Kim Clijsters says she's not pregnant

Updated: January 20, 2011, 8:34 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Working mother Kim Clijsters took the opportunity to clarify on center court at the Australian Open that she is not pregnant with No. 2.

Add one more rule to the adage that you should never ask a woman if she's pregnant: Don't text message the question to your friend, either.

Former Australian tennis star Todd Woodbridge learned that lesson the hard way. And Clijsters reveled in publicly chiding him, in one of the more amusing on-court interviews at a Grand Slam tournament.

The U.S. Open champion had just won her second-round match Thursday, swiftly beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3, and was greeted by Woodbridge for an on-court interview.

"You thought I was pregnant?" she lightheartedly asked Woodbridge, drawing stadium-wide laughter as she informed him she had seen the text message he'd sent to Australian doubles player Rennae Stubbs.

"Are you?" he asked, blushing.

"No, I'm not" she said, leaning into his microphone to reveal his message said Clijsters "looks really grumpy" and more busty than usual.

Woodbridge joked his TV career was now over.

The 27-year-old Clijsters, known as one of the friendliest and most polite players on the women's tour, later said she'd enjoyed the playful banter.

The day before the match, Clijsters said she was chatting with Stubbs, a close friend, about "babies and having a second one" when Stubbs showed her the text from Woodbridge. When her match ended Thursday, Clijsters saw that Woodbridge was her interviewer and chuckled.

"I saw him walk out there, it's like, 'OK, I'm going to get him back now,'" she said.

Motherhood clearly agrees with Clijsters' career. The former No. 1 took time off the tour when she married and had a child -- daughter Jada, born in February 2008. She returned from a 2½-year retirement to win the U.S. Open in 2009, just three tournaments into her comeback.

The accomplishment made Clijsters the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980. In tribute to motherhood -- and to the Australian tennis great -- Clijsters is wearing a green shirt-and-skirt outfit at this year's tournament that was inspired by what Goolagong wore in her Grand Slam win.

Clijsters said that her sponsor, Fila, also sponsored Goolagong and came up with the idea.

"It's an honor to be wearing it," she said.


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