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Kim Clijsters

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Kim Clijsters
Clijsters at the 2002 US Open
Country: Belgium
Residence: Bree, BEL
Height: 5'8 1/2" (174 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: 1999
Highest singles ranking: 1 (08/11/2003)
Singles titles: 24
Career Prize Money: $9,757,479
Grand Slam Record
Australian Open F (2004)
French Open F (2001, '03)
Wimbledon SF (2003)
U.S. Open F (2003)

Kim Clijsters [Klay'-sterce] Template:Audio , (born on June 8, 1983, Bilzen, Belgium) is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Belgium. That number one spot on the WTA singles rankings, she achieved on 11 august, 2003 but subsequently lost it to fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne.

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Tennis career

Clijsters was an accomplished junior player. In 1998, she was the runner-up in the Wimbledon junior singles event. She also won the French Open junior doubles event with Jelena Dokic and the US Open junior doubles event with Eva Dyrberg, and finished the year ranked number 11 in singles and number 4 in doubles in the ITF junior world rankings.

In 1999, Clijsters made the breakthrough into the senior ranks of women's tennis. At Wimbledon, she played through the qualifying rounds to make the main draw and beat Amanda Coetzer en route to the fourth round, where she lost to her childhood idol Steffi Graf. Later that summer, Clijsters reached the third round of the US Open, where at one stage she served for the match against, but ultimately lost to, the eventual champion Serena Williams. In the autumn of 1999, Clijsters won her first WTA singles title at Luxembourg, and then her first WTA doubles title at Bratislava, partnering with Laurence Courtois.

She climbed her way up the rankings over the next couple of years. She reached her first Grand Slam final at the 2001 French Open, where she lost an extremely close match to Jennifer Capriati by a score of 12-10 in the final set. Her next important breakthrough came at the end of 2002, when she won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles, scoring a huge win in the final over the world number one at the time, Serena Williams.

Clijsters had the most successful year of her career so far in 2003. She won nine tournaments that year, including the WTA championships, reached two Grand Slam finals at the French Open and the US Open, losing on both occasions to her compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne, and was ranked number one in the world for several weeks, although she eventually finished the season at number two behind Henin-Hardenne.

Clijsters started 2004 by reaching her fourth Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where she lost again to Henin-Hardenne; and then went on a very successful run where she won two titles at the Paris and Antwerp. Unfortunately, Clijsters then began to have injury problems with her wrist, which eventually required surgery and forced her to withdraw from the rest of the 2004 Grand Slam tournaments.

In February 2005, after almost a year of inactivity caused by injuries, she made her return to the WTA tour by participating in her home country tournament at Antwerp. She then completed a stunning comeback to the top echelon of tennis when she won, as an unseeded player, 14 straight matches against world's top players to claim two Tier I titles (Indian Wells and Miami) in March, 2005.

Clijsters has won 24 singles titles in her career so far. Two of those came at the prestigious year-ending WTA Tour Championships, affirming the fact that although she has not yet won a Grand Slam event, she is quite capable of winning a tournament featuring only the top eight women players in the world.

Records

2004

  • She became the second woman to reach at least the semifinals of all the tournaments she entered (except for her second round defeat in Toronto). Only Monica Seles duplicated that feat.
  • When she became world number one in August she not only became the first Belgian - man or woman - to accomplish that feat, she also became the first world number one without a Grand Slam victory (a feat later duplicated by Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo) and one of the few women to be both world number one in singles and doubles.

2005

  • By winning in Indian Wells in 2005, she became the lowest ranked (No. 133) player ever to win a Tier-I event. In the final she beat American Lindsay Davenport in three sets: 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. This was Clijsters' second tournament after almost a year of inactivity. En route to victory she also defeated world no. 4 Elena Dementieva in the semifinals.
  • In Miami she became only the second player since Steffi Graf (1994-1996) in history to win the Indian Wells-Miami double. En route to victory she beat world no. 5 Dementieva in the quaterfinals, no. 2 Mauresmo in the semifinals, and world no. 3 Sharapova in the final.

Family life

She is the daughter of a succesful soccer player, Lei Clijsters.

She announced her engagement to long-time partner Australian player Lleyton Hewitt in November 2003, but they split up in October 2004.

She also has a younger sister named Elke, who like her sister was an accomplished junior player, and who finished 2002 as the ITF World Junior Doubles champion, but back injuries forced Elke to retire from her professional tennis career in 2004.

