Players welcome Clijsters, Henin back to fold

27 September 2009

By Sunder Iyer , Tashkent Media Team

Tashkent, September 27: Women tennis players from all around the world have welcomed the return of Belgian duo of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin’s comeback from retirement and said that their spirit and fighting abilities could be a lesson for the younger lot of players

Speaking on the side lines of the Tashkent Open top women players Shahar Peer, Yaroslava Shvedova, Akgul Amanmuradova all said that their entry back to the sport is welcome and they were happy to have them back.

Shahar Peer said “it’s strange if one decides to stop playing at the peak of one’s career. One has to have passion for sport , I feel that the duo still has a lot of passion for tennis left in them , I surely welcome these great players back , it’s good for competition”.

“It’s interesting; both of them took two years off and probably used the time to recover. They are used to playing tennis, which is a part of their lives, they are probably made a come back because they think it part of life. It’s difficult to be away from what you love” Said Shvedova. “ I called Clijsters and told her it’s nice to have you back.

Amanmuradova said , I was lucky to be the first person to practice with Kim at the Cincinnati , right from the first ball she hit I realized that she was till playing well”. There were a lot of Belgian journalists who wanted to speak to me, I told them she’s just taken over from where she stopped”.

It’s always my dream to play Justine and was sad that she retired and would not be able to play her, but now I have a chance.

The return of the duo might also close the quest for a fixed leader on the WTA tour, which has seen top rankings change every now and then since the duo’s retirement from tennis, “we’re in an interesting situation with their return, She said.

Anna Karolina

Place of birth: Kosice, Slovakia
Residence: Bratislava, Slovakia
Plays: Right-handed
Two-handed backhand
Turned Pro: 2011
Height: 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight: 63 Kg (139 Lbs)
Coaching: Milan Martinec

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