Kim Clijsters is coming back! Again!

CivicLx

Hall of Fame
You know what's funny though. Serena gets all the ****ing commercials and yet since she's had the baby she has yet to win a major. Clijsters now has 3 kids and in her previous comeback she actually did win a major with a baby. Yet despite that, I never saw any commercials she was in talking about balancing playing and being a mom.
It’s awesome that Kim came back and won a major after giving birth. That’s very impressive. Was she Serena’s age when she won them though?
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
It’s awesome that Kim came back and won a major after giving birth. That’s very impressive. Was she Serena’s age when she won them though?
Nowhere near. Clijsters first retired at 23, had Jada at 25, came back to tour aged 26, retired again at age 29 and tnen had two more kids. Now coming back at 36 which is how old Serena was when she had Olympia.

Clijsters is almost 2 years younger than Serena but completely different life paths!
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Terrible news. Hope she doesn't. Who's next - Graf? This is to make matters worse for helter.
But how can you tell someone not to keep trying.
If life is short and time flies by, why can't she do something she likes even if you think she may fail or not be worth witnessing?
If perseverance is a reflection of character, the judicious use of it can still give the Belgian great satisfaction.
Depending on what she is looking for in this return to high competition, if the results are negative, she will know when to give up.
Although it is true that perseverance does not guarantee success, it is impossible to succeed without perseverance.
 

Zara

Legend
But how can you tell someone not to keep trying.
If life is short and time flies by, why can't she do something she likes even if you think she may fail or not be worth witnessing?
If perseverance is a reflection of character, the judicious use of it can still give the Belgian great satisfaction.
Depending on what she is looking for in this return to high competition, if the results are negative, she will know when to give up.
Although it is true that perseverance does not guarantee success, it is impossible to succeed without perseverance.
She's entitled to whatever her heart desires. I am not opposing that. I personally don't want to see older players coming back to tour again as I prefer new players. It keeps the freshness alive and I personally feel the need to move on. But anyway, I do selective WTA watching so I don't think it affects me either way.

Are you from Europe?
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
She's entitled to whatever her heart desires. I am not opposing that. I personally don't want to see older players coming back to tour again as I prefer new players. It keeps the freshness alive and I personally feel the need to move on. But anyway, I do selective WTA watching so I don't think it affects me either way.

Are you from Europe?

I understand your point of view and it is perfectly respectable, but I am sure she knows her limits very well and she has made this decision based on her internal fire that is her passion for this sport.
And the competitiveness of an athlete does not disappear as fast as many think.


 

Zara

Legend
I understand your point of view and it is perfectly respectable, but I am sure she knows her limits very well and she has made this decision based on her internal fire that is her passion for this sport.
And the competitiveness of an athlete does not disappear as fast as many think.


Tour is brutal. Perhaps at first, she'll make a splash as she'll be high upon return but it will get to her eventually. Good luck to her. I honestly don't care as much though I did like her a great deal back then.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
She has no chance at winning a major as the level of consistency in the WTA is way too strong.
No offense, but these two do not belong in the same sentence together. There is almost no consistency in the WTA. How many first time major champions have there been in the last 4 years?

Going back to US Open 2015

Flavia Pennetta
Angie Kerber
Garbine Muguruza
Jelena Ostapenko
Sloane Stephens
Caroline Wozniacki
Simona Halep
Naomi Osaka
Ashleigh Barty
Bianca Andreescu
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
She's entitled to whatever her heart desires. I am not opposing that. I personally don't want to see older players coming back to tour again as I prefer new players. It keeps the freshness alive and I personally feel the need to move on. But anyway, I do selective WTA watching so I don't think it affects me either way.

Are you from Europe?
Freshness? That is exactly what we need when it comes to current WTA, and Kim can bring it. The playing styles are boring, players inconsistent... I honestly think she will bring only good to tennis.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
She has no chance at winning a major as the level of consistency in the WTA is way too strong.
The level of CONSISTENCY is way too strong? I'm not sure the consistency has ever been less strong. That's the problem. All these people capable of winning a major or two, but none of them seemingly capable of finding that form more than once a year, or every 2 or 3 years.

