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Brαm
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:36 AM
I know this is GM but considering that Kim played her final singles match yesterday it seems only fitting to post this here.

1. Luxembourg 1999
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2. Hobart 2000
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3. Leipzig 2000
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4. Stanford 2001
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5. Leipzig 2001
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6. Luxembourg 2001
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7. Hamburg 2002
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8. Filderstadt 2002
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9. Luxembourg 2002
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10. WTA Year-End Championships 2002
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11. Sydney 2003
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12. Indian Wells 2003
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13. Rome 2003
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14. Rosmalen 2003
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15. Stanford 2003
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16. Los Angeles 2003
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17. Filderstadt 2003
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18. Luxembourg 2003
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19. WTA Year-End Championships 2003
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20. Paris Indoors 2004
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Brαm
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:37 AM
21. Antwerp 2004
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22. Indian Wells 2005
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23. Miami 2005
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24. Eastbourne 2005
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25. Stanford 2005
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26. Los Angeles 2005
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27. Toronto 2005
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28. US Open 2005
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29. Luxembourg 2005
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30. Hasselt 2005
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31. Warsaw 2006
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32. Stanford 2006
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33. Hasselt 2006
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34. Sydney 2007
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35. US Open 2009
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36. Brisbane 2010
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37. Miami 2010
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38. Cincinnati 2010
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39. US Open 2010
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40. WTA Year-End Championships 2010
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Brαm
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:37 AM
41. Australian Open 2011
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THANK YOU AND GOOBYE, KIM

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SUPER
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:46 AM
:sad:Bye Kim, thanks for the great times:sad::rain:

gentenaire
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:49 AM
Bye Kim! We'll miss you.

How long until she's pregnant again, do you think?

HawkAussie
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:50 AM
Good bye champion of women's tennis

wateva
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:00 AM
Looking at those photos, you can see how Kim blossomed from a young girl to a woman. It's very nostalgic to see the pictures and recall what I was doing at that time. I grew up watching Kim (she's only 1 year old than me) and she's much more than a tennis player. She's an inspiration and a role model for people like me. I wish her all the best in her post tennis life and hope that she adds more babies to her happy family.:tears::tears::tears:

Kəv.
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:10 AM
Kim :sobbing: She sure loves Luxembourg :lol:

Hashim.
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:17 AM
:hearts:

duhcity
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:21 AM
Man all those Porsches :lol:

Yashal
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:27 AM
2005&2009 US Opens :hearts:

You'll always be loved Kim!

Litotes
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:33 AM
So long, Kim, and good luck with the rest of your life.

Petkovic
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:43 AM
Good to see all the pictures. Wish Kim all the best, she'll be missed.

Lin Lin
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:44 AM
:awww:

Lin Lin
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:47 AM
I really really love her.

I know her since 2001:awww:The little girl fighting so hard at 2001 French Open:awww:

Lin Lin
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:51 AM
Then the queen at 2003、2005 and 2010:awww:

I sincerely hope she will have a happy life:awww:

Phenomareva
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:08 AM
Never was a great fan, but I admired her career, sportsmanship, sympathy and her comeback. All the best, Kim, have a great life with your family. Enjoy.

Lin Lin
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:15 AM
She is really a nice girl:awww:

Towanda
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:37 AM
She is really a nice girl:awww:

Yes, she is. As much as I loved how she could seemingly move from defense to offense effortlessly, I will remember how nice she was more than anything. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Stanford early in her career and she was an absolute doll. She was very young at the time and she asked me for my address to put on her mailing list, and sure enough, when she won the U.S. Open in 2005, she sent me a signed picture of her holding the trophy.

Surprisingly, after her retirement, she sent a signed picture postcard from her wedding, and then another of her family after Jada was born. I'm sure other Kim fans remember her picture postcards. I was already a big fan, but that she is so kind to her fans even when she is retired truly says something about the kind of person she is. I also remember when she got married that she posted on her website that she was having one reception for family and friends, but she was also having a celebration for anyone who wanted to come, and she posted the information for it on the website.

I can think of no one else in the public eye who would be so kind to fans even when they are retired, or who would give fans such a glimpse into their private life by sending wedding and baby picture postcards. It kills me when people say that they think she is a phony and isn't really that nice. All of us who are her fans know that she truly is a nice person and that she appreciates our support. Even though she has not played much this year, I will still miss her greatly.

NaNaSlam
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:43 AM
She was always overshadowed by someone... Henin, J-cap...

Dan_Doe
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:49 AM
:worship::worship::worship:

A-Bond
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:53 AM
Kim :sobbing: You'll be missed!!

