Kim Clijsters came back to play a match in the WTA Tour on February 17, 2020 after seven years of absence. The Belgian tennis player has not yet won a match since her return, but she has also had to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and some physical problems, which have certainly prevented her from competing to the maximum of her current abilities.
In the last two games played, against Su-Wei Hsieh in Chicago and against Katerina Siniakova in Indian Wells, Clijsters showed some important improvements and took both games to the third set. Just before taking the court at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, the 1983-born player said she was inspired by Andy Murray, who after a serious hip injury decided to compete again in the ATP Tour: "Seeing the way Andy Murray talks about his return was very motivating.
It gave me a lot of energy and inspired me. that I can also relate to these things."
Andy Murray on Clijsters: "She can still improve"
The former world number one talked about Clijsters in the pre-tournament press conference in Antwerp, an event he won in the post-injury period.
The Scot said: “She still hits the ball in a fantastic way. I think decision making and things like that will come with time." "I think she physically she can get stronger. I think it was probably one of her biggest strengths when she was at the top of her game and was successful.
Over time, with more games, with the hours spent on the pitch, she will continue to improve physically. It's not easy after so long, but I'm sure he can still win games at the highest level." We'll see if time will prove Murray right, who firmly believes in the Belgian champion's chances. The Scot will play the ATP 250 tournament in Antwerp this week.