Clijsters wants World No. 1 spot back

Kim Clijsters hopes to regain the head of the WTA tennis rankings this week.

Updated: February 09, 2011 22:46 IST
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Paris: Kim Clijsters hopes to regain the head of the WTA tennis rankings this week and the Belgian needs to make the semi-finals of the Paris-Coubertin tournament to overtake Denmark's incumbent Caroline Wozniacki.

"I won't say this does not interest me, it would be great to manage it again during this my second career," said Clijsters, who was top for 12 weeks in 2003 and seven in 2006 before her retirement and subsequent return to the game two years later.

"When I first took top spot, I was in the same position as Caroline Wozniacki because I had not yet won a Grand Slam," said Clijsters who now has four - the US Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the 2011 Australian Open.

Wozniacki is yet to win a Grand Slam and Clijsters added fuel to the fire Tuesday adding that taking the World No1 spot "does not have the same impact as winning a big tournament, it doesn't change your life, so if it doesn't happen this week I won't be too upset."

The 27-year-old won the tournament during her only other appearance here in 2004 and starts her current campaign against Germany's Kristina Barrois.

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