Kasey
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:12 AM
What an amazing person she is, not only as a player but also as a person outside of tennis life.
She'll be remembered as one of the most likeable, down-to-earth and certainly one of the nicest girl on tour.
:sad::sad::sad:
Thank you Kim for everything!
Be happy:hug:

Lin Lin
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:15 AM
I feel really sad because I know she will never be back on tour:sad:

Wert.
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:17 AM
Kim :tears:

You will be missed a lot :awww: :hug: :sad:

kitb
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:25 AM
What a career!
So many great memories!

Trih
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:28 AM
Thank you Kim. :bowdown:
The thing I'll remember most will be the USO 2009 with her daughter. :hearts:

Sombrerero loco
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:33 AM
what a great champion, what a legend :bowdown:
without her and jesustine out there anymore, tennis died a little bit more =(
they made me still like tennis after martina retired in 2002
truly appreciated, kim, justine :hug:

mauresmofan
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:35 AM
She was always overshadowed by someone... Henin, J-cap...

No she wasn't, early on yes by Henin but not after she came back in 09, that US Open run is the most amazing of anyone I can ever recall. It's legendary. What an amazing career she had either side of Jada. Shame she couldn't quite get it right on the night against Robson but she played a good match. Good luck in the doubles events.

olivero
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:42 AM
I really really love her.

I know her since 2001:awww:The little girl fighting so hard at 2001 French Open:awww:

same here.
I will miss her so much. I'm so happy she came back to win those 3 GS titles (and Miami). She deserved more than one slam. Great career. Have a great life :)

SM
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:49 AM
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:

SELVEN
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:57 AM
Kim :yeah:

lenas warriors
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:23 AM
Thanks for the post!

I wonder if the protracted retirement process may make this one easier (dementievas felt awful for a fair while!). Plus it was clear that she either wasnt training hard enough or that her body wouldnt let her keep playing (so she would have been losing to scrubs had she continued) so not soo bad (i hope).

Geertvg
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:43 AM
Thank you for the journey, Kim :)

Pilongo
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:48 AM
good luck kim. shes been an admirable player and will always be remembered

TigerTim
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:51 AM
well done in everything Kim!!!

flareon
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:54 AM
Kim was freaking Luxembourg GOAT :lol:

Thank you brilliant thread to remember old times so many titles and across all surfaces truely a very adaptable player.

Andy.
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:54 AM
A great champion on and off the court. Such a great human being. She will be truly missed.

Miss Amor
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Kim Clijsters: a true champion!!!!

Do I dare ask what a false champion is?

Shivank17
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Humble in victory, gracious in defeat, a true champion, you will be missed, Kimmy. Good luck with your new life, Kim. :yeah:

Linguae^
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:03 AM
I'm crying, back off.

MM_1257
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Kimmy!!! :sobbing: Enjoy your life with your family!!!

kwilliams
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:22 AM
I hope she has as much success in her life after tennis as she did during her tennis career.

Reap the benefits of your many years slugging it out on tennis courts around the world, Kim.

Svennovitch
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:22 AM
Thanks for this, Bram!

This retirement doesn't hurt as much as the previous one. I am still feeling all the emotions if I think of the song of Clouseau in Antwerp. It was so touching and I was very happy to have been there.

She was still so young, and I didn't feel satisfied. Luckily she came back!

Now I feel it is time to put an end to it. Have a nice life, Kim!

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:23 AM
What a fantastic career :worship:.

SilverSlam
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:32 AM
Kim :sad:

Also LOL at all her Porsche's.

And :eek: 9 titles in 2003 and 2005! She slayed :sobbing:

GrandMartha
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:03 PM
Good bye Kim. Have a good life after tennis.
Thank you for denying Pushniacki slam and YEC titles that she'll never deserve. A true savivour of the WTA :worship:

KournikovaFan91
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Bye Kim, was great having you on tour, great ambassador for tennis and will be missed.:yeah:

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:15 PM
Do I dare ask what a false champion is?

False champion is like a winner with an asterisk (like winning without Williams/Henin in the draw or didn't beat them to a title).:oh:

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:15 PM
All the best Kim!:cheer:

pierce85
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Kim unlike many top players of WTA was a classy lady and champion, she'll be missed

ArcticMoose
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:33 PM
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Petra Kvitova ‏@Petra_Kvitova
So sad to see Kim go. Thanks for inspiring us. You always took the time to encourage us even when you beat us :) good luck for the future

laurie
Aug 30th, 2012, 02:07 PM
She's hardly changed features in 10 years :D

I first saw Kim play back in 1999 Wimbledon, against Steffi Graf on court 1. What a great career she's had :yeah:

zigga
Aug 30th, 2012, 02:49 PM
Such a great player, such a great champion. And a nice woman :)
I will miss you :awww:
And of course all the best in the future :)

Jimmie48
Aug 30th, 2012, 02:59 PM
An amazing career for sure and she stayed humble and nice throughout.

