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No. 1 but still second best?

No. 1 but still second best?

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LONDON -- She is world No. 1 and the defending champion heading into the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, but not even victory at the $3 million event will prevent Kim Clijsters from feeling like a stand-in.


Kim Clijsters was the 12th woman to hold the No. 1 ranking.


It is a sad and empty end to a year that had promised so much, but during which, in the final analysis, she has been found wanting.

It started in January when the larger-than-life Serena Williams came back from a seemingly impossible position to beat Clijsters in the Australian Open semifinals before going on to win the event and with it her "Serena Slam."

Compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne walloped Clijsters in the French Open final to become the first Belgian to win a Grand Slam title, a mantle that Clijsters must have thought was her due.

At Wimbledon, Clijsters fell even before reaching the final to a weak, injured Venus Williams -- and Henin-Hardenne crushed Clijsters a second time to lift the U.S. Open crown.

The bubbly, smiley Clijsters was left empty-handed. Her ranking will look like nothing more than a computer glitch unless she wins the season-ending finale at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Even then, Clijsters would know she is merely minding the top ranking for Serena.

"She's got that extra and that makes her I think still the best player in the world, no problem," Clijsters said last month.

"If she was injury-free she's the toughest to beat out there. If Serena played the number of tournaments that I play I definitely think that she would be number one."

But Serena does not have to match Clijsters' events played to rule the rankings -- she simply has to win the big ones and Clijsters does not look capable of stopping her when the American is fit.

Serena is not playing again this year, preferring instead to be 100-percent ready for next season.

More surprising, perhaps, is Henin-Hardenne's dominance over Clijsters on the big stage. Having made her major breakthrough in Paris, Henin-Hardenne swings freely these days, while Clijsters tightens up.

This week Clijsters celebrated a 12th week at world No. 1.

She had better savor it. Unless she overcomes her mental weakness when the pressure is on she might not look down on too many more weeks from the top.
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she's has still had a great year though. and she's still only 20......
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Dang! Since when has a no.1 been treated like this?! This isnīt a honour anymore....this is just emberassing!

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That's true, but with those results, she should have won a Slam this year. Serena and Justine were the only other players beside herself to get to the semifinals of every Grand Slam they played and they won. She cannot go anywhere but down and needs to try to win a Slam next year.
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Next year itīs gonna be though for Kim...so many points to defend and she canīt play more and she canīt really improve her results either.

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A great year? Sorry but just as the term #1 ranked player in the world has been watered down so has the definition of a Great year. I'll admit it was a great year......for her, but as far as history, even recent history it could hardly be considered great.

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A great year? Sorry but just as the term #1 ranked player in the world has been watered down so has the definition of a Great year. I'll admit it was a great year......for her, but as far as history, even recent history it could hardly be considered great.

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Exactly...how can it be considered great when she hasnīt won a slam and got bageled and bradsticked in the two finals?! It was good...but not GREAT! Great means winning at least two slams.

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That's an injustice to both Kim and Venus to describe Venus as weak during that Wimbledon semi, I thought it was a great match.

Rather an unoriginal pessimistic article from the writer, from where I'm sitting Kim has everything to look forward to for next year.
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Venus was weak(end) by her abdominal strain

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




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Always the "bridesmaid", never the "bride"...!!! Although Kim is still young and she has plenty of time to fulfill her lifelong dream of winning a slam...!!!
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I know that but the article makes it sound like she was lame or something. If anything the determination she showed to win indicated how tough an opponent she is.
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I know that but the article makes it sound like she was lame or something.

Kart, the article "sounded" exactly like it "really was"...!!! No matter what or how one tries to "spin" that chapter in history, it was what it was...!!! It's as simple as that...!!!
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Good one....always bridesmaid and never the bride. A good classification of Kimīs year: 8-6 record in finals ainīt anything to write home about.

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She was injured, not weak. Why do I get the feeling we're not going to agree on this .
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She was injured, not weak. Why do I get the feeling we're not going to agree on this .


Hey, Kart, you're absolutely right, okay...???

*persond thinks to himself, bet he wasn't looking for that one...*
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