This year’s US Open event on the women’s side set a special record, as for the first time in the history of the tournament three mothers earned a spot in the quarterfinals, namely, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Tsvetana Pironkova. Also, initially, the tournament hosted nine mothers in the main draw that includes four-time Grand Slam Kim Clijsters.
Belgian ace Clijsters played some warrior-like tennis against 21st Ekaterina Alexandrova at Flushing Meadows and had conceded a three-set defeat. And now, with tennis players continuing with their season at European clay-court tour Clijsters has decided to skip the entire season. As a result, she has withdrawn from Italian Open and French Open 2020 and decided to train, work on her skills alongside fulfilling the duties of a parent.
Kim Clijsters’ statement
“I have had many firsts and exciting matches on clay in my career and they all hold special memories for me. Good luck to all the players and tournaments,” Kim Clijsters announced on Twitter.
“I have decided to spend the next few weeks with my family. NYC showed how much progress I’ve made & also what I need to work on. Not sure where I’ll play next but will let you know soon. For now, back to training & school lunches!”
Two-time Roland Garros finalist Clijsters played one of the most phenomenal championships matches in the history of the tournament. In the year 2001, she was facing Jennifer Capriati from the United States and lost 6–1, 4–6, 10–12. That day, she became the first Belgian to contest in a Grand Slam singles final. In 2003, she again reached the singles finals, as well as lifted up the champion’s trophy in the doubles domain.
Former World Number one Clijsters announced her comeback to tennis in December 2019, and she resumed her tennis journey at Dubai Tennis Championships 2020 in the month of February. In UAE she lost to resigning Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza and that was her first comeback match.
Later, she flew to Monterrey, Mexico, and lost in the opening round match to Britain’s Johanna Konta. Since the tour got suspended she played a few exhibition matches in the US, which boosted her morale to compete on the professional circuits.