Kim Clijsters
Belgian tennis player
Kim Clijsters
Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters is a Belgian professional tennis player. As of 5 March 2012, Clijsters is ranked no. 36 in singles. Clijsters is a former world no. 1 in both singles and doubles. Clijsters has won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009, and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011.
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Tennis-Australian Open women's singles champions
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MELBOURNE, Jan 28 (Reuters) - List of Australian Openwomen's singles champions since the event began in 1922(Australian unless stated): 2017 Serena Williams (United States) bt Venus Williams (UnitedStates) 6-4 6-4 2016 Angelique Kerber (Germany) bt S. Williams (U.S.) 6-4 3-66-4 2015 S. Williams (U.S.) bt Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3 7-6(5) 2014 Li Na (China) bt Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 7-6(3) 6-0 2013 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) bt Li 4-6 6-4 6-3 2012 Azarenka bt Sharapova 6-3 6-0 2011 Kim Clijsters (Belgium) bt Li 3-6 6-3 6-3 2010 S. Williams bt Justine Henin (Belgium) 6-4 3-6 6-2 2009 ...
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Clijsters, Roddick joining International Tennis Hall of Fame
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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Clijsters, Roddick head Hall of Fame's Class of 2017
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(Reuters) - Former world number one players Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick headlined the International Tennis Hall of Fame's list of 2017 inductees announced on Monday. Belgium's Clijsters, bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, captured 41 singles titles during her career, including four grand slam titles. "It is a huge honor to be amongst a list of so many great tennis players who I admired when I was growing up, and some great players who I played with in my tennis career as well," Clijsters said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame.
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Clijsters, Roddick headline Hall of Fame nominations
Yahoo News - 6 months
(Reuters) - Former world number one players Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick headlined the list of nominees up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Belgium's Clijsters bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, captured 41 singles titles during her career, including four grand slam titles. A dedicated Fed Cup team member who led her team to their first title in 2001 and into the finals again in 2006, Clijsters also won doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and was the world's number one player for 19 weeks.
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Clijsters, Roddick nominated for tennis hall of fame
Yahoo News - 6 months
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick are the International Tennis Hall of Fame nominees in the recent player category for the class of 2017.
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Tennis - Azarenka defeats Kuznetsova for Miami crown
Yahoo News - 11 months
- Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka captured her third WTA Miami Open title by defeating two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Azarenka, who also took the trophy in 2009 and 2011, won her 20th career title and third of the year after Brisbane in January and two weeks ago at Indian Wells, where she beat top-ranked Serena Williams in the final. The 26-year-old from Belarus became only the third woman to sweep the Miami-Indian Wells double in the same season, after Steffi Graf in 1994 and 1996 and Kim Clijsters in 2005.
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Serena overwhelmed by fan love on Indian Wells return
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Mark Lamport-Stokes INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Fourteen years after leaving the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in shocked disbelief after being heckled by the fans, Serena Williams soaked up their adulation on her return to the venue on Friday. The American world number one, who was booed by the crowd as she beat Kim Clijsters in the 2001 final to win her second title at the California desert resort, felt overwhelmed after receiving a standing ovation at the start of the match. "I didn't know what to expect," said an emotional Williams, who struggled to find her rhythm against a highly unorthodox opponent before battling past Romania's Monica Niculescu 7-5 7-5 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. Her father, Richard Williams, alleged he had heard racist taunts.
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Serena says 'right time' to end Indian Wells boycott
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Mark Lamport-Stokes INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Serena Williams said on Thursday her decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering racist abuse in the 2001 final came down to "timing." Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort after winning her second title here by beating Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the behaviour of some spectators who booed and heckled the American and her family. "When I was done with my whole story, she said, 'I'll be there for you.
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Tennis-Serena says 'right time' to end Indian Wells boycott
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* 'I just felt like it was time,' says Serena * Was nervous informing parents of decision to return (Adds quotes, detail) By Mark Lamport-Stokes INDIAN WELLS, California, March 12 (Reuters) - Serena Williams said on Thursday her decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering racist abuse in the 2001 final came down to "timing." Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort after winning her second title here by beating Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the behaviour of some spectators who booed and heckled the American and her family. "When I was done with my whole story, she said, 'I'll be there for you.