One of the players everyone's definitely going to miss.

doktor
Aug 30th, 2012, 03:03 PM
:tears: Kim.

As well as being remembered as one of the great champions of women's tennis she will be perhaps be more remembered for the beautiful and friendly nature she bought to a sport well known for its cold personalities. When she walks away after this US Open that smile is what i will remember, not the tennis, not the titles - the genuine smile of a champion in life as well as in her sport.

Beat
Aug 30th, 2012, 03:07 PM
all i can say is: :bowdown:

LoveFifteen
Aug 30th, 2012, 03:14 PM
:sobbing:

I am going to miss her so much, but it was like everything in her comeback was just a huge bonus. She changed her legacy. Four Slams, three YECs, 41 titles. A great career, and an even greater person. Good luck in your new life, Kim, and I will always adore you. :hearts: :hug:

John.
Aug 30th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Kim :yeah:

fluffyelloballz
Aug 30th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Wow! Quite a haul. And u can see how glowing when she's holding those majors.
Would be interesting to see a thread of her runner up haul too. To be fair, getting to the finals is a huge achievement in itself and Kim contested plenty of trophy matches.
Maybe I could do it. Would anyone be interested?

SAEKeithSerena
Aug 30th, 2012, 03:57 PM
Fantastic career and a fantastic woman.
Wish her the best and i'm sorry to her fans. I know how hard it must be!

matty
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:09 PM
:worship: Bye Kimmie--you are a great and gracious champion--we will miss you--enjoy your retirement ! :bigclap:

améliemomo
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:14 PM
Oh Kimmie I knew this day will come but so sad when it happens.:sad:

Thank you kim ,you were top class player and top class player,wish you a great life with your cute daughter

bye kimmie:kiss:

Towanda
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:28 PM
Fantastic career and a fantastic woman.
Wish her the best and i'm sorry to her fans. I know how hard it must be!

Thanks! I think it's harder on us than it is on her! She's leaving with no regrets, feeling like she accomplished all she wanted to, and looking forward to the next chapter in her life, while we're just trying to accept that we'll never see her play singles ever again, and in a week or so, when she's done with doubles, we'll never see her play at all. I'm holding out hope that she'll play an exhibition at some point in the future. I'm not even sure if that is just denial on my part or if it's something that's really possible.

cehowardrx7
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:33 PM
A true honest to god champion! :worship:

dsanders06
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:35 PM
Ok, looking through those pictures really set me off :sobbing:

Arguably the 2nd most athletic women's player ever, only behind Graf. Testament to the belief that it's possible for fame and success not to change you. Provided a tournament at the US Open in '09 that will go down in history.

God bless you Kim Clijsters. :sobbing:

flareon
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:39 PM
Ok, looking through those pictures really set me off :sobbing:

Arguably the 2nd most athletic women's player ever, only behind Graf. Testament to the belief that it's possible for fame and success not to change you. Provided a tournament at the US Open in '09 that will go down in history.

God bless you Kim Clijsters. :sobbing:

:hug:

timafi
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:40 PM
Kim :hatoff: :hatoff: :hatoff:

Roookie
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Impressive career Kim!. A true statement that good girls can also do good.

This for me is always going to be one of the best moments ever in the history of women's tennis:

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manu
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:57 PM
God, I'm never such an emotional person, but this gives me chills.

I've been watching Kim since 1999, when she was just an obscure low-ranked semi-junior trying to break through, but already hailed by few experts for her huge raw talent. I was younger than Kim herself, and it was so exciting to grow up witnessing an amazing talent, a talent a country had never seen. At barely 16, she was the youngest player since Martina Hingis to make such a leap in the rankings or even be ranked top-50 after barely 6 tournaments. She broke records, and while some didn't like her game as she slowly became more famous, I was behind her like a rock and had - myself just a child - a rock-solid belief she was a star in the making and would go on to become one of the greats.

I remember being disappointed with Kim's results in 2001-2004, knowing she had the talent to make it big, but seemingly always overshadowed by a greater, mentally tougher player on the most important moments. The eternal 'almost'-feeling. God, those Slam finals, 2 points from victory, that Aussie 2003 semi, those finals against Justine... I was gutted. And slowly, I have to admit, was beginning to settle with Kim being less succesful than her equally talented peers.

