LONDON: Former world number one Kim Clijsters believes her recent injury problems prove she is right to finally call a halt to her illustrious career.Clijsters confirmed last month that she will retire for the second time after the US Open later this year and the 29-year-old has no regrets as she battles to recover from an abdominal injury in time to appear at Wimbledon.
The Belgian’s preparations for the grass-court grand slam, which gets underway on Monday, were hampered when she strained a muscle during the s-Hertogenbosch tournament and was forced to pull out before her scheduled semi-final.
Clijsters is confident she will be fit to appear at Wimbledon, but she also missed the French Open due to a hip injury.Feeling her body creaking under the strain of life on the gruelling WTA Tour has convinced Clijsters — who initially retired in 2007 — that she has made the correct decision to quit before the pain gets any worse.
Asked if she had any thoughts about changing her mind, Clijsters said: “No, this is it. I have no regrets. I’m too old to play the game that I want to play physically.
“It’s not for family reasons, it’s down to the physical side. I’ve put my body through enough strain and everything“The whole lifestyle, that’s what I’m dealing with now, the lifestyle I’ve had for the last 15, 20 years.”