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Serena says she will end Indian Wells boycott
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Top-ranked Serena Williams, coming off her 19th Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, said Wednesday she will end a 14-year boycott of the Indian Wells WTA tournament. Williams, in a essay written for Time magazine, related happier times at the event, her feelings over racial insults she heard after a controversial 2001 appearance and her hopes for playing the event next month. "It has been difficult for me to forget spending hours crying in the Indian Wells locker room after winning in 2001, driving back to Los Angeles feeling as if I had lost the biggest game ever -- not a mere tennis game but a bigger fight for equality," Williams wrote. Williams has twice won the Indian Wells event, now known as the BNP Paribas Open, first when she was just 17 in 1999 by downing Steffi Graf in the final, and again in 2001, when she rallied from one set down to defeat Kim Clijsters in the championship match.
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Halep Leans on Support From Famous Romanian Trio
NYTimes - over 2 years
Fourth seed Simona Halep is in great form and a trio of high-level departures has opened up the French Open draw to her advantage as she relies on a former Roland Garros champion to help keep her feet on the ground. Virginia Ruzici is one of a triumvirate of former Romanian greats who have offered Halep advice and practical help during her recent rise up the rankings. Ruzici, the 1978 champion in Paris, is Halep’s manager and concentrates on the mental side of her game while Belgian Wim Fissette, the former coach of Kim Clijsters, is her coach. "I don't speak about tennis too much with her," Halep said.
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Tennis-Serena mulls lifting Indian Wells boycott
Yahoo News - about 3 years
* Serena weighs lifting Indian Wells boycott * Reaches fourth round of Australian Open (Writes through, adds byline) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Women's world number one Serena Williams has held out the possibility of lifting her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by a movie about Nelson Mandela, the American said at the Australian Open on Friday. Williams, who eased into the fourth round with a victory over Daniela Hantuchova, and older sister Venus have never returned to the tournament in the California desert after being jeered by spectators in a controversial final in 2001. Spectators vented their displeasure with the late withdrawal during the final, booing 19-year-old Serena in her match against Belgian Kim Clijsters and also jeering her sister and father Richard Williams when the pair arrived to watch the match. Richard Williams alleged he had heard racist taunts from the crowd and the family have not returned since.
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Lethal Li downs teen as Venus crashes
Yahoo News - about 3 years
China's Li Na and ninth seed Angelique Kerber blasted into the Australian Open second round Monday but former great Venus Williams crashed out in the blistering Melbourne heat. Charismatic fourth seed Li demolished junior champion Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-0, handing the 16-year-old a tennis lesson as she sets about ending her tournament jinx. Li has made the final at Melbourne Park twice before, leading both times before being overcome by Kim Clijsters in 2011 and Victoria Azarenka last year, and is determined to go one better this time round.
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Will Clijsters make another comeback?
CNN - about 3 years
Kim Clijsters has been lured out of retirement once before and if anything is going to encourage the former world no. 1 out for a third stint on tour it's the thought of playing at the Australian Open.
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Kim Clijsters gives birth to son
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former tennis champ Kim Clijsters has added a boy to her brood after giving birth Wednesday.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Clijsters
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Clijsters served in 2014 as Tournament Director for the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, which had been previously played as a tournament and then as an exhibition.
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    Clijsters participated at the 2014 Optima Open, a tournament on the ATP Champions Tour in a special mixed doubles exhibition match.
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    Clijsters competed in the Women's Legends Doubles event at the 2014 French Open in June 2014 alongside Martina Navratilova as her partner.
    More Details Hide Details In the group stage they defeated Iva Majoli and Anastasia Myskina, and then Conchita Martínez and Nathalie Tauziat. Clijsters and Navratilova advanced to the final as winners of Group B. They won the doubles event defeating Nathalie Dechy and Sandrine Testud, 5–7, 7–5, 10–7, in the final.
  • 2013
    In December 2013 at the Kim Clijsters Invitational (Diamond Games) at the Antwerp Sports Palace in Belgium, former and current tennis stars took part in some singles and mixed doubles exhibition matches.
    More Details Hide Details Kim and Xavier Malisse were victorious over Kirsten Flipkens and Henri Leconte, 7–5, 6–2, in mixed doubles.
