Kim Clijsters Says Goodbye to Tennis
(NEW YORK ) -- Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters lost in the second round of the U.S. Open to Laura Robson on Wednesday, 7-6, 7-6 and will now call it a career.
Clijsters has said throughout that this would be her last tournament and spoke about her decision to retire after the loss.
"This completely feels like the perfect place to retire," Clijsters told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. "I just wish it wasn't today."
The 29-year-old Clijsters walked away from the sport once before, in May 2007, then returned after 2 1/2 years. But that was before having a child, who is now four years old.
"Since I retired the first time, it's been a great adventure for my team and my family," said Clijsters. "It's all been worth it. But I do look forward to the next part of my life coming up."
Clijsters finished with a career singles record of 523-127 and 41 titles, including her last major trophy at the 2011 Australian Open.
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