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nm_cb
Oct 12th, 2002, 12:37 AM
For anyone who is in Australia I heard some gossip that both Kim and Lleyton are coming to the Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia!
I would like to know your opinion, would you prefer Australia and Belgium to be in the same group or in opposite groups?
(For those of you who may not know the Hopman cup is where eight nations come together to play each other in a round robin format. There is 2 groups, group A and group B. The nation with the most wins in group a and group b play each other in the final!)

Imagine what the mixed doubles would be like Kim Vs Lleyton!!

Hawk
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:57 AM
I would love to see a mixed double match, Kim vs Lleyton :D

2284
Oct 12th, 2002, 02:30 AM
I would love to see that too. We will find out for sure if they are playing on Tuesday

keta
Oct 12th, 2002, 05:12 AM
I would LOVE tooo seee Kimmy and Lleyt in the same gruops, Well australia and Belguim!
If any oen had a chance too go, GO because it has the best atmosphere I LOVE it !! The only good thing about perth!! :p:p

2284
Oct 12th, 2002, 07:26 AM
What is wrong with Perth? I've never been further west than Adelaide

Lleykimmy1
Oct 12th, 2002, 09:18 AM
I also would like to see them in the same group !!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nm_cb
Oct 12th, 2002, 09:32 AM
I'm definatly going, as I have bought season tickets. I will try and take photos of Kim and Lleyton!
I have been picked to be a ballkid at the Hopman Cup so I will hopefully be on court with Lleyton and or Kim!

Cilla
Oct 12th, 2002, 09:52 AM
Well it would be soooooooo good to see them face off in the final against one another but that's not guaranteed so it'd be great to see them in the same group slugging it out ;) :bounce:

Stefke
Oct 12th, 2002, 10:01 AM
When is the next Hopman Cup????

2284
Oct 12th, 2002, 10:58 AM
January, a few weeks before the Australian Open

nm_cb
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:14 AM
The hopman cup starts on the 28th of December 2002 and finishes on the 4th of January 2003

2284
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:32 AM
Thanks. i knew it was around then. I havn't even thought past the end of the week yet

KaseyL
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:15 AM
According to the Australian press agency AAP it has been confirmed that Kim will play the Hopman Cup again (and no surprise :) :Lleyton confirmed too)!

nm_cb
Oct 15th, 2002, 09:45 AM
I have had a confirmation from Paul McNamee (via Tennis West news) that both Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters will play. Daniela Huntachove is also playing as well as Serena Williams. Alicia Molik will partner Hewitt.

An article from Tennis West
Hopman Cup lands two No.1's
Tuesday, 15 October, 2002

PERTH, Oct 15 AAP - The $1 million Hopman Cup tournament has landed a coup by attracting both world No.1 ranked tennis players for the first time in its history.

Men's No.1 Lleyton Hewitt will again bypass hometown Adelaide to represent Australia with Alicia Molik in the eight nation, mixed teams event from Dec 28-Jan 4.
And women's world No.1 Serena Williams will play for the United States along with James Blake.

Hewitt's decision to play the Cup for a second year means he will forego the AAPT Championships in Adelaide which is played in the same week.
The 21-year-old scored his breakthrough ATP Tour title victory at the Adelaide tournament as a 16-year-old schoolboy and continued to play it until last summer when he decided to change his schedule in a bid to be fresher going into the Australian Open.

However, his Hopman Cup debut last summer was marred by a bout of chicken pox which continued to affect him as he was beaten in the first round of the Australian Open. Other big names to sign for the Hopman Cup include Hewitt's girlfriend, world No.5 Kim Clijsters of Belgium and No.9 Daniela Hantuchova from the Slovak Republic.

Australia is seeded No.2 behind the Americans, the other countries competing are the Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovak Republic, defending champions Spain, Italy and with the last team in the tournament to be decided between the winner of Paraguay and Uzbekistan.

Tournament director Paul McNamee said: "Serena Williams is raising the bar in women's tennis and it is a real milestone that in the 15th Hopman Cup Serena becomes the 15th No.1 to play. "I've watched James Blake progress through the last two years, he has developed into a formidable player with a fantastic forehand. "Serena and James are part of the new wave of players."

Peridotpixie
Oct 16th, 2002, 01:29 AM
According to an article on the Hopman Cup website, seeds 1 and 4 will be in group A, and seeds 2 and 3 will be in group B. Since Australia is 2 and Belgium is 4, I guess we won't be seeing that mixed doubles match. (pout.)
And, by the way, I completely resent Daja and Jiri being seeded ahead of Kim and Xavier. Does that make any sense? No. Unless they purposely did it so that Australia and Belgium wouldn't be in the same group---hmmm. (Conspiracy music.) Do you think Lleyton and Kim would only play under the condition that they (probably) wouldn't have to play each other? The seeding just doesn't seem to make a ton of sense.

2284
Oct 16th, 2002, 01:39 AM
Australia having a #2 seed is ridiculous too. They're going to have to work really hard in the doubles because I can't see Molik beating Hantuchova

2284
Oct 16th, 2002, 01:43 AM
Originally posted by Peridotpixie
[B Unless they purposely did it so that Australia and Belgium wouldn't be in the same group---hmmm. (Conspiracy music.) Do you think Lleyton and Kim would only play under the condition that they (probably) wouldn't have to play each other? [/B]

I doubt it. They would probably enjoy playing mixed doubles against eachother. There was a huge amount of hype over their potential match last year, but it never happened because Lleyton got chicken pox...so we want an Australia vs. Belgium final this year!

Peridotpixie
Oct 16th, 2002, 02:32 AM
Oh, but the conspiracy thoughts are so much fun! :D
Besides, despite the hype, Lleyton and Kim WERE in different groups last year, right?
Ooh, another possibility is that the tournament seeded them that way to make the draw more "pleasant" for Lleyton--as in, "Oh, we like it when he plays here, maybe we won't draw him against his girlfriend." Well, okay, maybe not, but the fact remains that the seeding is ludicrous. Kim is ranked higher than Jiri, Xavier is ranked higher than Daja, and Kim and Xavier are overall bigger names in tennis who have been more consistent over time. So...yeah. I just don't get it.
And Australia being ranked number 2 is all because of Lleyton. Forget Daniela; I have my doubts that Alicia could beat any woman on either side of the draw. Daja, Silvia, Serena, Kim. . .don't see it happening unless one of them had a really off day.
Maybe she'd have a shot at ASV or one of the qualifiers, but they're not on her side. (shrug)
Lleyton's going to have to win all his matches for them to get anywhere.

Hawk
Oct 16th, 2002, 02:36 AM
I agree conspiracy!! lol..The seeding sucks :( They won't play each other now, cause it's very doubtful that Belgium and Australia will make the finals. Pfff there goes our Lleyki match..

2284
Oct 16th, 2002, 03:05 AM
Originally posted by Peridotpixie
Oh, but the conspiracy thoughts are so much fun! :D
Besides, despite the hype, Lleyton and Kim WERE in different groups last year, right?
Ooh, another possibility is that the tournament seeded them that way to make the draw more "pleasant" for Lleyton--as in, "Oh, we like it when he plays here, maybe we won't draw him against his girlfriend." Well, okay, maybe not, but the fact remains that the seeding is ludicrous. Kim is ranked higher than Jiri, Xavier is ranked higher than Daja, and Kim and Xavier are overall bigger names in tennis who have been more consistent over time. So...yeah. I just don't get it.
And Australia being ranked number 2 is all because of Lleyton. Forget Daniela; I have my doubts that Alicia could beat any woman on either side of the draw. Daja, Silvia, Serena, Kim. . .don't see it happening unless one of them had a really off day.
Maybe she'd have a shot at ASV or one of the qualifiers, but they're not on her side. (shrug)
Lleyton's going to have to win all his matches for them to get anywhere.

I mentioned only Daniela because she is in the same end of the draw...oh shit! That means Serena and Kim are in the same end of the draw. It does seem a bit wierd that both Australia and Belgium were given the same seeding that they were last year

keta
Oct 30th, 2002, 10:33 AM
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:bounce: :bounce: I WAS CHOOOOOSEN AS A BALL GIRL!! :D:D:D:D:D We dont know what seesions we have until the 19th of december though!!

KaseyL
Oct 30th, 2002, 11:08 AM
WOW Kets! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

You know your Lleyki mission now ;) :angel:

nm_cb
Oct 30th, 2002, 11:10 AM
I was chosen as a ballkid at the Hopman Cup this year!


:bounce:
Hopefully I'll be on with Kim and or Lleyton. Can't wait till I find out on the 19th of December

KaseyL
Oct 30th, 2002, 11:13 AM
Originally posted by nm_cb
I was chosen as a ballkid at the Hopman Cup this year!


:bounce:
Hopefully I'll be on with Kim and or Lleyton. Can't wait till I find out on the 19th of December

:bounce: @ you too! :bounce:

thumbs up for you!

and don't forget to keep us updated in here!

Cilla
Oct 31st, 2002, 02:33 PM
Wow we have 2 special people here ;)

Congrats both of you :kiss: & as Ingrid says make sure y'all keep us up to date ;) :p

DutchieGirl
Nov 2nd, 2002, 02:14 AM
I hope Australia and Belgium will be in opposite groups, and so then they can play each other in the final! ;)

2284
Nov 2nd, 2002, 02:16 AM
They are in opposite groups :)

spiritfullfrog
Dec 17th, 2002, 07:04 AM
Hi guys!!

I know its a while to the Cup but still...;) I'm so excited!! :D

Only 12 more days til the Hopman Cup starts!! :D:D:D

Please feel welcome to put anything about Kim or Lleyton or anything general about the Hopman Cup!!

Also... which country do you want to win?

One last thing.....here's the site.....

http://www.hopmancup.com.au/

Anyway have fun writing!!

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

kimmekefan
Dec 17th, 2002, 07:50 AM
I hope Belgium plays the final against Australia (Kim against Lleyton in doubles!:hearts: :hearts: )
And I hope Belgium wins.

Bigkimfan
Dec 17th, 2002, 10:07 AM
Come on Belgium!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

kit
Dec 17th, 2002, 01:30 PM
I hope Belgium or Australia win the Hopman Cup.
Belgium and Australia in the final!!!!Yeah come on!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
That's would be great!!!

Lleykimmy1
Dec 17th, 2002, 05:38 PM
It would be a dream to see Belgium against Australia in the final !!! :wavey:

Elleke
Dec 17th, 2002, 06:30 PM
:eek:*surprise*surprise* also want to see Belgium-Australia in the final..






:p

lleytnkim
Dec 17th, 2002, 06:52 PM
I want Australia vs Belgium final :bounce: :bounce:

Speaking of Hopman Cup, here are a couple of articles from their official site. I don't know if we should start a new thread for it or what. I'll leave that to Ingrid. :D In the meantime.....


Did You Know?
15 October 2002


15 NUMBER ONES
Serena Williams will become the 15th different number one to participate in the 15 Hopman Cups.

SERENA SLAM
Serena Williams currently holds 3 or 4 Grand Slam titles and is preparing for the ďSerena SlamĒ in Melbourne.

TURNING 21
Serena and Lleyton, the world No. 1ís are both 21.

LONGEST LEGS
Daniela Hantuchova has the longest legs in womenís tennis.

BELGIAN HISTORY
By reaching the semi-final of this yearís Wimbledon, Xavier Malisse became the first Belgian male to do so.

FIRST TIME DAD
Davide Sanguinetti became a Dad and won 2 tournaments earlier this year.

GENEROSITY
Lleyton Hewitt donated over $30,000 to the Hopman Charity Auction last year. :kiss: :angel: :D

THREE - PEAT
The tournament veteran this year is 31 year old Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who won back in 1990 and 12 years later in 2002 became the first dual winner. Can she three peat? Her partner this year is the only other Hopman champion in the field Ė 20 year old Tommy Robredo.

US OPEN CHAMPIONS
Serena Williams is the 4th US Open champion in the last 5 years to play the Hopman Cup. The others were Aussies Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter and Russian Marat Safin.

NEW NATIONS
Paraguay and Uzbekistan are competing for the first time, becoming the 31st and 32nd different nations to participate in the Hopman Cup.

NEW TOP TENNERS
Slovak Daniela Hantuchova and Czech Jiri Novak are the latest entries to the exclusive top 10 club (singles rankings) Ė they both reached the milestone yesterday.

19 AND LOOKING GOOD
The three youngies in the field are Kim Clijsters, Daniela Hantuchova and Daja Bedanova.
BIRTHDAY BOY
If the Slovakís win, it will be on Dominik Hrbatyís 25th birthday.

3 PEAT OR NOT?
The Spanish, Czechs and Slovaks can lay claim to a 3 peat if itís nation wins.

ďHyundai Hopman Cup XV - itís eXceptional liVeĒ

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Hopman Ball Set To Groove In The New Year :D
15 October 2002


In a return to the days of Ďmodsí, Ďrockersí and Ďsharpiesí at the beginning of pop, the Hyundai Hopman Cup in conjunction with Burswood Resort Casino will combine together to present the ĎLounge Ballí featuring star of stage and screen - Todd McKenney.

The ĎLounge Ballí will transform the Burswood theatre into coolsville as we recreate the finger snappin, hip shaking, times of the early 6oís. Alongside Todd McKenney, star of stage shows ĎThe Boy from Ozí, ĎSinging in the Rainí, and the big screen in ĎStrictly Ballroomí, there will be a vast array of local talent. Backing Todd will be the Geoff Schultz Big Band and there will be a musical tribute to Ďcoolí choreographed and produced by DanceForce.

Over 700 guests are expected to attend including the tennis stars participating in the Hyundai Hopman Cup. An Auction and raffle will be held to raise funds for the Kids Tennis Foundation and the Variety Club. In its 14 year history this event has raised over $650,000 for charity. In a stylish start to 2003, the dress theme for this year is ĎBlack Tie Coolí - Style is in!

