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The Reuters global sports blog

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?