some great things since my return and I don’t want to stop there. But I have to admit that if everything stays at a standstill for another year, I don’t know if I’ll have the courage to train for so long without a clear objective,” Clijsters stated while speaking to a Dutch media, Het Laatste Nieuws.
Kim Clijsters optimistic about playing at the US Open 2020
“I’m still motivated. If the US Open can take place, I want to be ready. It would be great to come back to Arthur-Ashe court, but I would also be happy if I had to play on Court 18. That can happen next year, I wasn’t planning on coming back for just one season.”
Upon her return to professional tennis, Kim Clijsters was having issues with her knee. With this unusual break on the circuit, she’s got enough time to treat it efficiently and give it proper rest. She hasn’t been practicing tennis, but she jogs and does cycling to keep herself fit.
Former World Number one Kim Clijsters has won four Grand Slams in her career which incorporates her victories in Melbourne and New York. In the year 2003, she won the Channel Slam (winning French Open and Wimbledon back to back) in the doubles events.