Clijsters ready to farewell fans

11 December 2012 19:19

Clijsters - who won four grand slam titles in a glittering career - walked away from tennis in August after the US Open.

But the 29-year-old will take part in a farewell exhibition in her home country, with Antwerp set to stage a singles match against Venus Williams and a doubles match with old rival Amelie Mauresmo.

"(Antwerp) is always a very special place to be playing tennis," Clijsters said.

"Just because of the history that I have as a young girl, coming to this place and seeing this huge arena and then to be in the middle of that arena by yourself is still very special.

"I'm probably more nervous for this event than any other tennis match that I've ever been at so I think it is exciting but on the other hand, it's nerve-wracking. The whole event is something I really look forward to.

"I think it is another chapter in my life that I need to close in a way for the Belgian fans. They have been very supportive and I think I have been a big part of their life or entertainment over the last 15 years or so.

"They have been an important part of my career as well and my life. It's a little bit of give and take and I look forward to it in the show that we have after the tennis matches.

"I'm going to be able to give a lot of great prizes away to people in the crowd and that is something that I look forward to as well."

And despite saying it was tough to prioritise any one of her four grand slam triumphs over any other, Clijsters said her 2001 French Open win and success in the 2011 Australian Open were her career highlights.

"It's hard because every achievement has meant something because there is a personal attachment to it," she said.

"So I think it's very hard to pick one because it meant more than the other. The first grand slam (which she won at Roland Garros) is very special because it's such a big dream and it is kind of a (feeling of) disbelief when it happens.

"When I won in Australia, that was really special to me as well but I have always loved going to Australia and I've always felt very connected to the people there. It was also very special so it is hard to pick just one."

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