Clijsters to quit after US Open

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012
Kim Clijsters is a three-time US Open champion © Getty Images

Kim Clijsters has confirmed that this year's US Open will be her last tournament before hanging up her tennis racket for a second time.

Having returned to world No. 1 earlier last year, Clijsters has slipped to No. 44 in the world rankings after a series of injury setbacks.

The four-time grand slam champion, who suffered a muscle tear in her hip in March, will miss the French Open but is targeting a return to action ahead of Wimbledon, before bidding to add Olympic gold to her collection in London this summer.

An ankle injury hampered her preparations for last year's French Open and she subsequently missed Wimbledon, while an abdominal strain prevented her from defending her US Open title in New York last year.

Clijsters, 28, returned to the sport in 2009 after a two-year absence. In only her third tournament back, the Belgian won her second US Open title as a wildcard, becoming the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

Clijsters, who had already confirmed that 2012 would be her last season, revealed at a press conference on Tuesday that Flushing Meadows would be her final swansong.

"In principle, I will stop at the US Open. This is the tournament where I had my greatest triumphs and it is special to me," she said.

"The stadium is just 45 minutes from our house in the US, my in-laws will be there," said Clijsters, who is married to American basketball player Brian Lynch.

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