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'Watching Andy Murray is so motivating,' says former world number one

Andy Murray looks on in Metz

Former world number one Kim Clijsters says Andy Murray is inspiring her in her own comeback bid.

Clijsters came out of retirement in 2020 at the age of 38-years-old, although her involvement has been sporadic at best.

She stepped up her comeback by playing the Chicago Fall classic this week, although she was beaten by Hsieh Su-wei in the first round.

However, she says she is drawing inspiration from Andy Murray, who has been relentless in attempts to recover from a a near career-ending hip injury.

“Seeing Andy Murray and the way he speaks about his comeback and everything, it’s so motivating and it gives you a lot of energy too,” Clijsters said.

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“To see him go through the things he’s gone through and be open about the challenges of it and the belief that he has, I feel like it’s something I can relate to.

“I’ve been practicing for a long time so I’m excited to start playing matches again.

“That’s the reason I’m here, to play more matches so I can slowly build my level and get more match rhythm and match routine under my belt.

“I feel like in practice I’m doing a lot of things well and I’m getting fitting and stronger. Now it’s just a matter of trying to get enough matches.”

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