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Articles on Kim's #1

Thought we could use a seperate thread instead of burying it in the JP Morgan Thread

For starters, this is the gooberish headline in a few Australian newspapers:

She's Lleyton's No.1 girl

BELGIAN Kim Clijsters went to the top of world tennis today as boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt was kept up to date with text messages from her parents.
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Also posted in the JP Morgan thread:

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At 20, Clijsters confirms early predictions
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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ With champion athletes for parents, it always was obvious Kim Clijsters had the potential to shine.

With Lleyton Hewitt as a boyfriend, she had an inkling of what it would be like to be atop of the tennis world.

Now she can find out for herself.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old Belgian beat Lindsay Davenport in the final of a hard-court tournament in Carson, Calif. That means Clijsters will take over the No. 1 ranking from the injured Serena Williams on Monday.

It's a reward for relentless stamina and consistency.

Clijsters is the first woman to reach No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam title since the WTA Tour introduced its rankings in 1975. But she has shown steady form, winning a tour-leading six tournaments this season and reaching the semifinals of all 14 events she entered.

She is among the favorites to win the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 25.

Like Williams, No. 1 for 57 straight weeks, Clijsters stood out at an early age, earning rave reviews.

At 11, her youth coach bet a case of beer that one day she would be ranked in the top 10. When the head of the regional tennis federation saw her play for the first time, he went home and woke up his wife to tell her he had seen something remarkable.

It seemed only her father, Lei, remained stoically calm through it all. After all, it was unlikely that anyone in the family would reach the sporting heights he had.

Lei, now his daughter's manager, was a midfielder on the Belgian national soccer team that reached the 1986 World Cup semifinals. Clijsters' mother was a local gymnastics champion.

Clijsters showed talent for sports quickly and spent hours training as soon as she started with tennis at age 6.

Soon, the prodigy started raking in the titles. At 11, she became the youngest Belgian junior champion. She won the national title at 15, also a record.

She groomed a game built on booming ground strokes and impressive court coverage.

In her first WTA tournament, four years ago, it took the top-seeded player to keep her out of the semifinals. At Wimbledon that season, she lost in the fourth round to the woman whose pictures long adorned the walls of her bedroom _ Steffi Graf.

That fall, she won her first WTA tournament, the SEAT Open in Luxembourg. From then on, her rise was swift _ Clijsters reached No. 18 in 2000 and almost immediately was a contender at majors.

She reached the 2001 French Open final, losing to Jennifer Capriati 12-10 in the last set, the longest third set in a Roland Garros title match.

After a right shoulder injury slowed her early in 2002, she came back strong in the second half, capping it with victory in the year-ending Tour championships, beating Williams in the final.

She appeared poised to end Williams' Slam streak at the Australian Open in January, leading 5-1 in the third set of their semifinal. But Williams erased two match points and wound up winning.

At this year's French Open, Clijsters again reached the final, but she lost to countrywoman Justine Henin-Hardenne.

When she lost to an injured Venus Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals after taking the first set, Clijsters again faced questions about whether she can beat the Grand Slam jinx.

She'll be looking for an answer at Flushing Meadows later this month.
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From the BBC's website:

Kim Clijsters has toppled Serena Williams at the top of the women's world rankings after claiming the JPMorgan Chase Open title.

The Belgian defeated American Lindsay Davenport 6-1 3-6 6-1 in sweltering conditions in Los Angeles.

"I always looked up to number ones Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and to be in the position now, even though they held the ranking for so much longer, is incredible," said the 20-year-old.

"When they said it on court, it gave me goosebumps."

"Being number one reflects on the great season I've had so far. No one can take that away from me. It's something I'll always have on my resume."


Clijsters is the first player to top the rankings without winning a grand slam since the WTA Tour introduced the ranking system in 1975.

The Belgian was flawless in the first set, but Davenport found a chink in the French Open runner-up's armour to level the match.

After an enforced 10-minute heat break, Clijsters returned to the court in blistering fashion, racing to a 3-0 lead thanks to some powerful groundstrokes.

