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Clijsters beats Jankovic - and crowd

Clijsters beats Jankovic - and crowd

January 13, 2007


SYDNEY'S tennis favourite, Kim Clijsters, was sensationally booed and jeered at and then given a rapturous cheer as she staged a remarkable comeback to counter the powerful game of rising Serbian star Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Sydney International last night.

World No.5 Clijsters, appearing in her last match in Sydney having foreshadowed her retirement this year, won the controversial match 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 after Jankovic lost her composure in the last set amid a mass of disputed line calls. Both women were in tears after the two hour, 27 minute match: Clijsters just thrilled with her amazing win that adds to her 2003 Sydney victory, and Jankovic pondering what might have been.

Jankovic seemingly had control late in the second set, up 5-4 and serving for the championship, but she couldn't counter Clijsters's experience, and quickly slumped as close decisions went against her.

While there was so much drama on the court, the rowdy battle in the stands was also theatrical and tension-packed. Umpire Lynn Welch had to repeatedly call for quiet in the stands and reprimand the crowd about their unsporting antics, which had tennis observers upset on behalf of Clijsters.

A small section of the capacity crowd, dressed in Serbian football attire, was pro-Jankovic, and jeering Clijsters no matter whether the point was being won or lost.

Commentator Kerryn Pratt said: "The vocal minority don't understand the tennis etiquette."

But Jankovic, too, was at times pushing the barrier of sportsmanship. The Serb has the lip-glossed pout, and boy did she use it last night as her remarkable nine-match winning streak this year, which included victory at the Auckland tournament last week, came to a hasty finish.

There was a sense of "the madame" about the 21-year-old, and it seems only a matter of time before she accumulates a string of trophies and becomes one of the most controversial figures in the game.

Jankovic questioned several calls, had a small spat with a ball boy, and glared fiercely at a lineswoman who had recanted a call. And on a couple of calls she disagreed with she ran her hand in front of her face as if to say "you can't see".

The non-Serbian element of the crowd, many of whom had started with a neutral view, quickly switched to support Clijsters, whose calm demeanour and classy play has attracted strong support from Australians ever since she started dating former boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt.

Jankovic began to lose her cool during the tie-breaker in the second set. She double faulted three times, and then with five break points to save, she inexplicably failed to respond to Clijsters's return of serve, thinking she had again served a fault.

Clijsters had come back from 5-4 down and was so thrilled at winning the set she clenched her fist and screamed "c'mon". Clijsters then shot ahead 4-0 in the third set, eventually wrapping it up 6-4.
Clijsters said during her acceptance speech that as soon as she walked out, she knew that there would be an atmosphere generated.

"We could have had a soccer ball out here," Clijsters said.

Jankovic said she was hoping that because it was Clijsters' last game in Sydney, she may have been generous enough to let her win. "But it didn't happen," Jankovic said.

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It sounds amazing! Frankly, tennis etiquette is pretty damn boring. Although jeering players isnt the best, and disrupting play sucks, I love when a crowd is boisterous and divided between the players, competing to see who can be louder.
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It was just damn disrespectful at times. Especially during Kim's speech. Cheering for your fave is great but deliberately making noise during serves and holding up play isn't. And being snarky and rude when people do the same thing to your fave smacks of hypocrisy.

Still, it was part of an amazing atmosphere.
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It sounds amazing! Frankly, tennis etiquette is pretty damn boring. Although jeering players isnt the best, and disrupting play sucks, I love when a crowd is boisterous and divided between the players, competing to see who can be louder.
The best example of that kind of atmosphere was 2001 Wimbledon finale Rafter - Ivanisevic! It was amazing, crowd was full of pure tennis fans!
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Hell I wish I'd been there. I would have totally been supporting Goran even though I'm an Aussie.
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I am looking forward to watching this match tonight! That kind of behaviour is seriously ignorant though How in the hell can you boo Kim Clijsters? The girl is an

It must be exciting for them to have a great player coming up like this but
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I wish I could have seen this match! Will someone upload it?
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Hell I wish I'd been there. I would have totally been supporting Goran even though I'm an Aussie.
I would never cheer for Goran has he a rude homophobic assh*&^
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It was just damn disrespectful at times. Especially during Kim's speech. Cheering for your fave is great but deliberately making noise during serves and holding up play isn't. And being snarky and rude when people do the same thing to your fave smacks of hypocrisy.

Still, it was part of an amazing atmosphere.
it's all the kids, frankly organizers need to ban these wanna be soccer hooligans that cause tensions and masquerade as tennis fans
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Reminds me of the gang Baghdatis has with him in Australia. This bunch is the same. Just respectless and with no clue what tennis is all about.
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This reminds me of happen when Jankovic and Serena played. Do tell me all Serbian are as stupid and classless an Jankovic.
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This reminds me of happen when Jankovic and Serena played. Do tell me all Serbian are as stupid and classless an Jankovic.
Well we can't all be as intelligent and classy as dem der Amerikuns.

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The vocal minority don't understand the tennis etiquette."
So? Tennis is too prissy and boring at times anyway.
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I wish I could have seen this match! Will someone upload it?
that would be great !
It was a great match to watch

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