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Can Clijsters make a winning return to tennis?
Former world number one Kim Clijsters has said she will return to the WTA Tour.
The 25-year-old Belgian, who had retired from the sport two years ago because of injury, told a news conference in Bree she was coming back to tennis.
“I have asked for wildcards for Cincinnati, Toronto and U.S. Open, that’s all for the moment. I want to see if I can still do it,” she said.
Clijsters, U.S. Open champion in 2005, won 34 singles titles and held the top ranking for a total of 19 weeks.
Martina Hingis made a similar comeback but struggled. Can Clijsters succeed where Hingis failed?
Furthermore, why do young tennis players, and sports people in general like Lance Armstrong, announce retirements only to inevitably reverse their decisions at a later date?
Life was bound to feel a bit empty without their beloved sport which had previously occupied almost all of their time.
PHOTO: Kim Clijsters prepares to receive a serve during an exhibition match at the Fortis Championship in Luxembourg September 23, 2007. REUTERS/Charles Caratini