Don’t think it’ll be easy after being out for so many years: Ana Ivanovic on Kim Clijsters comeback: Kim Clijsters will discover it arduous to compete on the prime stage when the WTA Tour resumes following the coronavirus pandemic, says previous rival and fellow former world primary Ana Ivanovic.
Don’t think it’ll be easy after being out for so many years: Ana Ivanovic on Kim Clijsters comeback
Belgian mother-of-three Clijsters shocked the tennis world when she introduced she was making a second comeback this yr.
The 36-year-old four-time Grand Slam champion did not win a match within the two tournaments she performed earlier than the coronavirus pandemic compelled the suspension of the season — shedding to Garbine Muguruza in Dubai and Johanna Konta in Monterrey.
“I’ve been watching a few of her matches and he or she has been hanging the ball amazingly nicely, however I actually hope she will be able to get again to that stage to play like she used to,” Serbia’s 2008 French Open champion Ivanovic, speaking to Eurosport’s Hanging out with Babsi, stated on Wednesday.
“Personally, I don’t assume it’ll be simple after being out for thus a few years.”
Clijsters first retired in 2007, taking a break to have the primary of her three kids, however returned inside 24 months to say three of her 4 Grand Slams and return to world primary in 2011. Her newest comeback may show more difficult.
“It’s superb what she achieved. I nonetheless respect her a lot, it’s simply tough to think about now after having three youngsters and being out for thus lengthy to make a comeback,” Ivanovic, who retired in 2016, aged 29, stated.
“Not as a result of she’s not match, however as a result of your physique simply reacts otherwise. If you end up out of competitors you realise how a lot fine-tuning is important and he or she’s been out some time.”
With the WTA Tour on maintain till at the very least the beginning of August, Ivanovic stated the lengthy stoppage may hinder the likes of older gamers corresponding to 38-year-old Serena Williams, who stays one shy of equalling Margaret Court docket’s report of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
“Some gamers discover it simpler to get used to. Some gamers get injured for just a few months, come again and they’re as sturdy as earlier than,” she stated. “It is rather particular person however you’ll assume it might favour the youthful gamers as a result of it might be simpler to get match match and into match rhythm.”