The Hopman New Yearís Eve Ball is the premier social function of the Hyundai Hopman Cup held annually in Perth, and has provided many highlights of Perthís social calendar. Sir Cliff Richard performed at the Inaugural Ball and the Millennium Ball featured David Campbell, other guest artists include Marina Prior, Glenn Shorrock, Hugh Jackman and James Morrison. Last year Christine Anu featured as the special guest and Lleyton Hewittís generosity shone in the charity auction.

angele87
Dec 17th, 2002, 07:50 PM
HOPMAN CUP :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Thanks for the articles :kiss: *eagerly awaiting Hopman Cup Ball pictures* :D

spiritfullfrog
Dec 18th, 2002, 08:27 AM
I also want it to be a Australia Vs. Belgium final. :D

I don't really mind who wins, but if I had to choose I'd pick Australia.

Come on Kim and Lleyton, gives us a good Lleyki doubles final!!

:hearts: :D :) :hearts: :D :) :hearts:

~|Naomi|~
Dec 18th, 2002, 09:59 AM
Surprise I want a Lleyki final too:p

Stefke
Dec 19th, 2002, 12:43 PM
I hope Canvas will take care for live coverage cause last year they didn't show anything about the hopman cup!!!!:fiery: :mad:
And surprise surprise.......... Me too!!!!!!!:p :angel:

lleytnkim
Dec 19th, 2002, 06:47 PM
Pic of Kimmy from last year's Hopman cup. :D We get a pretty good view of her ring in this one. :hearts: :hearts: Awwwww! I'm having a goober moment. I keep thinking how did Lleyton give it to her. :hearts: :angel:


http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images/lores/09472010.jpg

:mad: :fiery: Aussie photographers BETTER take lots of pics of them at the Hopman cup Ball. :mad: :fiery:

spiritfullfrog
Dec 19th, 2002, 08:49 PM
:kiss: thanks lleytnkim for that pic, its also a great pic of Kim's ring! :)

I was just wondering if anyone's going to the Hopman Cup....

So...is anyone?

Good Luck Belgium & Australia!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nm_cb
Dec 20th, 2002, 07:28 AM
I'm going to the hopman cup everyday plus I'm a ballkid and I am on 2 sessions that Kim is on!!!!!!!!!!! Also 1 session with Australia!!!!
I'm going to the Pro Am which is behind the Dome and last year Kim went to it, so this year i'll take my camera and hopefully get some photos, she was walking around and talking to anyone that approached her.

tfannis
Dec 20th, 2002, 09:34 AM
Originally posted by nm_cb
I'm going to the hopman cup everyday plus I'm a ballkid and I am on 2 sessions that Kim is on!!!!!!!!!!! Also 1 session with Australia!!!!
I'm going to the Pro Am which is behind the Dome and last year Kim went to it, so this year i'll take my camera and hopefully get some photos, she was walking around and talking to anyone that approached her.

:eek: Wow! Lucky you :D

please take pictures :bounce: :)

And if neccesary run into one of her opponents when Kimmie is losing ;) :angel:

Stefke
Dec 20th, 2002, 09:57 AM
Any coverage in Belgium?:confused:

Mercury Rising
Dec 20th, 2002, 04:19 PM
They really need to update the profiles on that Hopman site :eek: :rolleyes:

spiritfullfrog
Dec 21st, 2002, 03:07 AM
You are really really lucky nm_bc!!! :D
Take loads of pictures and post them up here!!! :bounce:
And if you get to speak to her, tell her to visit this forum!!

Have fun!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nm_cb
Dec 21st, 2002, 05:49 AM
If anyone has a message they would like to be passed onto Kim, post it with your name and I will write them out and give them to her when I see her and I will also include the address of this site for her! :)
I will make sure she gets this. I will probably give it to her on one of the last sessions she is playing so it goves you some time to write something. Although I may give some to her on the pro am if she goes!:D

Bigkimfan
Dec 21st, 2002, 07:42 AM
Maybe we should make a letter where everybody can sign their name under!

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

valentine
Dec 21st, 2002, 09:00 AM
yes I'm agree with bigkimfan!!!It's a good idea!thanks

Lleykimmy1
Dec 21st, 2002, 09:21 AM
Yes I agree too !!
:wavey:

Cilla
Dec 21st, 2002, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by Bigkimfan
Maybe we should make a letter where everybody can sign their name under!

I think that's an excellent idea! :bounce: :D

kit
Dec 21st, 2002, 05:29 PM
Yes,that's a great idea!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Zoecrick
Dec 21st, 2002, 05:40 PM
Good idea!! Does anyone know the date of the Hopman Cup Ball?

-Fienesse-
Dec 21st, 2002, 07:55 PM
Yeah, excelent! And then we put all our adresses into, so she can send us a picture...!!!

Lleyki
Dec 21st, 2002, 08:02 PM
fantastic idea :D

nm_cb
Dec 21st, 2002, 11:23 PM
The Hopman Cup Ball is on New Years Eve/Day

Would someone like to write the letter?

Gonzo Hates Me!
Dec 22nd, 2002, 01:48 AM
lol Everyone wants a Belly - Aussie final, eh!

~|Naomi|~
Dec 22nd, 2002, 02:48 AM
That letter is a really great idea:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

spiritfullfrog
Dec 22nd, 2002, 09:29 AM
Does anyone know what coverage Australia will be getting of the Hopman Cup?

It better be good!! ;)

Bigkimfan
Dec 22nd, 2002, 09:49 AM
Okay, so who can write English faultless? Or does the letter have to be in Dutch???

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


:bounce: :bounce:

keta
Dec 22nd, 2002, 11:11 AM
In WA the coverage is on ABC form 10 untill 3 i think. I am also being a ball girl for the hopman cup and i got 2 sessions with kim and one with lleyton, Aswell as the pro-am! :)

jackson77
Dec 22nd, 2002, 11:23 AM
the ABC tv coverage was really good last year. they showed all the matches. i remember them also doing lots of good interviews with the players away from the court and then replaying them in between matches. i think they also had some interactive stuff where u could send in questions and they would answer them on air. im pretty sure its also on fox sports as well this year.

kimmekefan
Dec 22nd, 2002, 06:16 PM
Who is going to write the letter?

Lleykimmy1
Dec 22nd, 2002, 08:45 PM
That's a good question. What we could do is write several letter and choose the best one. :wavey:

Mazza
Dec 23rd, 2002, 03:22 PM
Thats a really good idea! :D

Well everyone could write bits of the letter... sort of like messages from all the fans and sign it!

spiritfullfrog
Dec 24th, 2002, 02:23 AM
Originally posted by Kangaroo Kim
Thats a really good idea! :D

Well everyone could write bits of the letter... sort of like messages from all the fans and sign it!

My idea's pretty smiliar to Kangaroo Kim's.
We could all write our own little personal message, like....for example...

Our Name: Then our little message to Kim, preffably 1 or 2 sentances.

After having a long long long list of these (showing how many fans Kim has on this Forum ;) ) we could just have a general message from everyone.

Bigkimfan
Dec 24th, 2002, 08:42 AM
Originally posted by spiritfullfrog
My idea's pretty smiliar to Kangaroo Kim's.
We could all write our own little personal message, like....for example...

Our Name: Then our little message to Kim, preffably 1 or 2 sentances.

After having a long long long list of these (showing how many fans Kim has on this Forum ;) ) we could just have a general message from everyone.

Yeh!!! That's great!!!! When does it have to be finished??????

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

nm_cb
Dec 26th, 2002, 05:11 AM
It would be nice to have the messages finished by the 31st so that way I have time to sort it out. Although I will take the ones written on the 1ST DO TO TIME DIFFERNCES ECT. bUT TRY AND HAVE THEM DONE a.s.a.p Also that gives me two sessions to give it to Kim as I am a ballgirl for her last two sessions so it may be a little harder to give it to her. But I will make sure I give it to her.
So start writing!!

nm_cb
Dec 26th, 2002, 07:40 AM
Keta
For the Hopman Cup who was your sponsor for you to be a ball girl? Are you on session 11? I am! I will see ya at the pro-am!
What do you look like so I can find you?

Bigkimfan
Dec 26th, 2002, 08:05 AM
How many sentences does it have to be???

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

nm_cb
Dec 26th, 2002, 11:28 AM
It can be how small or how big you want it to be! but don't make it really big!!

keta
Dec 26th, 2002, 11:39 AM
nm_cb,
I got nomiated like 5 years ago bye huyndai and then because i have done the final everytime i have been choosen again for the next year. Youll know me beacsue ill be the only nikita there! When my name gets called out at pro am come and talk too me when im not on or sumfin! My sister is jacqui, Youll know who i am when u see me ;) !

keta
Dec 26th, 2002, 11:43 AM
nm_cb if you have msn add me to ur list my adres is koitta@hotmail.com! ;)

nm_cb
Dec 26th, 2002, 10:05 PM
Keta, what group are you in eg A,B,C ect??
What other sessions are you on?

keta
Dec 26th, 2002, 11:56 PM
nm_cb, In on sessions 4 7 10 and 11. And yeha i think im gruop C but im hell slow soo i wouldnt know ;)

keta
Dec 27th, 2002, 08:51 AM
OMG!! lleyton and kim are in Perth!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D Lleyton shut down on kim though!:fiery: :fiery: They asked him about playing aginst kim in the final and he said he dodnt cae who it was aslong as he won! :fiery: But they looked really happpy!! :hearts: :hearts:

Elleke
Dec 27th, 2002, 09:17 AM
oohh :)!!I want to see them 2!!

keta
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:01 AM
OMG!! OMG !! LLeyton and kimmy are the best, Lleyton just said hwo good itw as soo be spending a wekk with kimmy! OMG! i soo hope they play pro-am!! :D:D:D:D:

Stefke
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:04 AM
Keta I didn't know you were already there!!!
That's great, you can give us a report every day:what they were doing....!!!!!:p :D

keta
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:26 AM
Stefke, Yeah i live in perth so i am here!! If they play in the pro-am ill tell ya'll abut it and then session's im on ! :D

keta
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:51 AM
http://www.hopmancup.com.au/gallery/xiv/champions_large.jpg

Im on the hopman cup website!Im the ball girl in the picture!! :D:D:D that has just made my dya BIG TIME!! :) :)

angele87
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:53 AM
World number one Lleyton Hewitt has got some unfinished business to complete when the Hopman Cup gets underway in Perth.
Twelve months ago Hewitt had to withdraw from the tournament because of chicken pox and went on to lose in the first round of the Australian Open.

But Hewitt has returned again this year to play for his country in the mixed team event with Alicia Molik and is keen to do better.

"I felt I didn't really give the Hopman Cup a true chance last year with the chicken pox," said Hewitt.

"I was going really well and I'm sure I would have gone a lot better in the Australian Open if it didn't happen."


Serena Williams will also play in Perth

Hewitt could come up against his girlfriend Kim Clijsters, who will be representing Belgium along with Xavier Malisse.

Hewitt opted for the Hopman Cup over the AAPT Championships in his hometown of Adelaide was because he was guaranteed at least three matches in Perth.

"I just felt I wanted to give it another chance and Kim being here is another positive. I can spend the week with my girlfriend, even if you lose to her," he said. ( :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: )

Women's world number one Serena Williams is also due to take part in the tournament.

She teams up with James Blake and the US pair are the top seeds in the event.

Paraguay (Ramon Delgado and Rossana Neffa-De los Rios) and Uzbekistan (Olog Ogorodov and Iroda Tulyaganova) will open the tournament on Saturday.

The winners of their qualifying match will join the USA, Belgium and defending champions Spain in Group A.

Stefke
Dec 27th, 2002, 12:36 PM
Oepsie sorry Keta!!:p
I thought you were a Belgian cause in your name there is: Belgium-Bree:)

Annie
Dec 27th, 2002, 03:08 PM
hey nm_cb! i'd like to add my greetings to the letter to kim, but i don't know what's your email address, or where should i send it? and BTW i think it's a great idea to try to give this kind of a letter to kim, hopefully it will work out fine ! :) :bounce:

angele87
Dec 27th, 2002, 05:18 PM
:D :D

http://www.thewest.com.au/pictures/250-spt28hewitt.jpg

sanstamtam
Dec 27th, 2002, 05:37 PM
What is the web site for the hopman cup?

Bigkimfan
Dec 27th, 2002, 05:48 PM
Here it is!!!!!!!!
http://www.hopmancup.com.au/
:)

Come on Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Dec 27th, 2002, 09:29 PM
I'm going on holiday tomorrow so I just wanted to wish to all of you a happy new year !!! I hope that the final of the Hopman Cup is going to be Belgium against Australia ! So good luck Kim and Lleyton !!

See you in one week !!!:wavey:

nm_cb
Dec 27th, 2002, 10:20 PM
It would be easier for me to recieve messages for Kim on this thread for two reasons a) I don't check my other e-mails very often and b) So they are all together also so that others can see what you have written and get an idea on what to write!

But if you would prefer you can send messages to Kim/Lleyton, as I'm sure she'll show him, to n_2001@kittymail.com I will make sure I will check it everyday.

I will be going to the pro-am tomight so I will try and gget some photos of the players!!

spiritfullfrog
Dec 28th, 2002, 04:54 AM
I was watching the news last night and they had a thing on the Hopman Cup. They showed Lleyton and Kim practicing (I don't know if they were practising together) and then showed a bit of an interview with Lleyton. He looks so happy to be spending time with Kim!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Also does anyone know if the ABC (in Australia) is actually doing the coverage again this year? Cause normally they have a website in their website for the Hopman Cup, but I can't seem to find one....:confused:

OrangeFrog
Dec 28th, 2002, 05:58 AM
Yeah, they're showing the Hopman Cup on ABC again this year. If you live in Melbourne like I do they start at 1pm tomorrow (29/12/02):) .

