Supporting husbands in careers of Kim Clijsters and Li Na


The recent Australian Open final featured two great women whose tennis careers have been supported by their loving husbands. Benjamin Snyder of wrote a nice guest post for Tennis Served Fresh, paying tribute to the roles of Kim Clijsters’ and Li Na’s husbands in their successful careers.

Since marrying Brian Lynch, a retired American basketball player, Kim Clijsters won seven titles, including three Grand Slams and the WTA Championships in Doha. Brian is always there to support Kim in her matches and also helps with their wonderful daughter, Jada.

Here’s the glowing Kim, now ranked No.2, showcasing her Australian Open trophy at Brighton Beach in Melbourne.

Li Na has been married to Jiang Shan for five years. Jiang is a former tennis player and he is coaching Li. After her loss to Clijsters in the final, Li had a message for her husband: “It doesn’t matter if you are fat or skinny, handsome or ugly. I will always follow you and always love you.”

Additional info: 2011 is probably the last Kim’s full year on the WTA Tour. When asked whether this was maybe her last Australian Open, Kim answered affirmatively.


  1. Marine, I cited ESPN and here’s what they wrote:

    When asked Friday if the Australian Open women’s final could be her last appearance at Melbourne Park, the 27-year-old Clijsters replied: “Yeah, it is.”

    “I know this is probably going to be my last full season on the tour, and then we’ll see,” Clijsters said ahead of Saturday’s final against China’s Li Na.

  2. I see, well, it seems Kim is indicisive about how long she will commit to playing. I think on one hand she longs to have a family but on the other hand she’s still getting a lot of enjoyment out of playing. Probably more than during her first career. I hope she will stay on for a few more years. Someone needs to teach young players how to step it up when it matters.


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