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Quotable Quotes: WTA Stars On Kim Clijsters

Vika, Maria, Sam, Serena and Venus talk about Kim Clijsters. The Belgian isn't done yet, though.

Published August 27, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes: WTA Stars On Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Kim Clijsters plays her final tournament this fortnight at the US Open. She met the press ahead of the tournament to express her excitement to play; several other WTA stars expressed their thoughts on her.

Kim Clijsters on this being her last US Open...
"I'm excited. I'm obviously very excited to be back here after not being able to participate last year due to an injury in my stomach muscle. Obviously this place is magical for me - I have had so many beautiful memories. I've enjoyed coming here since I was a junior. I love the surface, I love the atmosphere.

"I'm not thinking about retiring yet though. I'm still focusing on trying to be in the best shape I can be. When I start Monday, I want to be playing well."

Victoria Azarenka on Clijsters...
"I never met Kim before she came back - I was still playing in the juniors, so I never had a chance to play against her. Once she came back I drew her right away in one of her first tournaments, which was fun to play against. What she did after just a few tournaments, to come back and win such a major title, it was definitely very inspiring and an amazing accomplishment. She's a great role model. She's always one of the people you like to be around and practice with, and she's great in the locker room and really great for the fans.

"Obviously a lot of people love her. She's definitely one everybody is going to miss. I wish her the best. We'll definitely see the best of Kim here."

Maria Sharapova on Clijsters...
"What's there to say about Kim? There's so many great things. She's been an incredible tennis player and champion and someone who went away from the sport to commit herself to being a mother and a good wife, and then coming back and being a professional and winning a few more Grand Slams. She was always so focused and determined, one of the best athletes women's tennis has ever seen. And she's just a really great person - she's very humble.

"At the end of the day, she's just a down-to-earth person who reflected on life in a very good way. She always wanted to be a good mother and family was important to her. She had really good values. I really respect that in her."

Sam Stosur on Clijsters...
"It's going to be a loss for the tour. She's obviously been a great player, a great champion and a great role model to a lot of people, out here on the tour and probably to all the kids playing at home. She's one of those players people like to watch and come out and see. I guess for her she's decided it's time - I can imagine this is the perfect place for her to stop, given the success she's had here in the past. It will be disappointing to see her go though.

"What a great career. She's still so young and she's accomplished so much."

Serena Williams on Clijsters...
"She's had such a fabulous career, especially here at the Open. She just brings some special tennis whenever she comes here. She's always so bright and has such a positivity about her and you can't help but wish her the best."

Venus Williams on Clijsters...
"Kim has had a resurgence like no other, winning three majors. I'm sure if she hadn't had injuries she would have been able to do more and even live more of a dream at the Olympics, when you bring home a medal. I think she's an inspiration for everyone who has believed if you put your mind to it and have a dream, you can do whatever you want, and do all the things you want."

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