~|Naomi|~
Dec 28th, 2002, 07:30 AM
They just showed Lleyton on the news again, he said he thinks that he and Alicia have a great chance to take out the title and also that if Aus was to play Belgium it would be a very interesting match and that Alicia would have her hands full with Kim cause Kim is playing so well at the moment and that he would have to come out and beat Malisse and it would come down to a mixed. And they asked him if he played Kim would he tone down his serve and he said that he has practiced with Kim a lot and that she returns just as well as most of the guys out there so he'd have to probably try and send them down a bit quicker!!!

spiritfullfrog
Dec 28th, 2002, 07:40 AM
Originally posted by OrangeFrog
Yeah, they're showing the Hopman Cup on ABC again this year. If you live in Melbourne like I do they start at 1pm tomorrow (29/12/02):) .

Aren't the matches starting at 10:00am?? It says that the coverage is live but it is starting at 1?!? :confused:

O well, it'll be good. :D

keta
Dec 28th, 2002, 01:14 PM
I just came back from the Pro-Am and both lleyton and kimmy played. The actulaly played against eachoter !! :D :D

duck
Dec 28th, 2002, 02:07 PM
And who won? Did they play well? You are so lucky! If you get a chance, can you give us some detail? I know you are v. busy though :kiss:

angele87
Dec 28th, 2002, 07:04 PM
Aww kets you're so lucky :p As soon as you have time, I want complete details :D :D

Come-on-kim
Dec 28th, 2002, 07:06 PM
Hi Kim, I'm Axel, from Belgium! I hope you'll read this message! I hope you'll have a great season in 2003!! I hope to see you in Antwerp!! I'll go to both semifinals and to the final! Also, congratulations for your two last seasons at the top!! I hope you'll always stay there!!

I've made a website of you! So if you have time, check it! I'll be honoured!! it's http://www.geocities.com/kimclijstersfanclub

I'd like to wish you an happy New-Year and the most important thing, stay healthy!!

Kisses

Axel (inca_8@hotmail.com)

PS : Sorry for my english!

angele87
Dec 28th, 2002, 08:17 PM
nm_cb, I e-mailed you a message for Lleyton and Kim :D

nm_cb
Dec 28th, 2002, 09:43 PM
Hello everyone
I was at the pro-am. I watched Lleyton play Kim. It was very relaxed. Kim one the first game and lleyton said you'll pay for that! Kim tried to hit lleyton a couple of times and vis-versa. When they changed ends lleyton and kim were 'not' talking to each other, as a tactic! But on a nother change of ends Lleyton and Kim had a very long talk. She was still on the other side of the net when they others were on the correct side!!
She wore a black hopman cup top, black pants and red shoes.
It was very funny to watch. They dodn't play their best as they had to play with amatuers!
The guy that was in charge, Rob Casey called Kim, Kimmy!!

Kim had a white grip not her yellow. But in training she had a yellow grip!??
I also saw Kim train yesterday. She looks very fit and healthy. She looks better than last year! Her coach and physio were there! She got anoyed with her forehand and threw her racquet a couple of times. She also tried to'hit' her coach when she threw him the ball! She also started playing soccer. She did her famous slide.

angele87
Dec 28th, 2002, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by nm_cb
Kim one the first game and lleyton said you'll pay for that! Kim tried to hit lleyton a couple of times and vis-versa. When they changed ends lleyton and kim were 'not' talking to each other, as a tactic!

LOL :D

And thanks so much for the report :D :kiss: Seems like you had a great time! Seems like Lleyton and Kim had a good time as well :)

Bigkimfan
Dec 28th, 2002, 09:52 PM
Originally posted by nm_cb
Hello everyone
I was at the pro-am. I watched Lleyton play Kim. It was very relaxed. Kim one the first game and lleyton said you'll pay for that! Kim tried to hit lleyton a couple of times and vis-versa. When they changed ends lleyton and kim were 'not' talking to each other, as a tactic! But on a nother change of ends Lleyton and Kim had a very long talk. She was still on the other side of the net when they others were on the correct side!!
She wore a black hopman cup top, black pants and red shoes.
It was very funny to watch. They dodn't play their best as they had to play with amatuers!
The guy that was in charge, Rob Casey called Kim, Kimmy!!

Kim had a white grip not her yellow. But in training she had a yellow grip!??
I also saw Kim train yesterday. She looks very fit and healthy. She looks better than last year! Her coach and physio were there! She got anoyed with her forehand and threw her racquet a couple of times. She also tried to'hit' her coach when she threw him the ball! She also started playing soccer. She did her famous slide.

Thanks for the report!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

Bigkimfan
Dec 28th, 2002, 09:54 PM
nm_cb, I send you my message to Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you receive it??? :)

Elleke
Dec 28th, 2002, 10:02 PM
thanks nm_cb! :)great report!

Bigkimfan
Dec 28th, 2002, 10:02 PM
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tamarine/files/2003%20Hopman%20Cup%2028%20Dec/Kim%201.jpg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tamarine/files/2003%20Hopman%20Cup%2028%20Dec/Kim%202.jpg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tamarine/files/2003%20Hopman%20Cup%2028%20Dec/Kim%203.jpg

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tamarine/files/2003%20Hopman%20Cup%2028%20Dec/Kim%204.jpg

Here are some pics of kim at the hopman cup!
:)

jackson77
Dec 29th, 2002, 12:24 AM
Originally posted by spiritfullfrog
Aren't the matches starting at 10:00am?? It says that the coverage is live but it is starting at 1?!? :confused:

O well, it'll be good. :D

Perth is 3 hours behind Sydney and Melbourne so dont worry, the coverage is live - u wont miss a thing :)

~|Naomi|~
Dec 29th, 2002, 03:43 AM
Thanks for the report:bounce: :bounce: :kiss: :kiss:

~|Naomi|~
Dec 29th, 2002, 07:21 AM
nm_cb i have emailed you my message for Kim. Thanks:kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

By the way what is your real name? My name is Naomi :wavey:

spiritfullfrog
Dec 29th, 2002, 09:45 AM
Today Italy was playing against Asutralia in the Hopman Cup.
The ABC was doing really good coverage in Australia, and they interviewed Kim for ages!!! :D
I couldn't tape it :( cause they suddenly decided to interview her.
Btw she was watching Alicia and Lleyton play (apparently her and Alicia Molik are really good friends), it was so good to see her face again!! ;) It seems like its been ages!!
Anyway, in the interview, they started off by congratulating her on her great year, she was talking about how the start of the year wasn't too good with the shoulder injury. They congratulated her on beating Serena and wining the Season Ending Tournament. Then they asked her if she considers Australia a second home, and she said Yeah definately. I arrived in Australia in November and I've spent Christmas and my holidays here. Then they asked her if she would ever become an Aussie and she said there's been a lot of rumours of her moving here and that she can't say that she'll never move here, but in the near future, no. Then they talked about Lleyton, how well his year's been, and how sick he was earlier this year. She said she was worried about him and his chickenpox cause she knew some people who had gotten their chickenpox later in life and it took them a while to get over it. She also said that she's been practising with Lleyton and one of his trainers or someone (sorry can't remember) and that she's feeling really good physically.
Thats about all I can remember for now, but thats about it.
So good to see Kim again! And she's playing tomorow!! :D:D:D

Come-on-kim
Dec 29th, 2002, 10:05 AM
Thanks!!

I'd like to be able to see her!!

BTW, Kim and Alicia played several times doubles together in the past, and there were a quite good team, with 1 final and 1 semifinal I think!!

Well, I think Kim's everyone's friend:angel:

kimmekefan
Dec 29th, 2002, 12:55 PM
Hey Kim, I want to congratulate you with your win at the masters and I wish you very much luck for this season. And off course happy new year! Go for the number 1! Greetings, Stephanie from Belgium. (sorry for my english)

Lleyki
Dec 29th, 2002, 01:25 PM
nm_cb,

I've pm'ed you my message to kim :)

Annie
Dec 29th, 2002, 02:01 PM
nm_bc thanx for the info and here's my greetings to Kim:
HI KIM!
I'm a big fan of yours(and Lleytons) from Finland. I want to congratulate you for your last year. I think you played really well. I saw you play in Rosmalen and Wimbledon and I really hope I'll be able to see your play again next year. Good luck to all your matches and best wishes to Lleyton too!:)

from: Anni (hamsu85@hotmail.com) and all your fans in Finland

duck
Dec 29th, 2002, 03:14 PM
Thanks for telling us about the interview! And thank you to nm_cb for the match report. :kiss:

Come-on-kim
Dec 29th, 2002, 03:42 PM
nm_cb

I post my message to Kim on this forum but I send it also by PM!

Thanks!!

Axel

Mazza
Dec 29th, 2002, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the reports! :D :D

kit
Dec 29th, 2002, 04:25 PM
Hi Kim!!:wavey:
I'm from Germany and my English isn't very good.
I'm a big fan from you and Lleyton of course.
Gratulation to your Masters Cup win and the last seasion.
I wish you good luck in the next year.
Bye,bye Inga
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Ŗcoene
Dec 29th, 2002, 10:15 PM
Hi Kim,
first of all I like to congratulate you for your excellent year and I wish you all the best for next year. It's really nice to see how you enjoy playing tennis and that you are always nice to your fans.
Greetings from a big fan, Benjamin, Belgium.

Elleke
Dec 29th, 2002, 10:40 PM
2 hours and a bit to go GOOO belgium! :bounce: but I'm now off to bed :p

Elleke
Dec 30th, 2002, 01:50 AM
6-1 6-0 congrats Kim :bounce:

OrangeFrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 01:57 AM
Woohoo! Well done Kim! Beating Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1 6-0!
I didn't expect anything else!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

OrangeFrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:00 AM
Originally posted by spiritfullfrog
Aren't the matches starting at 10:00am?? It says that the coverage is live but it is starting at 1?!? :confused:

O well, it'll be good. :D

The reason why it starts at 1 in Melbourne is that we're in a different time zone. We're 3 hours ahead. :)

Hawk
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:03 AM
Very impressive debut to the new season for Kim :D

OrangeFrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:05 AM
Message for Kim:

Hi Kim! My name is Anny and I live in Melbourne. I can't wait to see you at the Australian Open! I'm sure you'll do really well. I just saw your Hopman Cup match against Virginia Ruano Pascual on TV, and I think that you played soooo good! Well, good luck for the rest of the year and the rest of your career. Hopefully I'll even get to talk to you in a few weeks time! Bye!

Elleke
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:23 AM
OrangeFrog, how played Kim? btw is she now watching xaviers match?

spiritfullfrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:55 AM
So proud of Kim, she played so well!!! :)
I'm really impressed on how her serve's improved. It's so much better!! I think she got 4 aces and absolutely NO double faults!! :D:D:D
Also they said that she's been working on her forehand and it sure has gotten better.
Lleyton and his parents were there watching her. Lleyton just sits there with no expression!! :rolleyes: Anyway he clapped at the end.
Kim finished the game with an ace, and in less than 45 minutes!!

Way to go Kim!!!

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

spiritfullfrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:59 AM
For anyone who wants up to date results, I'd tell you to go to the ABC Hopman Cup website which is...
www.abc.net.au/hopman (http://www.abc.net.au/hopman)

Here's an article on Kim's win..from the ABC site...

Enjoy! :wavey:

Clijsters pummels Ruano Pascual in Hopman lesson

Kim Clijsters rattled past Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1, 6-0 in just 44 minutes on Monday to put Belgium in the driving seat in their Hopman Cup clash with champions Spain.

The blonde Belgian, watched by long-term boyfriend and Australian world number one Lleyton Hewitt, pummelled the Spaniard with pounding groundstrokes in the Burswood Dome.

The victory set Xavier Malisse up perfectly for his match with Tommy Robredo in the Group A encounter later on day two of the ITF mixed team event.

Having beaten both Venus and Serena Williams to win the WTA Championships in Los Angeles last month, Clijsters is full of confidence and she never gave her 65th-ranked opponent a look in.

"I have been in Australia for about a month now and am feeling great," the world number four smiled courtside immediately after her victory.

"I am feeling really good at the moment ... after winning in Los Angeles I really wanted to get even fitter and stronger.

"I don't feel any pressure at all but I know they (the Williams sisters) are beatable now."

Clijsters will get another chance to beat Serena Williams on Friday when the pair clash in the final Group A match.

Williams, who flew in to Perth on Sunday afternoon, opens her 2003 season later on Monday when she faces Uzbek Iroda Tulyaganova in the top-seeded United States' first match.

James Blake plays Oleg Ogorodov in the men's singles before the pair team up for the mixed.

angele87
Dec 30th, 2002, 03:00 AM
Kim Clijsters has eased past Virginia Ruano Pascal to give Belgium a 1-0 lead against Spain in the Hopman Cup.

Cliljsters made light work of her opponent in the Group A match, taking just 44 minutes for a 6-1 6-0 victory.

Watched by boyfriend and world number one Lleyton Hewitt, her groundstrokes were far too potent for the world number 65 from the outset of the opening service game.

Clijsters said: "I have been in Australia for about a month now and am feeling great.

"I am feeling really good at the moment... after winning in Los Angeles I really wanted to get even fitter and stronger.

"I don't feel any pressure at all but I know the Williams sisters are beatable now."

Belgium's Xavier Malisse now faces Spain's Tommy Robredo in the men's singles.

