Kuznetsova: 'I thought Kim Clijsters was the new director of WTA Finals'

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Kuznetsova: 'I thought Kim Clijsters was the new director of WTA Finals'

Svetlana Kuznetsova shared how she reacted to Kim Clijsters announcing her return to the WTA Tour. The Russian player said: “I [saw the post on Instagram] turned on the volume and I hear, ‘Maybe you’ll come back’ and she said, ‘Hee hee.

See you in 2020.’ I was like, is she the new director of the WTA Finals? I didn’t get it!" Ashleigh Barty added: "It happened overnight. I woke up in Australia, saw the news. It's exciting. Kim is a player that I would have loved to have played, would have loved to have had the opportunity to play.

I know a lot of girls are excited she's coming back. Hopefully, first and foremost her body allows her to do that, she stays injury-free and can get back on the court. I think Kim is an absolute champion. She's proven that.

Not just in her career, but when she came back and kind of came back again. It's incredible, it really is. I think deep down she must know she's able to do it because I think a champion of Kim's caliber wouldn't do things kind of halfway.

She's going to come all in. I think probably her biggest challenge, she's always going to be able to strike tennis balls well, without a doubt. Hopefully, touch wood for her, her body stays healthy over these next few months, she can really get that work in.

I'm sure whenever she does start playing again, it's going to be with some real force." Kuznetsova lost to Elina Svitolina in the third round of the Wuhan Open on Wednesday.