    On 18 September 2013, Clijsters gave birth to a son, Jack Leon Lynch.On 17 April 2016, she announced her third pregnancy.
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  • 2012
    Clijsters also won their only match of 2012 at the Wimbledon Championships after Zvonareva retired due to breathing problems.
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    She announced on her blog that she was dropping the rest of the season to fully recover in order to get ready for 2012, the year of the Olympic Games, and that she may come back in December 2011 in Antwerp for the Diamond Games.
    More Details Hide Details After a four-month lay-off, Clijsters returned successfully to the court, beating top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 7–6 (7–5) at the Diamond Games exhibition.
    Clijsters competed at the Diamond Games in December 2012, dubbed the 'Kim's Thank You Games', as a ceremonial farewell in her native Belgium.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Venus Williams in a singles exhibition match, 6–3, 6–3. Later on she and Amélie Mauresmo lost to Venus Williams and Kirsten Flipkens in doubles. A full house of over 13,000 of Clijsters' fans turned up to the Antwerp Sports Palace for the contest.
    Clijsters officially retired on 2 September 2012.
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    At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Clijsters defeated Roberta Vinci and Carla Suárez Navarro in the first and second rounds respectively.
    More Details Hide Details She then played Ana Ivanovic in the third round, winning 6–3, 6–4 and advanced to the quarterfinals where she lost 2–6, 5–7 against Maria Sharapova. Clijsters' final tournament was the US Open, where she previously won three titles. In singles, she defeated Victoria Duval, 6–3, 6–1, in the first round, but lost in the second round against Laura Robson, 6–7, 6–7, her first singles defeat in the event for nine years. She played doubles with compatriot Kirsten Flipkens, but lost in the first round to Chuang Chia-jung and Zhang Shuai. She played mixed doubles with Bob Bryan, but lost in the second round to Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares.
    At the time, she hoped that she would be back for the Madrid Open, starting in May; however on 17 April 2012, Clijsters announced that she will skip the clay-court season, including the French Open, because her injury had not sufficiently healed.
    More Details Hide Details In 's-Hertogenbosch, Clijsters defeated Romina Oprandi, Kateryna Bondarenko and Francesca Schiavone. She then withdrew from the tournament prior to her semifinal match against Urszula Radwańska due to an abdominal injury. Entering Wimbledon as the world No. 53 and unseeded in the tournament for the first time since 2000, Clijsters defeated Jelena Janković and Andrea Hlaváčková in the first and second rounds respectively, and defeated Vera Zvonareva in the third round, advancing to the second week of the tournament. Clijsters was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, ending her final Wimbledon campaign.
    Clijsters withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open after exacerbating the ankle injury she sustained at the Australian Open. Clijsters' next tournament was at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the third round, 4–6, 6–7. Following the match, Clijsters announced that she was suffering from a hip injury and would not compete for at least four weeks.
    Clijsters entered the 2012 Australian Open, the last appearance in the event before her expected retirement.
    More Details Hide Details As 11th seed. Clijsters defeated Maria João Koehler and Stéphanie Foretz Gacon in the first round and second round, respectively. In the third round, she defeated Daniela Hantuchová, 6–3, 6–2, in a rematch of their semifinal encounter at the Brisbane International only a fortnight earlier. Clijsters played Li Na in the fourth round, whom she defeated to win the title in 2011. At 3–3 in the first set, Clijsters rolled her ankle and required a medical timeout. Despite being severely hindered in her movement, Clijsters played on, but quickly lost the first set 4–6. She recovered from a break down in the second set to force a tiebreak. Down four match points at 2–6 in the second set tiebreak, she reeled off six consecutive points to take the second set tiebreak, 8–6. She took a 5–1 lead in the final set, but Li recovered, bringing the match to 5–4. However, Clijsters rallied, serving out the match, 4–6, 7–6, 6–4. Clijsters then defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6–3, 7–6, seemingly unhampered by the ankle sprain she sustained in the previous round. She lost in the semifinals to third seed and eventual winner Victoria Azarenka, 4–6, 6–1, 3–6. Clijsters' ranking dropped to no. 30 after failing to defend her points from winning the title in 2011.
