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Kim Clijsters is a professional tennis player who has won multiple Grand Slam titles, including some at the U.S. Open. She married American basketball player Brian Lynch.
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In March of 2009, Clijsters announced that she would be returning to tennis after receiving wildcards for tournaments in Cincinnati and Toronto tournaments. She also decided to compete in the U.S. Open. On August 10, she officially returned to the game. She lost in the Cincinnati quarterfinals and in the third round of the Toronto tournament, but made headlines when she rose from the ranks to win the U.S. Open.
The match, which was against tennis star Serena Williams, ended dramatically in the semifinals when Williams made profane comments to a line judge. The outburst caused a point penalty, losing Williams the game on a technicality. As a result, the 26-year-old Clijsters became the first unseeded and unranked female champion of a Grand Slam title. She also became the first mother to win a major since 1980.
Clijsters is slated to compete in the 2012 Wimbledon Championship. The seedings for the tournament were announced in June of 2012, and for the first time since 2000, Clijsters—now a four-time Grand Slam victor—was designated as an unseeded competitor. Ranked No. 53, Clijsters has dealt with a series of injuries since her U.S. Open win, and competed in only a couple of matches in 2012, prior to Wimbledon. She has not yet made it to the final round at Wimbledon, but competed in the semifinalis twice.
Clijsters has stated in interviews that she plans to retire following the 2012 U.S. Open.
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