Clijsters named 2005 tennis champion

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19 December 2005, BRUSSELS — Belgium's Kim Clijsters has completed an amazing comeback by being named the 2005 world women's champion by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

19 December 2005

BRUSSELS — Belgium's Kim Clijsters has completed an amazing comeback by being named the 2005 world women's champion by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Having started the year ranked 134, Clijsters won nine tournaments, including her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, to finish at number two.

Her success is even more remarkable given that she was recovering from a career-threatening wrist injury. 

Meanwhile, Switzerland's Roger Federer was named the 2005 world men's champion, BBC reported.

He won 11 tournaments, including Wimbledon and the US Open, to remain the world's top ranked player.

He becomes only the 6th man to win the ITF title for consecutive years after Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt.

"Roger Federer was again the clear choice for the ITF world champion after another outstanding season," ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said.

"In a much closer women's contest, Kim Clijsters' US Open victory and overall consistency saw her come out on top."

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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