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Clijsters backed for slam

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23

The 25-year-old, who is a former world number one and US Open champion, announced her return to tennis on Thursday, and will play WTA tournaments in Cincinnati and Toronto before heading to New York for the final grand slam of the year, which begins on August 31.

“Kim has so much talent,” Appelmans said in the TV show Phara. “I don’t see her making (playing in) the whole circuit so it’s going to be difficult to reach the top of the rankings.

“But she is not there to do that. She wants to win titles and play top games.”

Appelmans added: “When you see that (Dinara) Safina could be number one soon – Kim is usually better than her.

“Winning the US Open? It’s possible.

“The Fed Cup game against Canada comes too soon. You can’t directly play for your country with pressure on your shoulders, I understand that. But she will train with us.”

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