Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray believes 38-year-old Kim Clijsters can still win matches at the highest possible level. Clijsters, now ranked at No. 1093 in the world, kicked off her season in Chicago last month and picked up a first round exit.
Clijsters then received a wild card into the Indian Wells, where she was beaten in three sets by Katerina Siniakova. “She always hits the ball in a fantastic way. I think decision making and things like that will come with more matches.
I think physically she can get stronger and that was probably one of her biggest strengths when she was at the top of the game and was so successful. With more time, more matches, more time on the practice court, physically, she will continue to improve.
It's not easy after such a long period of absence, but I'm sure she can still win matches at the highest level, judging by the way she has performed," Murray said of Clijsters, per We Love Tennis.
Clijsters' self imposed deadline to return to top has expired
After making her second comeback to tennis in 2020, Clijsters gave herself a two-year deadline to make it back to the top.
“When I started this, I wanted to give it a really good shot for two years – those two years will end at the end of this year,” Clijsters said following her defeat in Indian Wells. “Obviously COVID kind of changed everything up a little bit, timing-wise.
Obviously for a lot of players that wasn’t fun but made it a little tougher also for me. On the other hand I was home, I didn’t have to worry about being away and travelling without the kids or putting them in the bubble with me and those kinds of things.
“When I started it was two years – give myself a chance for two years to see how I can work my way back into a good rhythm and playing the tennis that I would like to play."