Join Date: Sep 2004
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.