Davenport found her rhythm in the fourth game, producing some hefty serves to claw her way back into the match.

But the American, who appeared to be suffering from a recurrence of her ankle injury, was broken for the second time before Clijsters stylishly wrapped up the match 6-1.
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One from the WTA site:

Kim Clijsters Ascends To No. 1
First Belgian women No. 1 in WTA Tour history
August 10, 2003


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Belgian Kim Clijsters will cap a stellar last 12 months when she overtakes Serena Williams as the world’s No. 1 after the new WTA Tour rankings are published on Monday, August 11.

Clijsters secured her place as the world No. 1 when she defeated former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in the final of the JPMorgan Chase Open on Sunday, August 10.

“It’s a feeling I can’t describe. Out there on court, I got butterflies in my stomach. It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said the new No. 1. “This is a very special day I'll never forget. No matter what will happen the rest of my career, no one will ever take that away from me. It's something that I will always have on my resume, so I'll definitely celebrate a little.”

“(Kim) should for sure enjoy it," said Davenport, Clijsters’ opponent in the final. “It's a huge accomplishment; she's obviously earned it.”[/B]
The 20-year-old’s amazing run began last October in Filderstadt, Germany, where she won marathon matches in successive days over Lindsay Davenport, Amélie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova to win her eighth career singles title. Since then, she has reached the semifinals or better of 16 of her last 17 tournaments, been a finalist on five occasions and has won more titles (six – including Los Angeles) than anyone else in the last 12 months. Tournament highlights include winning her first major title at the 2002 season-ending Tour Championships, (beating Justine-Henin-Hardenne, Venus Williams and Serena Williams in successive matches), winning 2003 Tier I events at Indian Wells and Rome, reaching the finals of the French Open and semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

“Kim joins some of the game’s greatest legends in attaining the most difficult and significant achievements in tennis,” said WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott. “This will now give us a very exciting Race to the WTA Tour Championships and a great battle for the year-end No. 1 WTA Tour ranking.”

Clijsters becomes the 12th woman to ascend to the No. 1 spot since computer rankings were first introduced in November 1975, joining the likes of former greats Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, and most recently the Williams sisters.

Before Clijsters took over the top ranking, Navratilova said, “If she becomes No. 1, she’ll definitely deserve it because she had the best year overall. She is very consistent and has won a whole bunch of tournaments, so she’s earned it.”
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Lets get the rankings down in black and white!!

1 (2) CLIJSTERS, KIM
6039.00 2102.00 22




2 (1) WILLIAMS, SERENA
5995.00 2186.00 11
3 (3) HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE
5007.00 1760.00 20
4 (4) DAVENPORT, LINDSAY
3582.00 1127.00 19
5 (5) WILLIAMS, VENUS
3536.00 1270.00 10
6 (6) MAURESMO, AMELIE
2932.00 1038.00 14
7 (7) CAPRIATI, JENNIFER
2589.00 743.00 19
8 (9) HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA
2078.00 665.00 24
9 (8) RUBIN, CHANDA
2077.00 704.00 19
10 (10) MYSKINA, ANASTASIA
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One short one from sanex heros:
Kim Clijsters World Number 1

After another impressive victory at the JP Morgan Chase Open in LA, Kim Clijsters became the new World Number 1 defeating in three sets, Lindsay Davenport in the final. But who will stop the Belgians who won the last 3 tournaments in a row?!
Hence Kim gives to Belgium its 1st ever world title. Bravo!
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Another one from USAtoday:

Clijsters tops Davenport in JPMorgan Chase Open final
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Kim Clijsters became the new No. 1 in women's tennis Sunday, outlasting Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open for her tour-high sixth title of the year.


Clijsters takes over the top spot from the injured Serena Williams, who will trail by less than 45 points when the WTA Tour rankings come out Monday.
Clijsters, who moves up from No. 2, is the first Belgian and the 12th woman to be No. 1 since the rankings began in 1975.

She's also the only player to be No. 1 without first winning a Grand Slam title, although Clijsters will be among the favorites to win the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.

