Kim Clijsters is currently in Singapore as a commentator for the WTA Finals for the WTA TV. The four-time Grand Slam champion spoke about expectations that come after a player has become the world no. 1, during the semi-final between Caroline Wozniaki and Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.
'As a kid I wanted to be No. 1 and it was a dream come true when it happened,' Clijsters said. 'But the negative things afterward that came from media, "Oh you're no. 1 and you haven't won a Grand Slam", that's sometimes hard to deal with.
I hadn't thought about it like that. For me, becoming no. 1 was a goal that I got to check my list off in my career. I know Pliskova has got to answer tough questions about it, so has Simona Halep, so has Caroline Wozniacki.
They're dealing with it, but they are working hard', Clijsters said. The former world no. 1 also commented on the 37-year-old Venus Williams's longevity: 'In the last months I saw and commentated her matches very often on TV: I see joy in her eyes, almost a child-like joy, after winning big matches or achieving very good results.' ALSO READ: Kei Nishikori is back to practice at Clijsters Academy after wrist injury