A special tribute to Kim Clijsters

 

 

Farewell, my champion!

 

Full name:   Kim Antoine Lode Clijsters

Birthdate:    8th June, 1983

Birthplace:  Blizen, Belgium

Residence:    Bree, Belgium

Married to:   Brian Lynch, USA basketballer

Children:  Daughter, Jada age 4

Turned pro:   17th August, 1997, age 14 (WOW!)

Plays:   Right handed, two handed backhand

Height:    174cm

Career prize money:   $22,442,340

Career titles:   41 titles

Grand Slam history:   4 Grand slams, 3 US Opens, 2005, 2009, 2010. 1 Australian Open, 2011.

Retired:   2nd September, 2012

Career record:   523 wins – 127  losses

Career high singles ranking:   No.1  11th August 2003, 20 weeks.

Career high doubles ranking:   No.1  4th August 2003, 4 weeks.

 Favourite surface:   Plexicushion, DecoTurf.

 

You don’t have to love tennis to love Kim Clijsters, what’s not to love, she’s all class on and off the court 

 

September, 2012, Kim Clijsters played her last match on the WTA Tour, the US Open. Kim easily won her first round match against Victoria Duval from the USA, 6-3, 6-1. But, the second round was a whole different story. Kim was up against Australian born, Laura Robson, who now plays for the UK. It would prove to be an amazing match that would come down to the wire. Kim would stun her with one of her unbelievable forehands, but the left-handed, Robson, did just the same. Groundstroke for  groundstroke, volley for volley, it sure was a nailbiting match. (One that made me late for school that day) Robson, was the victor, and leaving poor Kimmy defeated in her last WTA event, 7-6, 7-6.

 

Although, maybe it’s not all over yet. Kim has a special farewell match on the 12th of December, against Venus Williams in Belgium. This is called ‘Kim’s thankyou games’. It’s a night to be filled with music, giveaways for everyone in the audience, and of course, tennis.

 

My memories of Kim will stay forever and ever, traveling with me wherever I go. I still remember watching her in the 2012 Aussie Open, where I was lucky enough to get my tennis ball signed by her. It holds pride of  place in my room. When I watched Kim play, I am overwhelmed with her power and determination and her wide split shots always have me pumping my fists. Kim has given me more than just great tennis to watch. She has inspired me  to dream big, never give in and above all, be strong and confident on and off the court.

 

The end of a legends era, and the beginning of a new chapter, good luck, my champion!

 

Some photos are from Flickr CC, others are my own.

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The French Open

The French Open

 Ooooh laaa laaa!

The French Open is an annual tennis tournament,  but not just a tennis tournament, it’s a Grand Slam.  In a year, four Grand Slams are played, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. This year, the French Open starts on May 27th.

French Open fast facts:

  • The destination is Paris, France.
  • The French Open is played on clay surface.
  • During 1940 to 1945, the French Open was cancelled due to World War II.
  • The tournament was first held in 1891. That means it is 110 years old.
  • It has always been played on clay.
  • It is the only Grand Slam played on clay.
  • The French Open’s official name is Roland Garros.
Can you spot the real Effiel Tower?                         


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon and I in Paris, or are we?                                                                                                                                  My Nan and Dad-Dad in Paris.

 

This year in the Women’s Draw, I think either:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Sam Stosur

Will have a chance to win the French Open.

 I chose these players because:

Maria Sharapova has won two clay titles in a row recently.

Victoria Azarenka won the Australian Open this year.

Sam Stosur is a sensational player and moves and plays well on clay court. It sure would be great to see and Aussie win another Grand Slam!

In the Men’s Draw, I think either:

  • Rafael Nadal
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Roger Federer

I chose these players because:

Rafael Nadal has won clay titles this year, he is known as ‘The Clay King’. He has won the French Open six times.

Novak Djokovic is ranked World no.1.

Roger Federer is a legendary player with 16 Grand Slam titles to his name. He holds the record for winning the most Grand Slam titles in Men’s history.

Enjoy my PhotoPeach on the French Open

(Some photos are from FlickrCC, others are my own)

 

 

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