18 January 1985 |
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||53 - 54|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||389 (15 September 2003)|
|Career record||52 - 23|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||244 (06 October 2003)|
|Last updated on: 30 April 2014.|
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. 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.
ITF Circuit finals
Singles finals: 4 (1–3)
|Runner-up||1.||07 April 2003||Torre del Greco, Italy||Clay||Raffaella Bindi||4-6, 2-6|
|Runner-up||2.||11 August 2003||Koksijde, Belgium||Clay||Lenka Snajdrova||4-6, 2-6|
|Winner||3.||1 May 2004||Bournemouth, United Kingdom||Clay||Melanie South||3-6 6-1 6-2|
|Runner-up||4.||8 May 2004||Edinburgh, United Kingdom||Clay||Ekaterina Kozhokina||1-6, 4-6|
Doubles: 10 (7–3)
|Runner-up||1.||21 August 2000||Westende, Belgium||Clay||Caroline Maes|| Natasha Galouza
|Winner||2.||03 September 2001||Petange, Belgium||Clay||Jaslyn Hewitt|| Natallia Dziamidzenka
|Winner||3.||05 August 2002||Rebecq, Belgium||Clay||Jaslyn Hewitt|| Leslie Butkiewicz
Tessy Van De Ven
|3-6 6-3 6-4|
|Winner||4.||03 November 2002||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard||Marta Domachowska|| Jenny Loow
Suzanne van Hartingsveldt
|Runner-up||5.||21 January 2003||Hull, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Borka Majstorovic|| Irina Bulykina
|6-4 6-7 3-6|
|Winner||6.||02 February 2003||Tipton, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Liana Ungur|| Zuzana Černá
|Winner||7.||18 May 2003||Casale, Italy||Clay||Leanne Baker|| Jolanda Mens
|Winner||8.||11 August 2003||Koksijde, Belgium||Clay||Kirsten Flipkens|| Zuzana Cerna
|Runner-up||9.||02 March 2004||Buchen, Germany||Hard (i)||Caroline Maes|| Lucie Hradecka
|Winner||10.||29 March 2004||Napoli, Italy||Clay||Mandy Minella|| Michelle Gerards
- "2002 Wimbledon Wrapup and Analysis". About.com. 10 July 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Fayat, Serge (10 September 2002). "US Open - Elke Clijsters et Flipkens". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Belga (15 June 2004). "Elke Clijsters met fin à sa carrière". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Elke en Jelle in alle stilte getrouwd". Het Belang van Limburg (in Dutch). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Zoontje voor Jelle Van Damme en Elke Clijsters". De Standaard (in Dutch). 13 October 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- Elke Clijsters at the Women's Tennis Association
- Elke Clijsters at the International Tennis Federation
- Elke Clijsters at the Fed Cup
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