"It's something that always seems so far away, and it is always something that you work for," Clijsters said, referring to being No. 1. "It makes you more motivated and makes you train harder."

The ranking is another achievement in a year that so far has been outstanding for the 20-year-old Clijsters. She has reached the semifinals in all 14 events she's played in 2003; she and countrywoman Justine Henin-Hardenne were tied with five titles.

Clijsters lost to Henin-Hardenne in the French Open final.

Williams, champion at five of the past six majors, had knee surgery Aug. 1 and is expected to be out up to two months. She has been No. 1 for 57 consecutive weeks, since July 8, 2002.

Clijsters rolled to a 5-0 lead against Davenport, a former No. 1 and three-time major champion. But Davenport tied things up, ending the second set with a cross-court forehand winner.

The players then were allowed a 10-minute heat break because of temperatures in the 90s — and Clijsters was by far the fresher player in the third set, winning it in just 17 minutes.

Davenport won just nine points and committed 11 unforced errors in the decisive set. Clijsters had 11 winners and four errors.

Davenport's left foot appeared to bother her as she fell behind 4-1. She started hobbling, and Clijsters broke her at love then closed out the victory when Davenport's backhand landed wide.

Clijsters raised both arms, walked to the net and kissed Davenport on the cheek. Fans chanted, "Number one! Number one!" and Clijsters tossed a white sweatband into the stands.

"I don't know how to feel," Clijsters told the crowd. "I'm a bit confused."

It was her second victory in two weeks against Davenport. She won 6-3, 6-3 last week in the semifinals of the Acura Classic at Carlsbad, Calif., and leads their rivalry 7-6.

Clijsters is 4-0 on hard courts against Davenport this year
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Lets get the rankings down in black and white!!

1 (2) CLIJSTERS, KIM
6039.00 2102.00 22




2 (1) WILLIAMS, SERENA
5995.00 2186.00 11
3 (3) HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE
5007.00 1760.00 20
4 (4) DAVENPORT, LINDSAY
3582.00 1127.00 19
5 (5) WILLIAMS, VENUS
3536.00 1270.00 10
6 (6) MAURESMO, AMELIE
2932.00 1038.00 14
7 (7) CAPRIATI, JENNIFER
2589.00 743.00 19
8 (9) HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA
2078.00 665.00 24
9 (8) RUBIN, CHANDA
2077.00 704.00 19
10 (10) MYSKINA, ANASTASIA
1990.00 674.00 25
O M G....it's a fact woooohooooooooooooooooo

from ********************:

FIRST TOP WOMEN WITHOUT SLAM TITLE

Clijsters claims, and deserves, No. 1

By Matthew Cronin
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Photo: Fred Mullane/Camerawork USA, Inc.
Design: Ron Cioffi/********************
FROM THE JP MORGAN CHASE OPEN IN LA – During a heat break in between the second and third set of her 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory over second-seed Lindsay Davenport in the final here Sunday, the feeling around the Home Depot Center was that Kim Clijsters might not able to raise the level of game and become the first player from her tiny nation to grab the No. 1 ranking.

But Clijsters proved her doubters wrong and came off her chair like a hellion, devastating Davenport until her sore foot began throbbing with pain. For the first time this year, Clijsters won a huge match when the pressure was immense and proved to the world that she is a deserving No. 1.

Had she not won this contest and had the top ranking handed to her by default next week in Toronto, there would be few reasons to celebrate. But now Clijsters can say that she won a match with No. 1 ranking on her racket and for a 20-year-old with dreams of winning a Grand Slams, that is a gigantic feat.

"It’s a huge accomplishment," Davenport said. "Now everyone is going to start asking her when she’s going to win a Grand Slam. But she has the goods to do it. She has a lot of game and hasn’t even hit her peak yet."

The 20-year-old Clijsters became the first player to attain the top spot without winning a Grand Slam title since the WTA Tour introduced the ranking system in 1975, but it didn’t ruin her celebration. She’s reached the semis or better in all 14 tournaments she played this year. The last player to do so was former No. 1 Martina Hingis in 1997. That’s very good company.

