Former tennis champion, Kim Clijsters has confirmed has participation in the WTA Dubai Championships after a decision to return to the courts.
The 36-year-old Belgian explained the reasoning behind her return to professional tennis, with advice from her husband and a gut feeling at the heart of her decision.
She said on Sunday: “It was a feeling that I had inside, a feeling that I had inside for a little while.”
“Once in a while that feeling would go away when I was home with the (three) kids. A couple times it would come back. It got stronger and stronger.”
There will be no easing back into the game, as she will face Garbine Muguruza – last month’s Australian Open losing finalist – in her first match in seven years, on Monday.
“I talked to my husband. He was like, ‘stop worrying about why and ask yourself why not.’ she continued.
“He made a very good point. I was like, ‘There is no ‘why not’. Why wouldn’t I do it?”