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Monday, 14 January 2019

Clijsters reveals secret to post-childbirth triumphs


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Former Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters has opened up on what inspired her to return after giving birth to her first child.

After appearances in two French Open finals and a 2005 US Open title, Clijsters retired at the tender age of 23, but returned to the professional circuit in 2009.

Following her return, Clijsters managed to add three Grand Slam titles, including the 2011 Australian Open and she revealed the secret behind her triumphant return.

"It was hard but at the same time I felt this power inside of me," Clijsters told Nine.

"I didn't doubt for one second that I was making the wrong decision or that I wasn't going to be good enough to compete with these women.

Kim Clijsters

"Having that confidence whenever I stepped out on the court, knowing that I put in all the hard work to get back into being a professional athlete, it helped me be more confident on the court as well and compete with the best."

This year's Women's draw showcases four mothers, including 2017 champion Serena Williams who is making her return to Australian shores, and Clijsters admitted that she is rooting for the mothers in the draw to do well, but conceded that the title could be anyone's.

"There's so many that you can name and so many players that have a chance to do well," she said.

"To see Serena fitter than last year already and playing well, Maria Sharapova showed some really good tennis yesterday and it would be nice to see her do well again.

"(Victoria) Azarenka is back, I'm kind of liking the mothers to do well."

Serena Williams

Returning to the scene of her 2011 triumph, Clijsters revealed that she is still extremely superstitious, even sticking to routines she maintained throughout her playing days.

"I'm actually staying in the same apartment and the same room," she said.

"I remember the night before my final, I was laying and I couldn't really fall asleep.

"I had butterflies in my stomach and I was looking out onto Rod Laver Arena and the lights were on and I was thinking, 'OK, this is where it's going to happen tomorrow night'.

"I was in that same situation a couple of nights ago when we flew in here."

Former Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters has opened up on what inspired her to return after giving birth to her first child.

After appearances in two French Open finals and a 2005 US Open title, Clijsters retired at the tender age of 23, but returned to the professional circuit in 2009.

Following her return, Clijsters managed to add three Grand Slam titles, including the 2011 Australian Open and she revealed the secret behind her triumphant return.

"It was hard but at the same time I felt this power inside of me," Clijsters told Nine.

"I didn't doubt for one second that I was making the wrong decision or that I wasn't going to be good enough to compete with these women.

Kim Clijsters

"Having that confidence whenever I stepped out on the court, knowing that I put in all the hard work to get back into being a professional athlete, it helped me be more confident on the court as well and compete with the best."

This year's Women's draw showcases four mothers, including 2017 champion Serena Williams who is making her return to Australian shores, and Clijsters admitted that she is rooting for the mothers in the draw to do well, but conceded that the title could be anyone's.

"There's so many that you can name and so many players that have a chance to do well," she said.

"To see Serena fitter than last year already and playing well, Maria Sharapova showed some really good tennis yesterday and it would be nice to see her do well again.

"(Victoria) Azarenka is back, I'm kind of liking the mothers to do well."

Serena Williams

Returning to the scene of her 2011 triumph, Clijsters revealed that she is still extremely superstitious, even sticking to routines she maintained throughout her playing days.

"I'm actually staying in the same apartment and the same room," she said.

"I remember the night before my final, I was laying and I couldn't really fall asleep.

"I had butterflies in my stomach and I was looking out onto Rod Laver Arena and the lights were on and I was thinking, 'OK, this is where it's going to happen tomorrow night'.

"I was in that same situation a couple of nights ago when we flew in here."

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