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Clijsters sets sights on first Grand Slam victory

Clijsters sets sights on first grand slam victory
2003-07-28 03:57:59 GMT (Reuters)
By Matthew Cronin

PALO ALTO, California, July 27 (Reuters) - Belgium's Kim Clijsters is slowly closing in on the number one ranking, but it is a first grand slam title that she covets the most.

After she won her fifth title of the year with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory over Jennifer Capriati at the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday, Clijsters told Reuters that she's ready to capture her first major.

"I feel ready for a breakthrough," said the world number two, who stands around 200 points behind top-ranked Serena Williams.

"When you are young you don't know what it's like to be in that position all the time, but now I know what it's like to be in the second week of a grand slam and play in the big matches.

"To have that experience makes a big difference ... I now feel a lot more comfortable in vital matches."

This year, Clijsters has competed well in the slams but still managed to lose after holding a 5-1 lead in the deciding set against Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

She then fell in straight sets to countrywoman Justine Henin-Hardenne in the French Open final and lost to Venus Williams in three sets in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Even though she has never reached the last four of the U.S. Open, Clijsters reckons hardcourts are her best surface and she may have her best chance of a breakthrough in New York.

"I feel very comfortable playing on hardcourts and have always done well in the tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open," she said.

"It's just a matter of planning well and making sure you are fit enough to keep it up for two weeks there."


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Clijsters is planning a full playing schedule ahead of the last major of the season including tournaments in San Diego this week, Los Angeles next week and Toronto the week after that.

"On hardcourts, my movement can make a big difference. I feel like I can move 100 percent on them," she said.

The 20-year-old has lost only seven matches this year -- twice to each of the Williams sisters, twice to Henin-Hardenne and to Ai Sugiyama in the final at Scottsdale.

However, she has beaten all of those players and is confident that she can overcome them in a grand slam.

"I think I've shown I can play with anybody, but I haven't been consistent enough thorough the whole match," she said.

"The player in front of you thinks the same thing so it's important to be mentally stronger at the end."

Clijsters has been criticised in some circles for not wanting it enough at the Slams, but the Belgian said she would be raring to go when the U.S. Open began next month.

"I want another chance to go for it, but I'm only 20 and still have a few more years left to go for the grand slams."

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hmmm...great....I want to see great tennis at the US Open.
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"Als je iemand idealiseert, verlies je het contact met de werkelijkheid"

"Ca s’apprend par la souffrance, ça s’apprend par les déceptions, ça s’apprend par la densité du mal que ça te fait, plus ça te fait mal et plus ça te fait grandir. Y a des moments où tu te dis je ne vais pas le supporter, ça, ça fait trop mal, et pourtant tu passes au travers."
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If Kim plays the way she played yesterday, I think she definitely has a chance for the US Open. I really liked what I saw yesterday. She was aggressive and that's how I like her best.

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I think wimbledon pissed her off
maybe it was just what she needed

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"Clijsters sets sights on the title, but all she can really do is look"

j/k Good luck to Kim. She can do it

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Sounds like Kim starts to want it. Great.

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If Kim plays the way she played yesterday, I think she definitely has a chance for the US Open. I really liked what I saw yesterday. She was aggressive and that's how I like her best.
execpt the mistakes she did from 4-1 to 4-6 0-1!!!

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"Als je iemand idealiseert, verlies je het contact met de werkelijkheid"

"Ca s’apprend par la souffrance, ça s’apprend par les déceptions, ça s’apprend par la densité du mal que ça te fait, plus ça te fait mal et plus ça te fait grandir. Y a des moments où tu te dis je ne vais pas le supporter, ça, ça fait trop mal, et pourtant tu passes au travers."
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yeah she needs to stay aggresive behavior a whole match. cappy started to play better but that was also because kim started to hold back

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She wanted Ausopen most because she won the adidas international
but what happened. She choked in the semi- of the ausopen.
She wanted frenchopen most because she won rome and few tournaments prior but she was bargeled by Henin in the final.
She wanted Winbledom most because she won ordina and was
swept away by Venus. Now she wants US open because she
beat "TIME PAST BY' Capriati.
I can't stand all these hypes about Kim Clijsters from all these
12 year old posters.
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Now that is a grand slam winning attitude. Uptill now she has always sounded content to have 'done her best'. This is the beginning of arrogance, it is acknowledging that you got the goods to do it and if you lose it is because you did not play well not necessarily because your opponent was better. Sometimes it is so, but other times she let it slip!
When Serena lost to venus at the USO 2001 she also said she was still young and had a few more years under her belt.
Kim must have say down and considered her losses and knows she should have won a slam already this year. The girl is ready, watch out Serena!
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I can't wait for Kim to win a slam....without a doubt the nicest player on the tour. Unfortunately being Lleytons GF, some of his childish antics rub off on her through the media.

Australian Open was a choke
French was a brain-fart in the final
Wimbledon....Venus had her measure on grass

Realistically....there are few that can challenge the Williams' brute force and crowd support.

Kim.....Athletically can make both Serena and Venus push their shots closer to the sidelines. If either Venus or Serena are at their best then they can't be touched.

Chanda....wildcard

Jen...if in groove can beat anyone.


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she'll win GS only if she gets rid of Lleyton.

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