Kim Clijsters

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Kim Clijsters
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Kim Clijsters at the 2011 Open GDF Suez
Kintra  Belgium
Residence Bree, Belgium
Born 8 Juin 1983 (1983-06-08) (age 31)
Bilzen, Belgium
Hicht 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Turned pro 17 August 1997
Retired 6 May 2007
Returned 11 August 2009
Seicont retirement 2 Sep. 2012
Plays Richt-haundit (twa-haundit backhaund)
Prize money US $24,442,340
(3rd in oweraw earnins)
Singles
Career record 523–127
Career titles 41 WTA (10t in oweraw rankings)
3 ITF
Heichest rankin No. 1 (11 August 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2011)
French Open F (2001, 2003)
Wimbledon SF (2003, 2006)
US Open W (2005, 2009, 2010)
Ither toornaments
Tour Finals W (2002, 2003, 2010)
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Doubles
Career record 131–55 (70.81%)
Career titles 11 WTA, 3 ITF
Heichest rankin No. 1 (4 August 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2003)
French Open W (2003)
Wimbledon W (2003)
US Open QF (2002)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (2000)
US Open 2R (2012)
Last updatit on: 10 September 2012.

Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters[2] (Dutch pronunciation: [kɪm ˈklɛistərs] ( listen); born 8 June 1983) is a Belgian retired profeesional tennis player. She is a umwhile warld no. 1 in baith singles an doubles.

Clijsters haes wan 41 WTA singles titles an 11 WTA doubles titles. She haes wan fower Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009, an 2010 an ane at the Australian Open in 2011. She haes been runner-up in fower Grand Slam singles tournaments, an wan the WTA Tour Championships singles title in 2002, 2003, an 2010 an aw. In doubles, she wan the French Open an Wimbledon titles in 2003. Clijsters annooncit her retirement wi immediate effect on 6 Mey 2007,[3] but amaist twa years later, on 26 Mairch 2009, she publicly declared her intent tae return tae the WTA tour for the 2009 simmer haurd court saison.[4] In anerlie her third tournament back, she wan her seicont US Open title, becomin the first unseedit player an wildcard tae win the tournament, an the first mither tae win a major syne Evonne Goolagong in 1980.[5] She retired again efter the 2012 US Open.

In Juin 2011, TIME magazine namit her ane o the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future".[6] According to Forbes in August 2011, she became the fift heichest-paid female athlete ower the past year.[7]

Playin style[eedit | eedit soorce]

Clijsters is recognisit for her deep, pouerful an well-placit grundstrokes. She can hit ootricht winners frae baith wings an frae ony pairt o the court. Her forehaund is ane o the best an maist pouerful the weemen's game haes iver seen, yet occasionally erratic an prone tae unforcit errors; her backhaund is mair reliable an consistent, an can be hit wi hivy slice as a defensive shot. Clijsters is an aw recognisit for her aw-court defence, characterisit bi speed an athleticism. Clijsters, alang wi Jelena Janković an Svetlana Kuznetsova, is amang the few tennis players on either the Association of Tennis Professionals or Women's Tennis Association tours who can slide (or "straddle") on aw surfaces.[8] Maria Sharapova, interviewed efter luisin tae Clijsters in the 2005 Nasdaq-100 Open, said, "You just have to expect that she's going to get every ball back".[9] Her first serve, while no owerwhelmin, is placit well an earns aces an unreturnables. Clijsters tends tae rush atween first an seicont serves, which mey contribute tae her occasional matches wi heich numbers o double faults. A umwhile Warld No. 1 player in doubles, Clijsters haes exceptional volleys; she haes nae problem switchin frae baseline tae feenishin points at the net wi a volley or ower-heid. Her mental fragility wis considered her biggest weakness, an at the earlier stages o her career she wis considered a "choker", aften surrenderin big leads in the latter roonds o Grand Slams. Syne winnin the 2005 US Open, Clijsters haes gained mair control ower her nerves an syne her return tae the tour in 2009 she haes been kent, alang wi Serena Williams an Maria Sharapova, as amang the toughest players tae beat mentally. She is nou seen as capable o risin tae the occasion an playin her best tennis at the important stages o matches. Clijsters is considered tae be ane o the maist popular players on the tour an aw, kent for her grace on the court an even temper. She haes been votit the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award bi her fellae players seiven times an the WTA Player Service Award three times.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Hinds, Richard (24 January 2011). "Scottish Andy and Aussie Kim left to fly the flag". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2011. "Six years after her split from Lleyton Hewitt, and despite a subsequent marriage to an American basketballer, some still refer to Kim Clijsters as "Aussie Kim"." 
  2. "Kim Clijsters". espn.co.uk. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  3. Sport.be[deid airtin], Kim's Diary-Thanks you, 6 May 2007
  4. Reuters.com, Clijsters announces return to tour, 26 March 2009
  5. SportsIllustrated.cnn.com[deid airtin]
  6. William Lee Adams (June 22, 2011). "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future – Kim Clijsters". TIME. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  7. Kurt Badenhausen (August 1, 2011). "The 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes – No. 5 Kim Clijsters". Forbes. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  8. Tennis.about.com, Kim Clijsters – Game Profile
  9. "Comeback Queen Clijsters Triumph". BBC Sport. 2 April 2005. Retrieved 19 October 2008.