Kim Clijsters held a press conference today to make official what everyone knew: She will play in Cincinnati, Toronto and the U.S. Open this year, as well as in some exhibitions. Clijsters retired in 2007 because of injuries and because of her desire to have children. She says that preparing for the Wimbledon exhibition event motivated her to return to the tour. She calls this return a second career, rather than a comeback.
Clijsters, a crack athlete who was known for doing splits on almost all surfaces, was immensely popular with fans. The holder of only one major title--the 2005 U.S. Open--she was repeatedly bested by her greatest rival, countrywoman Justine Henin, in major finals. Clijsters is an all-surface, all-court player, whose speed and agility brings drama to almost every tournament.