In Monday's other remaining Group A ties, Serena Williams takes on Iroda Tulyaganova from Uzbekistan, while James Blake faces Uzbek Oleg Ogorodov.

angele87
Dec 30th, 2002, 03:02 AM
Seems like we just posted about the same articles spiritfullfrog :p Anyways thanks for the report :D And at least Lleyton was there lol

Congrats Kimmie :D :kiss:

Elleke
Dec 30th, 2002, 03:14 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021229/capt.1041221170australia_hopman_cup_per104.jpg

gokimmie
Dec 30th, 2002, 06:02 AM
woooooooooohoooooooooooo i'm in such a great mood now:D
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
goooooooo kimmie!sounds like she's realy doing great!:bounce: :bounce:

spiritfullfrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 06:35 AM
OMG OMG OMG
For anyone who watched the Mixed Doubles, wasn't it so good!!!!!!
Kim was so funny!!!
They were down 6-2 and Xavier kept on stuffing up all the shots!! Kim kept on giving him something to eat during the breaks (they later told us in the post match interview that they were jellybeans!) and from then on i think Xavier was on a high or something. And Kim just kept on laughing!!! It was such a great match!!
But it was Kim who kept Xavier's spirits up and they won, 6-2 7-5 7-6.
Xavier and Kim were so interactive between eachother!!
Good thing Lleyton wasn't there or he would've been real :fiery:!!
Anyway it was a really really really good match!!! And its so good to see Kim laughing so much!!
:D

Filip!
Dec 30th, 2002, 06:40 AM
Originally posted by spiritfullfrog
OMG OMG OMG
For anyone who watched the Mixed Doubles, wasn't it so good!!!!!!
Kim was so funny!!!
They were down 6-2 and Xavier kept on stuffing up all the shots!! Kim kept on giving him something to eat during the breaks (they later told us in the post match interview that they were jellybeans!) and from then on i think Xavier was on a high or something. And Kim just kept on laughing!!! It was such a great match!!
But it was Kim who kept Xavier's spirits up and they won, 6-2 7-5 7-6.
Xavier and Kim were so interactive between eachother!!
Good thing Lleyton wasn't there or he would've been real :fiery:!!
Anyway it was a really really really good match!!! And its so good to see Kim laughing so much!!
:D

What a great start... Her first singles match after the vacation: 6-1 6-0 :bounce:

I like her more & more...

~|Naomi|~
Dec 30th, 2002, 06:44 AM
Yeah I saw it itwas so funny Kim is hilarious and I think that Lleyton may have been a bit jealous;) of Xavier had he seen it:fiery: Kim played so well:)

Primula
Dec 30th, 2002, 07:09 AM
Yes, what an impressive start of the season !!!
I hope this is an omen for the whole season !!!
Anyway I'm very glad that they won the doubles, 'cause I was a little bit afraid after Xavier lost his match!! Because Ruano-Pascal is so good in doubles !! But Kimmie and the X-man where too good !!! ;)
And it's great that they had such a great time on the court, 'cause that's one of the most important things, isn't it? :)

A Happy 2003 to all of you !!! :kiss: :kiss:

spiritfullfrog
Dec 30th, 2002, 07:42 AM
An article on Kim.....:D

Clijsters to fight Serena Slam
Monday 30 December 2002, 18:30PM

Kim Clijsters has reinforced her status as one of the few players capable of derailing Serena Williams' Australian Open campaign with an impressive start to the new tennis season.

The 19-year-old Belgian wiped hapless Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual off the court with a 6-1 6-0 belting in 43 minutes at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

But Clijsters' team-mate and world No.25 Xavier Malisse fell to No.30 Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3 to level the best-of-three tie at 1-all heading into the mixed doubles.

Although world No.65 Ruano Pascual is considered a claycourt specialist, Clijsters' movement looked sharp and her groundstrokes packed with plenty of venom on rebound ace.

World No.4 Clijsters is one of a handful of players - along with Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati - who can match the muscular younger Williams' powerful groundstrokes.

She proved she could mix it with the flamboyant American in Los Angeles by snapping Serena's 18-match winning streak in the final of the WTA Championships on November 11.

And the girlfriend of world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt said that surprise win had spurred her to break the dominance of the Williams sisters in world tennis.

She plays Serena, who is chasing her fourth straight grand slam next month in Melbourne, on Friday when Belgium meets the USA in the mixed teams event at the Burswood Dome.

Clijsters has been in Australia since the beginning of December with Hewitt and she felt the extra time could be a major advantage.

"I think I have a bit more of an advantage because I've been in Australia already for a month almost," she said.

E. Blackadder
Dec 30th, 2002, 08:00 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021229/capt.1041221539australia_hopman_cup_per105.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20021229/mdf176304.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021229/capt.1041221527australia_hopman_cup_per106.jpg
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021230/capt.1041231622australia_hopman_cup_per111.jpg
Kim Clijsters of Belgium, right, plays a joke on Belgium coach Mark Dehouse by placing a teddy bear on his shoulder during Xavier Malisse's match against Tommy Robredo of Spain at the Hopman Cup Mixed Teams Tennis Championship in Perth, Monday Dec. 30, 2002.

Elleke
Dec 30th, 2002, 08:32 AM
-From this humble perspective, you seem to be the one most likely to challenge the Williams sistersí consistent lead. Do you feel a pressure there, or do you get excited by the prospect of perhaps beating them more consistently?

I definitely donít feel any pressure there. I think itís more like a motivation for me. I hope that I can get other players to work harder and to get fitter, knowing that theyíre beatable. I think thatís what helps the other players as well.

-Are you looking forward to your confrontation on Thursday?

Yes, Iím looking forward to it very much.

-Good luck, congratulations. You were in scintillating form today. I hope it continues.

Thank you.

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:14 AM
Thanks a lot for all the info! Seems she's having a great time!

And :kiss: to nm_cb for your great initiative! :kiss:

It's so fantastic that we'll actually have some posters able to watch Kim in Perth, and even to be a ballgirl for her! :hearts: We can't wait for your reports! :)

Stefke
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:16 AM
Well done Kimmy!!!!!:bounce::) :kiss:
And X-man offcourse!:p

Bigkimfan
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:34 AM
Well done Kim!!!!!!!!!!! Now keep on going and beat Serena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

2284
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:40 AM
Kim vs. Serena: Friday 10am Perth time (10am Melbourne time). I'll be spending the afternoon in front of my tv

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:40 AM
Source: Reuters, Dec. 30, 2002

Clijsters pummels Ruano Pascual in Hopman lesson

By Ossian Shine

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters rattled past Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1 6-0 in just 44 minutes on Monday to hand Belgium the lead in their Hopman Cup clash with champions Spain.

But Xavier Malisse was unable to build on Clijsters's fine work, falling 7-6 3-6 6-3 to Spain's Tommy Robredo in the second match of the Group A encounter.

The mixed doubles will decide the outcome of the tie later on day two of the ITF mixed team event.

Any thoughts that Clijsters might be resting on her laurels following her spectacular WTA Championships success last month were banished in 13 razor-sharp games at the Burswood Dome.

The blonde baseliner, cheered on by boyfriend and Australian world number one Lleyton Hewitt, pummelled Ruano Pascual - a late replacement for the recently-retired Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - with pounding groundstrokes throughout.

Clijsters capped her 2002 season with back-to-back victories over the Williams sisters Venus and Serena to win the women's season-ending championships in Los Angeles in November.

MAGIC FORMULA

But instead of revelling in that success, the 19-year-old fourth-ranked player has been working out harder than ever.

"I've been in Australia already for a month and I'm feeling very fit at the moment," she smiled after her workout against her 65th-ranked opponent.

"After winning LA this year I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Clijsters said she hopes she now has the magic formula to beat the powerful Williams sisters - ranked one and two in the world - and she will get another chance to beat Serena on Friday when the pair clash in the final Group A match.

"I definitely don't feel any pressure there," Clijsters said. "I think it is more like a motivation for me.

"I hope that I can get other players to work harder and to get fitter, knowing that they (the sisters) are beatable. I am looking forward to Friday's match very much."

Williams, who flew into the Western Australian city on Sunday afternoon, opens her 2003 season later on Monday when she faces Uzbek Iroda Tulyaganova in the top-seeded United States' first match.

James Blake plays Oleg Ogorodov in the men's singles before the pair team up for the mixed.

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:46 AM
and another article:

Source: Sky Sports, Dec. 30, 2002

CLIJSTERS LEADS BELGIUM TO VICTORY

Kim Clijsters almost single handedly carried Belgium to victory over champions Spain in the Hopman Cup.

The world number four brushed aside Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1 6-0 in 44 minutes before rallying an under-par Xavier Malisse through the decisive mixed doubles match.

Spain were favourites to win the round robin encounter when then took a set and 4-2 lead in the mixed after Malisse had lost to Tommy Robredo 7-6 3-6 6-3.

But the Belgian pair levelled and then won the decisive super tiebreak - a first-to-10 points tiebreak played instead of a third set - for victory.

"She played really wellŅ helped me through, that's for sure," Malisse smiled afterwards.

Clijsters, who faces Serena Williams in a Group A clash on Friday, added: "I have been in Australia for about a month now and am feeling great," said Clijsters immediatly after her victory.

"I am feeling really good at the moment... after winning in Los Angeles I really wanted to get even fitter and stronger.

"I don't feel any pressure at all but I know they (the Williams sisters) are beatable now."

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:50 AM
and more:

Source: AFP, Dec. 30, 2002

Clijsters confident after Hopman Cup win

Perth, Australia - World number four Kim Clijsters won in sizzling fashion, but partner Xavier Malisse crashed as the Belgian pair shared the singles honours with Spain in an enthralling Hopman Cup tennis tie here on Monday.

Clijsters, 19, thrashed Virginia Ruano Pascual, ranked 65th, winning 6-1, 6-0 in 43 minutes in the women's singles.

But Clijsters' team-mate and world number 25 Malisse fell to 30th ranked Tommy Robredo 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 3-6 in the men's singles to level the best-of-three tie at one-all heading into the decisive mixed doubles.

Belgium are seeded fourth in the million dollar mixed teams event, while title-holding Spain are the sixth seeds in the nine-nation contest.

Clijsters was in crisp touch, packing her groundstrokes with plenty of venom on the synthetic surface at Burswood Dome.

She is one of a handful of players who can match Serena Williams's powerful groundstrokes.

She proved she could mix it with the flamboyant American in Los Angeles by ending Serena's 18-match winning streak in the final of the WTA Championships seven weeks ago.

And the girlfriend of Australia's world number one Lleyton Hewitt said that surprise win had spurred her to break the dominance of the Williams sisters.

She plays Serena - chasing her fourth straight Grand Slam next month in the Australian Open in Melbourne - on Friday when Belgium meets the top-seeded US.

"I think I have a bit of an advantage because I've been in Australia already for a month almost," Clijsters said.

"I think that's definitely good and I'm feeling very fit at the moment. After winning LA this year, I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Clijsters said she believed she could knock the Williams sisters off their perch if she was more consistent on the court.

"It is just a matter of being a little bit more consistent than I was at the beginning of the year," she said. "If I keep up my consistency I believe I am capable of doing it."

- Sapa-AFP

E. Blackadder
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:52 AM
Kim and Xavier seem to be in a VERY good mood

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20021230/capt.1041242592australia_hopman_cup_per118.jpg
Kim Clijsters jokes with teammate Xavier Malisse of Belgium after he missed an easy volley during their mixed doubles match against the Spanish team of Tommy Robredo and Virginia Ruano Pascual at the Hopman Cup Mixed Teams Tennis Championship in Perth, Monday, Dec. 30, 2002. The Belgium team won the mixed doubles match 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-7) to win the tie 2-1 after Clijsters won her singles match. (AP Photo/str)

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KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:53 AM
and from Fox Sports, Dec. 30, 2002

Clijsters ready to stop Serena

A HUNGRY Kim Clijsters reinforced her status as one of the few players capable of derailing Serena Williams' Australian Open campaign with an impressive start to the new tennis season.

The 19-year-old Belgian wiped hapless Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual off the court with a 6-1 6-0 belting in 43 minutes at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Clijsters then carried teammate Xavier Malisse in the mixed doubles to win the tie 2-1 after Tommy Robredo downed the enigmatic Malisse 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3.

She somehow managed to turn around the doubles rubber sealing the victory 10-7 in a super tiebreak after being a set and 4-2 down with the defending champion country seemingly cruising to victory.

Although world No.65 Ruano Pascual is considered a claycourt specialist, Clijsters' movement in the singles match looked sharp and her groundstrokes packed with plenty of venom on rebound ace.

The world No.4 is one of a handful of players - along with Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati - who can match the muscular younger Williams' powerful groundstrokes.

She proved she could mix it with the flamboyant American in Los Angeles by snapping Serena's 18-match winning streak in the final of the WTA Championships on November 11.

And the girlfriend of world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt said that surprise win had spurred her to break the dominance of the Williams sisters in world tennis.

She plays Serena, who is chasing her fourth straight grand slam next month in Melbourne, on Friday when Belgium meets the USA at the Burswood Dome.

Clijsters has been in Australia since the beginning of the month with Hewitt and felt the extra time here could be a major advantage.

"I think I have a bit more of an advantage because I've been in Australia already for a month almost," she said.

"I think that's definitely good and I'm feeling very fit at the moment, after winning LA this year I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Serena's record at the first grand slam event of the year is hardly encouraging with a quarter-final in 2001 her best effort after missing last year with an ankle injury.

But a 56-5 record since the start of this year has shown what a frightening new level her game has climbed to.

However, Clijsters said she believed she could knock the Williams sisters off their perch if she was more consistent on the court.

"It is just a matter of being a little bit more consistent than I was at the beginning of the year," she said.

"If I keep my consistency up I believe I am capable of doing it."

However, she denied there was additional pressure on her to stop their grip on women's tennis.

"I definitely don't feel any pressure there, I think it is more like a motivation for me," she said.

"I hope that I can get other players to work harder and to get fitter knowing that they are beatable."

Clijsters made the semi-finals at Melbourne Park last year before losing to Jennifer Capriati who went on to win back-to-back titles.

