Els Callens lets go ambitions in doubles
A little chance against Hantuchova
After a loss in the final round of qualifications in Tokyo, Els Callens prefered to stay in Belgium and train rather than playing in Paris. It seems it was a good decision as she easily put Dally Randriantefy aside in her first match at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp.
"I have improved and my mysterious illness that kept me off the courts for months has fully healed. I was serving good today, returned as it should be and I felt like I was in control the whole match. It's a fact that when I play before a home crowd that it is an advantage, although people expect you to win and the nerves are a bit intenser than normal. It is very nice to play for such a enthousiastic crowd."
For once Els could count on the physical appearance of her coach and Jos Geerinckx saw that it was allright. "Normally we keep in touch by e-mail. He has his job here in Belgium and can't really make himself available to travel around the world with me. I have no problems with that, although it is easier when he is courtside."
The Belgian did let go of her doubles ambitions. "I belonged to the world's best in doubles for a long time, but Shaughnessy and Rubin both dumped me and it just isn't working quite as well with others. So nowadays I'm doing everything to improve my singles game.
It will be a heavy job against Hantuchova. I give myself 2% of a chance to beat her. Two yearts ago I lost 6-4 7-5 on the ITF circuit, but by then she was only a rising star. Nowadays she's top5, and those are virtualy untouchable."
A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening ear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn.
Last edited by Rhythmboy; Feb 11th, 2003 at 05:14 PM.