51 Facts About Kim Clijsters

1. In January 2010, Kim Clijsters signed an endorsement deal with sports beverage AA drink.

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2. Kim Clijsters was reluctant to endorse certain products, including Nutella and refused to promote unhealthy food.

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3. Kim Clijsters won their only match of 2012 at the Wimbledon Championships after Zvonareva retired due to breathing problems.

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4. Kim Clijsters possessed the perfect balance of athleticism: her powerful build and strength from her father Leo, a successful football player in Belgium, and flexibility from her mother Els, a national gymnast.

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5. Kim Clijsters was one of few players on the WTA tour who could slide on all surfaces.

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6. Kim Clijsters had a powerful physique that combines naturally with a strong baseline game.

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7. Kim Clijsters participated at the 2014 Optima Open, a tournament on the ATP Champions Tour in a special mixed doubles exhibition match.

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8. Kim Clijsters competed in the Women's Legends Doubles event at the 2014 French Open in June 2014 alongside Martina Navratilova as her partner.

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9. Kim Clijsters competed at the Diamond Games in December 2012, dubbed the 'Kim's Thank You Games', as a ceremonial farewell in her native Belgium.

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10. At the Summer Olympics, Kim Clijsters defeated Roberta Vinci and Carla Suarez Navarro in the first and second rounds respectively.

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11. Kim Clijsters was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, ending her final Wimbledon campaign.

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12. Kim Clijsters played Li Na in the fourth round, whom she defeated to win the title in 2011.

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13. Kim Clijsters was the second seed in the Roland Garros draw.

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14. On 21 April 2011, Kim Clijsters was elected number 16 on the Time Top 100 list of most influential people, the first sports person on the 2011 listing.

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15. Kim Clijsters was the defending champion in Miami and the second seed.

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16. Kim Clijsters finished the year at world No 3, after defeating the Dane in three sets to clinch her third WTA Championship and fifth title of the year.

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17. At the year-end championship, Kim Clijsters advanced to the final, after defeating Jankovic and Azerenka to qualify for the semifinals.

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18. Kim Clijsters won, only dropping three games, to defend her US Open title, winning it for the third time and her second as a mother.

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19. Kim Clijsters advanced to the quarterfinals without dropping a set, defeating Greta Arn, Sally Peers, Petra Kvitova, and Ana Ivanovic.

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20. Kim Clijsters played her final event of the US Open Series in Montreal at the Rogers Cup, where she was seeded 5th.

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21. Kim Clijsters lost in the quarterfinals to 21st seed and eventual finalist Vera Zvonareva in three sets.

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22. Kim Clijsters went on to beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the final, ending the American's 15-match unbeaten streak.

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23. Kim Clijsters found form at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, as she went on to win the title.

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24. Kim Clijsters started her 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International in Australia as the top seed.

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25. Kim Clijsters became the first unseeded finalist at the US Open since Venus Williams in 1997, and the first wildcard to ever reach the US Open final.

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26. On 6 May 2007, citing injuries, Kim Clijsters announced on her official website that she was cutting short her season and bringing forward her plans to retire from professional tennis.

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27. Kim Clijsters started the year by winning an exhibition tournament, the Watson Water Challenge, in Hong Kong.

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28. Kim Clijsters collected her second title of the year as the top seed in Stanford, defeating Patty Schnyder in the final.

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29. Kim Clijsters won her first title of the year at a clay court event in Warsaw, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final.

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30. Kim Clijsters started the year by withdrawing from her semifinal match at the WTA tournament in Sydney, citing a left hip muscle strain.

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31. Kim Clijsters beat Klara Koukalova, Schiavone, Dechy and Lena Gronefeld all without dropping a set to win her eighth title of the year.

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32. Kim Clijsters started by defeating Martina Muller, Fabiola Zuluaga, Ai Sugiyama and Maria Vento-Kabchi in straight sets to reach the quarter finals.

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33. Kim Clijsters won her first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, after having reached four Grand Slam finals previously.

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34. Kim Clijsters defeated Jelena Jankovic, Conchita Martinez, Mashona Washington, Kuznetsova and Vera Dushevina to claim her third title of the year.

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35. Kim Clijsters got off to the best possible start for her grass-court season at the Hastings Direct International Championships by winning the tournament.

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36. Kim Clijsters recovered in time to play in the French Open.

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37. Kim Clijsters missed the Olympics, but she had already decided not to play the tournament after a dispute about clothing sponsors.

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38. Kim Clijsters pulled out of the Adidas International due to the injury.

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39. At the French Open, Kim Clijsters reached the final for the second time in three years, after defeating Nadia Petrova.

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40. Kim Clijsters was on crutches for a few days and feared she might need surgery.

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41. Kim Clijsters started her season at the Adidas International, where she won her first tournament of the year, defeating Lindsay Davenport in straight sets in the final.

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42. On her way to the final, Kim Clijsters defeated fourth-ranked Justine Henin and second-ranked Venus Williams, becoming just the fourth player to beat both of the Williams sisters in the same event.

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43. Kim Clijsters was four times within two points of winning, before Capriati prevailed.

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44. Kim Clijsters won six matches in a row, while only losing 25 games.

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45. On 18 September 2013, Kim Clijsters gave birth to a son, Jack Leon Lynch.

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46. In October 2006, Kim Clijsters announced her engagement to American basketball player Brian Lynch, who was then playing for Euphony Bree in Clijsters' hometown of Bree.

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47. In December 2003, Kim Clijsters announced her engagement to Australian Lleyton Hewitt, but their relationship ended in October 2004.

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48. Kim Clijsters started playing tennis at age five with her cousins, and her parents took her to watch matches around Europe.

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49. Kim Clijsters was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 22 July 2017.

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50. In 2001, Kim Clijsters was part of the Belgium Fed Cup winning team.

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51. Kim Clijsters is a former world No 1 in both singles and doubles.

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