Afterwards, I was so elated with her great results in her 2nd career. She finally seemed to posess the mental toughness she seemed to have lacked. Life had made her stronger. It showed in her gamestyle. Some say she may have overachieved, and you know, it might be true, but in the end, I think everything levels out a bit. Kim so deserved every one of those Slam victories, and I'm so glad she captured them. They could've been more, but in the end, it doesn't matter. What matters is she's a rolemodel of a champ.

It's been such an authentic experience to support someone so genuinely nice, and especially so genuinely human. Even though she was a great player, Kim could blow hot and cold on consecutive days on a tennis court, and was never really very predictable, except for her famous early round slayings of lesser opponents in her early days. And that human, inpredictable, emotion-dependent quality was, after all, what I so much liked about Kim. And what we like in all great historic sports figures, I guess. I will so miss her genuinely kind, warm-hearted, nice, honest nature.

Kim, you'll be extremely missed, girl! Thank you for the truely great years and the fantastic sports moments you've give us! They're engraved in my memory, or, dare I say, in my heart.

A loyal fan,

Manu

ArcticMoose
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:07 PM
:worship:An outstanding Sportswoman! and what an honour & pleasure it has been to enoy her Tennis over the years.:drool:

:wavey:Enjoy your Retirement Kim CLijsters - You surely will be missed!

2Black
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Great Thread! Good Bye to a Champion! Next stop... Hall of Fame!!!

Mynarco
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:13 PM
What a legend.

gentenaire
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:13 PM
back to being a housewife now...

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kaetchen
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Those pictures bring back so many good memories! so sad this is the end :sad:
Thanks for everything, Kim! A great champion with enjoyable game, but above all, a truly nice and gracious personality!
You'll be deeply missed! The tour is not the same without you!
Enjoy your life ahead with your family!

ViceUltramontain
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:42 PM
:worship:

:sobbing:

RenaSlam.
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:27 PM
Really enjoyed Clijsters. On and off the court. Such a classy woman.

May the next chapter of her life be full of happiness.

cellophane
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Really enjoyed Clijsters. On and off the court. Such a classy woman.

May the next chapter of her life be full of happiness.

You forgot to finish your post with this:

"Step."

:)

lienie18
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:58 PM
:sad: The end of an era. I'm so incredibly proud of her achievements on and off court. She has been a role model for many. After 11 years of being a Kim fan, tennis will never be the same.

Yorker
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:20 PM
It's so weird, i'm 23 started watching early 2000's and seeing kim and the rest of her generation starting to pack their bags is really just strange and sad to see. I really can't explain it just growing up used to seeing a pack of players just continuosly winning and then one day they're gone.

Bounty Hunter
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:42 PM
:awww: Wow.. sad to see her go.

I wish you well, Kim. :hug:

Tenis Srbija
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:49 PM
Oh...now there is only W sisters left from that AMAZING PERIOD :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:
Kim :worship:

The Daviator
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Kim has been such a constant throughout all my years following tennis, sad to see her retire, but she carved out a remarkable career for herself and she was a supreme player and athlete. All the best for the future, Kim :hug:

Let.them.talk
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:45 PM
Thanks :)
:worship:

Sylvester
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:16 PM
Seeing Kim go is like watching the end of an era that will be fully closed with the Williams retire one day. I grew up watching Mauresmo, Dementieva, Hingis, Henin, Clijsters, Seles, Pierce, Capriati, Danveport and now they're all gone.

From the 2002 season ending ranking, only Serena, Venus, Hantuchova, Dokic, Daniilidou and Kremer are still playing from the Top 25! :eek:

All the others are gone.

dsanders06
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:18 PM
^^ Is Kremer really still playing? :lol:

Oizo
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Whatta nice thread :cool: Now she's history :sad: :sobbing:

BARBIE
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Kim :sad: I really like her a lot :awww: I am going to miss her so much :sad:

Sylvester
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:03 PM
^^ Is Kremer really still playing? :lol:

She played the qualies of the Astana challenger last month, so yes! :p :lol:

cn ireland
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:06 PM
What a woman, what a player, what a career;)!

liuxuan
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:33 PM
an absolute star with incredible achievements! 4 slams, 3 YEC and 41 titles overall is tremendous!

I have to make a point about the tour these days - if Kim's prime had been in the current tour and beyond, I doubt she would have won so many titles and had such profilic 9 title seasons as she had in 03 and 05. The reason??? Kim was a carpet/indoor queen and had some amazing european indoor seasons at the end of the year, where she sweeped up lots of tournaments in impressive style. Same goes for Davenport.

