Former ladies’s world primary Kim Clijsters has retired from aggressive tennis for the third time in her profession, she introduced on Tuesday.
The Belgian, a four-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the WTA Tour in February 2020, however her comeback coincided largely with the Covid pandemic and he or she performed simply 5 matches.
“I need to share with you that I’ve determined to now not play official tournaments,” Clijsters wrote on Instagram.
“I can’t wait to see what new adventures will cross my path. Thanks to everybody who has supported me over the previous two years!”
Kim Clijsters received 4 Grand Slams in her profession
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 racquet once more in 2012.
She struggled on her second return, although, failing to notch a match win.
However Clijsters, who was world primary on 4 completely different events, stated she has no regrets.
“I feel my dedication was one thing as a bit woman that was an enormous issue,” Clijsters informed the WTA website.
“That is one thing that got here from my dad and mom – they all the time pushed me in believing, ‘OK, what you do to your sport, it’s a must to do it one hundred pc’…
“And out of every little thing, that’s in all probability what I’m most happy with – that I actually did that. From the second I stepped on court docket and, whether or not it was apply or a match, I used to be dedicated. I used to be there to attempt my greatest.”
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.
By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse