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Kim Clijsters Outlines Details Of Her Comeback

The Belgian tennis star has confirmed where she will play her first WTA tournament in almost eight years.



Former world No.1 Kim Clijsters is set to return to professional tennis in three months time after recently suffering an injury blip.

Clijsters, who last played on the WTA Tour back in 2012, have confirmed that she is aiming to start her return to the tour in March at the age of 36. The three-time US Open champion had initially been hoping to start her campaign earlier in 2020 before a knee injury caused a delay in her preparation. The Belgian suffered a grade 2-3 sprain of the medial collateral ligament whilst playing a game of padel.

“In early November, Kim Clijsters sustained a severe tear in her right MCL during a game of padel,” a press release from Clijsters’ team published on reads.
“Official diagnosis: grade 2-3 sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) (ligamentum collateral mediate). No surgery was required; Kim has been undergoing treatment and rehabilitation under the supervision of Sam Verslegers of Groep Sam at the Kim Clijsters Academy in Bree (Belgium). Given the positive progress, she has returned to the tennis courts and practice schedule last week.”

2020 will be the second time the Belgian has staged a comeback to the WTA Tour. Initially retiring from the sport in 2007, she returned two years later. It was during that comeback where she won three out of her four grand slam titles.

It is set to be in the Mexican city of Monterrey, where Clijsters will start her latest comeback at the Abierto GNP Seguros Open. The WTA International event will get underway on March 2nd. A Belgian player has never won the tournament, but Kirsten Flipkens did reach the final back in 2016. After Monterrey, she plans to play a duo of events in America at both Indian Wells and Charlston.

“I’ve had a really good last couple of weeks regarding me knee. It’s feeling much better, but not fully healed yet.” She said in a video uploaded to social media.
“I’m definitely building up my intensity in practice and it feels really good so I am looking forward to playing my first tournament.’
“Practice has been long enough, but I have to be patient for a few more weeks and then I be ready to go.”

So far in her career, Clijsters has won 41 WTA titles and spent a total of 20 weeks as world No.1. Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame back in 2017, she is the only player in history to defeat both of the Williams sisters at the same event twice. Doing so at the 2002 WTA Championships and 2009 US Open.

Clijsters have earned more than $24 million in prize money in her career to date.

The schedule

  • March 2nd – Monterrey Open (will be her tournament debut)
  • March 9th BNP Paribas Open/Indian Wells (will be her ninth appearance and she is a two-time former champion)
  • April 6th – Charleston Open (first clay event and tournament debut)

See also: The Return Of Kim Clijsters: 10 Facts To Know About The Belgian Star

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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