Currently alive, at 35 years of age.
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1983 – She was born on the 8th day of June of this year in Bilzen, Belgium. She is a former World No. 1 ranked in singles and in doubles. She is the daughter of a successful footballer, Lei Clijsters, and a national gymnastics champion, Els Vandecaetsbeek.
1998 – Clijsters was an accomplished junior player. In singles, she finished as runner-up in this year’s Wimbledon junior event, placing 11th in the year-end singles ranking.
1999 – She made her breakthrough professionally. Playing through the qualifying rounds, she made it through the main draw of Wimbledon, wherein she defeated tenth ranked Amanda Coetzer en route to the fourth round, where Clijsters lost to her childhood idol Steffi Graf.
2001 – She reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where she lost to Jennifer Capriati 12-10 in the third set.
2002 – She won WTA Tour Championships singles title in this year and in 2003.
2003 – In November of this year, Clijsters announced her engagement to Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt, but their relationship ended in October 2004.
2005 – This year, she won the U.S. Open singles title. Clijsters was twice a singles runner-up at the French Open and a one-time runner-up at the Australian Open, also reaching two Wimbledon singles semifinals.
2006 – As of October this year, she is engaged to American basketball player Brian Lynch, who is based in Clijsters’s hometown of Bree.
2007 – Citing injuries, Clijsters announced on her official website that she is retiring immediately from professional tennis. She announced her retirement with immediate effect on the 6th day of May of this year.