    Clijsters began her 2012 season at the Brisbane International.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Simona Halep in the first round, followed by a 6–1, 1–6, 6–3 defeat of Ana Ivanovic in the second round. She comfortably won her quarterfinal match against Iveta Benešová, 6–3, 6–2. Clijsters met Daniela Hantuchová in her semifinal match. Leading 7–6, 1–2, Clijsters received a medical timeout for a hip spasm. She played only one game afterward, retiring to hand the match to Hantuchová, 6–7, 3–1.
  • 2011
    The injury caused her to pull out of the 2011 Western & Southern Open, and then the 2011 US Open, where she was the two-time defending champion.
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    Clijsters returned to the tour at the 2011 Rogers Cup.
    More Details Hide Details She received a bye into the second round, where she played qualifier Zheng Jie. She won the first set 6–3, but retired three games into the second due to an abdominal injury.
    Clijsters suffered an ankle injury while dancing at a wedding and missed most of the clay-court season before the 2011 French Open.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters was the second seed in the Roland Garros draw. She was defeated by Arantxa Rus in the second round, 6–3, 5–7, 1–6, after leading 6–3, 5–2 and having two match points. Clijsters suffered a further ankle injury in the UNICEF Open, which forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon.
    On 21 April 2011, Clijsters was elected number 16 on the Time Top 100 list of most influential people, the first sports person on the 2011 listing.
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    Clijsters won the 2011 Australian Open singles by beating Li Na, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first major win outside the US and her fourth overall. Clearly emotional, Clijsters declared that she finally had earned the title "Aussie Kim." Clijsters next traveled to play at the indoor tournament in Paris. After defeating Jelena Dokić in the quarterfinals, Clijsters returned to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time in almost five years, overtaking Caroline Wozniacki. Clijsters eventually progressed to the final of the competition, but was beaten by third seed Petra Kvitová in straight sets, 4–6, 3–6. Up next for Clijsters was the Indian Wells Masters in California, where she was seeded second. After receiving a bye in the first round, she faced Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and defeated her, 6–2, 6–0. In the third round, she beat the Italian Sara Errani in three sets, 6–3, 2–6, 6–4. Clijsters had to retire in her next match against Marion Bartoli at 6–3, 1–3 with a shoulder injury.
    Clijsters started a strong campaign at the 2011 Australian Open as the tournament favourite with an emphatic 6–0, 6–0 victory over former world no. 1 Dinara Safina in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time in tennis' open era that a former world no. 1 player received a double bagel loss in a Grand Slam tournament. Clijsters then defeated Carla Suárez Navarro, 6–1, 6–3, and Alizé Cornet, 7–6(3), 6–3, before winning a fourth-round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova, 7–6(3), 6–2. In the quarterfinals, Clijsters continued her progress without dropping a set by beating the twelfth seed Agnieszka Radwańska, 6–3, 7–6(4). She defeated world no. 2 Vera Zvonareva, 6–3, 6–3, guaranteeing her accession to world no. 2, her highest ranking since her return to the tour.
  • 2010
    Zvonareva's first victory against Clijsters came at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Their only match of 2011 was won by Clijsters at the Australian Open.
    Clijsters' final match of 2010 was a repeat of what the Best of Belgium should have been, a match against Justine Henin.
    More Details Hide Details The match took place at the Diamond Games in front of a Belgian crowd. Clijsters came out the winner, winning the match tie-breaker 10–5. For her performance during the season, Clijsters received the WTA Player of the Year award for the second time (first one in 2005), the first player ever to win this award in the year following the win of the Comeback Player of the Year. On New Year's Day, Clijsters defeated World no.1 Caroline Wozniacki in an exhibition match at the World Tennis Invitation in Thailand. Clijsters was victorious in three sets, winning 12-10 in a champions tie-breaker. Clijsters' first competitive outing of the year was the Medibank International Sydney in Australia. In the first round, Clijsters defeated Alexandra Dulgheru in two sets, 6–1, 6–2. She then defeated Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, Victoria Azarenka, and Alisa Kleybanova to advance to the final, where she was defeated by world no. 11 Li Na, 6–7(3), 3–6, despite leading 5–0 in the first set.
    Clijsters then competed in the 2010 US Open, where she was second seed.
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    Clijsters played her final event of the US Open Series in Montreal at the 2010 Rogers Cup, where she was seeded 5th.