AAP

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 09:58 AM
Source: Business Day (South Africa), Dec. 30, 2002

Red-hot Clijsters is ready for Serena

PERTH - Belgium's Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse beat Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Virginia Ruano Pascual in a thrilling Hopman Cup tennis tie at the Burswood Dome.
The Belgians clinched a 2-1 victory by winning the decisive mixed doubles 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10/7) in 92 action-packed minutes after the singles matches had been shared.

The super tiebreak system - in which the winner is the first to score 10 points - is being employed in the mixed doubles for the second year.

World number four Clijsters won her women's singles in sizzling fashion, but partner Malisse crashed in the men's. Clijsters, 19, thrashed Ruano Pascual, ranked 65th, winning 6-1, 6-0 in 43 minutes.

But world number 25 Malisse fell to 30th ranked Robredo 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 3-6 in the men's singles to level the best-of-three tie at one-all.

Inspired by Clijsters, the Belgians teamed up superbly in the crucial mixed doubles, wrong-footing Robredo and Ruano Pascual repeatedly after losing the opening set.

"Kim helped me through marvellously," Malisse said.

"I have had a long trip to Australia and I was tired, but Kim carried me."

Despite the loss, the Spaniards were confident they could still reach Saturday's final of the tournament.

"I was playing very good singles, and it was disappointing to lose the tie-breaker in the doubles," Robredo said.

"We we will keep going and try our best to get in the final."

Belgium are seeded fourth in the mixed teams event, while title-holding Spain are the sixth seeds in the nine-nation contest.

Clijsters was in crisp touch, packing her groundstrokes with plenty of venom on the synthetic surface at the Burswood Dome.

She is one of a handful of players who can match Serena Williams powerful groundstrokes.

She proved she could mix it with the flamboyant American in Los Angeles by ending Serena's 18-match winning streak in the final of the WTA Championships seven weeks ago.

And the girlfriend of Australia's world number one Lleyton Hewitt said the surprise win had spurred her to break the dominance of the Williams sisters.

She plays Serena - who is chasing her fourth straight Grand Slam next month in the Australian Open in Melbourne - on Friday when Belgium meets the top-seeded US.

"I think I have a bit of an advantage because I've been in Australia already for a month almost," Clijsters said.

"I think that's definitely good and I'm feeling very fit at the moment.

"After winning LA this year, I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Clijsters said she believed she could knock the Williams sisters off their perch if she was more consistent on the court.

"It is just a matter of being a little bit more consistent than I was at the beginning of the year," she said.

"If I keep up my consistency I believe I am capable of doing it."

AFP

nm_cb
Dec 30th, 2002, 10:25 AM
The teddy bear that Kim placed on her coaches shoulders is the bear I gave her!!!!!

Where did you get the photo from??

-Fienesse-
Dec 30th, 2002, 10:35 AM
Originally posted by nm_cb
The teddy bear that Kim placed on her coaches shoulders is the bear I gave her!!!!!

Where did you get the photo from??

No, com' on that's so cool!!!!!!!!!

Come-on-kim
Dec 30th, 2002, 11:48 AM
Originally posted by nm_cb
The teddy bear that Kim placed on her coaches shoulders is the bear I gave her!!!!!

Where did you get the photo from??

Really??

The picture is from yahoo! sport

Your bear is known in the world now!!

What did she said when you gave it?

Did you gave her all our messages? What did she said?

tfannis
Dec 30th, 2002, 11:52 AM
Originally posted by nm_cb
The teddy bear that Kim placed on her coaches shoulders is the bear I gave her!!!!!

Where did you get the photo from??

OMFG!! Really? soooooooooooooooo great :D :bounce: wow!!!

nice bear btw ;)

What did she say? How was she?

2284
Dec 30th, 2002, 11:54 AM
Kim couldn't seem to stop laughing today. We need to keep her off the jelly beans

Primula
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:05 PM
:D

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:17 PM
more similar articles:

from Reuters, Dec. 30, 2002:

Serena Warms Up as Clijsters Storms Hopman Cup

BY OSSIAN SHINE
Reuters

PERTH, Australia - Serena Williams cleared away holiday cobwebs but Kim Clijsters tore through the Hopman Cup as Group A of the ITF mixed team competition got underway on Monday.

Making her debut at the Burswood Dome, world No. 1 Williams did just enough to beat Uzbek Iroda Tulyaganova, 6-3, 6-2, but looked far from her powerful top form on the indoor court.

James Blake was also far from his best when he later gave the top-seeded United States an unassailable 2-0 lead in the round robin match, struggling past Oleg Ogorodov, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the men's singles.

Clijsters, though, showed the scintillating form that saw her beat Williams in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships last month.

The Belgian swatted Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1 6-0 in just 44 minutes before carrying Xavier Malisse through the decisive mixed doubles as Belgium beat holders Spain 2-1.

The world number four rallied an under-par Malisse throughout the Group A doubles match and the pair scraped by, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7, on a super tiebreak after Malisse had earlier been beaten by Tommy Robredo, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

RAZOR-SHARP GAMES

Champions Spain had looked favorites to win the round robin encounter when they led by a set and 4-2 in the mixed, but Clijsters had other ideas and almost single-handedly carried Belgium through.

"She played really well ... helped me through, that's for sure," Malisse smiled afterwards.

"Yes I played really well," Clijsters grinned. "We made it turn around so that was good.

Any thoughts that Clijsters might be resting on her laurels following her spectacular WTA Championships success last month had earlier been banished in 13 razor-sharp games during her singles match.

She capped 2002 with the women's season-ending championships in Los Angeles in November but instead of reveling in that success, the 19-year-old has been working out harder than ever.

"After winning in LA this year I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Clijsters said she hoped she now had the magic formula to beat the powerful Williamses -- ranked one and two in the world. She will get another chance to beat Serena on Friday when the pair clash in the final Group A match.

SERENA SLAM

Serena will be tough to topple, though. She has already declared her intention to go through 2003 undefeated.

"It is going to be really hard because there are a lot of tough players but whatever happens, happens," she said.

The French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion sets her sights on what she calls a "Serena Slam" at the Australian Open in two weeks and on Monday did enough to get her season off to a winning start.

Making her debut in the $560,900 competition, the runaway world number one's victory eased the U.S. into a 1-0 lead over qualifiers Uzbekistan in the Group A clash.

James Blake lines up opposite Oleg Ogorodov in the men's singles later on Monday before the mixed doubles.

Twelve months ago an ankle injury caused Williams to miss the opening grand slam of the year in Melbourne, but she recovered her fitness to dominate the women's season in sensational style.

She won eight of the 13 tournaments she entered in the 2002 season, beating sister Venus in the last three grand slam finals.

She had not played a competitive match since losing in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships in early November, however, and appeared a little rusty in opening exchanges against Tulyaganova.

But the 21-year-old could well afford to allow the Uzbek a little seasonal charity and still rack up a comfortable victory in 56 minutes.

"I just got in yesterday, but I'm doing all right," she said."

kimmekefan
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:19 PM
Did you gave her all the messages?? It's so great and you're so lucky!!!

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:19 PM
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, Dec. 31, 2002

Clijsters improving under the Australian sun

By Linda Pearce, December 31 2002

Before Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt connected at Singapore Airport from their respective year-end championship victories last month, Clijsters endured a lengthy wait for Hewitt's flight from Shanghai. Time enough for a duty free splurge and no bother about the cost. For their previous week's work, the couple shared a Porsche, a Mercedes and more than $4 million.

Hewitt maintained his No1 ranking with an exceptional performance at the Tennis Masters Cup, just five days after Clijsters claimed her biggest career title, upstaging Serena Williams in the WTA Championships final in Los Angeles. Clijsters is yet to win a grand slam final and has not reached one since her first, at Roland Garros in 2001, but a breakthrough may be near.

The 19-year-old will be seeded to reach the semis at the Australian Open, having lost to Jennifer Capriati at the same stage last January. Clijsters has again booked a Perth-Sydney-Melbourne Park itinerary, and yesterday started what is effectively the new year in commanding style with a 43-minute Hopman Cup clinic against Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Switching roles with Hewitt, whose turn it was to applaud from the courtside box, Clijsters crushed the 29-year-old late replacement for retiree Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the 6-1, 6-0 result a measure of the gulf in singles class between the world No4 - who peaked at No3 after returning from an upper arm injury in March - and a player best known for her doubles results.

Clijsters then anchored a mixed doubles victory with Belgian partner Xavier Malisse, recovering from a set and a break behind Ruano Pascual and Tommy Robredo to clinch the tie 2-1. Still, a better indication of how Clijsters is placed coming into her first full year under new coach Marc Dehous is unlikely to come until Friday's feature match against Serena Williams.

It was only two months ago that Clijsters ended a six-match losing streak against the world champion, and Clijsters hopes she has located the key to unlock Williams's supremacy.

"It's just a matter of being a little bit more consistent than what I was in the beginning of the year, so if I can keep my consistency up I think I'm capable of doing it," Clijsters said. "And I hope that I can get other players to work harder to get fitter, knowing that they're beatable."

Clijsters considers it an advantage she has already spent more than a month in Australia, where she routinely spends a quarter of each year. Her current visit, after a quick trip home to play an exhibition in Belgium, began with a north Queensland holiday, followed by some quality training and practice time in Adelaide. Her LA victory only inspired further hard work and the powerful baseliner benefits from regularly hitting with Hewitt and his coach, Jason Stoltenberg.

Clijsters was the Belgian standout yesterday, as Malisse, the sublimely talented Wimbledon semi-finalist and world No25, was his hot-and-cold self in a three-set loss to Robredo. He was also the weaker link in a tight and entertaining doubles rubber, and yesterday's tie was the first of the tournament to be decided by the mixed.

Yet, for quality, the stand-out singles match so far has been Czech Jiri Novak's defeat of his Slovakian friend Dominik Hrbaty on Monday night. Novak, whose surprise semi-final appearance at the Australian Open launched a successful year that culminated with his Masters Cup qualification and year-end ranking of No7, prevailed 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 6-3 in more than two hours.

The women's match also went the three-set distance - a victory for the lower-profile Daja Bedanova over world No8 Daniela Hantuchova. The mixed doubles took a further 100 minutes but was won by Hrbaty and Hantuchova, who today play Hewitt and Alicia Molik.

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:24 PM
same article under other headline in The Age today (with a cute pic)
Clijsters hoping for her big breakthrough
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/12/30/1041196597252.html

Cilla
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:25 PM
nm_cb-I emailed a message to Lleyton and Kim to you, I hope you receive it. Thanx! :D :kiss:

nm_cb
Dec 30th, 2002, 12:50 PM
I haven't given Kim the messages yet as I didn't get home until !am this morning and I didn't get to print the messages out. I will be seeing her again and I will give it to her then.

She really loved the teddy she said thank you. She was with her physio. She was playing with it the whole match. Making it clap, cuddling it, showing lleyton's parents and her coach. She put the belgian flag in itt's collar and was waving the flag with the bear. It was soo cute. I will let you know when she gets the messages!!

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 01:16 PM
and more articles LOL:


Source: Herald Sun, Dec. 31, 2002

Confident Kim: I'll sink Serena
By DIGNY BEACHAM
31dec02

BELGIUM teenager Kim Clijsters has issued a warning to women's world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Williams said last week she hoped to go through 2003 undefeated.
Clijsters, who beat the younger Williams sister in the WTA Tour Championship final in Los Angeles last month, followed yesterday's straight sets demolition of Virginia Ruano Pascual at the Hopman Cup in Perth with a prediction of her own.

"If I can keep my consistency up, I think I'm capable of doing it (beating Serena)," she said.

"I definitely don't feel any pressure there. I think it's more like a motivation for me."

It was the 19-year-old's first appearance since the season-ending LA tournament, where she beat Chanda Rubin, Justin Henin-Hardenne and Venus Williams, before eclipsing Serena in the final.

That stunning victory snapped Williams's 18 match-winning streak and confirmed Lleyton Hewitt's girlfriend as the world No. 1's biggest immediate threat, starting at next month's Australian Open.

Clijsters' win against Williams was her first in six attempts.

Williams, who was due to make her Hopman Cup debut last night, finished her hit-up on a neighbouring court as Clijsters was about to start her singles rubber and would have been back in her hotel room in time to watch the clinical performance.

Belgium plays the US on Friday morning with the winner almost certain to advance to Saturday's final.

Clijsters needed just 43 minutes to dispose of the more experienced Ruano Pascual 6-1 6-0 and provide Belgium with the ascendancy in its Group A tie against defending champion Spain.

The former French Open finalist's near-faultless performance looked like being wasted when Spain's Tommy Robredo outsmarted Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3 in the singles to level the tie.

Clijsters then virtually carried Malisse to defeat Robredo and Ruano Pascual, one of the world's premier doubles players with 18 titles to her credit, including three grand slams, in the mixed doubles 2-6 7-5 10-7 (super tiebreak).

Robredo, who 12 months ago partnered Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to win the mixed teams championship, now boasts a 10-0 win/loss record at the Hopman Cup.

Clijsters couldn't have been more impressive in dismissing Ruano Pascual, a late replacement for the retired Sanchez-Vicario who could have been forgiven for wishing she had stayed at home in Madrid.

The composed showing was in stark contrast to Clijsters' opening match here 12 months earlier when she sprayed the ball everywhere in losing 6-4 6-4 to Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

The world No. 4 held her opening service game to love and then proceeded to pick apart the delivery of Ruano Pascual with unerring precision, breaking the Spaniard's serve five times.

Ruano Pascual, out of her depth on virtually any surface other than clay, lacked penetration on her serve and groundstrokes, both of which came under enormous pressure from Clijsters.

The Belgian has been in Adelaide with Hewitt for a brief break from tennis.

"I think I have a little bit more of an advantage because I've been in Australia already for a month almost," Clijsters said.

"I think that's definitely good and I'm feeling very fit at the moment. After winning LA this year, I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Having defeated Williams, Clijsters is quietly confident of repeating the effort.

