(3) Kim Clijsters
- DOB: 08/06/1983
- Nationality: BEL
- Became Pro: 1997
- Height: 1.74
Clijsters starts as the worthy favourite in Melbourne.
She successfully defended her US Open title towards the end of last season and finished 2010 with victory at the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha.
Those wins form part of a dream return to the tour for the popular Belgian.
She originally quit in 2007 and gave birth the following year but was tempted back and sensationally won the 2009 US Open in just the third tournament of her comeback.
Having already beaten world number one Caroline Wozniacki in an exhibition match this year, Clijsters has to hold a great chance of winning this title for the first time.
She was a regular in the last four during the height of her 'first career', making the semis in five of six tournaments from 2002-07. However, only one final appearance was forthcoming and she lost that in 2004 to compatriot Justine Henin.
However, be warned. She showed a weakness here last year, throwing in a shocker as she won just one game in the third round against Nadia Petrova when similarly well fancied.
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