Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters has been awarded a wild card into the Indian Wells Masters, the tournament announced. Clijsters, who is unranked at the moment, is set to make her ninth appearance at the event. Clijsters debuted at the Indian Wells Masters in 2000, when she lost in the round-of-16.
Clijsters ended runner-up at the Indian Wells Masters in 2001, before winning her first title at the tournament in 2003.
Clijsters captured her second Indian Wells title in 2005 after beating Lindsay Davenport in the final.
Clijsters hasn't played in Indian Wells since 2011.
Clijsters made her comeback this week
Clijsters played her first event since the 2020 at this week's WTA event in Chicago. Clijsters lost to Su-wei Hsieh in three sets in her Chicago opener.
"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."
Clijsters is a busy women since she has to find the time to workout and also time for her parentins responsibilities. "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."