Grand Slam achievements

Titles (35)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (2)
Tier I Event (4)
WTA Tour (18)

Singles (24)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. Sep 20, 1999 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Hard Dominique Monami (Belgium) 6-2 6-2
2. Jan 10, 2000 Hobart, Australia Hard Chanda Rubin (USA) 2-6 6-2 6-2
3. Oct 30, 2000 Leipzig, Germany Carpet Elena Likhovtseva (Russia) 7-6 4-6 6-4
4. Jul 23, 2001 Stanford, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-4 6-7 6-1
5. Sep 24, 2001 Leipzig, Germany Carpet Magdalena Maleeva (Bulgaria) 6-1 6-1
6. Oct 22, 2001 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Hard Lisa Raymond (USA) 6-2 6-2
7. Apr 29, 2002 Hamburg, Germany Clay Venus Williams (USA) 1-6 6-3 6-4
8. Oct 7, 2002 Filderstadt, Germany Hard Daniela Hantuchov (Slovakia) 4-6 6-3 6-4
9. Oct 21, 2002 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Hard Magdalena Maleeva (Bulgaria) 6-1 6-2
10. Nov 4, 2002 WTA Championships, Los Angeles, USA Hard Serena Williams (USA) 7-5 6-3
11. Jan 6, 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-4 6-3
12. Mar 3, 2003 Indian Wells, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-4 7-5
13. May 12, 2003 Rome, Italy Clay Amelie Mauresmo (France) 3-6 7-6 6-0
14. Jun 16, 2003 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) 6-7 3-0 Ret
15. Jul 21, 2003 Stanford, USA Hard Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4-6 6-4 6-2
16. Aug 4, 2003 Los Angeles, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-1 3-6 6-1
17. Oct 6, 2003 Filderstadt, Germany Hard Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) 5-7 6-4 6-2
18. Oct 20, 2003 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Hard Chanda Rubin (USA) 6-2 7-5
19. Nov 3, 2003 WTA Championships, Los Angeles, USA Hard Amelie Mauresmo (France) 6-2 6-0
20. Feb 9, 2004 Paris, France Hard Mary Pierce (France) 6-2 6-1
21. Feb 16, 2004 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Silvia Farina Elia (Italy) 6-3 6-0
22. Mar 7, 2005 Indian Wells, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2
23. Mar 23, 2005 Miami, USA Hard Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3 7-5
24. Jun 13, 2005 Eastbourne, England Grass Vera Douchevina (Russia) 7-5 6-0

Singles Finalist (14)

  • 1999: Bratislava (lost to Amelie Mauresmo)
  • 2000: Filderstadt (lost to Martina Hingis)
  • 2001: Indian Wells (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2001: Roland Garros (lost to Jennifer Capriati)
  • 2001: 's-Hertogenbosch (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne)
  • 2002: Stanford (lost to Venus Williams)
  • 2002: Tokyo (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2003: Antwerp (lost to Venus Williams)
  • 2003: Scottsdale (lost to Ai Sugiyama)
  • 2003: Berlin (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne)
  • 2003: Roland Garros (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne)
  • 2003: San Diego (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne)
  • 2003: US Open (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne)
  • 2004: Australian Open (lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne)

Performance Timeline

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Career
Australian Open - F SF SF 4r 1r - 0
Roland Garros 4r - F 3r F 1r - 0
Wimbledon - SF 2r QF 2r 4r 0
US Open - F 4r QF 2r 3r 0
WTA Tour Championships - W W SF QF - 2
Finals reached 3 3 15 6 6 3 2 36
Tournaments Won 3 2 9 4 3 2 1 24
Hardcourt Win-Loss 16-1 17-2 62-8 33-11 28-11 17-9 6-2 166-35
Clay Win-Loss 8-3 3-0 17-2 10-3 15-5 1-2 2-2 56-17
Grass Win-Loss 5-0 0-0 9-1 2-2 7-2 2-2 3-1 28-8
Carpet Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 2-1 6-1 8-0 10-4 8-2 34-8
Overall Win-Loss 29-4 20-2 90-12 51-17 58-18 30-17 19-7 297-77
Year End Ranking 22 2 4 5 18 47 N/A

Doubles (11)

No. Date Tournament Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. 1999-10-27 Bratislava Laurence Courtois (Belgium) Olga Barabanschikova (Belarus) / Lilia Osterloh (USA) 6-2 3-6 7-5
2. 2000-05-21 Antwerp Sabine Appelmans (Belgium) Jennifer Hopkins (USA) / Petra Rampre (Slovenia) 6-1 6-1
3. 2002-08-12 Los Angeles Jelena Dokic (Serbia) Daniela Hantuchov (Slovakia) / Ai Sugiyama (Japan) 6-3 6-3
4. 2002-10-27 Luxemburg Janette Husarova (Slovakia) Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) / Barbara Rittner (Germany) 4-6 6-3 7-5
5. 2003-01-12 Sydney Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Conchita Martinez (Spain) / Rennae Stubbs (Australia) 6-3 6-3
6. 2003-02-16 Antwerp Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Nathalie Dechy / Emilie Loit (France) 6-2 6-0
7. 2003-03-02 Scottdale Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Lindsay Davenport / Lisa Raymond (USA) 6-1 6-4
8. 2003-06-08 Roland Garros Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spain) / Paola Suarez (Argentina) 6-7 6-2 9-7
9. 2003-07-06 Wimbledon Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spain) / Paola Suarez (Argentina) 6-4 6-4
10. 2003-08-03 San Diego Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Lindsay Davenport / Lisa Raymond (USA) 6-4 7-5
11. 2003-10-19 Zurich Ai Sugiyama (Japan) Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spain) / Paola Suarez (Argentina) 7-6 6-2

See also

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