    More Details Hide Details After coming back from 4–6, 1–4 down in the opening round to defeat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Clijsters reached the quarterfinals, before losing to Vera Zvonareva in three sets.
    This was her first event of the 2010 US Open Series.
    More Details Hide Details After a first-round bye, Clijsters, as the 4th seed, defeated former world no.1 Dinara Safina, Christina McHale, and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, Clijsters was leading 2–1 when her opponent, Ana Ivanovic, had to retire due to a foot injury. In the final, Clijsters faced 10th seed Maria Sharapova and after losing the first set, Clijsters found herself down 3–5 in the second set. She managed to save three match points on her own serve, before rain interrupted play. Clijsters came back to take the second set into a tie-break, and despite being down 0–3, she came back to win the tie-break and then claim a 2–6, 7–6(4), 6–2 victory. This win propelled her ranking to world no. 4 with her 38th singles title of her career.
    Clijsters played her next event at the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, where she had made her comeback the previous year.
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    She later announced in a press conference that she would have to withdraw from the rest of the clay-court season, including the 2010 French Open.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters returned to action at the start of the grass-court season in Eastbourne as part of her Wimbledon warm-up, where she was victorious in 2005. Clijsters, as the fifth seed, defeated compatriot Yanina Wickmayer and Šafářova to reach the quarterfinals, losing just three games, before losing in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka. Despite this loss, Clijsters’ ranking rose to world no. 8, and she was seeded 8th at her first Wimbledon Championships since 2006. She started well, with a straight-sets wins over Maria Elena Camerin, Karolina Šprem, and Maria Kirilenko to set up a fourth round clash with 17th seed Justine Henin. Clijsters came back from a set down to beat Henin, 2–6, 6–2, 6–3. Clijsters lost in the quarterfinals to 21st seed and eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva in three sets. In between Wimbledon and the US hard-court season, Clijsters participated in the record-breaking Best of Belgium, an exhibition extravaganza. Clijsters defeated Serena Williams in straight sets, improving her head-to-head record since her comeback against the Williams sisters to 5–1 (3–1 against Venus who won against Clijsters at the Billie Jean Cup 2010, 2–0 against Serena).
    Clijsters found form at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, as she went on to win the title.
    More Details Hide Details As the 14th seed, she only dropped three games while defeating Petra Kvitová and Shahar Pe'er. Clijsters then defeated the defending champion Victoria Azarenka, losing just four games. Next she defeated world no. 10 Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals and Justine Henin in a final set tiebreak to reach the final. Clijsters went on to beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the final, ending the American's 15-match unbeaten streak. As a result of winning the title for the second time, Clijsters' ranking rose to world no. 10. Playing her first clay tennis match in three years at the Andalucia Tennis Experience as the third seed, Clijsters advanced to the second round after beating Alexandra Dulgheru in three sets. However, in the second round, Clijsters lost to the world no. 258 Beatriz García Vidagany. Clijsters played in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Estonia, easily defeating Maret Ani, 6–4, 6–2, in her opening singles match. However, it was discovered that she had torn a muscle in her left foot, causing her to pull out of her next match against Kaia Kanepi. Doctors ruled her out for six weeks, but Clijsters hoped to make an early recovery.
    Clijsters did not play competitively again until March at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
    More Details Hide Details She was seeded 14th, but fell to 23rd seed Alisa Kleybanova in the third round, losing a final-set tiebreak.
    Clijsters' next tournament was the 2010 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season where she was seeded 15th.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters advanced to the third round with straight-sets wins over Valérie Tétreault and Tamarine Tanasugarn. In the third round, Clijsters lost to world no. 20 Nadia Petrova, winning just one game in the worst defeat of her career.
    Clijsters started her 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International in Australia as the top seed.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Tathiana Garbin and Alicia Molik in the first two rounds, without dropping a set. She then defeated Lucie Šafářová in three sets to advance to the semifinals, where she defeated Andrea Petkovic to set up a final with her compatriot Justine Henin. Clijsters led 6–3, 4–1, before Henin won eight consecutive games to take the second set and lead 3–0 in the final set. Clijsters trailed 5–3, saved two match points before breaking back and forcing a final set tie break. During the tiebreak, Clijsters struck a backhand that appeared to land on the line, sealing the championship. She raised her hands in the air in celebration, before the call was overruled by the umpire, who claimed the ball was out. Despite being rattled by the call, Clijsters was unfazed and remained focused, going on to win the match, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(6) after Henin double faulted to give her another match point.
