Elke Clijsters

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Elke Clijsters
Country  Belgium
Residence Bree, Belgium
Born (1985-01-18) 18 January 1985 (age 29)
Bilzen, Belgium
Turned pro 2000
Retired 2004
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $47,951
Singles
Career record 53 - 54
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking 389 (15 September 2003)
Doubles
Career record 52 - 23
Career titles 0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking 244 (06 October 2003)
Last updated on: 30 April 2014.

Elke Clijsters (born 18 January 1985 in Bilzen) is a former professional female tennis player from Belgium.

Born in Bilzen, Bree, the daughter of Belgian football player Lei Clijsters (1956–2009) and sister of former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters (born 1983). In 2002, Elke won the girls' Wimbledon Championships doubles title with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová and the girls' U.S. Open doubles title with compatriot Kirsten Flipkens.[1][2] Her highest was no. 389, a ranking she achieved on 15 September 2003. She played in the Belgium Fed Cup team in 2002, 2003 and 2004, losing all four matches, of which one was a singles match. In 2004, she reached the finals of two ITF singles tournaments, winning the one in Bournemouth. In the same year, she also reached the finals of two ITF doubles tournaments, of which she won one. She retired in 2004 due to a persistent back injury.[3]

She married Standard Liège footballer Jelle Van Damme on 31 May 2008 in Bree.[4] They had their first child in 2009, a boy.[5] She gave birth to their second baby, a girl in November 2010.

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles finals: 4 (1–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 07 April 2003 Italy Torre del Greco, Italy Clay Italy Raffaella Bindi 4-6, 2-6
Runner-up 2. 11 August 2003 Belgium Koksijde, Belgium Clay Czech Republic Lenka Snajdrova 4-6, 2-6
Winner 3. 1 May 2004 United Kingdom Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Melanie South 3-6 6-1 6-2
Runner-up 4. 8 May 2004 United Kingdom Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay Russia Ekaterina Kozhokina 1-6, 4-6

Doubles: 10 (7–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 August 2000 Belgium Westende, Belgium Clay Belgium Caroline Maes Netherlands Natasha Galouza
Netherlands Anouk Sterk
1-6 0-6
Winner 2. 03 September 2001 Luxembourg Petange, Belgium Clay Australia Jaslyn Hewitt Belarus Natallia Dziamidzenka
Netherlands Kika Hogendoorn
6-1 6-3
Winner 3. 05 August 2002 Belgium Rebecq, Belgium Clay Australia Jaslyn Hewitt Belgium Leslie Butkiewicz
Netherlands Tessy Van De Ven
3-6 6-3 6-4
Winner 4. 03 November 2002 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Hard Poland Marta Domachowska Sweden Jenny Loow
Netherlands Suzanne van Hartingsveldt
6-1 6-1
Runner-up 5. 21 January 2003 United Kingdom Hull, United Kingdom Hard (i) Serbia Borka Majstorovic Russia Irina Bulykina
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
6-4 6-7 3-6
Winner 6. 02 February 2003 United Kingdom Tipton, United Kingdom Hard (i) Romania Liana Ungur Czech Republic Zuzana Černá
Czech Republic Iveta Gerlová
6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. 18 May 2003 Italy Casale, Italy Clay New Zealand Leanne Baker Netherlands Jolanda Mens
Germany Stefanie Weis
6–3 6–4
Winner 8. 11 August 2003 Belgium Koksijde, Belgium Clay Belgium Kirsten Flipkens Czech Republic Zuzana Cerna
Czech Republic Vladimira Uhlirova
6-2 6-4
Runner-up 9. 02 March 2004 Germany Buchen, Germany Hard (i) Belgium Caroline Maes Czech Republic Lucie Hradecka
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinova
1-6 4-6
Winner 10. 29 March 2004 Italy Napoli, Italy Clay Luxembourg Mandy Minella Netherlands Michelle Gerards
Netherlands Marielle Hoogland
6–1, 6–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 Wimbledon Wrapup and Analysis". About.com. 10 July 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Fayat, Serge (10 September 2002). "US Open - Elke Clijsters et Flipkens". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Belga (15 June 2004). "Elke Clijsters met fin à sa carrière". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Elke en Jelle in alle stilte getrouwd". Het Belang van Limburg (in Dutch). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Zoontje voor Jelle Van Damme en Elke Clijsters". De Standaard (in Dutch). 13 October 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 

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