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Four-time grand slam winner Kim Clijsters retires again

Oct 7, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Kim Clijsters (BEL) hits a shot in her first round match against Katerina Siniakova (CZE) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Four-time grand slam singles champion Kim Clijsters has retired from pro tennis for the third time.

The 38-year-old Belgian announced her decision Tuesday on social media.

“I can’t wait to see what new adventures will cross my path,” she wrote on Instagram.

Clijsters, who climbed to No. 1 in the world in both singles and doubles in 2003, won the U.S. Open three times (2005, 2009-10) and the 2011 Australian Open. She also won grand slam doubles titles at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2003.

She initially retired in 2007 to get married and start a family before returning two years later. She retired again in 2012 before launching another comeback in 2020.

Clijsters collected 41 singles titles and 11 more in doubles while earning more than $24.5 million in prize money.

Her last official match was a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 loss against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in the first round at Indian Wells on Oct. 7.

–Field Level Media