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

Elke Clijsters
Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceBree, Belgium
Born (1985-01-18) 18 January 1985 (age 34)
Bilzen, Belgium
Turned pro2000
Retired2004
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$47,951
Singles
Career record53–54
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 389 (15 September 2003)
Doubles
Career record52–23
Career titles0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 244 (06 October 2003)
Last updated on: 30 April 2014.

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 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 LA Galaxy 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.

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ITF Circuit finalsEdit

$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. 7 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)Edit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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