KaseyL
Dec 30th, 2002, 01:22 PM
and from The Courier Mail, Dec. 31, 2002

(same article in Daily Telegraph)

Kim to test the best

31dec02
BELGIUM teenager Kim Clijsters fired an early warning shot at world No.1 Serena Williams following a straight sets demolition of Virginia Ruano Pascual at the Hopman Cup in Perth yesterday.

Clijsters needed just 43 minutes to dispose of her more experienced opponent 6-1 6-0 and provide Belgium with the ascendancy in its Group A tie against champions Spain.

The former French Open finalist's near faultless performance looked like being wasted when Spain's Tommy Robredo outsmarted her erratic partner Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3 in the singles to level the tie.

Clijsters then virtually carried Malisse to defeat Robredo and Ruano Pascual, one of the world's premier doubles players with 18 titles to her credit including three grand slams, in the mixed doubles 2-6 7-5 10-7 (super tiebreak).

Clijsters couldn't have been more impressive in dismissing Pascual, a late replacement for the retired Sanchez-Vicario who could have been forgiven for wishing she had stayed at home in Madrid.

The silky showing was in stark contrast to Clijsters opening match here 12 months earlier when she sprayed the ball everywhere in losing 6-4 6-4 to Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

The world No.4 held the opening service game to love and then proceeded to pick apart the delivery of Ruano Pascual with unerring precision, breaking the Spaniard's serve on five occasions.

Ruano Pascual, out of water on virtually any surface other than clay, lacked penetration on her serve and groundstrokes, both of which came under enormous pressure from a white-hot Clijsters.

It was the 19-year-old's first appearance since claiming the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles last month where she beat Chanda Rubin, Justin Henin-Hardenne and Venus Williams, before eclipsing Serena in the final.

That stunning victory snapped Williams' 18 match-winning streak and confirmed Clijsters, who has always boasted terrific power and excellent touch, yet struggled to produce sustained consistency, as the world No.1's biggest immediate threat, starting at next month's Australian Open.

duck
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:03 PM
Thank you for all the articles. :kiss:

Filip!
Dec 30th, 2002, 03:32 PM
That stunning victory snapped Williams' 18 match-winning streak and confirmed Clijsters, who has always boasted terrific power and excellent touch, yet struggled to produce sustained consistency, as the world No.1's biggest immediate threat, starting at next month's Australian Open.

Serena can better be prepared :fiery: Com'on Kim!!

Filip!
Dec 30th, 2002, 03:39 PM
I found another article... It's quite interesting, the press really believes in Kim's chances to beat the Williams-sisters :)

Serena warms up as Clijsters storms Hopman Cup
Mon December 30, 2002 09:28 AM ET
By Ossian Shine

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Serena Williams cleared away holiday cobwebs but Kim Clijsters tore through the Hopman Cup as Group A of the ITF mixed team competition got underway on Monday.

Making her debut at the Burswood Dome, world number one Williams did just enough to beat Uzbek Iroda Tulyaganova, 6-3, 6-2, but looked far from her powerful top form on the indoor court.

James Blake was also far from his best when he later gave the top-seeded United States an unassailable 2-0 lead in the round robin match, struggling past Oleg Ogorodov, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the men's singles.

Blake and Williams both picked up their games in the final match, however, and won the mixed doubles, 6-3, 6-1, to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

While the Americans warmed up slowly, Clijsters showed the scintillating form that saw her beat Williams in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships last month.

The Belgian swatted Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual, 6-1, 6-0, in just 44 minutes before carrying Xavier Malisse through the decisive mixed doubles as Belgium beat holders Spain 2-1.

The world number four rallied an under-par Malisse throughout the Group A doubles match and the pair scraped by, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7, on a super tiebreak after Malisse had earlier been beaten by Tommy Robredo, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

RAZOR-SHARP GAMES

Champions Spain had looked favorites to win the round robin encounter when they led by a set and 4-2 in the mixed, but Clijsters had other ideas and almost single-handedly carried Belgium through.

"She played really well ... helped me through, that's for sure," Malisse smiled afterwards.

"Yes I played really well," Clijsters grinned. "We made it turn around so that was good.

Any thoughts that Clijsters might be resting on her laurels following her spectacular WTA Championships success last month had earlier been banished in 13 razor-sharp games during her singles match.

She capped 2002 with the women's season-ending championships in Los Angeles in November but instead of reveling in that success, the 19-year-old has been working out harder than ever.

"After winning in LA this year I really wanted to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

Clijsters said she hoped she now had the magic formula to beat the powerful Williamses -- ranked one and two in the world. She will get another chance to beat Serena on Friday when the pair clash in the final Group A match.

SERENA SLAM

Serena will be tough to topple, though. She has already declared her intention to go through 2003 undefeated.

"It is going to be really hard because there are a lot of tough players but whatever happens, happens," she said.

The French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion sets her sights on what she calls a "Serena Slam" at the Australian Open in two weeks and on Monday did enough to get her season off to a winning start.

Making her debut in the $560,900 competition, the runaway world number one's victory eased the U.S. into a 1-0 lead over qualifiers Uzbekistan in the Group A clash.

James Blake lines up opposite Oleg Ogorodov in the men's singles later on Monday before the mixed doubles.

Twelve months ago an ankle injury caused Williams to miss the opening grand slam of the year in Melbourne, but she recovered her fitness to dominate the women's season in sensational style.

She won eight of the 13 tournaments she entered in the 2002 season, beating sister Venus in the last three grand slam finals.

She had not played a competitive match since losing in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships in early November, however, and appeared a little rusty in opening exchanges against Tulyaganova.

But the 21-year-old could well afford to allow the Uzbek a little seasonal charity and still rack up a comfortable victory in 56 minutes.

"I just got in yesterday, but I'm doing all right," she said."

kit
Dec 30th, 2002, 07:10 PM
Thank you very much for all the articles and pics!!!:bounce: :kiss: :bounce:
I'm very happy!!Kim plays really well.She has a good chance to win the Australian Open.
Good luck in the next match,Kimmie!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Filip!
Jan 2nd, 2003, 06:31 AM
Belgium d. Uzbekistan: 3-0

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Kim won her match against ... (??? forgot her name ;)), 6-3 6-2

NaturalBlues
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:02 AM
Originally posted by Kim-Juju!
Belgium d. Uzbekistan: 3-0

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Kim won her match against ... (??? forgot her name ;)), 6-3 6-2

Tulyaganova ;)

Bigkimfan
Jan 2nd, 2003, 09:37 AM
yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! Well done Kim!!!!:D Now beat Serena! You can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

Stefke
Jan 2nd, 2003, 09:51 AM
Well done Kimmeke and Xaxa!!!!
Now VS!!!:bounce: Show everyone you're born in Belgium!!!!!!!:bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 2nd, 2003, 12:09 PM
They showed on tv these things hanging on Kim's racket bag and one was a boomerang and the other a tortoise. The boomerang says Kim and the tortoise Lleyton:hearts: :hearts: They asked her about them after the match and she said they got given them at the last hopman cup last year and that its a good memory so she keeps it:)

They also asked Xavier how it was playing with Kim cause they are good friends and he said it is a lot of fun as always with Kim cos she slaps him and pulls his hair and even when he was playing terrible against spain they still had a lot of fun:)

Also when Kim was walking out of the press conference Xavier stood on one of her shoe laces and she almost fell over:p It was so funny:)

Watching Kim and Xavier play mixed is so much fun they seem to get a long so well but then Kim seems to be freinds with everyone:)

I really hope that Kim can beat Serena tomorrow:bounce: :bounce:

kit
Jan 2nd, 2003, 02:44 PM
Come on Kim!!!You can beat Serena!!!
Belgium and Australia final!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

raquel
Jan 2nd, 2003, 02:57 PM
Sounds like Kim played really well again today:) Good luck against Serena!!:bounce: Nice of Xavier to say how much Kim helped him with her form, they seem to get on well, but like someone says Kim gets on with everyone:D Great comeback by Lleyton and Alicia today:bounce: so hopefully the Belgium v Australia final is on:) GOOD LUCK KIM & XAVIER:hearts:

angele87
Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:19 PM
Thanks for the report kim&lleytonrule :D That's really cute :angel:

Well done Kim for your wins today :D :bounce:

ans
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:41 PM
Transcript - Kim Clijsters
2 January 2003

Well, Kim a different result from when you last played Iroda.

Yeah, I think last time I played her I played in Belgium and I lost in three sets. Different surfaces, of course, but I think I prefer to play on the faster surface against her than on the clay. Sheís a very good player. She hits with a lot of spin and has a very good serve. I was really trying to serve to her forehand, and try to get a shorter ball from this side of the point.

You finished 2002 with an outstanding result Ė the season-ending Championship. How do you feel your form is now after the lay-off and getting back into action?

I was really looking forward to starting training again; itís always nice when you play well to keep going. I didnít really want to stop training, and I didnít really want to stop the season yet. It was also nice to have a bit of rest, of course, and we went on holidays so that was really nice as well. Iím really looking forward to playing, and to playing the Australian Open.

Do you have a specific goal at all in 2003, starting the year at number four?

I really want to stay healthy throughout the whole year. With my shoulder injury last year I didnít get to play the amount of tournaments that I wanted to play. I didnít get to play the tournament in Belgium, in Antwerp, so that was really a bit sad for me because I really wanted to play at home. Now this year I get the chance to do that.

Just finally, this tie is a long way from being decided, but youíve got a massive match tomorrow Ė a rematch Ė with the world number one.

I try not to really think about that yet, we still have a few things to handle here. Of course itís always great to have such a big match in an event like this. With the Australian Open coming up, itís definitely good to have these big matches.

Belgium is still very much a chance to make the final. Off to a great start today. Well done.

Thank you.

ans
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:48 PM
Transcript - Belgium
2 January 2003


Xavier, did you have a similar health problem to what you had the other day?

(Xavier) No, I just got up this morning and I didnít feel very good. I didnít feel like eating but I had to get some energy. I felt like I was going to throw up in the beginning, as I played on it kept going a little bit, for six games, and then it started going better.

Do you feel fit enough to keep playing?

(Xavier) Yeah, I feel fine. Everything else is fine. Iíve just been struggling. Itís the beginning of the year and Iím not used to match rhythms. I havenít had a match in a month and a half, and youíre starting to feel again what you want to do and how you feel, and you get into a similar rhythm as last year.

You had problems with the stringing of your racquet. How much did that affect your concentration?

(Xavier) It was just frustrating because I was winning, and every time I had to hit it different because my tension was a little loose, so I couldnít really hit my forehand as I wanted to. Thatís probably why I lost the second set, but then it went better in the third.

Have you had any medical checks since the end of the match?

(Xavier) No, no, Iím fine. Iím not dying yet.

Kim, you played a really solid match. Is the way youíre playing good enough to beat Serena?

(Kim) Every match is different and thatís why she is so good. She can raise her level against the player she is playing. If she plays someone good then she can step her play up a few levels. Especially players like Serena and Venus and Capriati and Davenport Ė they really have that in their game. Itís going to be interesting. If I want to win I have to grab every chance that I get, and if I donít get any chances then that means she is just going to be too good.

Serena is expecting a fun match. Do you think it will be a fun match?

(Kim) Oh yeah. I mean, of course, itís a match and I try to win every match and I go for every point in here. But, you can go into these matches with a little bit different mentality. Of course you try to win, but also if you lose, it doesnít matter. Especially playing against her (Serena Williams) - itís great for me to play against the number one player in the world just before Sydney and then the Australian Open. Itís very good matches for me to get ready for the big tournaments.

If you do get into the finals, youíll be playing three days in a row. Will that be tiring for you?

(Kim) No, I donít think so. Not for me. Once we get into the tournaments we will have to do it as well, and then weíre playing outside and in the heat. Weíre playing a little bit more. Iíve been practising a lot in my week off, so Iím getting used to playing a little bit more and a little bit longer. It doesnít worry me.

Serena was saying about the LA match that she lost that match because she was tired after playing 13 tournaments.

(Kim) I think I was dead after my 25 tournaments.

She didnít seem to give you any credit at all. What are your thoughts on that match?

(Kim) Well, it doesnít really worry me, what she plays. I thought I played a great match and I thought I played good enough to beat her. Of course, itís always easy to say afterwards that she was tired. If she was feeling tired, Iím sure that she could have been because she was playing a little bit more after the US Open playing Tokyo and Leipzig. Itís not that they play that many tournaments. I think that she had about four weeks off or something before LA.

In what shape were you at the end of the year? How badly did you need a holiday?

(Kim) Well, in one way I was really happy to have a holiday, but in the other way I really wanted the season to keep going for a little while because I was playing with a lot of confidence and then I was feeling well. On the other hand, I had some time off and I was really looking forward to start practising again to get even fitter and stronger, and to start the new year again.

In a way do you feel that itís a continuation?

(Kim) I hope. Itís always nice if you can start well in the beginning of the year. Itís happened and itís proven a lot that every match can be different. Even if I play maybe a great match against Ruano Pascual, today I didnít play that good, I thought. So every match can be different. It doesnít mean if you play well at the end of the year that youíre going to keep playing well. You know, youíll have a down once in a while as well.

When youíre preparing in Adelaide, do you hit with the other Australians like Alicia or Lleyton or Jason?

No, actually my coach came this year a little bit earlier so Iíve been hitting with him. In the beginning of December I tried to just get physically fit and did a lot of running and gym work. Then towards the end of December, two weeks before Christmas, started hitting a little bit with Lleyton, but more so with my coach.

Considering the way you finished the year, does that give you new ambitions for this year?

(Kim) No, not really. I think Iím one of the only players who doesnít really set goals. I know for myself that I put 100 per cent into everything I do. Of course I want to win all my matches that I play but I donít really set goals. I just try to get the best out of myself and have fun out there.

Having played a Grand Slam final, donít you think about it at all?

