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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 2006, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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What's wrong with Kim?

Amelie seems to have her number.

Three years ago, or even one year ago, Kim owned Amelie and the balance of their head-to-head this year would have been unthinkable. She was steadier, marginally quicker, although both are extremely fast, and more powerful. It seemed Amelie had no weapons with which to hurt Kim.

Kim's just not been the same player this year. She's still basically very good, but she's not as competitive. There's an edge that has been blunted. Injuries have worn her down mentally as well as physically. And, of course, she's probably placing herself under too much pressure to be successful before her self-imposed deadline.

I have a feeling she will extend. I really cannot believe she will walk away from the game at 24 with so much potential unfulfilled. Maybe she needs to chat to Martina Hingis, Monica Seles or Jennifer Capriati. Or even Tracy Austin. If she waves goodbye to the game next year she will regret it -- even if she does become a mother.

There's also a resonance of, of all people, Britney Spears in Kim's plans. She has known some bloke five minutes and immediately she wants to settle down with him so that she can enjoy motherhood and possibly assuage an inner-emptiness which tennis cannot fill. Kim is a sociable, gregarious woman who was in a relationship from the age of seventeen, so being single was probably difficult for her. And even in a relationship, there can still be loneliness, particularly in the lifestyle she has pursued. She probably feels that a baby will rectify all that.

But I just feel that in a few years' time, as many mothers will tell you, Kim will feel trapped and regretful if she embarks on the course she has been contemplating. Almost no mother would trade their children in, but women have burning desires too, and children will not always smother them.
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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

There was nothing wrong with kim today. Amelie has just sorted out her head, and finally found her game. She was the better player.
But like you, I really hope that Kim doesn't retire at the end of next year. She is just too good a player to retire so young. She can achieve so much more. Its her personal decision, but I hope she reconsiders. It would be a great loss to the tour.

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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

fucin wrist injury

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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

Nothing's wrong with Kim. It's Amelie. She has developped into a terrific grinder. At the moment, she played that high percentage game really well, even better than Hingis. Not easy on the eye(imo), but very effective

Kim on the other hand still played the same game. Justine figured her out years ago. Mauresmo has done it by now.
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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

There's nothing wrong with Kim.
I think she deserves more credit than you give her.
She's working on her serve for it to be more of a weapon.
She was working for her backhand to become as much of a weapon as her forehand until the wrist injury in Montreal happened.

She's moving as good as she has before.
She's trying to get better for her last year but at the same time, players like Mauresmo and Justine have played better than her at the bigger tournis lately.
I think she knows she can't keep up forever

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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

I think Amelie has played incredible tennis recently. Kim tried hard but Amelie was better.
I just can not say more. Amelie is

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Kim has already lived the life that many mothers would dream of before they had their kids.

There's nothing wrong with her - she's just a bit short of match play and Amelie is not the same player she was three years ago.
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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

geez, why did i know such threads would come up

like the rest of the respondents to the thread, there's nothing wrong with Kim, it's Amelie. it doesnt take a genius to figure out how much amelie's improved the past year. she's been phenomenal

yes, kim's lost 4 straight to amelie, but 3 of them have been 3-setters which suggest Kim did have her chances, and has not been blown off the court. (heck, one of the losses was a retirement!).

while i'm disappointed with kim's losses, i'm going to admit amelie has just improved so much, and all credit to her.
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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

Nothing wrong with Kim. Have you seen the match? She played unbelievably.
Amelie is the one who changed over the years and finally reached her true potential. She was the best out there today. And this is coming from someone who supports both Kim and Amelie equally.

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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

Kim is certainly not to blame today, she did great except for a huge lack of concentration at the beginning of the match.

It was a beautiful match, credit to Amelie for being great in the last set especially. Too bad Kim couldn't keep her break of serve
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There is something wrong with Kim and its her competitiveness. Last year in 2005 Kim felt like she had everything to prove because she never won a grand slam. She finally has the breakthrough and everything changed. She's just not the same player this year. The commentators really trashed her after the French Open blow out against Justine this year. There is something missing that fire that desire to beat the best. Kim's always going to beat people like Dementieva or Kuznetsova but to beat Amelie, Justine and Maria that's her problem right now. She just can't seem to beat them. Amelie is 4-0 against Kim this year. Justine is 3-0 and Maria is 2-0 against Kim in 2006. Its amazing how things change in just one year.
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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

Kim was at her best today, she couldn't have played any better, Amelie's variation and execution was just too much for her today.


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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

It's not what's wrong with Kim, it's what's right with Amelie

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Re: What's wrong with Kim?

How do you mean owning?

1999 Bratislasa F Mauresmo 6-3 6-3
2000 Indian Wells R2 Clijsters 3-0 ret.
2002 US Open R4 Mauresmo 4-6 6-3 7-5
2002 Filderstadt SF Clijsters 3-6 6-3 7-5 (Amelie lead throughout the 3rd set with an early break, had chances to go 2 breaks up, had match point at 5-4, ok, she choke away in the end.)
2003 Rome F Clijsters 3-6 7-6 6-0 (Amelie served for the title 6-3 6-5 was 2 points away from match, her nerves beat her not Kim.)
2003 US Open / Filderstadt Clijsters was in better form I sign it.
2003 Masters RR Clijsters 3-6 6-4 6-4 (Amelie -use your word- owned Kim till half way to the 2nd set, there some netcord or bad line call cannot excatly remember and turned, but she had all kind of chances in the 3rd set to turn back.)
So from 8 wins 3 that kind of close and lucky victories + 1 retirement at 3-0 is half of her wins vs. Amelie hard to understand to call it owning!!
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