Kim Clijsters is coming out of retirement for a second time

Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

Former world number one and four-time Grand Slam singles victor Kim Clijsters has announced she will be making a return to tennis in 2020.

After about two years away while having a daughter, Clijsters returned and soon won the 2009 US Open, making her the first mother to collect a Grand Slam singles title since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980. The mother of three has focused on raising her kids the past seven years, but said in a video she tweeted Thursday that she misses playing pro tennis.

The WTA said Clijsters, as a former top-ranked player, can receive unlimited wild cards at its tournaments.

Notoriously friendly, down-to-earth, and a favorite amongst her peers in the locker room, Clijsters hung up her racquet for good - or so she thought - after the 2012 US Open. She told the WTA's official website that her motivation to come out of retirement wasn't that she felt she still had something to prove but rather for "the challenge". But I also loved being a professional tennis player. "I want to see how far I can push myself and what level I can get to - and embrace all the positives and negatives along the way".

"I need to feel what it's like to stand across the net from these women", she said.

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"I feel like I've had more energy these last six months or so than I've had in the last two years because I'm taking care of myself better", Clijsters added. "That to me would be my challenge, as of right now", Clijsters said.

"I have girlfriends now who fight to get "me time", to dwell for their passion and silent steadiness being a mum", Clijsters mentioned. Despite her lengthy time out she still ranks third among active players in terms of tournament success behind the Williams sisters - Serena with 72 titles and Venus with 49.

However, after having her first child Jada in 2008, the Belgian made a shock return a year later and went on to add three grand slams to her 2005 US Open title. Roddick won the 2003 US Open title reached three Wimbledon finals, losing to Roger Federer all three times. Four years later, she grew to vary into world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, the first Belgian to achieve both honour. She won the Australian Open in 2011.

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