Now don't get me wrong, I doubt Clijsters at her age with a game as based around her movement as hers was is going to climb back to the top (not to mention that even in her 20s she was susceptible to injuries, and that doesn't seem like an issue that will improve with age) but the more players akin to stars the game has the better for it.

The real problem is whether or not she'll play the mom card as hard as Serena does. "You're a tennis player with one kid? I got THREE! Booyah!"
 

Purplemonster

Hall of Fame
No offense, but these two do not belong in the same sentence together. There is almost no consistency in the WTA. How many first time major champions have there been in the last 4 years?

Going back to US Open 2015

Flavia Pennetta
Angie Kerber
Garbine Muguruza
Jelena Ostapenko
Sloane Stephens
Caroline Wozniacki
Simona Halep
Naomi Osaka
Ashleigh Barty
Bianca Andreescu
**** me sideways, doesn’t anyone on this forum understand sarcasm ????!!!!!
 

Purplemonster

Hall of Fame
The level of CONSISTENCY is way too strong? I'm not sure the consistency has ever been less strong. That's the problem. All these people capable of winning a major or two, but none of them seemingly capable of finding that form more than once a year, or every 2 or 3 years.

Now don't get me wrong, I doubt Clijsters at her age with a game as based around her movement as hers was is going to climb back to the top (not to mention that even in her 20s she was susceptible to injuries, and that doesn't seem like an issue that will improve with age) but the more players akin to stars the game has the better for it.

The real problem is whether or not she'll play the mom card as hard as Serena does. "You're a tennis player with one kid? I got THREE! Booyah!"
SARCASM SARCASM SARCASM
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Only 3 Moms have ever won Grand Slams:

1. Margaret Court 1972
2. Evonne Goolagong 1980
3. Kim Clisters 2009
Serena has made 4 finals as a mother, but is 0-4 in them. She's also been defeated rather soundly in all 4 finals, having won 0/8 sets.
 

40L0VE

Rookie
If she's anywhere close to being as good as her last comeback she'll win a slam because most of the current WTA will not have played as complete a player as her.
 
I wish Kim the best. I'm sure her child is now at an age where Kim feels she can get back out for a few years and try and regain some of those lost opportunities.
She won't get another chance to compete so enjoy it while you can Kim.
 

tennisenthusiast

Hall of Fame
Is this a joke?

Clijsters and Li Na left a huge gap in women's tennis. Both played spectacularly clean tennis and had a winning mentality.

But at her age? I doubt it. Perhaps doubles. She won't be winning any slams in singles, that's for sure.
Don't be so sure my friend. We all know how many single slam wonders there are in WTA right now. WTA deserves quality players!
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
This will be a fascinating return to watch play out.

Clijsters was always an extraordinary ball striker. I have no doubt her footwork from an offensive standpoint will still be excellent. And she will be able to compete from a stroke mechanics and attacking standpoint against the power hitters.

Really keen to see how her footwork goes in defence, though. This was always one of the best areas of her game, and she will need this to be sky-high to even survive in today's WTA.

Even if the comeback is short-lived, she was always one of the tour favourites. It will be an interesting look for some of the younger players to have a "new face" around that many of them probably idolised growing up.

I'm happy for Serena, too. When you think about it, life on today's WTA is probably a bit lonely for someone who has survived almost four generations of tennis players. It might be nice to see a familiar face and a contemporary amongst such a changed WTA landscape.
 

Fedalfan

Semi-Pro
Best news ever! I'm so happy.

Serena was playing up the mommy card too much (in addition to all the other obnoxious stuff!). Delighted to have a real working mom back in the mix!
 

Sartorius

Hall of Fame
Well her previous comeback was something, doubt this will be the same, but good for her and good for the tour I suppose.
 
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