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Talking Satisfied Clijsters

For Kim Clijsters, reaching the semifinals at the French Open was good enough.


After losing the first four Grand Slam finals of her career, the Belgian broke through by winning her first major title at last year's U.S. Open. She's taken a step back since, retiring in the semifinals at the Australian Open in January, and losing 6-3, 6-2 to Justine Henin-Hardenne at Roland Garros on Thursday.


"I'm definitely not complaining about the tournament that I've had," said Clijsters, who turned 23 on Thursday. "If people would have asked me or told me I was going to play a semifinal here this week, I would have been really happy."


Clijsters could have moved up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the rankings, a spot she's held before, by reaching the final in Paris. But she made 29 unforced errors against Henin-Hardenne, 19 in the second set.


"I think she's by far the best clay-court player," Clijsters said. "She just moves so well."


Clijsters plans to pare down her usually heavy summer schedule, playing only at Stanford, San Diego, Montreal and the U.S. Open, and has yet to commit to Belgium's Fed Cup match against the United States next month.
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considering Kim is the world number #2 she shouldn't be happy in the semis. with this mind set she wont win another grand slam.

i really like Kim alot, but i sorta feel like shes saying to herself, "I have my grandslam now and now i can relax a bit."
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I dont know if thats the right attitude to have, sure many players would love to be in a semi but for the world number 2 and GS Champ she should be at least a little dissapointed, she just doesnt seem to have that edge and compeditive streak anymore and that real killer insinct and hunger.
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considering Kim is the world number #2 she shouldn't be happy in the semis. with this mind set she wont win another grand slam.

i really like Kim alot, but i sorta feel like shes saying to herself, "I have my grandslam now and now i can relax a bit."
She doesn't have what it takes in her to be the next Graf, Seles etc... I'm not talking about skill. I'm talking about heart.

This is one of the biggest reasons why I don't like her as a tennis player.

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This is not the Kim Clijsters I used to know.
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considering Kim is the world number #2 she shouldn't be happy in the semis. with this mind set she wont win another grand slam.

i really like Kim alot, but i sorta feel like shes saying to herself, "I have my grandslam now and now i can relax a bit."
And especially after playing so badly in the semis, had she given a good battle, things could be different, but she played awful today.

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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 2006, 01:19 AM
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she is satisfied.
That is why she is only a one slam wonder so far.
I think that is why she has underachieved.

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the problem with kim is she seems to be "always happy." that attitude makes me not even care that she's going to retire and makes me fear for her future.

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considering Kim is the world number #2 she shouldn't be happy in the semis. with this mind set she wont win another grand slam.

i really like Kim alot, but i sorta feel like shes saying to herself, "I have my grandslam now and now i can relax a bit."


Thats excatly what she is saying

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Why doesn't she just call it a day now

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Why doesn't she just call it a day now
money, maybe, sponsorships, wants to keep her ranking afloat.

i wish she would quit. there's no sense in being perhaps the greatest athlete in the draw but only having half a heart.
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Oh please, people read her whole interview.
In it she says she is dissappointed by losing.
But at the same time, on reflection she is happy with a SF at RG because at the end of the day it is still a good result - especially given it is her least favourite surface.

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if that's the way that she wants to look at it then that's fine but i find it a terrible attitude for a pro athlete with her ability to have. She really hasn't seemed interested in tennis IMO since winning the US Open and i actually do believe that she'll retire when she says she will now.
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I wish Kim was a little less satisfied.
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