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Did Clijsters underachieve?

When she left the game in 2007 with only one slam, it was clear she underachieved. But then she came back and won 3 more slams. Many claim that her second career slams weren't as impressive because of the competition.

However, if you look at her game - great athleticism, awesome mover, solid groundstrokes (average serve, but she never relied on that anyways) - you could make an argument that she should have won more slams. Should she have won at least 7 slams, been up there with Henin and Venus?
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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

I think she's just right. Though it's still hard to process that she has more slams than Lindsay.

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

She was underachiever in her first career, in the second she did what deserved.

She is definitely not up with Henin and Venus, Claygoat and Grassgoat , nuff said

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

I think considering how well she can play, and the amount of injuries she had, that she DID underachieve. But I don't think she'd change her career for a second, it's been an amazing one and she can surely have no regrets about it


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She was underachiever in her first career, in the second she did what deserved.

She is definitely not up with Henin and Venus, Claygoat and Grassgoat , nuff said
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Overachieved. She did what Mythtina and Christine were hoping to do with their colossal comeback fails.

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

I think she underachieved if she had been healthy I feel a kim slam was in here especially when serena was injured... but she was just unfit herself :/

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

Tennis is only a part of life. Clijsters had a young mother, and she wanted to be a young mother herself. She couldn't be Serena and play all the time til she was 30 and do that. Clijsters accomplished as much as she wanted to. Given that, her achievements were about right.

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

I think that with the sort of game that Clijsters had she should have won at least 1 or 2 more slams so yeah I think she underachieved. She definitely had the game to win at the French and at Wimbledon.
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In her first career, she had a Slam winning game but her mental strength wasn't there at all.
She won three Slams during a transitional era on WTA. Borderline lucky.

She did very well for herself.
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I still think she should at least won a RG title considering how well she played in RG final 2001 and she actually suffer so many injuries. But it is hard to believe that she won more than Lindsay and won nearly equal number to Legend

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

She's just about right. It's not like she wasn't winning any slams in her first career because she underachieved, she got beat by better players. She won 3 slams in her second career because this generation is just not that good. Heck even Justine got to one last GS final before retiring again. 2010-2011 were some weird years.

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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

Underachieved.

Justine prevented her from winning many slams in her "first" career.
She came back and dominated the other mugs.

Won 4 slams and many other finals during the short career she's had. Could have been even more.
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She was underachiever in her first career, in the second she did what deserved.

She is definitely not up with Henin and Venus, Claygoat and Grassgoat , nuff said
Henin and Venus are not the GOAT on clay and grass. Henin might be 2nd or 3rd all time on clay, and Venus on grass, but no higher than that.
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Re: Did Clijsters underachieved?

I felt like Kim was a very clever opportunist. She didn't possess the mental fortitude to topple the big guns during her first career despite having the game to defeat anyone. Therefore she prematurely retired and copped out.

She observed the state of the WTA during it's transitional period and all of the sudden you heard Kim was coming back to the tour despite the fact she'd been training for a while for that moment. Kim did well for a brief period because her main rivals were either retired, in decline, or playing like crap and she could beat all of the younger inexperienced players.

However, when the going got tough Kim bowed out again because once players started to become accustomed to her game she couldn't just BS her way through matches anymore. I bet Kim will be thinking about coming back again once she gets bored with home life. It seems to me that her motivation for tennis comes and goes like the wind. smh

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