Sunday, 13 September 2009

Tennis : Kim Clijsters

Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkɪm ˈklɛistərs] ( listen); born 8 June 1983) is a Belgian tennis player. She is a former World No. 1 ranked player in singles and in doubles.
During her professional career, Clijsters won 34 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She won the US Open singles title in 2005 and the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002 and 2003. In doubles, she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003. Clijsters was twice a singles runner-up at the French Open and a one-time runner-up at the Australian Open, also reaching two Wimbledon singles semifinals. She announced her retirement with immediate effect on 6 May 2007,[1] but almost two years later, on 26 March 2009, she publicly declared her intent to return to the WTA tour next summer for several hard court tournaments in the United States and Canada, including the US Open.[2] At the 2009 Cincinnati Open, Clijsters made a strong start to her comeback with three Top 20 wins en route to a quarterfinal showing.[3] At the US Open, she reached the finals, defeating Venus Williams in the fourth round and Serena Williams in the semi-finals along the way.

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