These days the exciting european indoor season doesn't really exist, now the tour goes to empty stadiums in asia, where its not really practical or that much of a motivation to play four of five high quality tournaments to end the year. Such a shame as back in the day the european indoor season was top quality especially for indoor/carpet queens like Kim, Lindsay and also Hingis

Barktra
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:53 PM
2003 and 2005 seasons :hearts:

PokemonMaster
Aug 30th, 2012, 11:57 PM
It's so weird, i'm 23 started watching early 2000's and seeing kim and the rest of her generation starting to pack their bags is really just strange and sad to see. I really can't explain it just growing up used to seeing a pack of players just continuosly winning and then one day they're gone.

This is just how I feel. I'm the same age and started following tennis pretty much around the same time, maybe a bit earlier. You always know the day is going to come when your original generation of players is going to be gone, but it sort of sneaks up on you I guess. It makes me feel old.:sad:

I will miss Kim a lot, but I am happily at peace with that. It was frustrating to have her play so on and off the past 2 years, but I agree with others that think it's made retirement easier to accept. We've had more time to accept and start to move on, unlike the sudden onset trauma of Dementieva:hysteric: (I was streaming her last match, left to go to work, got there, then read she had retired. Biggest WTF moment ever.).

But yes, Kim, you are much loved and will be missed. One of the sweetest and nicest professional athletes I have ever seen. I remember reading the tennis results in the NYT when I was younger and wondering who this Clijsters girl who was always showing up there was. I had no idea how to say her name! Then when I found out, for years I always associated her with the Pokemon Cloyster. She won me over after the French Open in 2001 and I was a huge fan ever since. Watching her on court with Jada after USO 09 is one of my favorite sports moments. Kim, thank you for everything!!!! You've given your fans and the game of tennis anything we could have ever asked for.

edificio
Aug 31st, 2012, 12:02 AM
Nice idea. It's cool.

Kim really loved the Luxembourg tournament! :)

louise137
Aug 31st, 2012, 12:22 AM
Wow! Quite a haul. And u can see how glowing when she's holding those majors.
Would be interesting to see a thread of her runner up haul too. To be fair, getting to the finals is a huge achievement in itself and Kim contested plenty of trophy matches.
Maybe I could do it. Would anyone be interested?
yes please. i would love to see the pictures of when she was runner up too. it would be much appreciated.
kim is a legend and i miss her already

Ntosake
Aug 31st, 2012, 01:06 AM
Wonderful pictures, lots of memories. Enjoy the rest of your life Kim, be happy, you deserve it!

crusader2
Aug 31st, 2012, 03:32 AM
Her 2003 season was amazing. Her single and double match record were 90-12/47-5 in 2003. Also she played 15 singles final(won 9 of them) and 10 doubles final (won 7 of them)in 2003.

pov
Aug 31st, 2012, 06:10 AM
Thanks to the OP. Kimmie Clijsters rocks!!! So glad I got to see her hitting on the practice courts last week

RafaKimRena
Aug 31st, 2012, 06:39 AM
Thanks for the memories Kim. You'll be missed. I remember seeing you at Us Open 2010 after the final. Staying for the whole trophy presentation than going down from 300 level to 100 and getting an autograph. You signed everyone and were super nice. The women's game just won't be the same without you. My interest is already fading with the one dimensional either ball bashers or pushers that clog the top spots nowadays. Once the Williams' are gone the good generation will be all but gone. I surely won't follow women's tennis the same without you. Rafa out and Kim retired, not the best Us Open so far.

Lunaticalm
Aug 31st, 2012, 07:18 AM
Another one of my favorites gone:sad::sad:. I felt the same pain when Amy Winehouse died, and when Myskina stopped playing. Ugh.

I still remember the time when she had another comeback in 2009 (it's still so fresh in my mind). I believe it is definitely one of my happiest memories as a tennis fan. I can't believe she's retiring already.

Anyway, good luck to your life outside of the sport:worship::) We'll miss you terribly.

Mary Cherry.
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:16 AM
:bigcry:

ViceUltramontain
Aug 31st, 2012, 12:12 PM
Trying to find the pics of Kim finalist (some still missing, some really small :sad)

Big thanks to Uranium who found some missing pics :hug:


1. Bratislava 1999

?

2. Filderstadt 2000

?

