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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2003, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Clijsters Battles the Mandlikova Syndrome

Kim Clijsters is here in the Arizona desert as the No. 2 seed, but since No. 1 Serena Williams pulled out of the tournament with a knee injury on Thursday, the world’s focus has turned to the Belgian.

Clijsters is only 19-years-old, but she’s already in danger of becoming the Hana Mandlikova of her generation: that is, the obvious No. 3 player, who can sometimes best Serena and Venus Williams, but on very rare occasion. Recall that Mandlikova did manage to three Grand Slams, but was almost always a step behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

But Clijsters doesn’t feel like a stale veteran yet with any future.

"I’m still a child," she laughed.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:04 AM
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didn't hana get 4? and isn't it a little early to be affixing that title to clijsters?
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The title there makes it sound like it would be a bad thing to have 'Mandlikova' syndrome. If Kim retires with a career as good as Hana's she will retire very happy. Hana retired with 4 grand slam singles titles ( 2 Australian, 1 French, 1 US plus runner up twice at Wimbledon ) as well as having 8 wins over Navratilova and 7 wins over Evert. Kim will struggle to match such a good record.
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Indeed, what's wrong with winning 4 GS's?

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2003, 01:56 PM
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I agree with MirjanaLfan.

if she wins 4 grand slams, it would be great

it almost sounds like it's an easy thing to do

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I think so. But In the world of Serena Slam ? Can she do it ? It's hard to be true
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2003, 07:49 PM
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Interesting analogy. I agree, only I'd call it the Sabatini-Mandlikova syndrome.

In the early 90s, Sabatini, then no.3, was capable of beating both Seles and Graf on a good day. In fact, at one stage she had Graf's number. Yet she was incapable of ending their grandslam dominance.
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