Venus Endorsed Kim As Being One Of The Great Ones - This Day & Age
X-cuse me if the below article has been posted here. I looked for it - but didn't see it.
Well - I see Kim took it to Venus in set #s 2&3. Good for her.
IMO - Venus is just tooooo savvy as an individual. Did she or did she not mention Kim & Justine when she was in Belgium? Thank you very much. Venus is a visionary type of person to me. Somewhere w/i her - she knows - the two Belgian girls got the kind of game that can take it to her. She knows it!
She endorsed their style of play by declaring that IHO - the Belgian girls got it going on strong. And Kim practices w/Leyton H. for God's sake - every chance she gets - and we know that son has game. Kim said it best. She decided to change her tactics up on Queen VV - and it worked.
Venus was trying to hang back w/Kim - IMO - and I did not even see the match. Kim is/was known as a baseliner until 5/5/02. She thru in some change balls on Venus and they worked. Kim has an excellent tennis head on her shoulders. And who didn't know that? I said she was hot when she almost beat Serena in 1999 at the US Open. Wasn't that the GS Serena won? I knew then that Kim has the goods.
But - the next time she and Venus meet - my money will still be on Venus - cause Venus is another one that learns from her previous matches. She hates to lose to a player two times in a row. Yet - Kim's stock did go up indeed.
I wasn't following the match, but I do know that surely it was a goodun.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Kim Clijsters rallied from a loss in the first set to beat top-ranked and defending champion Venus Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Betty Barclay Open on Sunday.
``Venus played so well in the first set — she didn't make any mistakes,'' Clijsters said. ``I just had to fight back and I got better.''
The 18-year-old Clijsters, ranked No. 3, used powerful groundstrokes on the slow clay court in the second and third sets to keep Williams on the defensive and win her seventh title.
Williams, who beat Martina Hingis to reach the title match and retain the No. 1 ranking for at least another week, capitalized on 12 unforced errors by Clijsters to easily win the first set.
The Belgian teen-ager ended the match when she drove Williams deep into the corner and forced a two-handed backhand that missed the line.
``I was having to hit second serves. I think that was a lot of what did me in today,'' Williams said. ``But I definitely think she played great tennis. She served well and moved well and was determined — I guess that's what counts in the end.''
Clijsters lost in straight sets at the U.S. Open in her only other match against Williams. She advanced to the final when Jelena Dokic withdrew in the semifinal round because of injury while leading 6-4, 4-4.
``I think she definitely played better than last time,'' Williams said. ``She's made a lot of great improvements, but she has a great base to build on. I think she's a very good player. She's only 18, when I was 18, I was having fun.''
Williams, who also won the Barclay Open in 1999, was looking for her fifth title of the year. She earned $49,500, approximately $100,000 short of the $10 million in career earnings.