"I always looked up to No. 1s Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and, to be in the position now even though they held the ranking for so much longer, is incredible," said Clijsters, who took over the top spot from the injured Serena. "When they said it on court, it gave me goose bumps."

After cutting cake and handing out glasses of champagne to the media, signing a ton of autographs and having her picture taken with her adoring fans, Clijsters strode happily back to the locker room. She was more than jovial, jokingly threatening to spray a reporter with champagne. The feeling of being the sport’s top player was beginning to sink in and she couldn’t stop smiling.

"It makes you feel incredible with all these people around, you feel it more. It’s amazing," she said.

MUST GET THE SLAM IN NY
Clijsters next step is obvious: She has to win a Slam to legitimize her ranking. Like it or not, she’s THE favorite to win the US Open. Now all she needs to do is step up to the plate and show off the incredible level she’s displayed much of the past three weeks when it counts in New York.

"It motivates me very much," Clijsters said. "The US Open will be tough because, without Serena playing, there will be a lot players who think they have a bigger chance to win. But I like the challenge."

If Venus makes it back for the Open, she’ll be Clijsters main contender along with third-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne, who said last week that her two of her main goals are to win the Open and become No. 1.

Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne were involved in a somewhat nasty dispute after Henin-Hardenne beat her in three sets in the final of the Acura Classic last week. Clijsters accused her of using an injury time-out to treat a blister as a mental break in order to get herself back in the match. Henin-Hardenne has beaten Clijsters three of the last four times they have played, including in the Roland Garros final. Clijsters badly wants another shot at her.

"For sure she’s a main challenger but there are other players who would like to get there, too," Clijsters said. "If I’m going to challenge her, it’s going to be in a semis or final and I have to get there first. But if I play her, I’m definitely looking forward to revenge."

Those are strong words from pleasant Clijsters, but she’s a much more mentally fit player than she was last year. She knows that if she’s going to achieve her goals, she can’t back down. She’s remarkably resilient player and can shrug off significant losses like few players in the game. She keeps working and keeps ringing up W’s.

"I’ve always been very positive even, when I lose," she said. "You can’t always win. I don’t see myself getting disappointed when I’ve lost one match at a Grand Slam and I’ve won five or six. If you’re competitive, the first thing you want to do is to train hard again and get fitter and better."

That she has. Now the only question that remains is if she’s improved enough over the last month to win a Slam title when she’s expected to. We’ll know the answer to that in four weeks time when women’s finalists walk on court for the primetime US Open final.
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There are some nice clips about Kim becoming number one on the VRT news site: www.vrtnieuws.net. There is one clip with an overview of Kim's career (some nice images of a young Kim), one with images from Bree and one one with reactions of other Belgian players.

All in Dutch, but nevertheless... Enjoy!
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Posted in the JP Morgan thread but I'll post it again

Clijsters earns No. 1 ranking
By Beth Harris, Associated Press, 8/10/2003 19:54
CARSON, Calif. (AP) Her mind was racing. Her cell phone was ringing. And in 95-degree heat, Kim Clijsters had goosebumps.

Clijsters became the new No. 1 in women's tennis Sunday, outlasting Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open for her tour-high sixth title of the year.

''This is a day I'll never forget,'' she said, smiling.

While talking about being No. 1, Clijsters still hadn't come to grips with her status.

''Oh, it sounds funny saying that,'' she said, giggling.

Clijsters takes over the top spot from the injured Serena Williams, who will trail by less than 45 points when the WTA Tour rankings come out Monday.

''It's a feeling I cannot really describe,'' Clijsters said. ''On the court, I had all these butterflies in my stomach and goosebumps. There were so many things going through my mind.''

Clijsters, who moves up from No. 2, is the first Belgian and the 12th woman to be No. 1 since the rankings began in 1975.

''She's got a lot of game,'' Davenport said. ''I think she can get better. She hits the ball hard and she plays offense and defense extremely well.''