    In March 2010, Clijsters won her first Laureus World Sports Award, for her 2009 US Open comeback.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In the championship match, Clijsters faced world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in a rematch of the 2009 US Open final.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters finished the year at world no. 3, after defeating the Dane in three sets to clinch her third WTA Championship and fifth title of the year.
    Clijsters then received a wildcard to play at the 2009 BGL Luxembourg Open in Luxembourg as the second seed.
    More Details Hide Details She eased through her opening match, 6–2, 6–2, against Meghann Shaughnessy, but fell to Patty Schnyder in a close second-round encounter, 4–6, 6–3, 6–7. Playing an exhibition match in Antwerp, Belgium on 10 December, Clijsters defeated Venus Williams 6–1, 7–5. She finished the year ranked no. 18.
    She said that she had been inspired when preparing for the Wimbledon roof event during January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters stated that she had asked for wildcards for the Cincinnati and Toronto tournaments. Additionally, Clijsters had also asked for a wildcard at the US Open, after which she planned to evaluate the comeback in terms of success and the feasibility of combining it with her family life. Clijsters also stated that she preferred to think of it as a "second career" instead of a comeback, because so many factors (marriage, a baby, the recent death of her father) were different from her first career. At the Wimbledon exhibition, Clijsters and Henman won 7–6 in a tiebreak against Graf and Agassi. Clijsters also played a singles rubber against Graf, winning 6–4. Clijsters said at the event that she had been practicing for a month and had started to feel good again at the start of February. In July, she won both of her doubles matches with the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.
    Lei Clijsters died of lung cancer on 4 January 2009. Clijsters says that she inherited footballer's legs from her father and a gymnast's flexibility from her mother. Kim's younger sister Elke finished 2002 as the ITF World Junior Doubles champion and retired in 2004 after back injuries.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters started playing tennis at age 5 with her cousins, and her parents took her to watch matches around Europe. Her favourite tennis player growing up was Steffi Graf.
  • 2008
    Almost two years after her retirement and one year after the birth of her daughter in February 2008, it was announced that Clijsters, along with Tim Henman, Steffi Graf, and Andre Agassi, would play an exhibition event on Wimbledon's Centre Court in May, in order to test the new roof.
    More Details Hide Details While preparing for the exhibition at Wimbledon, Clijsters called a press conference on 26 March, and then announced that she was returning to professional tennis.
    Clijsters gave birth to daughter, Jada Elle, on 27 February 2008, at 1:35 pm at the Vesalius hospital in Tongeren, Belgium.
    More Details Hide Details On 25 February 2013, Clijsters announced via Twitter that she was pregnant with her second child.
  • 2007
    Clijsters and Lynch married privately on 13 July 2007, at 6 am at the Bree city hall.
    More Details Hide Details She was married by the mayor, with sister Elke, Lynch's brother Pat Lynch, and both sets of parents present.
    On 6 May 2007, citing injuries, Clijsters announced on her official website that she was cutting short her season and bringing forward her plans to retire from professional tennis.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters decided to retire immediately from the sport.
    2007 was to be Clijsters’ final year on tour, as she had planned in 2005 to retire at the end of the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters started the year by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong. On her way to the title, she defeated Zheng Jie, Patty Schnyder, and top-ranked Maria Sharapova. Clijsters then won the Medibank International in Sydney, defeating Nicole Pratt, Shahar Pe'er, Li Na, and Jelena Janković to claim the title, after being match point down in the final. At the Australian Open, Clijsters was the fourth seed. The Belgian started by giving a double bagel to Vasilisa Bardina, before going on to defeat Akiko Morigami, Alona Bondarenko, and Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets. Clijsters then defeated sixth seed Martina Hingis in three sets, before losing to Sharapova in the semifinals. Clijsters next played in Belgium at the Proximus Diamond Games, after pulling out of the Open Gaz de France with a hip injury. While Clijsters said that she was fit, she hinted that she might miss the French Open. Clijsters defeated Olga Puchkova, Ana Ivanovic, and Tatiana Golovin to reach the final without dropping a set, though she lost there to Amélie Mauresmo.
