23 May 2012

Clijsters to retire after US Open

5:44 pm on 23 May 2012

The former world women's tennis number one Kim Clijsters has announced she will retire after the US Open in September.

The 28-year-old Belgian says she wants to sign out in New York, where she enjoyed the biggest success of her career winning the women's singles title at Flushing Meadow three times in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Clijsters is married to former US basketball player Brian Lynch and the couple have a daughter Jada. They live just 45 minutes away from Flushing Meadows.

She retired for a first time in May 2007 and gave birth to her daughter before staging a remarkable comeback in 2009 that ended in her triumph at the US Open, which she successfully defended the following year.

Clijsters also won the Australian Open in 2011, the same year she topped the world rankings for the first time in five years.

But she has increasingly been dogged by injuries that caused her to draw down the curtain on the claycourt season and concentrate instead on the London Olympics and the US Open.