3. Indian Wells 2001
http://www.oocities.org/kim_clijsters/z-indianwells01-5.jpg

4. Roland Garros 2001
http://www.sport24.com/var/plain_site/storage/images/tennis/diaporamas/roland-garros-les-laureats-du-xxie-siecle/2001-capriati/4680990-1-fre-FR/2001-Capriati_full_diapos_large.jpg

5. Rosmalen 2001
http://static.ladh.eu/pictures_news/art_4022.jpg

6. Stanford 2002 (can't find one with Venus)
http://4e.img.v4.skyrock.net/4e4/kim-clijsters007/pics/686733906.jpg

7. Tokyo 2002
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020923/sp6.jpg

8. Antwerp 2003
http://sport.be.msn.com/proximusdiamondgames/inbeeld/finale/images/foto10.jpg

9. Scottsdale 2003
http://4e.img.v4.skyrock.net/4e4/kim-clijsters007/pics/732860863_small.jpg

10. Berlin 2003
http://portfolio.lesoir.be/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=467910&g2_serialNumber=3

11. Roland Garros 2003
http://imados.fr/history/1/6/8/roland-garros-2003.jpg

12. San Diego 2003

http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/pics/03ac/ac03kcjh01.jpg
http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/pics/03ac/ac03kimc12.jpg

13. US Open 2003
http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1208/tennis-kim-clijsters-through-the-years/images/kim-clijsters-2003.jpg

14. Australian Open 2004
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/3103/21238838109clijsters.jpg
http://grand_chelem_tennis.pagesperso-orange.fr/Henin-ClijstersAus04.jpg

15. Antwerp 2006

http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/5165/amelie33mb.jpg

16. San Diego 2006
http://c257.r57.cf3.rackcdn.com/2cdd9780e02a35355a90fb22625e2ee1-2096483986-1302029690-4d9b657a-620x348.jpg

17. Antwerp 2007
http://www.capital.fr/var/cap/storage/images/media/images/photo-v1-317x138/reuters/amelie-mauresmo-s-offre-une-raquette-de-diamants/1893918-1-fre-FR/amelie-mauresmo-s-offre-une-raquette-de-diamants_paysage360.jpg

18. Sydney 2011
http://www.sport24.com/var/plain_site/storage/images/tennis/open-australie/actualites/le-grand-bazar-444251/7613156-1-fre-FR/Le-grand-bazar_article_hover_preview.jpg

19. Paris 2011
http://www.lesoir.be/zc/vignettes475x300/mediastore/_2011/fevrier/hermes/ID2582311_13-paris-prix-ep_164904_018N89_0.JPG.jpg

everythingtaboo
Aug 31st, 2012, 02:14 PM
She's hardly changed features in 10 years :D

I first saw Kim play back in 1999 Wimbledon, against Steffi Graf on court 1. What a great career she's had :yeah:

+1. Followed her career eversince that day. :worship:

everythingtaboo
Aug 31st, 2012, 02:16 PM
4. Roland Garros 2001
http://www.sport24.com/var/plain_site/storage/images/tennis/diaporamas/roland-garros-les-laureats-du-xxie-siecle/2001-capriati/4680990-1-fre-FR/2001-Capriati_full_diapos_large.jpg

This one hurt. One of the most painful matches I have ever sat through. She was so close! :tape:

Libertango
Aug 31st, 2012, 02:23 PM
I also first saw Kim for the first time at Wimbledon in 99 against Graf. I actually remember it very clearly; it was obvious she had ALOT of talent.

That pic with Sugiyama is LOVELY :hearts: Wasn't she her best friend on tour? I remember their reaction when they won Wimbledon :worship:

ViceUltramontain
Aug 31st, 2012, 02:27 PM
That was an amazing day in Scottsdale. Ai playing and winning 4 matches on the same day, semi and final in singles and later won the semi and the final in doubles with Kim :hearts:

ViceUltramontain
Aug 31st, 2012, 02:40 PM
Some more pics :

Fed Cup win in 2001
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/583/3944532459_db330aeb6e.jpg

Los Angeles Doubles in 2002 with Dokic
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/572/untitled.JPG

Her two Doubles GS titles with Ai
http://i35.tinypic.com/2dub8yp.jpg
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/610/212303clijsters89.jpg

Junior Doubles win in Roland Garros with Dokic
http://s7.imagestime.com/out.php/i517333_1998.Frenchopenjuniorskidublkimclijsters.j pg

Endru.
Aug 31st, 2012, 04:20 PM
:sobbing:

rly gonna miss her!!!

louise137
Aug 31st, 2012, 10:33 PM
thanks for all the pics (runner up ones too) Great thread

Pie800
Aug 31st, 2012, 11:11 PM
Such an incredible career. Truly one of the most talented women to ever play tennis. Every time she came back she was not only in winning form, but utterly dominant form (2005, 2009), and that is further testament to her talent. I don't think I'll ever root for a player the way I did Kim. What's worse, is that with Kim, Lindsay, Elena and Amelie retired, truthfully speaking, there really aren't any players that I feel particularly drawn to. :sad:

