Kim Clijsters comes out of tennis retirement for a second time

The former world No 1 Kim Clijsters has announced a shock comeback to tennis at the age of 36.

It will be a third playing career for the popular Belgian who initially retired in 2007, returning two years later following the birth of her first child and winning three grand slam titles before hanging up her racket again in 2012.

Clijsters has since had two more children, but in announcing her return she revealed she had been inspired by the success of mothers on tour, such as her contemporary Serena Williams.

Clijsters said: “At 36 years old I feel like I’m too young to be retired and, with so many inspirational athletes and moms competing, I can’t wait to get back on the match court and see what’s possible after having three children.”

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