WTA tour: Top ten players in 2010 – Part 8

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WTA tour: Top ten players in 2010 – Part 8

3. Kim Clijsters

Born on 8 June 1983 in the city of Bilzen, Kim Clijsters is a professional tennis ace from Belgium. The former world number one who made her debut on the WTA tour back in 1997, finished the 2010 season as the third highest ranked player in the world.

Kim started her 2010 campaign by playing at the Brisbane International in Australia where she was seeded number one to win the title. The Belgian did well to make her way into the finals where she met her arch rival Justine Henin. In the title battle, the right hander after facing a tough fight got the better of her opponent in three sets. The final match score was 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(6). Clijsters on her way into the finals overpowered a couple of notable names such as Alicia Molik, Tathiana Garbin, Andrea Petkovic as well as Lucie Safarova.

Her next competition was the 2010 Australian Open in Melbourne where she took part as the fifteen seeded player. Kim reached the third round after posting straight sets victories over Tamarine Tanasugarn and Valerie Tetreault. In the round three, she however was defeated at the hands of Nadia Petrova in straight sets.

The Bree resident did not play competitively again until the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells where she once again couldn’t go beyond the third round as the Belgian was surpassed by Alisa Kleybanova. She regained her form at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open where the right hander did well to end up as a champion. She made her way into the finals after dismissing Justine Henin in the semis. In the title battle, the Belgian tennis star easily brushed aside Venus Williams from the United States of America in straight sets to win the crown. By virtue of her title victory, Kim also jumped to number ten in the world.

After recording an early round exit at the Andalucia Tennis Experience, Kim Clijsters then suffered a muscle injury and thus announced her withdrawal for the rest of the clay court season including the French Open at Roland Garros.

Former world number one made a comeback on the WTA tour in Eastbourne as part of her grass court Grand Slam tune up competition where she emerged as champion back in 2005. Seeded fifth to win the title, Clijsters thrashed out Yanina Wickmayer as well as Safarova to make her way into the quarters before falling at the hands of Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. Despite her final eight defeat, the Belgian still managed to further improve here ranking to as high as number eight in the world.

At the 2010 Wimbledon competition, the eight seed Clijsters started her tournament’s campaign nicely with a straight set victory over Maria Elena Camerin, followed by two other wins over Maria Kirilenko and Karolina Sprem. She advanced into the quarters, beating Hustine Henin 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 before eventually bundling out of the event by Vera Zvonareva of Russia in three sets.

The 1.74 meters tall took part in her last tournament of the US Open Series in Montreal at the 2010 Rogers Cup as seeded fifth to win the title. Her tournament’s campaign however was ended at the quarterfinal stage where Vera Zvonareva got the better of her in straight sets.

The top ranked Belgian next contested at the United States Open in New York where she did well to reach the finals beating Venus Williams in the semis. In the title battle, the right hander once again met Vera Zvonareva in a rematch of their Wimbledon quarterfinal encounter. This time Kim however managed to turn things around for her by hammering her foe down to successfully defend her US Open crown.

Kim finished her season after dispatching off world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the WTA Championship to pick up her fifth crown of the year.

For her stunning performance throughout the season in 2010, Kim Clijsters also got the WTA Player of the Year award on the second occasion in her career. She previously won this award back in 2005.


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