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Clijsters arrived on tour in her mid-teens fully formed and, along with her countrywoman Justine Henin, quickly set about putting Belgium on the tennis map. In 1999, a few weeks after her 16th birthday, she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in her
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... by the form of the veteran, who has survived challenges from the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to continue to dominate the sport. Inevitably, with each passing triumph, attentions turn to when Roger Federer may opt to hang
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A cheeky Irish tennis fan who made worldwide headlines when he squeezed into a skirt at last year's Wimbledon has told how he lost three stone in just 12 weeks. Chris Quinn, a member of the Bray-based Co Wicklow Tennis Club, was pulled from the stands
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Again up two breaks, Mertens ran out the match. “I was in the zone today,” said Mertens. A Belgian plotline also ran through this match. Over the last three years, Mertens has trained at the Kim Clijsters Academy. As the story goes, Mertens' first  - -
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Caroline Wozniacki feels the pressure is off for the rest of the season after winning her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open and returning to the top of the world rankings. Wozniacki, 27, defeated Simona Halep in three sets last month on Rod Laver
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Hailing from Belgium, the country that also produced tennis greats like Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, Mertens — a product of Clijsters' academy — said she felt no pressure to emulate her heroes. “As a kid I looked up to them as they were both
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"As a kid I looked up to them (Henin and Clijsters) as they were doing so well. They were both World No.1s and I wanted to be as good as them. I started playing tennis at the age of three and now I can say I'm World No. 20," Mertens said at the draw
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The last mom to achieve Grand Slam greatness was Kim Clijsters, who returned to the court after her daughter, Jada, was born to win the 2009 and '10 U.S. Opens, and the 2011 Australian Open. This week marked the first time Serena traveled with baby in
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There is precedent for mothers on the pro tour finding success, but only one player since 1980 has won a Grand Slam title after giving birth: Belgium's Kim Clijsters captured the 2009 U.S. Open title with her 18-month-old daughter Jada in tow. She had
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Before her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Elise Mertens received a text message from her mentor, Kim Clijsters, with some advice: “Don't be too stressy.” Mertens, 22, showed few signs of any nerves, playing clean and confident  -
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Mertens, seeking to become the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters here in 2011 to reach a Slam final, kept up the attack and fashioned a break point in the next game but Wozniacki stood up to the challenge and held for 4-1. Serving at 2-5, Mertens saved  - -
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Melbourne - Elise Mertens became the first Belgian to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open since Kim Clijsters in 2012 with a straight sets win over Petra Martic on Sunday. The unseeded world number 37 edged the big-serving Croat 7-6 (7/4  - -
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Are we seeing the next great Belgian women's tennis player in Elise Mertens? Elise Mertens was ranked 137 in the world this time last year. As I write this piece today she is in the process of blowing out Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals and she is
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... the tennis-loving British public. "I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years," he said. "It's probably the first time I've done well on my own, so there's more attention there. Of course you take it in stride." Elise Mertens
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Beaten in US Open finals by Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams, Wozniacki was last year smeared by Maria Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud. Caroline Wozniacki defeated Simona Halep in three sets to claim her maiden grand slam title. Picture: Michael Klein  - -