Hey Teerex, finally you've got your answer. There was an interview with kim in our newspaper today. Just read it and find out why kim lost to serena in the AO and should have won
(Don't attack me, I'm only joking
Het Nieuwsblad 3/06
Clijsters refuses to choke in the world of top tennis.
"I'd rather lose a Grand Slam than my dog"
Kim Clijsters is on the edge of a whole lot of changes. And her life was already gaining momentum.
This week probably her first Grand Slam: "I'm not thinking about a final yet, and I like all the Grand Slams."
Soon her own house in Opitter, close to dad Lei and mum Els. "The furniture has already been ordered."
After Wimbledon also the number one ranking if fortune will smile upon her: "That would be unbelievable!"
But before we are that far: today against Conchita Martinez to reach the semis.
Kim, you were so cool again after that thriller against Maleeva in the previous round. Do you understand people who think you're putting on a mask?
But, come on, that's not true at all. What's a tennis match actually? Read the papers, look at Marc Herremans sitting in a wheelchair. Compared to that losing a tennis match is nothing more than a mouse dropping (muizenstrontje??).Nothing more. Do you know what made me suffer during the Australian Open. Not my defeat against Serena Williams in the semis, after leading 5-1, but my dog Senser who died while I was in melbourne. There will be heaps of tennis matches, but that dog will never come back
Are you serious now?
(fierce) But yes! (she uses a typical Flemish expression here, it's really funny 'cause you usually wouldn't say this in a press conference "Maar ja, jong! God, I thought this was a thousand times worse. Before I left with Lleyton to Australia half November I told Senser, who's already older than he should: Make sure you'll be there when I get home. I mean, I'm very happy in the tennis circuit, but I'm sure I'll be happy later without tennis too. Sports is sports and not the most important thing in life.
The tour is often called a jungle.
I don't think so at all. I get along with everybody.
Also with Conchita Martinez?
For sure. We are often joking in the changing rooms. She's a nice girl. The Williams-sisters? No problems with them, both really nice girls.
Was there sort of a malicious athmosphere in the changing rooms after venus' defeat?
I didn't notice, but it was already rather late in the evening. I'm sure people talked about it.
In the ATP-tour, among the men, the athmosphere seems to be more friendly
That's correct (laughs). I've already heard loads of good stories from Lleyton. Those guys have dinner together, they make fun, they go out for a beer. Or Gustavo Kuerten plays his guitar and everybody starts singing along spontaneously. I'm trying to create this feeling, this athmosphere among the women too.
So you're taking a bit the lead in this. Have you actually become more mature since you lost here to Jennifer Capriati in 2001?
Gosh, I think I have. But I can sometimes behave very childish, you know.
Two years ago your father said: "My daughter is half a girl and half a woman."
I do have some more experience in life by now.
Why has Lei already left to Belgium?
Somebody needs to take care of my buldog Beauty, no? (laughs) But that's not the only reason. My house is almost ready, some things still needed to be taken care of. There will be a tropy cupboard, yes. In the basement. Only the most beautiful trophies, the cristal ones, will be in the living room. With some small spotlights. I don't need my girl's room in my parents' house anymore. It's full with old rubbish and stuff for my trousseau (?). To marry Lleyton in the future? Not yet, no. And I will also be often with Elke and my parents. But my own house will be ideal to welcome my friends.