(Kim) No, that seems like so long ago already and I donít really think about those things. Even about LA, it feels so long ago already. It feels like it never happened, because you donít really get a lot of time to think about it all and to realise whatís happened throughout the season.

E. Blackadder
Jan 2nd, 2003, 05:05 PM
Originally posted by ans
Transcript - Kim Clijsters
2 January 2003

Well, Kim a different result from when you last played Iroda.

Yeah, I think last time I played her I played in Belgium and I lost in three sets.

Kim, You got bageled 6-0 6-4 :o ;)

Nina_rus
Jan 2nd, 2003, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by kim&lleytonrule

Also when Kim was walking out of the press conference Xavier stood on one of her shoe laces and she almost fell over:p It was so funny:)




lol :D

Elleke
Jan 2nd, 2003, 05:55 PM
he said it is a lot of fun as always with Kim cos she slaps him and pulls his hair
oh, so he likes that :o:p

Mazza
Jan 2nd, 2003, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by kim&lleytonrule
Also when Kim was walking out of the press conference Xavier stood on one of her shoe laces and she almost fell over:p It was so funny:)
LMAOOOO!! :p Did Xavier do that on purpose or did he accidentally trip Kim up?! :p

Thanks for the report, kim&lleytonrule. :)

E. Blackadder
Jan 2nd, 2003, 06:22 PM
Did you guys see the highlights on VTM?

Xavier was running for a kind of drop volley and kept running and ran over the ball boy at the net. His *cough* nuts *cough* were right in the face off that ball kid :eek: :p

Filip!
Jan 2nd, 2003, 06:46 PM
Can we Belgians follow the match Kim - Serena follow on television??

Please say Yes, but I expect a No :(

Elke
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:06 PM
A big fat NOPE i guess!:( :rolleyes: :fiery: :mad:

But IF they get to the final, I think they'll get it live.

I so can imagine Lleyton: 'spank me, Kimmie, spank me!':D :p ;)

Filip!
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:33 PM
Stupid press :(

This is a very important match to see :(

Hawk
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by Elke
I so can imagine Lleyton: 'spank me, Kimmie, spank me!':D :p ;)

:o lol

kit
Jan 2nd, 2003, 08:05 PM
Thank you for the interviews.
I hope Belgium beat USA!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nm_cb
Jan 2nd, 2003, 10:18 PM
I gave Kim teh messages from some of you!! She said Thank you and seemed really happy.
Alicia and lleyton are in the final so now it's up to Kim and Xavier.
I think, but don't mark my words something happened between Kim and Lleyton. Because when Lleyton walked out onto the court he dodn't look happy at all. And Kim didn't show for any of the Australia match not even Alicia''s match. LL kept looking up to his box, probably hoping Kim would be there. But I could be wrong.
I know this is about Kim/ Lleyton but I need to mention it Well done to Alicia who came back from 5-1 down and won the set 7/6 and the next 7/5.
Kim and Alicia were hitting togethere the other day and they both looked very fit!

lleytnkim
Jan 2nd, 2003, 10:51 PM
Thanks nm_cb :D

IF Lleyton and Kim did have a fight then its alright. Every couple fights once in a while. Its perfectly normal.
Just coz Lleyton wasn't all smiles doesn't mean that they had a fight. There could be a thousand other reasons why he wasn't having the best day. He can have a bad day too IF infact he was having one. . And LOL! He can have a normal day without smiling all the time.
And as for looking up at his box, he has been doing that since he started playing on tour. He always does that whether Kim is there or not. I don't think he was particularly looking for Kim but its just my guess. I don't know if or why she wasn't at his match as I didn't see it. But that doesn't say anything. Lleyton doesn't watch Xavier or Kim's mixed doubles match either so its ok if Kim skips Alicia's match or their mixed doubles.


To make you feel better here's a quote from Lleyton about him watching Kim play against Serena tomorrow. :D

Hewitt said he would watch girlfriend Kim Clijsters match against world number one Serena Williams tomorrow but not the Belgium-US men's clash.

"I'll watch Kim play and I probably won't watch the guys play," .

Hewitt said, adding he had no preference of his final opponent.
"I've played (James) Blake four times and I'm 4-0 so far.

"I've played Xavier (Malisse) and I'm 2-0.

"It's good but both guys are playing extremely well."

See...nothing to be worried about :p :D

nm_cb
Jan 2nd, 2003, 10:56 PM
I was at the match! I was a couple of rows from the front and he did not play his best tennis. Kim wasn't there at all. I knew there was nothing to worry about but others might like to know!

lleytnkim
Jan 2nd, 2003, 11:02 PM
You were there? That's so cool. :cool: Did ya watch the mixed doubles too? I read the Lleyton I love showed up in that one. :p He stepped it up when they were down 3 mps.
As for the singles, it seems his serve Let him down again :rolleyes: At least that's what I read. Tell me more!

~|Naomi|~
Jan 2nd, 2003, 11:35 PM
I didn't really expect Kim to watch the match as she has a big one herself today and was probably either sleeping or just resting in the hotel.

And Lleyton didn't seem to mind tallking abbout Kim after the match when he said he wants Belgium to win so that he and Kim can play the final and he will watch her match. So I think it is all okay, but I know what you mean sometimes I make something out of nothing and think they had a fight, like at Rosmalen last year and when she stopped wearing her L necklace.

rein
Jan 3rd, 2003, 03:25 AM
well our hopes are shattered, she lost to serena.
I watched the games and she really wasn't playing well at all. Altough she came back strong in the first set, she kinda let that one slide in the end. After that she was kinda dissapointed and made a lot of unnecessary mistakes, it wasn't pretty to watch.
We're still hoping for malisse to win so we can see our beloved kim and lleyton in the final.
P.S. Lleyton was watching the match in the stands, he was sitting above Xavier.

Come-on-kim
Jan 3rd, 2003, 05:58 AM
Thanks nm_cb

Stefke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:45 AM
I HATE USA!!!!!!:fiery: :mad: But I allready did!!!

Nina_rus
Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:53 AM
http://www.rexfeatures.com/previews/400/400122c.jpg

isn't that Kim on the back? ;)

Primula
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:15 AM
Belgium lost against the USA but it was a close one!!2-1
Our Kimmie lost against serena and then the X-man won against Blake! But they lost the doubles, in that super-tiebreak btw!!

Oh no, i hate to see them lose !! :sad: :mad:

Filip!
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:29 AM
Kim lost... :(

But what was more important, winning the masters, or winning today against Serena? :)

AND

Kim will take revenge @ the Australian Open :fiery: :fiery:

Primula
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:30 AM
That's true, she will take revenge !! :fiery:

Primula
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:43 AM
Look these are a fews sentences from a sort of pressconference between Kimmie and Serena : I think it was pretty heavy !!



Serena Williams: ,,I was tired at the Masters"

Kim Clijsters: ,,That's easy to say AFTER the Masters"

Williams: ,,Whell I played 13 tournaments in 2002 so....."

Clijsters: ,,I played 25 tournaments, so I think I'm the one who was tired"

Williams: ,,Every day that I get better than at the Masters is a huge step forward!"

Clijsters: ,,I don't care what Williams says, I was good enough to win the Masters!!"

tennisIlove09
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:06 AM
nice effort Kim. Good luck next week and at the Aussie.

Bigkimfan
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:43 AM
Originally posted by Primula
Look these are a fews sentences from a sort of pressconference between Kimmie and Serena : I think it was pretty heavy !!



Serena Williams: ,,I was tired at the Masters"

Kim Clijsters: ,,That's easy to say AFTER the Masters"

Williams: ,,Whell I played 13 tournaments in 2002 so....."

Clijsters: ,,I played 25 tournaments, so I think I'm the one who was tired"

Williams: ,,Every day that I get better than at the Masters is a huge step forward!"

Clijsters: ,,I don't care what Williams says, I was good enough to win the Masters!!"

LOL:D

Stefke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by Primula
Look these are a fews sentences from a sort of pressconference between Kimmie and Serena : I think it was pretty heavy !!



Serena Williams: ,,I was tired at the Masters"

Kim Clijsters: ,,That's easy to say AFTER the Masters"

Williams: ,,Whell I played 13 tournaments in 2002 so....."

Clijsters: ,,I played 25 tournaments, so I think I'm the one who was tired"

Williams: ,,Every day that I get better than at the Masters is a huge step forward!"

Clijsters: ,,I don't care what Williams says, I was good enough to win the Masters!!"

Well said Kimmy!!!:bounce: :)

keta
Jan 3rd, 2003, 09:03 AM
Originally posted by nm_cb
I gave Kim teh messages from some of you!! She said Thank you and seemed really happy.
Alicia and lleyton are in the final so now it's up to Kim and Xavier.
I think, but don't mark my words something happened between Kim and Lleyton. Because when Lleyton walked out onto the court he dodn't look happy at all. And Kim didn't show for any of the Australia match not even Alicia''s match. LL kept looking up to his box, probably hoping Kim would be there. But I could be wrong.
I know this is about Kim/ Lleyton but I need to mention it Well done to Alicia who came back from 5-1 down and won the set 7/6 and the next 7/5.
Kim and Alicia were hitting togethere the other day and they both looked very fit!

Nah kim and lleyton didnt have a fight lleyton's mum and dad said that kim was at the hotel in bed when i asked them. ( we were sitting up nex to them )

Ive got lost of goss ct too tell eveyroen but have been really busy but ill pormise ill do it on sunday! ;)

Stefke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 09:07 AM
Thanks Keta!!:kiss: :kiss:

Stefke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 09:09 AM
And here is my post nr 100!!!!:) ;) :angel: :cool: :p :D :bounce:
Just wanted to post it in CCL :angel:

Come-on-kim
Jan 3rd, 2003, 09:18 AM
Originally posted by keta
Ive got lost of goss ct too tell eveyroen but have been really busy but ill pormise ill do it on sunday! ;)

What it you that Xavier hits yesterday while reaching a ball?;)

What will you do on sunday??

Primula
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:01 AM
Here's an article about the loss against the USA:




PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams and James Blake beat Belgium's Xavier Malisse and Kim Clijsters in doubles Friday to take a 3-0 record into the Hopman Cup final against Australia.

The Americans, who will face Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik on Saturday, edged Malisse and Clijsters 10-5 in a super tiebreaker after taking the first set 7-6 (6) and dropping the second 6-3.

In singles, the top-ranked Williams beat Clijsters 7-5, 6-3, and Malisse tied it by beating Blake 7-6 (6), 6-2.

``She held me up,'' Blake said of Williams. ``She was playing great and told me to keep my head up. I have a little problem with hanging my head sometimes, and she did a great job of keeping my spirits up and even got me to smile quite a bit on the court.''

Hewitt is the top-ranked men's player in the world,

``I don't care if I'm playing Lleyton Hewitt or Pete Sampras,'' Williams said. ``I'm just here to play tennis. I'm just here to enjoy it and have a lot of fun.

``I'm looking forward to taking on Australia. It's something I've been looking forward to all week. Alicia has been playing really well here. The crowd's not usually for me anyway, so that doesn't bother me.''

Blake is looking forward to his match against Hewitt after twice taking the Australian to five sets in the U.S. Open.

``I haven't quite gotten the win, but I feel I have a pretty good game to match up with his and I think I've got as good a chance as a lot of guys on tour to beat him,'' Blake said. ``He's No. 1 in the world, but he's human and definitely beatable

~|Naomi|~
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:25 AM
I was so angry when Kim got the badcall in the match tiebreaker. Kim hit a 1st serve and Serena returned it and it was long but it was called in they showed a replay and even the commentators admitted it was a bad call:fiery: :fiery: Now it makes me hate the USA even more:p

I really hope lleyton and Alicia can win tomorrow and that then lleyton gives his diamond tennis ball to Kim to cheer her up:p

Cilla
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:31 AM
The Lleyki Dream is over for another year :sad: Oh well, It's up to Australia to send the USA packing GO AUSTRALIA! Speaking of the diamond tennis ball, I had a dream last night coz I couldn't sleep thinking about the match :o & I dreamt that Belgium won beating Australia and Xavier and Kim got the diamond tennis balls and Xavier dropped his and it broke :p XaXa was horrified as was Kim for a bit but then she just burst out laughing :p

Cilla
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:32 AM
nm_cb thanks for giving Kim the messages :kiss:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:37 AM
Haha I can so see Kim laughing at that and can so see Xavier doing that:p

On TV today they showed Aus pressconference and they asked Lleyton who he would prefer to play the No 1 or his girlfiriend and he said his girlfriend:) He said he is closer to the Belgians (duh) and so he was pulling for them. It was so cute when they said girlfriend Lleyton went so red:)

They also did a profile on Kim, I taped it so I will right out what she said and post it on here for you guys tomorrow.

In the profile she said that they had gone to Port Douglas for 6 days and went on a boat so that is where they went and she said it was really nice. I can only imagine what they got up to:p They also showed them at the Pro Am together and going to dinner at the resort Kimmie looked really nice but Lleyton had his cap on again:o

And I'm really looking forward to the goss keta! Hopefully some juicy Lleyki news:)

Stefke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 11:40 AM
Thanks guys for all the information!!!:kiss:
I'm still sad :sad: !!
We were so close to a Lleyki-final!!:mad:

angele87
Jan 3rd, 2003, 11:51 AM
Thanks for all the reports from the lucky people who saw the match :p :kiss:

Can't wait to hear all your gossip kets :D

duck
Jan 3rd, 2003, 12:36 PM
Aww, I'm sad she lost but oddly it is comforting to hear that she played relatively badly (on the grounds that if she had played her best and still lost it would be much worse). So there is still room for improvement. Can't wait for Keta's goss.

Angele, some really great posts from you in GM.
Hope Aus win the final. *crosses fingers*

kimmekefan
Jan 3rd, 2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by nm_cb
I gave Kim teh messages from some of you!! She said Thank you and seemed really happy.

