Tennis Player Profiles: Kim Clijsters

Considered as one of the finest Belgian players of all time, Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters or simply Kim Clijsters have made a name for herself in the international tennis landscape. Clijsters is a former world number one ranked female tennis player. Currently, the hard-hitting Belgian sensation sits at the fourth spot of the World Tennis Association’s prestigious rankings list.

Clijsters was born on June 8, 1983 in her native Belgium. Her father Lei Clijsters is a former soccer superstar and renowned national team member. Hence, Kim probably adopted her athleticism and remarkable court-wide defensive skills from her father who was popular in soccer being a central defender.

Before turning pro, Clijsters had a successful amatuer and junior’s career. In her last season playing junior’s tennis, Clijsters was ranked fourth by the International Tennis Federation.

In 1999, Clijsters turned pro and immediately made waves upon entering her debut apperance in a major tennis competition. During the 1999 Wimbledon tournament, the young Clijsters shocked the tennis world as she defeated a battle-tested veteran in Amanda Coetzer who was also seeded tenth in the tournament.

However, Clijsters would eventually lose to an obvioulsy more talented Steffi Graf.

From the year 2000 up to 2002, Clijsters would consistently dish out impressive performances in both minor and major tournaments and slowly climb her way atop the WTA rankings.

She fought toe-to-toe against the likes of the Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters in the world rankings until finally in August 2003, the WTA named her as the current best female tennis player in their coveted rankings list.

In that same year, Clijsters also had her best career year, winning nine singles tournament and seven doubles title including the WTA Tour Championship that features the best of the best tennis players from around the world.

In 2004, the gritty Clijsters appeared in her fourth Grand Slam finals but was unsuccesful in crowning herself queen of the Australian Open as she lost to a talented Justine Henin.

More so, the year was unproductive for Clijsters as she missed major torunaments due to several injuries which cost her an almost one year layoff from the sport.

Upon his return in the middle part of 2005, Clijsters continued her success at the tennis court, striving to claim the title of being the best female tennis player in the world.

Clijsters retired briefly but the allure of the tennis court was too much as she made a comeback in 2009.

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