June 25, 2010 |
Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin , for all the history the two Belgians have together, have played each other at Wimbledon only once. Henin beat Clijsters in the semifinals in 2006. On Monday in the fourth round, they will play here for a second time. That matchup was set Friday after each won with relative ease. Henin, seeded 17th, beat 12th-seeded Nadia Petrova , 6-1, 6-4, and the eighth-seeded Clijsters had an equally routine win over another Russian, 27th-seeded Maria Kirilenko , 6-3, 6-3. Henin and Clijsters have played 24 times as professionals and have so far split the meetings down the middle, each winning 12 times.
June 17, 2010 |
Justine Henin reached the semifinals of the Unicef Open at Den Bosch, Netherlands, without dropping a set in the Wimbledon warmup tournament. Henin defeated Kristina Barrois 7-5, 6-3 to set up a match with fifth-seeded Alexandra Dulgheru , who beat Yaroslava Shvedova , 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. --- Kim Clijsters lost 7-6 (6), 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne grass-court tournament at Eastbourne, England. Clijsters dropped just three games in her opening two matches but the Belgian player struggled against Azarenka, who reeled off four games in a row to close out the match.
May 8, 2010 |
There is this image: Kim Clijsters celebrating a U.S. Open championship on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court with a combination of tears and a joyous smile as her 18-month-old daughter Jada toddles around with sweet abandon. Clijsters was the first mother in 29 years to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. She was 26 and only three months out of a two-year-retirement. The Belgian had quit sports while at the top of her game, was married, had a daughter and then triumphantly came back to the courts.
April 3, 2010
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams cupped a hand to her mouth and hollered from her front-row seat, like any other fan hoping to see a better match. Or at least see Venus Williams win a point. Kim Clijsters claimed another trophy in her career comeback Saturday by beating the older Williams 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open. The match was even more lopsided than the score might suggest. Clijsters won 17 consecutive points in the second set, the equivalent of more than four games.
March 15, 2010
BNP PARIBAS FEATURED MATCHES FOR MONDAY PAPER Stadium 1 (beginning at noon), Novak Djokovic vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber; Mario Ancic vs. Rafael Nadal; Sara Errani vs. Jelena Jankovic. Stadium 1 (beginning 7:30 p.m.) Alisa Kleybanova vs. Kim Clijsters; John Isner vs. Sam Querrey. Stadium 2 (beginning 11 a.m.) Juan Monaco vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero; Vera Zvonareva vs. Anastasija Sevastova; Thomaz Bellucci vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; Tomas Berdych vs. Fernando Verdasco; Victoria Azarenka vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
March 14, 2010 |
As her tennis deteriorated, as her ability to put the tennis ball inside the lines of the tennis court failed, Svetlana Kuznetsova let her emotions also fly out of bounds. She mumbled to herself and threw a racket, and neither expression of her frustration helped the top-seeded woman in the BNP Paribas Open draw. Kuznetsova was upset by Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Suarez Navarro, who upset Venus Williams at the 2009 Australian Open, didn't do anything spectacular other than stay safely behind the baseline and keep putting balls over the net. "She is in, out, in, out," Suarez said.
March 9, 2010 |
This isn't the life of most top-ranked pro athletes. But it is Kim Clijsters' life and it is working. The mundane duties of being mother to 2-year-old daughter Jada and being wife to former Villanova basketball player Brian Lynch aren't interfering with Clijsters' job, which is slapping masterful groundstrokes past women who mostly don't have kids or husbands, who don't have to do the grocery shopping or the diaper changing or the nose wiping....
January 17, 2010 |
In her Grand Slam comeback, Kim Clijsters upset Serena Williams en route to claiming the U.S. Open title. Williams was really, really upset in that semifinal last September and it cost her the match and a record fine. Four months later, the return of another Belgian from a premature retirement has bolstered the field at the Australian Open and created a compelling women's draw in the year's first Grand Slam tournament. Justine Henin, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles before quitting in May 2008 while holding the No. 1 ranking, is only one tournament into her comeback but is hoping to emulate Clijsters' successful return.
January 10, 2010 |
Vladimir Guerrero is switching sides in the American League West. Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, opting to stay in the same division where he helped the Angels to five titles in the last six years. A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press about the agreement on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn't been finalized and is pending a physical. Guerrero batted .295 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 100 games last season with the Angels, who lost to the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
September 15, 2009 |
Serena Williams issued a second statement today and finally issued an apology for her actions Saturday night in the U.S. Open semifinals. "I want to amend my press statement of yesterday," Williams wrote, "and want to make it clear as possible -- I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity and I admit when I'm wrong. "I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act -- win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.