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Zauber
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:33 AM
Years ago Kim Klijsters and Serena Williams had that fabulous match at the US Open. I think they were both 16 years old at the time. I thought they would dominate women's tennis.
Why has Kim failed so far to be the very best?
I think she has the talent and the game and the concentration.
I keep hoping and she keeps disappointing me.
The latest one was her loss to Lindsey Davenport at the French Open. I thought she was totally in control of the match. Then suddenly she could not control her forehand anymore.
To me it was one of the worst chokes of a top player I have ever seen.
Am I being to harsh?
I think Kim Klijsters should be on top of the tennis world with her game. It is like Rodger Federer's capable of winning on all surfaces.
I guess that is what I love about sports. One has to simply do it otherwise it does not count.
I had such high hopes after she came back so valiently from her injuries.
The US Open one last chance.
Five more years 2 slams a year equals 10 not bad.
Pinch me I am dreaming.
What do you all think about Kim Klijsters? Tenniswise

a very disappointed fan again

alexusjonesfan
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:35 AM
Komaan double K :rocker:

tennisIlove09
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:37 AM
a real fan would know how to spell her name correctly :)

aNYthing
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:38 AM
I know...its Kim Clijsters ;)

deja_entendu
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:39 AM
I agree, actually: Kim Clijsters is just about the strongest girl on tour; she hits with big topspin off both wings, can take the ball early, and has an ability to take the flat power shots of her opponents and push them back deep into the court. And with her speed and variety, well... she could (should!) be the best, along with JHH.

The simple difference, of course, is that while JHH becomes more focused and hungry when she gets to the big moments, Kimmy gets VERY tense. You can see it in her ground game... she loses BOTH mph and accuracy, often spraying easy shots well wide or well long. Which is truly a shame because when her game is clicking she has everything going for her. Watch how she utterly destroys her early round victims... it's classic!

victory1
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:54 AM
Kim is really good. She has a lot of pressure on her to win a slam, especially now Justine has managed to win her 4th slam. Kim is capable of beating the top players at any given stage, except the slams because she has to battle the player and herself during the slams. I donít see her winning US Open this year, not because she's not capable but because of the pressure she will feel to win the last slam of the year. Her best chance will be next years AO and Roland Garros. Even Federer said it; he wanted to win Wimbledon because he did not want the pressure and desperation of having to win the US Open because the slams are already stressful enough.

xin_hui
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:56 AM
refusing to answer some one who cannot even spell the name correctly

~MaRt~HiNgIs~F@N
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:57 AM
Cuz She' Not Dahhhhhhhhhh

Miranda
Jul 5th, 2005, 04:08 AM
why a person is not considered a fan if he/she just does not spell the players' name correctly :confused: , typo is not allowed?? :confused: , i think he/she is asking politely and does not deserve this answer :rolleyes:



refusing to answer some one who cannot even spell the name correctly

thelittlestelf
Jul 5th, 2005, 04:11 AM
She's not the best because she rarely/never beats top 3 players in slams. If she were more mentally tough, she definitely could be the best.

Rub
Jul 5th, 2005, 05:13 AM
i hope she's gonna be mentally as hard as rock... plus i think she should cut off that huge swing off her forehand...

kim has been dissappointing me lately... she lost matches that she should have won... hopefully she wins a slam sooner....

Jakeev
Jul 5th, 2005, 05:19 AM
One of Kim's biggest problems is that she can still get overpowered by stronger opponents. Case in point was against Lindsay at Wimbledon.

She tried hard mind you and is obviously the better mover than Lindsay is. But when the tough got going, Lindsay showed why at 29, she is still a force to be reckoned with, even against a great player like Kim.

Kim will only get better folks, she has plenty of time.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jul 5th, 2005, 05:37 AM
Years ago Kim Klijsters and Serena Williams had that fabulous match at the US Open. I think they were both 16 years old at the time. I thought they would dominate women's tennis.
Why has Kim failed so far to be the very best?
I think she has the talent and the game and the concentration.
I keep hoping and she keeps disappointing me.
The latest one was her loss to Lindsey Davenport at the French Open. I thought she was totally in control of the match. Then suddenly she could not control her forehand anymore.
To me it was one of the worst chokes of a top player I have ever seen.
Am I being to harsh?
I think Kim Klijsters should be on top of the tennis world with her game. It is like Rodger Federer's capable of winning on all surfaces.
I guess that is what I love about sports. One has to simply do it otherwise it does not count.
I had such high hopes after she came back so valiently from her injuries.
The US Open one last chance.
Five more years 2 slams a year equals 10 not bad.
Pinch me I am dreaming.
What do you all think about Kim Klijsters? Tenniswise

a very disappointed fan again

Kim is a great player and a great athlete. I think she'll win a slam before it's all said and done.

Prizeidiot
Jul 5th, 2005, 07:01 AM
It's all in her head. The game is there. I think in regards to her technique and athleticism, she matches up against anyone.

I think she can still improve though, and bad health forbidding, she'll win a slam one day.

@m@nd@
Jul 5th, 2005, 09:07 AM
shes not mentally tough enough...
but shes a great player and will definetely win a slam someday

rottweily
Jul 5th, 2005, 09:12 AM
Useless thread.