  • 2006
    In October 2006, Clijsters announced her engagement to American basketball player Brian Lynch, who was then playing for Euphony Bree in Clijsters' hometown of Bree.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Sportweekend (a sports programme on Belgian Flemish television), Clijsters said that she was retiring to start a family.
    On 18 August 2006, Clijsters announced on her official website that the condition of her wrist was worse than she had expected and that she would be unable to defend her title at the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details She also missed the Fed Cup final against Italy, which Italy won 3–2. Playing in Paris at the Gaz de France Stars tournament, her first event in more than two months, Clijsters successfully defended her title by beating qualifier Kaia Kanepi in the final. At the year-end WTA Tour Championships, Clijsters lost a semifinal to Mauresmo, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6, after defeating Dementieva and Kuznetsova and losing to Sharapova in the round-robin phase of the tournament.
  • 2005
    Prior to the 2005 WTA Tour Championships, Clijsters lead the series 8–2.
    More Details Hide Details Mauresmo won their final five matches from 2005 to 2007, including the final of the Proximus Diamond Games in 2006 and 2007. Clijsters and Venus Williams have met 13 times since 2001. Clijsters led the series 7–6. Clijsters last lost to Williams in the 2005 Proximus Diamond Games, when the matches were 6–2 in Williams' favour. She went on to defeat Williams five consecutive times, including three times at the US Open. They last played professionally in the semifinals of the 2010 US Open, with Clijsters winning in three sets. Clijsters and Serena Williams have met a total of nine times since 1999. Williams led their series 7–2, with Clijsters winning their last encounter at the 2009 US Open, their only match since the Belgian's comeback in 2009. Clijsters and Maria Sharapova have met a total of nine times since 2003. Clijsters leads the series 5–4. Clijsters won their first four meetings. Sharapova then won four of their last five meetings.
  • 2003
    In December 2003, Clijsters announced her engagement to Australian Lleyton Hewitt, but their relationship ended in October 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters is still affectionately nicknamed "Aussie Kim" by Australians.
    Despite the loss, the ranking points she accumulated were enough to regain the world no. 1 ranking, a position she last held on 9 November 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first tennis player, male or female, to rise from outside the top 100 (world no. 134) to world no. 1 in less than a year. Clijsters' loss to Mauresmo in the Australian Open semifinal was due to an ankle injury. Although she had been expected to miss at least eight weeks to recover, Clijsters returned two weeks later at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp. She lost the final of that tournament to Mauresmo in three sets. Clijsters won her first title of the year at a clay court event in Warsaw, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. At the French Open in May, Clijsters reached the semifinals without losing a set, defeating Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals, 7–6, 6–1. However, she lost to Justine Henin in the semifinal, 3–6, 2–6, on her 23rd birthday. She was seeded second going into Wimbledon, but was again eliminated in the semifinal by Henin, also in straight sets, 4–6, 6–7(4).
    On 18 August 2003, Clijsters also attained the world no. 1 ranking in doubles, joining a very select group of only four players—Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Martina Hingis, and Lindsay Davenport—having reached the world no. 1 ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously.
    More Details Hide Details By 2010, only Serena Williams had managed to join this group. The world no. 1 ranking was again at stake in October during the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany. Clijsters rallied from a set down to beat Henin. The match marked only the eighth time that the top two players battled for the top ranking. Even though Clijsters won that match, she finished the year ranked world no. 2, just behind Henin. Clijsters started 2004 by playing in the Hopman Cup. During the tie against Australia, Clijsters injured her ankle against Alicia Molik. Clijsters was on crutches for a few days and feared she might need surgery. Clijsters pulled out of the Adidas International due to the injury. Clijsters did recover in time to reach her fourth career Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where she lost once more to Henin. After defeating Marlene Weingärtner, Maria Elena Camerin (with a double bagel), Dinara Safina, Silvia Farina Elia, Anastasia Myskina (during the match Clijsters aggravated her ankle injury), and Patty Schnyder to reach the final. Clijsters then won two consecutive titles in Paris and Antwerp. In Paris, Clijsters defeated local favourite Mary Pierce in the final. To reach the final, Clijsters defeated María Sánchez Lorenzo, Farina Elia, and Safina. While defending her Tier I title at the Pacific Life Open, Clijsters injured her wrist during her win against Angelika Roesch in her first match.
