One of the most popular players on the Women’s Tennis circuit was Kim Clijsters.
A former World Number one in both singles and doubles, the likeable Kim was in London this month to take part in the Mylan World Team Tennis Smash Hits Charity match at the Royal Albert Hall to raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. She signed and dedicated this sketch that shows off her trademark ‘splits’ which often had many a spectator wincing.
In June 2011 TIME Magazine named her one of the 30 legends of Women’s Tennis Past, Present and Future and she was also ranked 16 on its Top 100 list of the most influential people that year.
Kim retired in 2004 after reaching both the world number one rankings in singles and doubles simultaneously. Kim made comeback in 2009 after the birth of her daughter and became the first wildcard champion – wining the US Open for a second time. She repeated the feat the following year to retain the title and win her third Grand Slam. In 2011 she retained the world number one singles ranking, winning the Australian Open and retired the following year.