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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 2003, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Kim does it again

It's a bad scheduling again. She is supposed to play Hopman Cup, Sydney and then Aus Open.

Let's compare schedule of big 4:

Justine: Sydney, Aus Open; 3 weeks in a row; possible # of matches:11

Serena: Hopman, Aus Open; 1 week, week off, 2 weeks; possible # of matches:11+4(doubles at HC)=15

Venus: Hong Kong ex, Aus Open; 3 days, week off, 2 weeks; possible # of matches:9+2(doubles at HK)=11

Kim: HC, Sydney, Aus Open; 4 weeks in a row; possible # of matches: 15+4(doubles at HC)=19
And she still may decide to play doubles at the Aus Open.

So she will play 4 weeks in a row at 40° C (105° F) and when she goes in the 2nd week at the Aus Open, she will be tired (mentally and phisically) and she will already pass the peak of her form.
I really thought her main goal for 2004 is to win a GS but with this schedule I'm pretty sure it won't be Aus Open.

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The Hopman Cup is indoors. She may only play 4 matches at the HC. I do agree though that all those matches in the searing heat can take the bite out of anyone but at the same time those who don't acclamtise well may suffer from heat exhaution. Last year she had the same schedule and I don't think it was the no. of matches that affected her against serna but her own nerves. She started to tire towards miami.

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That's the only thing she does: play, play and play. She doesn't understand the difference between exhibition, tier III or GS tournament...But I hope she will somehow stay fresh for AO.
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I hope she will play well at all 4 tournaments.....
I do think that Kim needs to play enough matches to come back in her rithem.

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Well Kim did well this year with that schedule...


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post #6 of 50 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 2003, 10:20 AM
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Kim is a player who needs matches more than practice. Just like Lleyton BTW; he played less this year and he did not fare too well.

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Well Kim did well this year with that schedule...

Yes, she did...But she didn't win a GS and her schedule may be the reason. She played doubles in all GS, played every tournament before US Open, played 4 weeks in a row in Australia, Berlin and Rome before Roland Garros. Only for Wimbledon she had a normal schedule but only becouse grass season is very short.
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I think it's obvious she plays many tournies in australia...she wants to share her schedule with lleyton where she can and in australia she's this possibility...she has to think of her private life sometimes...then the heat won't be a problem...I mean she will be staying in australia since november...she'll be used to it!!!
and then...she does what she wants,mates!!!and she has already said she won't play doubles in GS so...no problem!!!

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Kim has a good schedule
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She´s already down there, so by January she may well get used to it. Plus....the girl needs her mate too.

And she wants the no.1 back and isn´t it like this that she earned the no.1?! Play, play, play?!

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If her scheduling is so bad, how come she finished off the year so well? She was fresh as a daisy in Filderstadt and the WTA Champs. Kim's already said that she is going to address the GS "issue" by not playing dubs, so lets see how that goes next year!

Kim obviously has the physical capability to play a lot of Tournaments and she exploits that strength, so I dont know why you have to turn it into a problem!!

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If her scheduling is so bad, how come she finished off the year so well? She was fresh as a daisy in Filderstadt and the WTA Champs. Kim's already said that she is going to address the GS "issue" by not playing dubs, so lets see how that goes next year!

Kim obviously has the physical capability to play a lot of Tournaments and she exploits that strength, so I dont know why you have to turn it into a problem!!

I'm not turning anything into a problem. Human body is not a car which needs more mileage to perform better. At the rate Kim is going right now, she will burn herself out in a few years.
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Exactly....remember how everybody thought that Martina´s body could take playing many matches?!

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Rather than talk about number of matches, we should talk about hours on the court. In that case, some girls with far less matches might overtake Kim!
How burnt can you get if the average time you spent on the court in the earlier rounds of a tourny is less than 50 minutes?
Anyway, Kim should do what she enjoys.
My feeling is that one of the things Kim needs to win a Slam, is a tough QF and SF. I guess that will come once the Willies are back on the tour.

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post #15 of 50 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 2003, 12:24 PM
 
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I see nothing wrong with Kim's schedule.

She did fine with it this year. It is not the reason she didn't win a grand slam.

The only concern would be injury risk but she alone knows how much her body can really take.
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