Oizo
Aug 31st, 2012, 11:28 PM
I still can't believe she's not playing anymore :sobbing:

Uranium
Aug 31st, 2012, 11:45 PM
Some more pics :
Fed Cup win in 2001
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/583/3944532459_db330aeb6e.jpg

Los Angeles Doubles in 2002 with Dokic
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/572/untitled.JPG

Her two Doubles GS titles with Ai
http://i35.tinypic.com/2dub8yp.jpg
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/610/212303clijsters89.jpg

Junior Doubles win in Roland Garros with Dokic
http://s7.imagestime.com/out.php/i517333_1998.Frenchopenjuniorskidublkimclijsters.j pg


My pictures:hearts:

Kim's Doubles Titles
1998 Junior Roland Garros
http://s7.imagestime.com/out.php/i517333_1998.Frenchopenjuniorskidublkimclijsters.j pg

1999 Luxembourg (w/Laurence Courtois)
???

2000 Antwerp (w/Sabine Appelmans)
???

2001 Fed Cup
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/583/3944532459_db330aeb6e.jpg

2002 Los Angeles
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/572/untitled.JPG

2002 Luxembourg
http://www.tennisforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4281&d=1035835349

2003 Sydney
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r585/VeeReeLena/kimai2003sydney.png

2003 Antwerp (w/Ai Sugiyama)
???

2003 Scottsdale
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii207/reddevil62091/KimScotts.jpg

2003 Roland Garros
http://i35.tinypic.com/2dub8yp.jpg

2003 Wimbledon
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/610/212303clijsters89.jpg

2003 San Diego (w/Ai Sugiyama)
????

2003 Zurich
http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r585/VeeReeLena/kimai2003zurich.png

Just 4 doubles trophy pics missing: 1999 Luxembourg, 2000 Antwerp, 2003 Antwerp, and 2003 San Diego.

Pie800
Aug 31st, 2012, 11:56 PM
It's so weird, i'm 23 started watching early 2000's and seeing kim and the rest of her generation starting to pack their bags is really just strange and sad to see. I really can't explain it just growing up used to seeing a pack of players just continuosly winning and then one day they're gone.

Ditto! I'm also 23, also started watching in the early 2000s. I remember it so clearly, I was in England on holiday, and saw Davenport playing at Wimbledon. That's really what first got me into women's tennis. I've been glued ever since.

Reading through all these comments - and believe you me, it's incredibly rare that I actually read every comment in a thread - it's lovely to see all this appreciation for Kim and what she's achieved through the duration of her career. At the same time it actually makes me feel sick to my stomach, especially looking at those photos and knowing I'll never see her hoist another trophy. Still so gutted about the way she went out. She deserved better than a half-empty stadium, that's for sure, but at least it was good, entertaining tennis.

Talula
Sep 1st, 2012, 12:01 AM
I know the feeling when your favourite retires - its horrible.

So a big :hug: to all Kim's fans.

KournikovaFan91
Sep 1st, 2012, 12:09 AM
To echo what was said by others seems weird people from that era are retiring like this, I think when Venus/Serena go then I'll certainly feel old as a fan, I mean so many new fans don't even know about the journeywomen of the early to mid 2000s and even some bigger names have slipped into oblivion.

I remember being a kid and seeing the guys at my dad's workplace glued to a match Kournikova was playing at Wimbledon and I knew I loved the blonde chick playing. :lol: Started following tennis more in-depthly in 04/05, I remember Kournikova wasn't long gone and back then people were talking about comebacks and the like :sobbing: Kournikova.com forum was busy back then. Dav from this site was a regular dunno if anyone else who posts here was. Went there the other day and some old threads had been bumped and my awful posts from when I was 14 were there :tape: :help: I was such a Masha hater and one of the adult posters always chastised me for it :lol:

Then kinda found Ivanovic as a Kournikova-replacement but really I haven't found a player I love as much as Anna, I guess we are all like that with the first player we really loved. Like how many Kim fans will ever find a player they like as much as Kim :shrug:

Towanda
Sep 1st, 2012, 12:27 AM
Ditto! I'm also 23, also started watching in the early 2000s. I remember it so clearly, I was in England on holiday, and saw Davenport playing at Wimbledon. That's really what first got me into women's tennis. I've been glued ever since.

Reading through all these comments - and believe you me, it's incredibly rare that I actually read every comment in a thread - it's lovely to see all this appreciation for Kim and what she's achieved through the duration of her career. At the same time it actually makes me feel sick to my stomach, especially looking at those photos and knowing I'll never see her hoist another trophy. Still so gutted about the way she went out. She deserved better than a half-empty stadium, that's for sure, but at least it was good, entertaining tennis.