Clijsters is also the only player to be No. 1 without first winning a Grand Slam title, although she will be among the favorites to win the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.

''It's something that always seems so far away, and it is always something that you work for,'' Clijsters said, referring to being No. 1. ''It makes you more motivated and makes you train harder.''

The ranking is another achievement in a year that so far has been outstanding for the 20-year-old Clijsters. She reached the semifinals in all 14 events she's played in 2003; she and countrywoman Justine Henin-Hardenne were tied with five titles.

Clijsters lost to Henin-Hardenne in the French Open final.

Among the callers to Clijsters' cell phone was her father Lei, a former pro soccer player, and boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt, the ATP Tour's former No. 1. Her parents were home in Belgium, where a band scheduled a concert in Clijsters' hometown, but few showed up.

''They were all watching the match,'' she said. ''They've always supported me. It's great to be able to give something back to them.''

Clijsters said she planned a quiet celebration dinner with her coach and physical trainer. She cut and served pieces of a large cake that read ''No. 1 Congratulations Kim,'' then wrinkled her nose upon taking a sip of champagne from a bottle presented by tournament organizers.

Later, Clijsters carried pieces of cake to fans waiting for autographs.


Williams, champion at five of the past six majors, had knee surgery Aug. 1 and is expected to be out up to two months. She has been No. 1 for 57 consecutive weeks since July 8, 2002.

Clijsters rolled to a 5-0 lead in the first set against Davenport, a former No. 1 and three-time major champion. Davenport blew a 3-0 lead in the second, letting Clijsters get to 3-3.

Davenport fought off four break points and held at 4-3 when Clijsters returned her second serve into the net. She broke Clijsters in the next game and won the set when the Belgian's backhand sailed long.

The players then were allowed a 10-minute heat break because of temperatures in the 90s and Clijsters was by far the fresher player in the third set, winning it in just 17 minutes.

''I came back as a new player after that break,'' she said. ''In the third, I felt I could move her around, and at the end she hurt her foot. That made me be a little more aggressive.''

Davenport won just nine points and committed 11 unforced errors in the decisive set. Clijsters had 11 winners and four errors.

''The first and third sets, I basically gave them away in the first three games,'' said Davenport, a finalist seven of the last eight years and a three-time winner in Los Angeles.

''I get in these three-set matches and it seems I go away in the first three few games in the third. I never got on top of the points in that set.''

Davenport's left foot started bothering her as she fell behind 3-1. She started hobbling, and Clijsters broke her at love then closed out the victory when Davenport's backhand landed wide.

''I had already dug myself into a deep hole,'' said Davenport, who will take this week off and plans to play one last hard-court tuneup in New Haven, Conn., before the Open.

When it ended, Clijsters raised both arms, walked to the net and kissed Davenport on the cheek. Fans chanted, ''Number one! Number one!'' and Clijsters tossed a white sweatband into the stands.

''I don't know how to feel,'' Clijsters told the crowd. ''I'm a bit confused.''

It was her second victory in two weeks against Davenport. She won 6-3, 6-3 last week in the semifinals of the Acura Classic at Carlsbad, Calif., and leads their rivalry 7-6.

Clijsters is 4-0 on hard courts against Davenport this year.

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Clijsters wins to take over No. 1 ranking

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Belgian Kim Clijsters took over the world's No. 1 ranking for the first time in her career by winning the WTA Los Angeles tournament.

Clijsters defeated former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to capture her 16th career crown and pocket 97,000 dollars in first place prize money.

"I don't know how to feel, I am a bit confused," said Clijsters. "It is great having my first No. 1 ranking."

Serving to close out the match in the third set, Clijsters jumped out to a 40-15 lead and then took the title when one of Davenport's shots sailed long.

"It is a feeling I can't describe," said Clijsters. "On the court I had butterflies and goosebumps. This is incredible."

Clijsters said she will cherish this moment for a long time.

"It reflects on the great season I have had so far. I have been able to be No. 1 in doubles and singles now, and no one will ever take that away from me. This is something I will always have on my resume."

