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Wertheim on Clijsters:

• So, Kim Clijsters, you're the second seed in Paris and a former two-time finalist. You lose an uninspiring semifinal match to your rival, Justine Henin-Hardenne, and with it a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking. How do you feel? "If people would have told me I was going to play a semifinal here this week, I would have been really happy."
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I have to agree with him. Kim seems so apathetic. It's really discouraging. It's like she just doesn't care about winning Slams anymore.
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On her website today Kim confirms her satisfaction with her performance at RG. Last year Kim went to Eastbourne a week early to prepare (because at that point in time that was her philosophy on training). This year she is not going until Friday because she says she now needs more time to rest her body, so that cuts down the preparation time. Its a bit "che sara sara" if you ask me, but that is obviously the way Kim is going to do things and she seems to think that is sufficient. Kim doesn't want a coach or to take any advice from anyone about her tennis, so that would appear to be that.

Only time will tell if her way of doing things this year will deliver anywhere near the results that started coming this time last year.

I think there is absolutely no doubt that Kim's commitment to the game has dropped since this time last year. No doubt its the result of winning a slam and getting loved up and that's her business, no-one elses (although I think everyone has a right to make observations about that, whether they be good or bad).

Time will tell if the results will still come with her reduced preparation for tournaments. I hope they do, of course, and we will see.

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She is lying. She is mad as hell after that loss; she is just fooling all of us.




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I have to agree with him. Kim seems so apathetic. It's really discouraging. It's like she just doesn't care about winning Slams anymore.
I shows no desire at all, even on the match she did not even tried for something different to get out of trouble, she just kept hitting hard hard and harder, and that´s just not enough to challenge Henin.
I was really surprised the way she played compared to the balanced winners/errros match she played against Hingis.

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I'm starting to think Kim doesn't want to wait until the end of next year to retire. Her movement was so sluggish at the French Open. I think her injuries have gotten to her--who can blame her?--and she's just not the same player she used to be. This makes me sad. I really like Kim, but she says she never feels quite right anymore.
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I shows no desire at all, even on the match she did not even tried for something different to get out of trouble, she just kept hitting hard hard and harder, and that´s just not enough to challenge Henin.
I was really surprised the way she played compared to the balanced winners/errros match she played against Hingis.
I think until today that the match on Henin and even with Martina could be different endings.. Ag. Martina had to been a really tough match but Hingis missed to bring her own lunch to RG.. and if until that Kim defeated Martina cause Kim have a 50% it most happened with a 100% Marty, cause Kim is No.2, then the match with Henin had to been a great one.. and in reality was so poor from her.. I think that she was so surprise to arrive the semis that easy.. circunstances put her on that round.. and I think she did not take advantage cause she in depth really didnt want it that much.. so.. this statements clearly point it..
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So is she retiring after playing through 2007 or when the calendar turns 2007? Maybe she has a lot on her mind...but that semi-final was...

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very sad, the comentator during the match also said things like: "Clijsters wants to end the point very quickly one way or another", "she seems to doesn`t care, at least fake it you do"
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So is she retiring after playing through 2007 or when the calendar turns 2007? Maybe she has a lot on her mind...but that semi-final was...
She's retiring at the end of 2007.

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She's retiring at the end of 2007.
Actually she might still play in Antwerp in 2008
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On her website today Kim confirms her satisfaction with her performance at RG. Last year Kim went to Eastbourne a week early to prepare (because at that point in time that was her philosophy on training). This year she is not going until Friday because she says she now needs more time to rest her body, so that cuts down the preparation time. Its a bit "che sara sara" if you ask me, but that is obviously the way Kim is going to do things and she seems to think that is sufficient. Kim doesn't want a coach or to take any advice from anyone about her tennis, so that would appear to be that.

Only time will tell if her way of doing things this year will deliver anywhere near the results that started coming this time last year.

I think there is absolutely no doubt that Kim's commitment to the game has dropped since this time last year. No doubt its the result of winning a slam and getting loved up and that's her business, no-one elses (although I think everyone has a right to make observations about that, whether they be good or bad).

Time will tell if the results will still come with her reduced preparation for tournaments. I hope they do, of course, and we will see.
Her results have been crap since she is without a coach.

She doesn't train hard, she doesn't prepare well, she ...

It looks like she suffers from burn-out.

Whatever she might tell about giving it all, I just don't buy it.

She didn't want to go to Miami and, yes, she lost against a nobody (same happened with that loss against Krasn. in 2003).
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The commentator during the final told something about Svetlana's burn out last year and how she got over it with the help of a psychologist.
He said that a lot of aspects of a burn out were to be noticed in Kim's behaviour. You're not necessarily playing bad or looking depressed when suffering from it. But he summed up a few things, like the apparent lack of motivation and her satisfaction even when she doesn't win a tournament.

It's really sad because I've been following her since she was a junior. I admire her style of play and I think she's a excellent player with a lot of talent. But it's obvious that something has changed.
I hope she plays through 2007, but I fear for it.
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Actually she might still play in Antwerp in 2008
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