Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Kim Clijsters Retires

For some reason I had forgotten to mention Kim Clijsters retirement right after the US Open. She was definitely a huge force in women's tennis and to some extent performing even better after her first retirement. To be honest I didn't like Clijsters initially most likely because of her rivalry with Henin as I was a huge fan of her. It wasn't until her second career when I truly learnt to appreciate Clijster's tennis, in a much needed revival of the recent greats, as the women's tour was lacking any depth.

An edited list of Clijster's achievements;
World No.1 (four separate occasions, totaling 20 weeks)
2005,09,10 US Open Champion and 2011 Australian Open Champion (her US titles being consecutive wins)
Finals of 4 other Grand Slams (01,03 French Open, 03 US Open, 04 Australian Open)
$24+ million in career prize money
41 titles
523-127 w/l record
Won 3 WTA Tour Championships (02,03,10)
Made 10 Premier/Tier I tournament finals winning 7
Won 2 Doubles Grand Slam titles (03 French and 03 Wimbledon) and 1 final (01 Wimbledon) all partnering Ai Sugiyama
A number of sportmanship awards, Belgian Sportswomen of the year as well as Player of the Year.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Juan Carlos Ferrero Retires

Right after Roddick retired another former top player Juan Carlos Ferrero has announced his imminent exit from the tour. Ferrero was one of the stars of the tour before the Federer era, it was a shame that he never reached the status he did before that happened.

An edited list of Ferrero's achievements;
World No.1 (in 2003)
2003 French Open Champion
Finals of 2 other Grand Slams (02 French Open, 03 US Open)
$13+ million in career prize money
16 titles
479-261 w/l record (still counting)
Made 6 Masters Series finals winning 4