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Can Kim Clijsters still improve?

when i say improve, i mean change of the better,
since a change does not necessarily mean better,
like changing from baseline to serve-and-volley......

coz she is #2 now.......but can she still improve
on her ability?.........
she is consistent and she doesnt make errors,
she is the perfect model of a defensive player,
she has the speed and can slide on anything,
she has nice serve and can return,
there is talk about her longer preparation time for strokes,
but that serves her well on clay, maybe not that well on grass
so i wouldnt want her to change that......
so what should she improve on?....

aggressive strategy? building muscles?
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I don't think Kim needs to work on building muscles She does currently have a weights program but that is specialised around developing her shoulder and back muscles to give her greater stability and injury preventiion. She began the program when she got injured last year and now she does it 4 or 5 times a week, which is down from every day last year.

Ahen you say agressive strategy, I think yes. Kim is a naturally agressive player and will go for her shots yet she has a tendency to go into her shell a little at important moments and not play quite as agressive as she has to so yes I think she could improve that.

Serve-volley game. Well she is playing a lot more doubles this year and so her volleys are consequently improving. I think her volleys are fine and that why they are sometimes criticised and why Kim doesn't get much credit for them is that she doesn't always choose the right ball to come forwards on. She has to be more selective and smart in shoosing when to approach the net. If she would attempt in her amtches to come forward more I think that would come with experience. But ofcourse Kim would improve if she added serve volley to her game, I'm not saying to add it as a major part but as an element she oculd use as a change up or a surprise tactic. But I wouldn't like to see her change to full out serve and volleyer.

Her serve can obviously be improved, I believe she has the potential to serve a lot faster than she does.

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She needs to come in more often, especially on grass

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Agree with come in more - also serve (percentages as well as speed) and just a smidgin more mental tenacity. I think a lot of Kim's technical "problems" (in brackets because they are not really problematic even though there is room for improvement) come down to patience. The kid is only just 20, it would be surprising if there wasn't some room for improvement!
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I don't think Kim needs to work on building muscles She does currently have a weights program but that is specialised around developing her shoulder and back muscles to give her greater stability and injury preventiion. She began the program when she got injured last year and now she does it 4 or 5 times a week, which is down from every day last year.

Ahen you say agressive strategy, I think yes. Kim is a naturally agressive player and will go for her shots yet she has a tendency to go into her shell a little at important moments and not play quite as agressive as she has to so yes I think she could improve that.

Serve-volley game. Well she is playing a lot more doubles this year and so her volleys are consequently improving. I think her volleys are fine and that why they are sometimes criticised and why Kim doesn't get much credit for them is that she doesn't always choose the right ball to come forwards on. She has to be more selective and smart in shoosing when to approach the net. If she would attempt in her amtches to come forward more I think that would come with experience. But ofcourse Kim would improve if she added serve volley to her game, I'm not saying to add it as a major part but as an element she oculd use as a change up or a surprise tactic. But I wouldn't like to see her change to full out serve and volleyer.

Her serve can obviously be improved, I believe she has the potential to serve a lot faster than she does.
Kim played some good volleys against Justine in the final at Rosmalen, but she missed a lot of easy ones. Justine looked a lot more at ease with the serve-volley game. It's suprising that she isn't that comfortable at the net while being one of the best double players.

Kim still can improve a lot of facets of her game. I hope she trains hard the next years.
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yep. she needs work on the mental aspect of her game. she would have been no. 1 already if she had sorted that out.

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There's a difference in playing net in singles and playing net in doubles. The movement is different, the positioning is different, and the set-up is different (more reflex than in total control).

Anyway, Kim can certainly improve. I think she could easily improve the placement of her serves. She can hit all corners of the serve box, but she tends to go out wide (on both sides) the majority of the time.

In terms of strategy, I think Kim could be offensive more of the time. While she is offensive against lower-ranked players, she become more defensive against top players. It works to get deep into a 3rd set, but as someone else said, Kim needs to stay aggressive on the big points.

I don't really see Kim changing too much at this point. Obviously she can make subtle changes in her game...but I can't think of many players who completely revamped their game once they were already in the top 10.

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I think they need to work on her mental aspect first. Although there is work to be done on some of her shots, she needs to be stronger mentally. Aussie Open and the French Open are just examples of what she does or doesnt do when the stakes are highest.

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yep she needs to work on it mentally and should not keep saying how she has not goals and so because she doesn't bring pressure. I think that means she has pressure already

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