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Clijsters announces 2010 schedule

Kim Clijsters celebrates her US Open win
Clijsters and her daugher Jada celebrate at Flushing Meadows

US Open champion Kim Clijsters says she will play in the four Grand Slams in a limited schedule of about 16 tournaments next year.

The Belgian won the US Open earlier this month in her first Grand Slam since coming out of retirement.

Clijsters, 26, had two years out of the sport and in that time, become a mother to Jada, who is now 18 months old.

"I try to spread out my trips abroad. The most important thing is that it remains do-able as a family," she said.

"It takes a lot more planning than a few years ago. For a tennis player I don't think it's that busy. I've taken out a lot of tournaments that I used to play when I wasn't a mother.

It doesn't really matter all that much to me

Clijsters on Justine Henin's return to the sport

"It was up to me to say, with Jada, our daughter, how long I want to travel, where I want to travel to and where not.

"We have to see how it will work out as a family. Things have to remain fun for Jada."

Clijsters will play only one more tournament this year, in Luxembourg next month, before starting the 2010 campaign in Brisbane ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.

The former world number one also plans to play the first round of the Fed Cup in Poland in February.

Clijsters had a series of injuries before retiring in 2007 but returned to action in August this year.


After only two tournaments, she entered the US Open as a wildcard and became the first mother since 1980 to win a Grand Slam when she beat Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

Her limited schedule in 2010 reduces her chances of regaining the world number one spot but the Belgian added: "A number one ranking is not what I focus on. It would be nice, but Grand Slams are the big thing."

Clijsters is not the only former world number one to announce her comeback to the tennis world this year.

Earlier this week, Justine Henin said she was returning to the sport after only 16 months in retirement with the 27-year-old revealing that her long-time rivalry with Clijsters had served as an inspiration.

But Clijsters insisted she was not bothered with the fact that Henin would be back challenging her for the Grand Slams.

"It doesn't really matter all that much to me," said Clijsters. "I'm sure she will produce great tennis."

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