Kim Clijsters is back as world number one

25th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2006, BRUSSELS – Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beat the Swiss player Martina Hingis on Wednesday to become the top-ranked female player in the world.

25 January 2006

BRUSSELS – Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beat the Swiss player Martina Hingis on Wednesday to become the top-ranked female player in the world.

Clijsters, who has suffered several injuries, admitted she had to fight the pain barrier during the match at the Australian Open, which she won 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

She now faces French player Amelie Mauresmo in the semi-finals. She told BBC Sport: "If I win, great; if I lose, I get to go home, so that's good too."

At the Grand Slam Clijsters has been returning to her old form after her 2005 season was cut short due to a hamstring injury and a knee problem.

Fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne has helped Clijsters to secure her current top ranking through beating the previous world number one women's player, Lindsay Davenport, on Tuesday.

The World Tennis Association will publish the final placings on Monday.

Now both Belgians are through to the semi-finals, with a shot at the Open title. Henin-Hardenne is to face Russian Maria Sharapova.

In 2004, they both ended up in the final, which Henin-Hardenne won.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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