The 20-year-old Clijsters, who has reached the semis or better in all 14 tournaments she has played, is having her best season of her career with six singles titles this year.

She supplanted the injured Serena Williams (news - web sites) atop the world rankings. Williams will be out of action until after the US Open recovering from knee surgery. Williams had spent 57 weeks as No. 1.

But unlike the other 11 former number ones, Clijsters is the first woman to reach the top spot without have won a Grand Slam tournament. She made it to the semi-finals of the Australian Open (news - web sites) and Wimbledon (news - web sites) this year.

Clijsters also passed Belgian compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne for most singles titles this year. Henin-Hardenne has five.

Clijsters and Davenport were an equal 6-6 in career matches heading into Sunday's final but Clijsters has now won six of the last seven meetings.

"I started off well and that motivated me to keep going," said Clijsters. "In second set she played really well.

"Then in third set once I broke her I felt good and I felt like I could move her around. When I saw she was limping I tried to be more aggressive."

Clijsters, who also won two weeks ago in Stanford, California, boosted her record this year to 66-8.

Davenport also knows how it feels to be No. 1. She first reached the position in October 1998 and held it for 37 weeks.

"It is a huge accomplishment, and she earned it," said Davenport. "I am sure she wants to start winning slam titles."

Clijsters said her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt was monitoring the progress of her match from Cincinnati where he is getting ready to play in an ATP event.

"He was on the golf course and writing (text) messages to my parents," she said.

Her parents were watching the match on TV from their home in Belgium.

The match was broadcast live to Belgium, where it caused a stir in her hometown of Bree.

"Everyone in Belgium has been watching it. In my town there was a performance, and band or something was playing, and no one showed up," said Clijsters.


Clijsters won the first set easily, breaking Davenport in the second and fourth games then holding serve in the next game to jump out to a 5-0 lead.

Davenport rallied in the second set winning the crucial seventh game to beak a 3-3 tie after Clijsters had battled back from a 3-0 deficit.

After winning the marathon seventh game, Davenport broke Clijsters serve in the eighth game en route to a 6-3 win.

Clijsters took command of the third set in much the same way she did in the first. She grabbed a 3-1 lead and never looked back.

She had five aces and hit 33 winners while Davenport had just three aces, 27 winners and made 36 unforced errors.

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Weeks At #1


Steffi Graf (GER): 378 weeks
Martina Navratilova (USA): 331 weeks
Chris Evert (USA): 262 weeks
Martina Hingis (SUI): 209 weeks
Monica Seles (USA): 178 weeks
Serena Williams (USA): 57 weeks
Lindsay Davenport (USA): 37 weeks
Tracy Austin (USA): 22 weeks
Jennifer Capriati (USA): 17 weeks
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP): 12 weeks
Venus Williams (USA): 11 weeks
Kim Clijsters (BEL): 1 week

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From the LA Times:

No. 1 Is Piece of Cake for Clijsters
Belgian beats Davenport to win title in Carson and becomes 12th player to achieve top ranking.

By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer


Standards being standards, the No. 1 club doesn't swing its doors open often to new membership. But a Belgian prodigy with an uncompromising forehand and distinguished athletic pedigree gained entrance as the well-known group of 11 expanded to an even dozen.

You might say Kim Clijsters had her cake and ate it too.

The top-seeded Clijsters won her sixth title of 2003, beating No. 2-seeded Lindsay Davenport, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, in Sunday's final of the JPMorgan Chase Open in Carson, becoming the 12th woman to reach No. 1 on the WTA Tour. Of the 12, she is the only one who has not won a Grand Slam event, but could change that with a victory at the upcoming U.S. Open.

She beamed after Davenport's backhand went wide on match point and never seemed to quit smiling during the postmatch activities. On the court, officials gave her a cake and a 3-foot floral arrangement in the shape of a 1.

"It's a feeling I cannot really describe," said Clijsters, who will replace the injured Serena Williams when the official rankings are released today by the tour.

