Re: 2011 Kim news/articles
Clijsters: I'll 'try and be the best Kim I can'
Ticker - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kim Clijsters tells the Courier-Mail that she is not looking ahead to the 2012 Olympics, which could be her last event as a professional. "I'm defending my [Australian Open] title in a couple of weeks and so that's a big deal for me as well. My next focus is Brisbane and that's what I'm training for. That's why I came here (before Christmas) to be ready to try and be the best Kim I can when I play my first match here," she said.
Clijsters, who suffered a series of injuries in 2011, says that she changed her training routine. "Because of those injuries I've been able to change up the way that I work with my trainer, with my coach," said the Belgian, who will open her season next week in Brisbane. "With my trainer I've been working a bit more towards the prevention of it all. Physically I feel really good and it's a matter of keeping that level."
"I'm really looking forward to coming back to Brisbane in 2012. The last time I was there I played extremely well. The final against Justine was a big match. We were extremely focused and set the bar pretty high. I was so excited to win that match and am hoping to get that kind of preparation again. Having won Brisbane in 2010 and then the Australian Open in 2011, I'm looking forward to getting back to Australia to defend both my titles."
"Melbourne was a dream come true. It'll be nice to go back there and relive some of those emotions and try to do well there again."
"I don't think about it [retirement] at all. I push myself hard at every practice. That's the motivation I have to achieve that little extra."
"It would mean a lot obviously," Clijsters said of keeping her unbeaten Brisbane record. "Just one step at a time with my first-round match on Sunday."
Last edited by Robert-KimClijst; Dec 29th, 2011 at 12:37 AM.