When Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters were engaged way-back-when, to many it seemed like an odd pairing. No way does match.com yoke these two. He was the combative No. 1, who relished the battle and compensated for an absence of height with oversized heart, spleen and guts.
Four-time grand slam champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from her Brisbane International semifinal with a hip injury on Friday, casting doubt over the defense of her Australian Open crown later this month.
Four-time grand slam champion Kim Clijsters battled back from facing break point at 0-3 down in the deciding set against former world number one Ana Ivanovic Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International in Australia.
Kim Clijsters, 28, who won the Australian Open earlier this year and is ranked No. 2 in the world, returns this week after missing two months with an ankle injury. Before playing her opener at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the two-time defending U.S. Open champion spoke with SI.com about the successful second act of her career, one particular blind spot in her pop culture knowledge, tennis' grunting issue and more.
It took an Australian Open championship, masterfully crafted on a sultry summer evening, to magnify Kim Clijsters' status in women's tennis and her place in history. The numbers reflect a compelling triumph, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 over Li Na, but Saturday night's final told a much larger story.
Let me be the 12,764th person to ask you: Does Kim Clijsters' win over 13th-ranked Marion Bartoli show how weak the women's game is today, or is Clijsters really that good a player to come back after a two-year absence and knock off a player who just beat Venus Williams in the Stanford final? -- Curious Fan, New York
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the popularity of the WTA Tour rivaled its men's counterpart, when stars like the then-up-and-coming Williams sisters held court with Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Mary Pierce and, yes, Anna Kournikova.