"Even out there on the court when it happened, I was really happy and I had all these butterflies in my stomach and goose bumps. It's an incredible feeling."

Not long after serving for the match, the title and No. 1 ranking against Davenport, Clijsters served cake to the media members in attendance, and knowing her audience, managed to cut slices big enough to feed a family of four. One writer asked for a smaller piece.

"Eat what you get given," Clijsters said, joking.

After all, it was hers to give. Clijsters controlled the distribution of the cake in the same way she was in command of the 1-hour 30-minute final and pursuit of the No. 1 ranking before 3,651 at the Home Depot Center in 95-degree heat. She won the first five games in 24 minutes.

Though Davenport picked up her game considerably in the second set, Clijsters still had a chance to win it in straight sets. But, in perhaps the best game of the match, Davenport fought off three break points in the seventh game of the second set.

After splitting sets, they took a 10-minute break because of the extreme-heat rule, and Clijsters said she stuck her head under cold water and changed clothes. She returned to the court looking like a different player, winning the first three games and, in one stretch, 10 consecutive points.

Davenport's body language was getting more negative, and then her body broke down when she trailed, 1-3, in the third. Her chronic foot ailment, an injured nerve in her toe, flared up at deuce, and she won only one of the final 11 points, almost unable to move. The third set lasted only 17 minutes.

"It came on really sharp, but like I said, I already dug myself a big enough hole to try and get out of," Davenport said. "It would have been a different story if it had been pretty close."

Williams, who had spent 57 weeks at No. 1, is already out of the U.S. Open. Her older sister, Venus, is questionable for the final Grand Slam event of the year because of an abdominal strain, and now Davenport has doubt looming over her appearance.

The cast of injured Americans increases the chances of an all-Belgian final at the Open between new No. 1 Clijsters and her rival, French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.

"It's a super day for Belgium," said Clijsters' coach, Marc Dehous. "We had our first Grand Slam winner and now we have the first No. 1."

Clijsters was traveling light in Southern California. Her boyfriend, former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, was in Cincinnati on a golf course, keeping track of the match via text messages from Clijsters' parents, Leo and Els, who were watching the match on TV in Belgium. The Clijsters family has long been in the athletic spotlight in Belgium, as Leo was a star soccer player for the national team and mother Els an elite gymnast.

"I think everyone in Belgium has been watching it," Clijsters said.

"In my town, there was a group performing, a band, a pretty big band and no one showed up, they were watching the match. It's great to be able to give back something like this."

That wasn't just lip service. Clijsters also gave the struggling tournament, which moved to Carson this year from Manhattan Beach, a historic moment and touch of class.

After fulfilling her media obligations, she handed out slices of cake to a contingent of fans, posed for pictures and signed more autographs.

"No one will ever take that away from me, no matter what will happen to me for the rest of my career now," Clijsters said of the achievement. "It's something I'll always have on my — how do you say? — on my resume."
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From Australia's The Advertiser:

TENNIS: Hey Lleyton, now it's my turn to be No.*1


LOS ANGELES: Lleyton Hewitt was on a golf course several states away but still monitored proceedings as his girlfriend Kim Clijsters was crowned the new women's No.*1 yesterday.

Clijsters became the 12th woman to be No.*1 since the rankings began in 1975 when she defeated a former No.*1, Lindsay Davenport, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to capture her 16th career singles title at the WTA event in Los Angeles.

And, at 20 years two months, she finally surpassed her high-achieving Australian boyfriend at something, reaching the milestone six months younger than Hewitt was when he began his long run as men's No.*1 in November, 2001.

The Belgian became the only player to reach No.*1 without winning a Grand Slam event as she displaced the injured Serena Williams atop the standings.

She will now be favoured to fill that gap in her resume at the US Open starting August 25, with the formidable Williams still missing after knee surgery. Among the first callers to Clijsters' mobile phone after the final was Hewitt who was in Cincinnati for this week's Masters series event but getting regular score updates on the final.

"He was on the golf course and writing (text) messages to my parents," Clijsters said.
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