Tennis - Former world no. 1 and three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters has said that she was shocked by the sudden retirement of Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and also feels that the Frenchwoman will make a comeback to the game.
Speaking to The New York Times, Clijsters says, "I was very surprised. The news came out in the States when we were sleeping here. In a way, I was shocked. In a way, you understand the emotions behind it. You can have a moment after winning a big event that it’s such a relief to win such a big event.
Do I think she’ll come back? I think so. Her body felt sore. I’m a good example. I can at least say the body and the joints will stop hurting three months from now. She might come back. If not, she’s still had a great career.
She was a great person to have around on tour. To see her intense way of playing practice and matches is something we can all learn something from. She was so focused and so driven all the time." Clijsters is about to have her second baby and is due in three weeks time. We wish her all the best with her upcoming baby.