Kim Clijsters from Belgium, becomes the new No. 1 in women's tennis. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

2003 - Kim Clijsters became the new world No 1 in women’s tennis, outlasting Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open for her tour-high sixth title of the year. Clijsters takes over the top spot from the injured Serena Williams, who will trail by less than 45 points when the WTA Tour rankings come out. Clijsters, who moves up from No 2, is the first Belgian and the 12th woman to be No 1 since the rankings began in 1975. “She’s got a lot of game,” Davenport said. Clijsters is also the only player to be No 1 without first winning a Grand Slam title. The ranking came in a year that has so far been outstanding for her.

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