Olympics too big an event for farewell – Clijsters

TORONTO, (Reuters) – Belgium’s world number two Kim  Clijsters yesterday shot down talk of retiring after next year’s London Olympics and said she would rather have a much lower-key  farewell.

The four-times grand slam winner, who returns to action at  this week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto after missing Wimbledon with a  foot injury, said the Olympics were the last big event she is  focused on.

“I am not saying I am done after the Olympics but that’s  where so far I have set my schedule towards and what I am  building towards and then we’ll see what happens from there,”  Clijsters, 28, told reporters.  “I might choose to end (my career) in a smaller tournament  just to have it a little more personal and where I can really  enjoy it with my family, my friends and coaches.”

Clijsters said it was too soon to determine what tournament  would be her last but the three-times U.S. Open winner did say  she felt a special connection to Flushing Meadows, where she won  the first three grand slams of her career.

“I have done so well there for many years, my husband’s  family is there and we could have a very personal tournament  there besides all the craziness … we will have when we go to  the Olympics,” said Clijsters.

The popular Clijsters, who triumphed at the 2009 U.S. Open  three tournaments into a comeback from a two-year retirement in  which she gave birth to a daughter, said she was fully recovered  from the injury that kept her out of Wimbledon.
But the current U.S. Open and Australian Open champion, who  had a first-round bye in Toronto, hinted that she could lighten  her schedule next year in preparation for the Olympics.

“You kind’ve just set you’re goal to a few big events and I  think for me at the moment the Olympics are the last kind of big  event that I am focused on right now,” said Clijsters, who will  play qualifier Zheng Jie of China in the second round.
“But that doesn’t mean come January or February that I am  going to play the full season.”

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