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Kim Clijsters 2010

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Kim Clijsters Off Court and On

She retired in 2007 to start a family with her American basketball player husband Brian Lynch, two years later she made a comeback and won the U.S. Open, which was only the third tournament Kim Clijsters played since her return.

Now the 27-year-old mother of daughter Jada travels with her daughter and a nanny, plus a Babycook. It is a little steamer and grinder and the first thing Klijsters does when she arrives in a new place is to find an organic shop or food store.

She buys all her groceries and puts them in a small fridge in her hotel room, or empties out the mini bar, and puts them in there. Klijsters and the nanny try to make most of Jada's food themselves.

She started off 2010 by winning Brisbane International by pulling back from 3-5 down in the final and saving two match points against compatriot Justine Henin. She forced a third set tie-break to win the match 6-3/4-6/7-6(6).

In the Australian Open she suffered the worst defeat in her career losing to World Number 20 Nadia Petrova in the 3rd round, winning just one game.

She took a break after the Australian Open and did not compete again until Indian Wells when she lost in the 3rd round. She regained her form at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open and beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the final to take the title. Her win ended the American player's 15 match unbeaten streak.

In her first clay court match for three years in Andalucia she tore a muscle in her left foot and had to pull out. Doctors ruled her out for six weeks and she ended up on crutches, she pulled out of the rest of the clay court season. She returned to play at Eastbourne on grass in the AEGON International where she lost in the quarter finals to Victoria Azarenka. She also lost in the quarter finals at Wimbledon to Vera Zvonareva.

She was defending champion and number 2 seed at the US Open and she reached the quarter finals without dropping a set. In the final she met Zvonareva in a repeat of their Wimbledon quarter final, this time Klijsters got her revenge and won the US Open for the second consecutive year, dropping only three games on the way.

Injury kept her out of action until the WTA Championship in Doha, On the way to her semi-final match she was involved in a scary car accident. Her car was smashed into by a large truck and it was written off. Her manager Bob Verbeeck who was travelling with her was cut by flying glass, but she was physically unharmed, just "a bit shocked."

They left the car wreck at the side of the road and sent for another vehicle and she managed to arrive at the courts on time. She said she was alright to play and although she lost the first three games before she settled down, she took the match and then beat World Number 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the final to win her 3rd WTA Championship and 5th title of the year.

For her performance in the 2010 season she won the WTA Player of the Year Award, she was the first player to win this the year after winning the "Come Back Player of the Year".

While other players go for designer dresses with lots of frills, Klijsters chooses to go with Fila, the least feminine and most sporty brand of tennis clothing. But it suits her to go for the classic and sporty look. The outfits are all fairly similar, but the colours vary although there is not a vast range.

Klijsters likes to spend Christmas at home in Bree, Belgium with husband Brian, daughter Jada and their five dogs. She would like to have more children but her goal is the London Olympics in 2012.

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