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Tennis-Clijsters set to return to Chicago for the last time

Former world number one Kim Clijsters took a wild card for the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic next month, the Belgian said on Thursday, as she prepares for her first competitive appearance on the women’s circuit since the US Open. from last year. The WTA 500 hard-core event will be held from September 27 to October 3.

“Thanks for the wildcard @ChiTennisFest,” Clijsters tweeted. “I can’t wait to visit Chicago for the first time and resume the tour.” The 38-year-old withdrew from the WTA 1000 event in Miami earlier this year saying she was not yet ready to compete at her best after undergoing knee surgery in October 2020 and contracting COVID-19 in January.

The mother-of-three was out of retirement for the second time in February 2020, and her last game was a first-round loss to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova at Flushing Meadows a year ago. Clijsters won the US Open in 2005 before his first retirement two years later. She returned to the sport in 2009 and won a second major title in New York as an unranked wild card in her third comeback tournament.

The Belgian defended her US Open crown in 2010 and won the last of her four major Australian Open titles in 2011 before retiring again in 2012.

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