Kim Clijsters returns to French Open 5 years later

Kim Clijsters is back at the French Open for the first time in

five years, and says she feels ”like a little girl again.”

The 27-year-old Belgian is seeded second at Roland Garros after

winning the last two Grand Slam titles, at the U.S. Open and

Australian Open. Because of injuries and what turned out to be a

temporary retirement, she hasn’t played in Paris since reaching the

2006 semifinals.

Clijsters was the runner-up at the 2001 and 2003 French


Clay is her least-favorite surface. She finds it tough to move

properly on the surface – and things are even more complicated

right now because she injured her right ankle and little toe while

dancing barefoot at her cousin’s wedding last month.

The French Open starts Sunday.