Kim Clijsters: Hitting with some players just triggered challenge within myself

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Kim Clijsters: Hitting with some players just triggered challenge within myself

Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters admits she is "excited" to return to the Tour. Clijsters, who last played at the 2020 US Open, is set to feature at this week's WTA event in Chicago. "I've been practicing for a long time so I'm excited to start playing matches again," Clijsters told reporters during her pre-tournament press conference in Chicago.

"That's the reason I'm here, to play more matches so I can slowly build my level and get more match rhythm and match routine under my belt. "I feel like in practice I'm doing a lot of things well and I'm getting fitting and stronger.

Now it's just a matter of trying to get enough matches."

Clijsters, 38, still feeling the spark for the game

"Going to some of the events and hitting with some of the players just triggered a challenge within myself," Clijsters said.

"That was the main reason, that little trigger of, I wonder if I can get myself in a situation where I can play the tennis I like to play and I know I can play." Being active at 38 brings many challenges. Clijsters still wants to get her workouts done but she also has parentins responsbilities.

"With me and my stage now, a lot of things are new. Understanding how my body reacts differently after three children. I feel like I've been able to play more practice sessions in a row than I have in a long time. So that feels really good, being able to do that."

"I try to do all my workouts either really early - I'm a 5 a.m. person - doing a workout before the kids wake up, and trying to get everything done when the kids are in school. "Then I can do all the normal things that parents do: driving them to their hobbies, cooking and cleaning. I love the challenge."