From the January/February 2004 issue of TENNIS Magazine
In 2003, Kim Clijsters won the WTA championships and reached the finals of Roland Garros and the U.S. Open. But she lost both Grand Slam title matches to Justine Henin-Hardenne and squandered leads in the semis of the Australian Open and Wimbledon to Serena Williams and sister Venus, respectively. Most believe Clijsters, 20, is too good not to win a Slam, but what will it take? Here's what five experts think.
Jim Courier: "In a lot of ways it's mostly a mental thing. She's got all the tools to get over it. Ivan Lendl lost the first four Slam finals he played and figured it out. I think in time she will too."
Mary Carillo: "She needs to make her forehand more reliable under pressure. At those big moments, she gives away more points than she should. On the emotional front, with some proper tools--breathing, visualization, staying in the moment--she could break through."
David Wheaton: "First, Clijsters must replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. She needs to remind herself of all that makes her a phenomenal player. Second, she needs more variety. When her A-game isn't working, Clijsters needs to play with greater margin for error and hit more drives higher over the net to get back into the groove."
Pam Shriver: "It's a matter of patience and understanding how to keep her head in the match. When you get nervous, your heart races, and you can tell with Kim that she starts to rush between points. She's got to slow it down."
Pancho Segura: "She should play aggressively on the return of the second serve. Move inside the baseline to take it early and even come in on it. She's very good running a long distance, but she needs to work on quick footwork over a short distance so she can transition better and attack."
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