The year-old Belgian will make a second return to the game and will be playing on the WTA Tour from next year. In a video posted on her social media, Clijsters said she had dedicated a lot of time to being a full-time mother, but missed the buzz of the game.
And I love it. And honestly, I miss that feeling. So… what if I tried to do both? Could I be a loving mum to my three kids and the best tennis player I can possible be?
See you in Ken Rosewall holds the record for oldest player to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era, capturing the Australian Open when he was Getty Images She broke through as a year-old in She reached her first Grand Slam final as a year-old.
A day before her 18th birthday, Clijsters battled back from , down to edge countrywoman Justine Henin, , , , in the semifinals of the French Open. The first Belgian ever to reach a Grand Slam final, she would play another epic match on Court Philippe Chatrier two days later, finishing runner-up to Jennifer Capriati, , , She became No.
After a month stretch that saw her reach 15 finals, win nine titles and 92 of matches, Clijsters rose to No. Among the nine titles she won in that stretch was the WTA Finals, where she beat Serena in the final. Getty Images She won majors and reached No.
She spent more than two years in retirement between and Clijsters announced on May 6, that she was retiring from professional tennis. During her time away she married American professional basketball player Brian Lynch and gave birth to a daughter, Jada, in She came back in and won the US Open in her third tournament back.
Having announced her comeback earlier in the year, Clijsters took the tour by storm in the summer of , beating Top 10 players in her first two tournaments back in Cincinnati and Toronto before going all the way to the title at the US Open, beating both Williams sisters en route to the final and Caroline Wozniacki for the title.
She reappeared on the rankings at No. To this day no one else has achieved the feat twice. Getty Images She won a total of three Grand Slam titles as a mom. Following her triumph at the US Open, Clijsters would pick up another two majors as a mom.
She also won the WTA Finals in She's the only mom ever to reach No. It was only for one week—the week of February 14, —but Clijsters was the first and so far only mom ever to reach No.
It was her 20th career week at No. She went back into retirement at age 29 after the US Open. After some injury struggles—she missed three of the four majors between Wimbledon in and the French Open in due to ankle, abdominal and hip injuries—Clijsters went back into retirement after the US Open.