Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters delays WTA return following knee injury

Kim Clijsters is a four-time Grand Slam singles winner (PA Images)
8:19am, Tue 05 Nov 2019
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Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters has pushed back her eagerly-awaited return to the sport due to a knee injury.

The Belgian initially retired back in 2007 to start a family, but returned in 2009 to win three of her four Grand Slams, before retiring again in 2012.

And while the postponement this time around is frustrating for the 36-year-old, it has not deterred her from wanting to come back to the sport.

She said: "It's a setback but I'm determined as ever to get back to the game I love."

Clijsters will not appear in any events in January as she will be receiving treatment to put her in the best possible shape for the 2020 WTA season.

Due to the fact she is a world No 1, the three-time US Open champion will be eligible for unlimited wildcards on the WTA Tour.

However, in order to be placed back into the rankings she will need to take part in three tournaments or earn 10 ranking points.