    On 11 August 2003, Clijsters attained the world no. 1 ranking, holding the spot for 12 non-consecutive weeks during the remainder of the year, and was the first player to be top ranked by the WTA without first winning a Grand Slam singles title.
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  • 2002
    Her next important breakthrough came at the end of 2002, when she won the year-end Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles, defeating top ranked Serena Williams in the final.
    More Details Hide Details This was only the fifth defeat of the year for Williams and snapped her 18-match winning streak. On her way to the final, Clijsters defeated fourth-ranked Justine Henin and second-ranked Venus Williams, becoming just the fourth player to beat both of the Williams sisters in the same event. She also equaled the event's record for the fewest games dropped. Clijsters started her season at the Adidas International, where she won her first tournament of the year, defeating Lindsay Davenport in straight sets in the final. Clijsters reached the final after defeating Patty Schnyder, Chanda Rubin and Justine Henin. At the Australian Open, Clijsters lost in the semifinal to Serena Williams 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, after leading 5–1 in the final set and holding two match points. On the way to the semis Clijsters lost just fifteen games beating Samantha Reeves and completing a double bagel (wherein the opposing player fails to win a single game) against Petra Mandula. She then continued by winning in straight sets against Tatiana Poutchek, Amanda Coetzer, and Anastasia Myskina. At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, she defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final.
    She was also runner-up in four Grand Slam singles tournaments and won the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002, 2003, and 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003. She was also runner-up in two Grand Slam doubles tournaments, one WTA Championships doubles tournament, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles tournament. In 2001, Clijsters was part of the Belgium Fed Cup winning team. Clijsters announced her retirement with immediate effect on 6 May 2007, but almost two years later, on 26 March 2009, she publicly declared her intent to return to the WTA tour for the 2009 summer hard court season. In only her third tournament back, she won her second US Open title, becoming the first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament, the first unranked player to win a Grand Slam and the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. In June 2011, TIME magazine named her one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future". According to Forbes in August 2011, she became the fifth highest-paid female athlete over the previous year.
  • 2001
    Clijsters climbed up the rankings over the next couple of years. In 2001, she reached her first Tier I final at the tournament in Indian Wells, California, losing to Serena Williams in a match overshadowed by controversy.
    More Details Hide Details Clijsters also reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati, 10–12, in the third set. This two-hour, 21-minute match featured the longest third set in a French Open women's final. Clijsters was four times within two points of winning, before Capriati prevailed.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Clijsters made her breakthrough professionally.
    More Details Hide Details At her first WTA tournament in Antwerp, she qualified and lost to the eventual finalist Sarah Pitkowski-Malcor in the quarterfinal, after failing to convert a match point. She also reached the doubles quarterfinals of the same event with India's Nirupama Vaidyanathan, defeating Vanessa Menga and Miho Saeki 7–5, 6–4. Playing through the qualifying rounds at Roehampton, she made it to the main draw of Wimbledon. Clijsters won six matches in a row, while only losing 25 games. She defeated no. 10 Amanda Coetzer en route to the fourth round, during which Clijsters lost to her childhood idol, Steffi Graf, in straight sets, in difficult rainy circumstances. Later that summer, Clijsters reached the third round of the US Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams after serving for the match. In the autumn, Clijsters won her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles title in Luxembourg. She followed up with her first WTA doubles title in Bratislava, partnering Laurence Courtois. At the end of the year, she was granted the WTA Most Impressive Newcomer award, the only Belgian player to have received this trophy.
  • 1998
    In singles, she finished as runner-up in the 1998 Wimbledon junior event, finishing 11th in the year-end singles ranking.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year in doubles, Clijsters won the French Open title with Jelena Dokić, defeating Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova in the final, as well as the US Open with Eva Dyrberg, defeating former partner Dokic in the final. Clijsters ended the season as no. 4 in the International Tennis Federation junior doubles world ranking.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Clijsters was born on 8 June 1983, in Bilzen, Limburg, in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter of Lei Clijsters, a former international footballer, and Els Vandecaetsbeek, a former national gymnastics champion.
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