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Kim Clijsters to retire after US Open

Clijsters first retired in May 2007 and gave birth to daughter Jada Ellie before returning to the sport in 2009 to win at Flushing Meadow.

Kim Clijsters: bowing out after glittering career.
Kim Clijsters: bowing out after glittering career.
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FORMER WORLD NUMBER one Kim Clijsters has confirmed she will retire after this year’s US Open.

The 28-year-old Belgian had previously stated 2012 would be her last year and has now revealed that she will bow out in New York, where she has won the singles title on three occasions.

“As it stands I will end my career at the US Open,” Clijsters said today. ”That is where I enjoyed my greatest triumphs and it is a very special place for me.

“The stadium is only about 45 minutes away from our house in the United States and my parents-in-law will be able to be present.”

Clijsters first retired in May 2007 and gave birth to daughter Jada Ellie before returning to the sport in 2009 to win the US Open, which she successfully defended the next year.

She also won the Australian Open in 2011 but has been plagued by injuries this year, forcing her to withdraw from the clay court season in order to focus on the Olympics and the US Open.

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