Kim Clijsters comes out of tennis retirement for a second time

Tennis: Ex-world number 1, Kim Clijsters, announces surprise comeback

She was the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.

Four-time Grand Slam tennis champion Kim Clijsters announced Thursday she plans to return to the sport she once dominated.

In a phone interview with a small group of reporters, Clijsters said that her primary motivation was to challenge herself.

Kim Clijsters watched Serena Williams' latest fantastic tennis comeback - and now she's going to try to pull off her own, with two more kids at home and after several more years on the sideline. She first retired in 2007, and during her 26 months away from the game she married Brian Lynch, a former Villanova basketball player, and had her first child.

With 41 singles titles, Clijsters is beaten only in the trophy count by Serena Williams and Venus Williams among players active on tour, while her haul is the 14th highest in the Open era.

"I don't really feel like I want to prove something", Clijsters said. She gave birth to their daughter, Jada, in early 2008.

"Of course, if you want to go through a marathon you're not going to have the whole media in your face", Clijsters said.

Fascinatingly, with Clijsters returning to action, that means that all the women who won three or more Grand Slams in the last 15 years are still playing... all except one. She retired again after the 2012 U.S. Open and later worked as as a tennis commentator and part-time coach.

"I feel like I've had more energy these last six months or so than I've had in the last two years because I'm taking care of myself better", Clijsters added.

Kim Clijsters is planning a comeback following a seven-year absence from the WTA Tour, the former world number one has announced.

But the four-time grand slam victor has now announced a surprising return and is training with a view to playing again in 2020. Could I be loving mum to my three kids and the best tennis player I can possibly be?

According to the WTA, Clijsters, who has three children - Jada, Jack, and Blake, is eligible for unlimited wild cards at WTA tournaments but will need to play three events to regain a world ranking.

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