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Coach De Hous quits Clijsters role

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Clijsters will have to find a new coach just a week after winning the U.S. Open

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Kim Clijsters and her coach have split just a week after she won her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open champion has said.

Marc De Hous, who had been her coach since 2002, said he preferred going out on top. "We have come full circle," he said.

The split leaves the Belgian world No. 3 without a coach for the rest of the year.

"I will assess things at my ease after the Masters," said Clijsters of the November WTA Tour Championship. "I would have loved to have played another year under his guidance."

Under De Hous, Clijsters reached the WTA No. 1 ranking in 2003 but struggled to win a Grand Slam title, losing three finals before prevailing in New York last weekend.

It was also under De Hous that Clijsters made a her impressive comeback this season after sitting out most of 2004 to a wrist injury and subsequent surgery.

She has won seven tournaments so far this year and is scheduled to play at Luxembourg, Filderstadt, Germany, and Hasselt, Belgium, ahead of the concluding WTA Championship.

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