Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ONCEKids Publishing salutes Modern Mom Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters is a professional tennis player from Belgium. She is a former world number 1 in both singles and doubles and as of August 13, 2012 she is ranked number 28 in singles in the world. She won Grand Slam titles at the US Open in 2005, 2009, and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011. In 2003 she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles. 

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In 2007 she announced her retirement but returned only two years later. All of these accomplishments, and she is a mother

Clijsters gave birth to her daughter, Jada Elle, on February 27, 2008. A year after giving birth to her daughter, she came back from her retirement to win her second US Open title. This victory gave her the title of the first mother to win a major since 1980 when Evonne Goolagong won. 

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Her accomplishments equal the record set by Margaret Court, winning three Gram Slams as a mother. She is also the first mother to hold the number one ranking since 1975. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present, and Future" by TIME magazine and according to Forbes in August 2011 she became the fifth highest-paid female athlete. 

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