All the media attention going Kim's way - is a result of what I was trying to express the other day. My point was that more players will feel they have a legitimate chance to prevail ova a Williams sister after the year end championship. Kim deserves all the lauding - and not just because she beat a Sister - but more because she had a great fall season period - and the icing is the win.
Posted on Wed, Nov. 13, 2002
Belgium Hails Clijsters' WTA Victory Over Serena
BRUSSELS - Belgium lauded Kim Clijsters on Wednesday after the teen-ager upset world number one Serena Williams to clinch the prestigious WTA Tour Championship.
"Clijsters: the best in the world," said Het Laaste Nieuws.
"The victory of 2002," cheered La Dernieure Heure.
"Kim Clijsters wows," splashed Gazet van Antwerpen across its front page, next to a picture showing the Belgian punching the air after her Los Angeles triumph.
Clijsters, dogged by a shoulder injury for much of the season, needed only 85 minutes to defeat Williams 7-5 6-3 on Monday, in a victory that propelled her to number four in the world.
"Clijsters, 19, is now mature enough to go for her first Grand Slam victory and a well-considered attack on the top spot in world ranking," the Gazet Van Antwerpen said.
The Los Angeles victory gave her the edge over Belgium's other rising young star, Justine Henin, who she demolished 6-2 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Los Angeles tournament, the papers said.
"Physically, but especially mentally, Kim Clijsters is a notch higher than Justine Henin," tennis commentator Philippe Lacourt wrote in La Derniere Heure.
Great things will now be expected of Clijsters.
The icing on the cake is still out there," added De Morgen. "It would be a shame if Clijsters, given her talents, did not win a grand slam tournament. Without a doubt that goal in particular should push her sporting heart next season."
"Winning a master's is nice, but it can not at all be compared to a grand slam tournament."
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