You gave all the messages or only a couple of messages?

Lynnsha
Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:00 PM
Transcript - Kim Clijsters & Xavier Malisse
3 January 2003


Thatís it, has it been a good week?
(Kim) It has been Ė fun. We ended second again. We did last year as well Ė last year we lost to America again too.

At the same point?

(Kim) Yes.

Kim, can you tell us a bit about your singles? You struggled a little bit on your serve and struggled to find your range.

(Kim) Definitely. I think it was a very up and down match, definitely on my side. I think she played pretty consistent, but I think on my side it wasÖ.3-0 down, I didnít have any rhythm at all. Then I got back into the match and had some chances, I think. But I definitely missed a lot of those shorter balls. I worked really hard to get into the advantage situation of the point and then I missed some easy forehands where I should have been able to finish off the point. Especially the game too, that I lost where I got broken. If I would have held there I would have been 5-4 up and it would have been a completely different story. Thatís what makes tennis so interesting.

Are you still happy with your progress?

(Kim) Definitely. I definitely played a lot better this year than last year, I think. I played really good against Ruano Pascual, and Tulyaganova was a bit tougher because I didnít play a match for a few days and there was a long break between my matches. Iím happy with the way Iím feeling and the way Iím moving. Thatís another positive thing to take out of this week.

It was pretty much what we expect from you two Ė a hard-hitting game from the back of the court. Is that what you expect too?

(Kim) Yeah, I think thatís one of my stronger points in my tennis career so far. Of course, itís always nice if you can come in a little bit more, and maybe thatís something that I still need to work on, I think. Thatís why Iím going to start playing doubles a little bit more and that will help my singles game as well. Learn to serve and volley a little bit more in womenís doubles Ė that will definitely help.

Kim, are you actually considering taking up residence in Australia?

(Kim) Iím never going to say never because the taxes in Belgium are just ridiculous at the moment Ė Iím paying, I think, over sixty per cent. Belgium is my home country and although I really feel comfortable being here in Australia and I love the country, itís still my home and I still enjoy being in Belgium and enjoy seeing my family and all the fans. For the moment, thatís definitely not the case.

Xavier, your start of the year is good from what weíve seen here. How do you see your form?

(Xavier) Iím pretty happy. Every match my level went up. Today I played a good match and Iím just looking forward to this year. It will be a tough year, but I think if I can do the same thing as last year and work on a couple of points, then it might be a better year than last year. But, Iíve got to play every match and see how I go.

What would make it better?

(Xavier) You know, work on some things Ė going to the net more, doing different stuff. Work on my serve and stay healthy. If I can do that then it will be a good year.

Kim, every time you play Venus or Serena, more than the other players do you feel thereís something to be learned?

(Kim) Oh definitely. You learn out of every match, but not only the matches against Venus and Serena Ė all the other matches as well. Definitely in the beginning of the Slams when you play the lower ranked players, you learn things that you can take into your next matches. You really need those earlier matches to get through those big matches sometimes.

But to have a bank of options, particularly against the WilliamsíÖas you get to the end of the tournaments, youíve seen how they play. In these situations, do you begin to work out what they do?

(Kim) Oh, definitely you learn out of these types of situations. This tournament here, you can always take things into your next matches. Next time I play her I know I have to serve a lot better than what I did today. I have to put a higher service percentage in. Thatís what my coach and I will be talking about and weíll be referring to this match today.

Do you actively look forward to seeing either Venus or Serena in a part of your draw.

(Kim) Oh yeah, I mean it doesnít bother me. I think itís a challenge to play against them. I always enjoy playing against them. I can get the best out of myself. When you are younger, these are definitely the matches you dream of Ė to play against those top players Ė and especially the number one in the world. But, itís not only Venus and Serena, itís playing against Jennifer (Capriati) and Monica (Seles) and all those girls as well. Those are really the matches you look forward to playing.

Bigkimfan
Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by kimmekefan
You gave all the messages or only a couple of messages?

I think he means he gave the messages of the people who wrote one!;)

Bigkimfan
Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:18 PM
Thanks for the article!!!!!!!!:D

kit
Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:11 PM
Oh no,Belgium lost...:sad: :sad: :sad:
I hope Australia win the final against USA.
Good luck and Come on!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Thank you very much mm_cb!!!
And thanks for the interviews and articles.:bounce: :bounce:

pruts
Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:19 PM
kick some ass australia!!!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

raquel
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:41 PM
Good Luck Lleyton and Alicia :)

Kornelija
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:52 PM
I'm pretty sure Lleyton should take a revenge. Not only for Kim but because Serena's attitude is definately too good towards herself. I agree she is good in tennis and that's the reason she is #1, but #1 should'n speak so. Serena isn't perfect at all either.

iomchic
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:02 PM
hi could you please post the pic of lleyton and kim at the hopman cup new years eve ball or give a link because i can't find it on angelfire.com thanks!xxx:wavey:

lleytnkim
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:03 PM
OH YEAH! :D

:bounce: :bounce: GO LLEYTON AND ALICIA! :bounce: :bounce:

I'm sure Lleyton would like nothing better than to beat the US team.


Here's what Pred2 said when asked about playing Lleyton.
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :mad: :mad: :mad: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
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Serena, in the mixed doubles youíll be playing against the other world number one, how did you feel about?

(Serena) Did you ask him how he feels about playing this number one? :rolleyes: :fiery:

He didnít know he would be playing you yet.

(Serena) Oh.

He wanted to play against Kim, but heíll take you instead. How do you feel about that?

(Serena) You should ask him first and then tell me.

We asked him already last night, but he didnít know he would be playing you.

(Serena) Well, I would like to know how he feels about it first. :rolleyes: :fiery:

Are you looking forward to receiving a serve from Lleyton and really putting it to him?

(Serena) I donít know. Personally, Iím not reallyÖ.I think you guys in the media, especially in Australia, really play him up really well. :rolleyes: :( Iím just here to play tennis. It doesnít matter whether Iím playing Lleyton Hewitt or Pete Sampras. Honestly, it doesnít matter to me, really it doesnít. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :fiery: :fiery:
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LLEYTON, GO AND BEAT USA! :( I know you can! ;) :D

I must say, in my opinion she was very rude when asked about playing Lleyton. Lleyton definitely would have answered in a nicer and respectful way. :angel: I'm sure that'll fire Lleyton up though. So its all good! :p ;)

Bigkimfan
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:07 PM
:rolleyes: What kind of answers were that?!:rolleyes:

Kornelija
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:13 PM
Serena should learn how to be more tactical and polite. That's what tennis players (not all of them of course) aren't able to do if they don't finish their school. But some of them are really inteligent and nice to talk ( SUCH AS KIM).

I do think Serene will suffer in Oz open.

gentenaire
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:27 PM
Where did you get that interview from?

Elke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:40 PM
Tine, www.hopmancup.com.au

nuriboy
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:50 PM
What did u people expect Serena to say?! Iīm all excite to play Lleyton when Lleyton already said he prefered to play Kim. I would have said the same thing...why should I be excited to play someone when that other person isnīt excited to play me?!

Bigkimfan
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:55 PM
This is a KIM CLIJSTERS' FANPAGE!!!:rolleyes:

gentenaire
Jan 3rd, 2003, 09:35 PM
I guess Nuriboy wants us to post these 'kind comments' of Serena in General messages.

Cilla
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:00 PM
Nuriboy, I think you should stick to posting in GM for now, I think we would all appreciate it if you didn't try and provoke Kim fans. This is a friendly messageboard in CCL and we'd like it to stay that way.

nuriboy
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:11 PM
Friendly?! Those comments about Serena arenīt friendly at all!!

Hawk
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:15 PM
Nuriboy you're invading our little haven :angel: Just kidding..but seriously I don't see a point in coming in here and arguing with all the Kim fans :confused:

caseyl45
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by lleytnkim

Are you looking forward to receiving a serve from Lleyton and really putting it to him?

(Serena) I donít know. Personally, Iím not reallyÖ.I think you guys in the media, especially in Australia, really play him up really well. :rolleyes: :( Iím just here to play tennis. It doesnít matter whether Iím playing Lleyton Hewitt or Pete Sampras. Honestly, it doesnít matter to me, really it doesnít. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :fiery: :fiery:


"I think you guys ... really play him up"?! With all due respect Serena, I think it's pretty tasteless to say something like that about the number one player in the world. Yes, Hewitt is going to be "played up" a little bit more than usual, but you're in Australia for goodness sake! What does she expect, the Australian press to say, "Yeah, we've got the number one men's player in the world, but he's really not that good." I hope not.
Nuriboy, Hewitt is Clijsters' boyfriend. When you go into a forum about her and defend someone who has criticized her boyfriend, you should expect a backlash. Maybe it would be wise to keep things friendly, like the regular visitors here suggest.
Personally, in this case, I think that Serena deserves whatever criticism she gets. That's not always true, but in this case, her comments about Hewitt were uncalled for.

ClijstersHewitt
Jan 3rd, 2003, 11:26 PM
Originally posted by lleytnkim

Serena, in the mixed doubles youíll be playing against the other world number one, how did you feel about?

(Serena) Did you ask him how he feels about playing this number one? :rolleyes: :fiery:

He didnít know he would be playing you yet.

(Serena) Oh.

He wanted to play against Kim, but heíll take you instead. How do you feel about that?

(Serena) You should ask him first and then tell me.

We asked him already last night, but he didnít know he would be playing you.

(Serena) Well, I would like to know how he feels about it first. :rolleyes: :fiery:


Really quick on the uptake, isn't she? :rolleyes:

Mazza
Jan 3rd, 2003, 11:58 PM
Originally posted by nuriboy
Friendly?! Those comments about Serena arenīt friendly at all!!
Oh and Serena's comments on Hewitt were? :rolleyes:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 4th, 2003, 12:11 AM
Nuriboy this page is for Kim fans and since you're not one why are you here:confused: To provoke us and invade our friendly atmosphere:(

nuriboy
Jan 4th, 2003, 02:19 AM
Why should she answer that question first?! lleyton didnīt answer the question either! What should Serena have said?! Iīm jumping up and down from excitement?! Pluuzzzzz!! Not even Kim!!

Lynx
Jan 4th, 2003, 02:34 AM
nuriboy - I'm going to think I was wrong about you when I told Inkyfan that you are not a bad person :( .

Will you please stay out of this forum? This is the Classy Clijsters Lounge, and even the occasional visitor compliments the Lounge on it's fairness and on the fact that there is never any bashing.

Post whatever you want in GM or NT or the Brickhouse, but leave this forum to us.

budgirlbz
Jan 4th, 2003, 03:58 AM
Originally posted by nuriboy
Why should she answer that question first?! lleyton didnīt answer the question either! What should Serena have said?! Iīm jumping up and down from excitement?! Pluuzzzzz!! Not even Kim!!

are you lost? go find your thread...coz last time i checked you ain't a part of this coz nobody's that hateful when they post in here...

btw...congrats! you've got our attention.

FroggyLight
Jan 4th, 2003, 04:55 AM
hi everyone :wavey:
Guys c'mon lets relax a bit, I think this week has been a bit tense for everyone lets just enjoy the tennis :cool:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 4th, 2003, 05:25 AM
Yeah lets relax


But just for the record Lleyton was never asked that question! He was asked who he would prefer to play the number 1 or his girlfriend and he answered his girlfriend:)

Stefke
Jan 4th, 2003, 11:10 AM
:sad: Lleyton :sad:
But Australia AND Belgium played a good tournament and I'm very proud of them!!!!!:kiss: :bounce: :D
Nuriboy leave us alone and keep your bullshit-talk for yourself!!!:fiery: :mad:

tfannis
Jan 4th, 2003, 01:09 PM
nuriboy...you're not welcome here. Please leave. This is a peacefull forum with no bashing.

This forum is meant for Kim-fans. Not Kim-bashers.

Stefke
Jan 4th, 2003, 02:11 PM
Hey Keta's here!!!:bounce: :d
Do you have a little time for Lleyki-news???:p

Lynx
Jan 4th, 2003, 03:31 PM
nuri - je bent een erg eng mannetje.

Hey guys - shouldn't we ask one of our mods to delete all nuriboy's posts here? A pity Ingrid isn't around.
Mrs Guga - can you hear me??

Cilla
Jan 4th, 2003, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by Stefke
Hey Keta's here!!!:bounce: :d
Do you have a little time for Lleyki-news???:p

Kets has gone to bed now :p So I thought I'd post a little of what she said :)

Hey guys!!
LONG time no talk!! Hopman cup was great!!! Except i ahet serena williams and yeah! Today in the fianl lleyton punched hes raquets and blod came pooring out eveyrhwere he had to get another towle to stop it form cleaning it !!! He swear alot on the court aswell like more i noticed that funniets thing he said all wekk was today when he said I should be sacked! !!! Ill tell everyoen more about it later coz im stufed now and need a godo nights sleeep!!
byess
xx

Stefke
Jan 4th, 2003, 04:20 PM
Thanks Cills!!!:kiss: When and where did Keta write this?:confused:
Good idea Lynx, it's time to destroy that idiot:fiery: :fiery:

Kornelija
Jan 4th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Dear nuriboy I think all people in this forum respect Serena for her tennis. But you actually should understand OUR THE MOST FAVOURITE PLAYER IS KIM AND ONLY KIM. So show more respect to us and her.

Stefke
Jan 4th, 2003, 04:37 PM
[admin edit]
That's just the way I feel, there are Kim-fans who love Serena to!
Kim's a good tennisplayer who, although she's on the top, stays the same person she was, she is friendly to everyone, she plays tennis because she likes it and often gives money to sick children and visites them!!!
This forum is for people who think about Kim this way and if you can't deal with that you're not welcome here!!:(

Kornelija
Jan 4th, 2003, 04:44 PM
I think there is nothing to add more...