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Kim denies She "Choked"...

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Q. Two double-faults there at a tough spot. Was that the shakes? What is going on?
KIM CLIJSTERS: No, I was feeling pretty good, even that game. That's probably the only thing I regret a little bit is those two double-faults, because I don't know if I would do, you know, anything different in those games where I was up. I think she just, you know, started playing so much more aggressive and she hardly made any unforced errors anymore compared to in the beginning of that third set.

Q. Was it difficult for you to step up your game at the time she raised her level?
KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, you know, if she plays her best tennis, it's very hard to, you know, beat her. That's what she did towards the end. She just, you know, tried to go for everything. She hit everything a little bit harder and closer to the line.
But I kept fighting. I can't blame myself for anything, you know. I just kept trying and tried to hang in there. At the end, you know, it just wasn't good enough at the end.


Q. Thinking back on that match, it seemed from outside you either lost it instead of her win it. Was it nerves?
KIM CLIJSTERS: No, I wasn't nervous at all actually. No, not at all. No, I don't know. No, I think, like I said, I think she just started hitting the winners and much more than what she was in the beginning of the third set, where I went 5-1 up.



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You know, she might have gotten a little nervous, you know, and Serena also raised her level you know.
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She choked for sure ...

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I've said before, she made a few errors when she was ahead but i dont think it was a choke, just that her level went down a little. Against Myskina towards the end you could see her level dropping too, but she managed to win that. Theres no reason for her to choke because shes been to a Slam final before and also beaten Serena before. Maybe she got nervous, and played like that but Serena still had to win it and she came up with the goods. It would be classless for Kim to say in the press conference that she choked and shes not like that at all.
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I think nobody would ever admit that they CHOKED !!!!
Kim can only learn from this experience...

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She choked and she's right, look at how clean Serena was hitting the ball in the third, A HUGE difference.. thats a big factor.

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She didn't choke at 5*-2, I can't blame her for not winning on those two match points -besides, Kim had a lot of luck in that game! At 5*-4, she did choke! And once it was 5-5 I knew there was no way Kim would win.

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whether she choked or not the game is already played..and the two played a really good match...
all the media here in the US is saying kim gave serena a real match as opposed to the one she's had prior to the semis..and i just hope that you guys give credit to the kind of game kim played instead of whether she choked or not.
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I'm kicking my butt because I went to bed when Kim went up two breaks and 4-1 in the 3rd. I figured that with the way Serena had been playing (blister and all) and Kim's extraordinarily talented playing that there was no way Serena would win. I even had nightmares and I woke up sad and frustrated.

All I have to say is that Kim was playing so well up to that point. And she lost? I'm convinced that she choked. It was hers to lose and she lost it. But kudos to her anyway. She's got some serious game.

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She didn't choke at 5*-2, I can't blame her for not winning on those two match points -besides, Kim had a lot of luck in that game! At 5*-4, she did choke! And once it was 5-5 I knew there was no way Kim would win.
Idd, I saw the match a second time and she didn't choke @ *5-2....Serena just hit two great returns...Can't Kim blame of anything here. The two DF's cost her the match, and yes she choked a little here...

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Of course, it is a choke. But nothing to be ashaned about. Just a lack of experience and confidence from a player who was actually better on the day..

Didn't Serena do exactly the same against Hingis in AO semis just two years ago? She was also a better player in that match but a supreme confidence of then #1 made Serena choke very similar way. Serena learnt from that experience and look where she is now. Just like Serena in that match, Kim showed today that she has all necessary components to dethrone the current #1.

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I've said before, she made a few errors when she was ahead but i dont think it was a choke, just that her level went down a little. Against Myskina towards the end you could see her level dropping too, but she managed to win that. Theres no reason for her to choke because shes been to a Slam final before and also beaten Serena before. Maybe she got nervous, and played like that but Serena still had to win it and she came up with the goods. It would be classless for Kim to say in the press conference that she choked and shes not like that at all.
She choked, and getting to a slam final doesn't guarantee you won't choke in other matches. Remember Martina choked last year having won slams in the past.
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i agree with your assessment ys. however, i think that Kim also has a point. what happened in this match was a cobination of two things -- Kim started choking and Serena starting playing cleaner, better tennis. BOTH factors explain the loss. Kim didn't lose ONLY bec she choked IMO, but also bec Serena just stepped up her game.

however i do agree that Kim will learn from this. i can't see it ever happening to her again.

finally, Serena has had some of the more exciting matches in this tourny starting with the Loit match and ending with the one against Kim. she has been tested like a champion and survived all the tests. Venus' matches on the other hand, have been as exciting as flossing teeth. not totally her fault but her joyless, emotionless demeanor is certainly a contributing factor.

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You know, she might have gotten a little nervous, you know, and Serena also raised her level you know.
LOL, you know.

And yes - she choked. At the end, she just didn't believe in it anymore. You could literally see her shoulders drooping.

I only wish she could admit that to herself, so that next time around she can beat it!
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Wow I can't believe I'm saying this but I agree with YS. Kim by rights should have won that match simply because she had TWO BREAKS. However, Serena did improve her game by a lot. If Serena had continue to play the way she played earlier she would have lost period.

Kim is definitely the main challenger too venus and serena. However who is the main challenger to kim?

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