Former world No1 Kim Clijsters confirms she’ll retire after US Open

Four-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Kim Clijsters announces she will retire after the US Open

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Kim Clijsters has won the US Open crown on three occasions Photo: Mirsasha, via Flickr

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Former world number one Kim Clijsters has announced she will call time on a glittering career after the US Open in August.

The 28-year-old is a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows, most recently in 2010, and the Belgian is eager to end her career at the New York show piece.

It means Clijsters will have one last chance to win Wimbledon crown this summer – she will miss the French Open, where she has twice finished runner-up, due to a hip injury.

“As it stands I will end my career at the US Open. That is where I enjoyed my greatest triumphs and it is a very special place for me,” Clijsters said.

“The stadium is only about 45 minutes from our house in the United States and my parents-in-law will be present.”

Clijsters first retired in 2007 ahead of the birth of her daughter Jada, before the Australian Open winner returned in 2009 and went on to win the US Open crown in her first Major since her hiatus.

Twitter reaction to Clijsters’ retirement:

Tincri (‏@tincri) is disappointed to here Tuesday’s announcement: “@Clijsterskim plans to stop playing after U.S. I knew it would eventually happen, still not ready to embrace it.”

Ravi Gill (‏@dr_rav4u) will miss watching the Belgian: “@Sports_NDTV: Kim Clijsters to retire after US Open – Enjoyed every game she played!!!!”

Tiffany (‏@TiffYNWA) wishes Clijsters all the best: “So happy for Kim Clijsters retiring after US Open. She’s had a truly great career, and I hope she’s very happy with her husband and Jada.”

INTENNIS ‏(@INTENNIS_TheNet) sums up the sentiments of tennis supporters: “Sad day for tennis, Great day for her Family, Kim Clijsters announces retirement; What a wonderful player, super person and great Mom.”

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