PARIS (AFP) – Former girls’s world primary Kim Clijsters has retired from aggressive tennis for the third time in her profession, she introduced on Tuesday (April 12).
The Belgian, a four-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the WTA Tour in February 2020, however her comeback coincided largely with the Covid-19 pandemic and she or he performed simply 5 matches.
“I want to share with you that I have decided to no longer play official tournaments,” Clijsters wrote on Instagram.
“I can’t wait to see what new adventures will cross my path. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past two years!”
The 38-year-old, who received the 2005 US Open, initially retired in 2007 to begin a household, earlier than returning to the tour two years later.
Clijsters went on to win one other three Grand Slam titles – consecutive US Opens in 2009 and 2010 and the 2011 Australian Open – earlier than hanging up her racket once more in 2012.
She struggled on her second return, although, failing to notch a match win.
But Clijsters, who was world primary on 4 totally different events, stated she has no regrets.
“I think my determination was something as a little girl that was a huge factor,” Clijsters informed the WTA web site.
“This is one thing that got here from my mother and father – they at all times pushed me in believing, ‘OK, what you do for your sport, you have to do it 100 per cent’…
“And out of everything, that’s probably what I’m most proud of – that I really did that. From the moment I stepped on court and, whether it was practice or a match, I was committed. I was there to try my best.”
Her last WTA match was a three-set loss to Katerina Siniakova at Indian Wells final October.
Clijsters received 41 WTA singles titles, together with the season-ending Tour Finals in 2002, 2003 and 2010.