Kim Clijsters: “For me the most important thing is to follow my heart’

August 27, 2012

Interviews, WTA Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Kim Clijsters will make her final appearance at the US Open. (Photo credit: US Open)

The extraordinary Grand Slam career of Kim Clijsters will soon close at Flushing Meadows, as she is about to play her final Slam of her career during the next two weeks and she is hopeful of finishing on a good note.

She described it as ‘very difficult to choose’ the best moments of her success at the U.S. Open as she won for her first ever Grand Slam at this event in 2005, then again four years later, where she became the first woman to win a Grand Slam after becoming a mother since Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Her colleagues have also crowned her a great champion: Serena Williams says that “she is a special person, and she is a difficult opponent on the court”, while the younger American player, Melanie Oudin, was impressed by her physical elasticity “I’m not able to keep the same pace and I have not had a child. She’s awesome.”

But as always Clijsters has been faced with a choice between continuing to play tournaments on the circuit or spend more time with her daughter Jade, Kim had no doubts:

“I prefer the daily routine with my daughter. I think for me the most important thing is to follow your heart, and I have always done this, making the choices I thought was the most fair and consistent.”

 

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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