Belgium’s Kim Clijsters will become world number one next week for the first time since 2006 after she reached the Paris Open semi-finals by beating Jelena Dokic 6-3 6-0.
The Australian Open champion has gained enough ranking points to go above Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who is not in action this week and has been constantly criticised in the media for holding the top spot despite never having won a grand slam.
“I’ll try in French...I’m very happy to be number one again,” Clijsters told the crowd as she was handed a giant number 1 made out of flowers from tournament director and retired former French number one Amelie Mauresmo.
“Thanks for all your support and I hope I can also win the tournament maybe. It’s a nice feeling but it doesn’t change anything for me personally.”