Kim Clijsters will soon face her last race of her great career and described it as “very difficult to choose" the best moments of her success at the U.S. Open. Here she won for the first time a Grand Slam in 2005, then again four years later, where she became the first woman to win a Grand Slam after becoming a mother like Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Her colleagues have also crowned her a great champion: Serena Williams says of her that "she is a special person, and she is difficult to encounter against you", while the younger player, Melanie Oudin, was impressed by her physical elasticity "I'm not able to keep the same pace and I have no child. She's awesome."
But as always she has been faced with a choice between continuing to play tournaments on the circuit or spend more time with little Jade, Kim had no doubts:
"I prefer the daily routine along 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. "
"I think the generation of which we were part of with the Williams sisters and I had a high-end in the tennis world: we were all physically very strong and have learned to compete against each other. Athletes today assume less risk, play tennis more consistently, but less impressively than Serena or Justine Henin," says Kim.