Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
the good old Sascha is just back from Hasselt.
I already wrote a mail to my borther and will make a summary now.
I did not expect Kim Clijsters to be that strong back. She looked a bit stronger to me than before (gained weight IMO) and her strengths are now serve and backhand. I thought that Maleeva could win because her BH is the better shot and Kim's might be rusty, but it was not like that.
Kim kept maleeva under pressure with her serve, too. she hit an ace on her setpoint and Maggie managed to come back sometimes from 00-40 to deuces and BP's, but simply made way too many errors, too. The Bulgarian tried to mix it up, but was not as powerful as I saw her this year. IMO both can have a good indoor season, really. Kim was better in set 1 (beginning) and end of set 2, in the time between Maleeva was on an equal level. After not winning Clijster's service game at 3-2 up, she made some stupid errors and Kim was then experienced enough to win.
So all in all Kim was really good and might not face another challenge her, becuase all other players are not really Indoor specialists. Maleeva was doing OK, but needs to focuse more in important situations and must take advantage when she comes back from 00-40 and is close to break,. becuase otherwise the opponent builds up confidence and is able to break her then which is exactly what happened today.
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