Factbox: U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Following is a factbox on Belgian Kim Clijsters, who successfully defended her U.S. Open title with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Russia's Vera Zvonareva on Saturday.
MAKING HER NAME
* Born on June 8, 1983 in Bilzen, Belgium, Clijsters is the daughter of Belgian international footballer Leo Clijsters and national gymnastics champion Els Vandecaetsbeek.
* Made her senior tournament debut on ITF circuit in Belgium in 1997, losing in the quarter-finals.
* Quickly established her rivalry with compatriot Justine Henin in ITF circuit events in Belgium during 1998.
GRAND SLAM TITLES
* Claimed the women's doubles title at Roland Garros with Japanese partner Ai Sugiyama in 2003, and teams up with Sugiyama again to capture the women's doubles title at Wimbledon.
* Became the first Belgian to be ranked world number one in 2003 after triumphing in Los Angeles.
* Suffered for two years with injuries, but won the U.S. Open in 2005, seeing off France's Mary Pierce 6-3 6-1. Continued...