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Clijster Kim biography

Date of birth : 1983-06-08
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Bilzen, Limburg, Belgium
Nationality : Belgian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-06-08
Credited as : Athlete and tennis player, ,

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Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters born on June 8, 1983 in Bilzen, Limburg, Belgium is a Belgian athlete.
Clijsters was born into an athletic family; her father, Lei, was an international soccer player and mother Els was a Belgian gymnastics champion. Clijsters chose the sport of tennis at an early age and, by the time she was six, she began competing in the sport.

By 1992, Clijsters had become an accomplished amateur player. Impressed with the young Belgian's athletic abilities, tennis coach Bart Van Kerckhoven decided to coach Clijsters. With Van Kerckhoven's help, the 11-year-old Clijsters won the Belgian Junior Championship in 1994.

At the age of 13, Clijsters decided to hone her game further by attending the Wilrijk tennis school. During her time at Wilrijk, Clijsters left the tutelage of Van Kerckhoven and began training with coach Carl Maes. In 1998, at the age of 15, Clijsters wowed fans with her junior grandslam sucess, becoming the youngest National A champion in history. That same year, she also placed 11th in the Wimbledon junior event, and won the French and U.S. Open doubles titles with partners Jelena Dokic and Eva Dyrberg. Her successes land her at No. 4 in the International Tennis Federation junior doubles world ranking.

Clijsters made her professional debut in 1999 at the Women's Tennis Association tour in Antwerp, Belgium. Although she suffers a loss to first seed Sarah Pitkowski, Clijsters makes it to the quarterfinals. That same year, she made it through the main draw at Wimbledon, but lost to Steffi Graf in the fourth round. She also reached the third round of the U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams.

Clijsters faced the losses well, and rebounded in 2002 by winning the Masters in 2002. In 2003, she won nine singles tournaments and seven doubles titles. Her successes that year earned her the World No. 1 ranking, and became the first player to reach the rank without winning a Grand Slam singles title—an honor she would finally earn in the 2005 U.S. Open.

The tennis champion's career was still on the rise until 2007, when she presented fans with startling news: she was retiring from tennis to become a wife and mother. Her time away from the court presented several highs and lows. In July of 2007, she secretly married American basketball player Brian Lynch. The next year, in February 2008, Clijsters gave birth to daughter Jada Ellie. A year later, in January 2009, Clijsters suffered a personal loss when father Lei died of lung cancer.

In March of 2009, Clijsters announced that she would be returning to tennis after receiving wildcards for tournaments in Cincinnati and Toronto tournaments. She also decided to compete in the U.S. Open. On August 10, she officially returned to the game. She lost in the Cincinnati quarterfinals and in the third round of the Toronto tournament, but made headlines when she rose from the ranks to win the U.S. Open.

The match, which was against tennis star Serena Williams, ended dramatically in the semifinals when Williams made profane comments to a line judge. The outburst caused a point penalty, losing Williams the game on a technicality. As a result, the 26-year-old Clijsters became the first unseeded and unranked female champion of a Grand Slam title. She also became the first mother to win a major since 1980.

Clijsters didn't have a ranking in this tournament because she hadn't played enough tournaments to get on the list. With this win, she will most likely come in near No. 20 in the new rankings. She is currently debating a full return to tennis, and how it will balance with her new family life in Bree, Belgium.

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