Kim Clijsters, the former No. 1- ranked women’s tennis player, said she’ll retire from the sport for a second time in September after trying to win her fourth U.S. Open title.
Clijsters, 28, said at a news conference in Brussels yesterday that she’s enjoyed her “greatest triumphs” at the National Tennis Center in New York, where she won the championship in 2005, 2009 and 2010. This year’s tournament, the last of the four Grand Slams, will be held Aug. 27 to Sept. 9.
“We will be in the United States with my beautiful family,” Clijsters, who is married to U.S. basketball player Brian Lynch, told reporters, according to her website. “It will be the ideal way to quit.”
Clijsters, who’s slipped to 44th in the WTA Tour rankings while recovering from a torn hip muscle, has previously said this would be her final season. She first retired in 2007 before the birth of her daughter, Jada, and returned to win the 2009 U.S. Open as an unranked wild-card entrant after ending her 28- month layoff.
Clijsters missed last year’s U.S. Open because of a strained stomach muscle and is unbeaten at the National Tennis Center since losing to fellow Belgian Justine Henin in the 2003 final. She also won the 2011 Australian Open.
The winner of 41 WTA Tour events, Clijsters said last month that her recovery is progressing slower than expected and that she’d skip the clay-court season to focus on getting fit for Wimbledon and the London Olympics. Clijsters doesn’t plan to play in another tournament until next month.
The French Open, the second major tournament of the year, begins May 27 in Paris, while Wimbledon starts June 25 in London, which will stage the Olympics from July 27 to Aug. 12.
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