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Elke Clijsters

Born : 18 January 1985
City : Liege, Belgium
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Elke Clijsters is from a sporting family: her elder sister Kim Clijsters (b. 1983) is an international tennis star, and her father Lei won the 1988 Gouden Schoen (Golden Boot) as Belgium's top soccer player. Elke Clijsters was once considered a rising star on the junior tennis circuit: in 2002 she won junior doubles championships at Wimbledon (with Barbora Strycova) and the U.S. Open (with Kirsten Flipkens). Not long into her career, however, she was sidelined with a back injury. She retired from professional play in 2004 and teaches tennis in Belgium.

Born: January 18, 1985 (age 29), Belgium
Turned pro: 2000
Spouse: Jelle Van Damme (m. 2008)
Parents: Lei Clijsters
Siblings: Kim Clijsters

Elke Clijsters (born 18 January 1985 in Bilzen) is a former professional female tennis player from Belgium.

Born in Bilzen, Bree, the daughter of Belgian football player Lei Clijsters (1956–2009) and sister of former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters (born 1983). In 2002, Elke won the girls' Wimbledon Championships doubles title with Barbora Zhlavov-Stcov and the girls' U.S. Open doubles title with compatriot Kirsten Flipkens.Her highest was no. 389, a ranking she achieved on 15 September 2003. She played in the Belgium Fed Cup team in 2002, 2003 and 2004, losing all four matches, of which one was a singles match. In 2004, she reached the finals of two ITF singles tournaments, winning the one in Bournemouth. In the same year, she also reached the finals of two ITF doubles tournaments, of which she won one. She retired in 2004 due to a persistent back injury.

She married Standard Lige footballer Jelle Van Damme on 31 May 2008 in Bree.They had their first child in 2009, a boy.She gave birth to their second baby, a girl in November 2010.

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