Her first mixed doubles match with Bob Bryan just ended a while ago, and I think the crowd there somewhat made up for the half-empty stadium for her last finals match. Kim looked like she was having fun, the stands were full, and the crowd was really into the match and very much cheering for Kim. She hung around for a really long time signing autographs. I'm expecting that the remaining mixed doubles will be the same, with full crowds cheering for Kim, and she's going to leave this tournament knowing just how much she is appreciated and loved.

Pie800
Sep 1st, 2012, 12:37 AM
Her first mixed doubles match with Bob Bryan just ended a while ago, and I think the crowd there somewhat made up for the half-empty stadium for her last finals match. Kim looked like she was having fun, the stands were full, and the crowd was really into the match and very much cheering for Kim. She hung around for a really long time signing autographs. I'm expecting that the remaining mixed doubles will be the same, with full crowds cheering for Kim, and she's going to leave this tournament knowing just how much she is appreciated and loved.

That is so great to hear. :) My gosh I'm going to miss her. Going to take a long time for me to come to terms with it, I'm beginning to realize. Anyway, lovely to hear people are swarming in for her final matches.

flyingmachine
Sep 1st, 2012, 12:50 AM
I remembered 7/6 years ago we were talking about Kim and Justine and nothing else at the forum and it seems time has gone past so fast. I never a fan of her but her defensive skill are very impressive if not legendary. Anyway Kim is gone now.
This is the end of a great era for Belgian tennis.:sad:

Towanda
Sep 1st, 2012, 01:09 AM
To echo what was said by others seems weird people from that era are retiring like this, I think when Venus/Serena go then I'll certainly feel old as a fan, I mean so many new fans don't even know about the journeywomen of the early to mid 2000s and even some bigger names have slipped into oblivion.

I remember being a kid and seeing the guys at my dad's workplace glued to a match Kournikova was playing at Wimbledon and I knew I loved the blonde chick playing. :lol: Started following tennis more in-depthly in 04/05, I remember Kournikova wasn't long gone and back then people were talking about comebacks and the like :sobbing: Kournikova.com forum was busy back then. Dav from this site was a regular dunno if anyone else who posts here was. Went there the other day and some old threads had been bumped and my awful posts from when I was 14 were there :tape: :help: I was such a Masha hater and one of the adult posters always chastised me for it :lol:

Then kinda found Ivanovic as a Kournikova-replacement but really I haven't found a player I love as much as Anna, I guess we are all like that with the first player we really loved. Like how many Kim fans will ever find a player they like as much as Kim :shrug:


I think it's probably true to some extent that people will never find a player they like as much as the player they first loved, but I think some players transcend that. If someone asked me who my favorite player ever was, it would be Martina Navratilova. She is still my favorite player ever and the one who I always compare all the others to. During the Graf-Seles years, even though I liked Seles quite a bit, no one was ever going to replace Martina for me, and it became difficult for me to even watch tennis because I missed Martina so much. No one will ever replace Martina as my favorite ever, but Kim is a special person.

I love her game, especially when she appears to be playing very defensively, and then the next thing you know she is running her opponent back and forth from corner to corner. But, for me, the main attraction is her personality. It is hard not to see how kind, charming, and personable she is, and to not be attracted to that. I mentioned in an earlier post a few examples about how kind Kim is to her fans. One I forgot to mention is that after she won the '09 U.S. Open, she had a huge party in whatever town in Belgium she lives in, and she invited anyone who wanted to come. She posted it on her website just as a few years before she posted about a wedding reception that was open to whomever wanted to come. She posted the location, date and time for her '09 USO celebration, said anyone could come, and that she'd even buy the beer. Who else in the world would do that? The level of appreciation for her fans, the willingness to share that much of herself, and the trust that she has in other people are amazing. I've never seen that kind of openness from anyone, let alone someone who is in the public eye.

Oizo
Sep 1st, 2012, 01:13 AM
So both Kim and Andy retire with this slam :awww:

KournikovaFan91
Sep 1st, 2012, 01:59 AM
Kim always seems like such a nice person, particularly when female professional athletes can come across as bitchy and arrogant she is such a friendly and amiable person. I honestly don't get why she has haters. :shrug:

I think the players we support once are fave retires we support for a different reason than the reason we support our original fave, like right now I guess Karatantcheva is my fave and really thats for drama and laughs :oh:

tonybotz
Sep 1st, 2012, 02:26 AM
thanks for the memories, Kimberly!:worship: