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Clijsters stands by her Gamesmanship Charge

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Clijsters stands by gamesmanship charge


August 4, 2003
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Kim Clijsters doesn't make a habit of backing down on the tennis court, and she wasn't backing down from her charge that fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne isn't above a little gamesmanship in a tennis match.

Clijsters, who lost to Henin-Hardenne in the final at San Diego on Sunday, denied that it was poor sportsmanship that prompted her to suggest that her opponent might not have needed an injury time out to treat blisters on her foot.

"It's her full right to do it," Clijsters said of the five-minute time out, which Henin-Hardenne took after losing the first set.


But she added: "Sometimes she was limping after a point that she lost, then next point she was running all the balls down. Those were like little signs where I thought maybe she's faking it a little bit."

Clijsters insisted she didn't intend to take anything away from Henin-Hardenne's performance.

"I have absolutely no problem saying that she was the better player - in the second and third set, she was so much better than I," Clijsters said. "I don't like losing, but I think I give a lot of credit to my opponents."

Clijsters has pretty stern views on playing hurt in any case.

"I think the first time I ever called a trainer on court was this year in Berlin, and I actually pulled my hamstring," said the 20-year-old, who could grab the world number one ranking this week in Los Angeles, where Henin-Hardenne isn't entered.

"You see it in a lot of matches, where players pull out when they're down 6-1, 4-0. I think it takes some of the respect out of tennis," she said.

"Tennis is a physical sport, and you get injuries. Unless you break a leg or something, I don't think there's honestly a reason to pull out, unless you have the next week a big tournament coming up where you don't want to take any serious risk."
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Sticking to her guns I see. I smell a serious feud about to develop.
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Good for Kim. While I think Justine is going to end up the better tennis player, Kim seems like she is heading towards being the better person, and in the end, that is really what matters the most.

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Tell us how you really feel Kim, hahahaha!
Go ahead........

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"You see it in a lot of matches, where players pull out when they're down 6-1, 4-0. I think it takes some of the respect out of tennis," she said.

"Tennis is a physical sport, and you get injuries. Unless you break a leg or something, I don't think there's honestly a reason to pull out, unless you have the next week a big tournament coming up where you don't want to take any serious risk."[/QUOTE]

WELL MAY BE THERE IN A LOT OF PAIN AND CAN'T TAKE NO MORE .
I do like Kim but what a stupid thing to say
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I don't think what she meant is if somebody just suddenly gets hurt at 6-1 4-0 and retires. If somebody twists thier ankle or something at that point and they can't continue, that's very fair. However I don't think it looks good when a player is treated a couple of times during the match and continues to play but then when they are about to lose decide they can't continue anymore. Sometimes it looks like the player just doesn't want to lose and they'd rather just retire.

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go on Kim!! you tell 'em!!!

I totally agree with Kim, and i am losing a lot of respect for Justine. This is the third big match i have witnessed her gamesmanship to try and swing it her way - in the wimbledon semi's against Jen in 2001, RG this ear and now.

I dont have much respect for her anymore, although I really fear for her, the next time kim steps on the same court - theres gonna be war.

It wont happen at the US Open though, since Venus will tear them both apart

Good luck for the US Open, Venus, Jennifer, and Kim. Make it a fine sporting occasion!!!
what did she do to Jennifer other than kicking her ass?

now they are inventing stuff, oh wait, she called the rain upon.
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"You see it in a lot of matches, where players pull out when they're down 6-1, 4-0. I think it takes some of the respect out of tennis," she said.

"Tennis is a physical sport, and you get injuries. Unless you break a leg or something, I don't think there's honestly a reason to pull out, unless you have the next week a big tournament coming up where you don't want to take any serious risk."
WELL MAY BE THERE IN A LOT OF PAIN AND CAN'T TAKE NO MORE .
I do like Kim but what a stupid thing to say[/QUOTE]


I agree, so a player should play injured just because it doesn't look good to pull out, if they aggravate the injury it's ok

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Good for Kim. While I think Justine is going to end up the better tennis player, Kim seems like she is heading towards being the better person, and in the end, that is really what matters the most.
why does "being the better person" matter the most?
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LOL! Go Kim!
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She said exactly the things I want to hear from a player.

You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
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Sticking to her guns I see. I smell a serious feud about to develop.
Actually now that I think about it, this new feud is really about Kim getting to number 1 without winning a slam, and Justine having won a slam but isn't the one acquiring the number 1 position. They resent each other --- at least that's what I think.
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why does "being the better person" matter the most?
he said "in thend" and hes right, obviously, as in the end, life is more important than the tennis court - even Hingis found that out.
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don't answer for other people
Message boards are for everybody... pms are for if you just want to talk to one person

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I think that if the match will be over in a few games, a player should stay out there and show a little respect for the paying fans.

There have been too many retirements in the last set.
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