Grohl
Jul 5th, 2005, 10:57 AM
kim has had back luck with injury's.
and please spell her name correctly (fans should know how to spell they're fave's name!)

ezekiel
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:05 AM
Kim is an awesome player, just not consistent. She has to gain that maturity and toughness before it's too late

gmak
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:07 AM
a fan of Kim would know that it's Kim Clijsters! :rolleyes:

Aussie_chic
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Valid points! Difficult question!
I think all her fans (and u sure can be one regardless of typo! btw I love Barbora but cant spell her last name.) have gone crazy watching her tighten in matches.

Perhaps she should see a psych or something to help her with mental strength!
Looking forward to the day when she pulls through a close GS final ala Venus!

Mr_Molik
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:38 AM
she will definitely win a slam one day way too good not to. cant wait when it finally happens!

tennnisfannn
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:27 PM
she will need to play amelie in the final, that way one of them is finally guranteed a slam win!
quite frankly it is all baout putting it all together when it o****s the most. she has quite the complete game and the longer it takes the tougher it seems.

Derek.
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:45 PM
The reason Kim is not the best is because of her mental side.

saki
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:49 PM
The bottom line is that she's not been as good as the current lot of slam winners in the slams. Losing four slam finals is not a fluke, it's not just "a matter of time" before she wins one. It's happened, because in every one of those finals, she's played worse than her opponents. She needs to work harder on her weaknesses (serve placement, forehand technique, strategy) because, if she's not going to change the way that she plays, she's (at most) going to win a hardcourt slam once because of a lucky draw (not that she doesn't have lucky draws already most of the time) and won't be the multiple, all-surface slam winner that she could be.

victory1
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:56 PM
Yeah, but the longer it takes the harder it will be because of the pressure. That's why it took Davenport so long to make a slam final again and Mauresmo, one of the most sucessful players on tour have not made it to a slam final in 6 years (AMAZING). Pressure will always overide talent, it's who handle it better.

Sir Stefwhit
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:27 PM
Kim showed great mental toughness in her first Slam final and was simply beat by a hungry JCap. Also during that tournament Kim had to comeback from being down a set and a break before beating Justine to advance to the final. In her next slam final appearances she had to face her nemesis JuJu and that always brings with it, extra added pressure and at both Roland Garros and US Open I think it's fair to say she chocked. Kim does have wins over the top players at big events (Serena in the finals of YEC), so she does have what it takes- in my opinion it's simply a matter of time. In all honesty I think this theory about Kim being to mentally fragile is blown way out of portion. Aside from her first two finals against JuJu and her SF loss to Serena at Australian Open there really isn't enough evidence to support that kind of thinking. With regards to Lindsay, I think her game just went a little off and Lindsay, with her powerful ground strokes, took advantage. That encounter gave Lindsay all the confidence in the world to take it to Kim at Wimby. Kim put up a good fight, but in the end Lindsay was just too much on that day. I'm not sure when her time to shine will be, but I'm certain (if she's healthy,) nothing will stop her from winning a major.

gopher
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:48 PM
It is a number of things but as a fan I would mention:

- focus: concentrating on one thing is not Kims thing, she has too many interests
- Mediocre planning: why she is in the Fedcup directly after a tough tournament and ahead of the hardcourt tour is beyond me; other example her halfhearted participation in the mixed doubles where Rochus had already planned an exhibition game in Belgium before the final?
- her "entourage" and her family too much around; takes away energy/focus from a certain age on;
- an element of provincialism; better be best in Bree and surroundings than being best in the world;
- coach: Dehous is not a mental rock she needs a pro to prepare her mentally
- injuries: not her fault but the fact she played more than 100 matches in 2003 has not helped
- easygoingness: the whole world was convinced that Kim would win that slam easily and Kim was probably convinced about this as well. it would happen sooner or later . And then it didn't.
- circumstances: RG 2001, AusOpen 2002, Wimbledon 2003 all were very close. And Us Open 2003 well for me she is still the winner there

It seems that Kim does not draw the right lessons from her mistakes hence I am not sure whether she will ever win one. But I surely hope so.

SJW
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:53 PM
go Kimmy :dance:

xin_hui
Jul 5th, 2005, 03:56 PM
It is a number of things but as a fan I would mention:

- focus: concentrating on one thing is not Kims thing, she has too many interests
- Mediocre planning: why she is in the Fedcup directly after a tough tournament and ahead of the hardcourt tour is beyond me; other example her halfhearted participation in the mixed doubles where Rochus had already planned an exhibition game in Belgium before the final?
- her "entourage" and her family too much around; takes away energy/focus from a certain age on;
- an element of provincialism; better be best in Bree and surroundings than being best in the world;
- coach: Dehous is not a mental rock she needs a pro to prepare her mentally
- injuries: not her fault but the fact she played more than 100 matches in 2003 has not helped
- easygoingness: the whole world was convinced that Kim would win that slam easily and Kim was probably convinced about this as well. it would happen sooner or later . And then it didn't.
- circumstances: RG 2001, AusOpen 2002, Wimbledon 2003 all were very close. And Us Open 2003 well for me she is still the winner there

It seems that Kim does not draw the right lessons from her mistakes hence I am not sure whether she will ever win one. But I surely hope so.

focus: what else is she focusing on nowadays? have you not read any of her interviews post 2004?
mediocre planning:half-hearted participation in the mixed? they wanted to win. they were serious
her entourage: she NEEDS them around. she is one who needs her close ones around. would you rather she travel alone?
element of provincialism: this point totally makes no sense.
coach: who do u suggest she hire as a coach?
injuries: her wirst injury was not caused by her playing too much
easy-going: which slam are u talking about? kim has never acknowledged herself as the favourite for any slam. so which slam was she "convinced" she will win?
:rolleyes: