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Jakeev
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:12 PM
I was kind of bummed to see that Elke Clijsters lost another early round 10k tournament this week.

I am wondering what kind of talent she actually has as a tennis player. I know she has a lot to live up to since big sister is a top-five player, but Elke's results seems to indicate she has a lot more development to go.

So what is her game like folks?

E. Blackadder
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:13 PM
She sill be a very good odubles player ina matetr of time (3 or 4 years), maybe top 50 in singles but that would be very optimistic and woudl require some big changes

switz
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:40 PM
she is going to have to do some serious development. her junior singles results have been ordinary. although she has played two decent matches against patty in antwerp, so who knows?

Hendouble
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:43 PM
She may not achieve much, but I must say she has a lovely and distinctive first name. Pity her older sister isn't called Moose Clijsters, isn't it?

irma
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:46 PM
from what I saw she is a everything or nothing player

Fieke
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:54 PM
I think she needs to be more consistent. When I saw her in Hull in January she was really playing well and I was convinced she was going to break the top 500 soon (in both the tournaments she played in England, she went out in the semis against the eventual champion). But lately her results have been quite disappointing. She has potential though, she has a very good serve and a lot of power. Maybe she's not top 10 material like her big sis, but she should be able to climb higher than her current ranking.

propi
Mar 19th, 2003, 01:10 PM
NOt all junior player begins early, I mena she can do things progressively

tennnisfannn
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:02 PM
I am still waiting for Llyeton Hewitt's sister to make it to the top 100. you would think that both Elke and Jacinta(i think that's her name) would benefit greatly by hitting with the men's no.1 and women's no.3.
That there are two sisters at the top of the rankings still baffles me!

selesfan
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:07 PM
I am still waiting for Llyeton Hewitt's sister to make it to the top 100. you would think that both Elke and Jacinta(i think that's her name) would benefit greatly by hitting with the men's no.1 and women's no.3.
That there are two sisters at the top of the rankings still baffles me!
Lleyton's sister is named Jasyln (not sure of the spelling)

Wimanna
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:10 PM
Like Fieke said, she really has the potential to became a decent player (good serve and groundstrokes), but she has to be more consistent. She started the year pretty good with two semis and a doubles title...but since Antwerp she only lost in the first rounds (ok, she always draws a seed)... I stil think she's top-150 material. ;) Go Elke :bounce:

TatiAnnahølic
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:27 PM
Lleyton's sister is named Jasyln (not sure of the spelling)
Jaslyn ;)

vogus
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:43 PM
I wouldn't pay more than a buck-fifty a share for stock in Elke Clisters's tennis future, unless they threw in some Kim shares for the same price...

SM
Mar 19th, 2003, 03:09 PM
you cant buy talent. you can have the best coaches, hitting partners etc but essentially it comes down to something largely innate

Sammm
Mar 19th, 2003, 03:20 PM
I think, that first Kim has to help her by playing dubs; in Antwerp, for example, she played dubs with Sugiyama, but not her sister!!!

irma
Mar 19th, 2003, 03:23 PM
still it's weird that a few years ago I heard from commentators that Elke had more talent as Kim and that she could be even better.
still kim had not much problems to be a steady wta players in a few months when she started to play wta tournaments in 99 (and then moved on and on) while elke has all troubles with that.

Gowza
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:45 PM
well the way i'm going to look at this topic is based on what a lot of people say about juniors. that is that not all top juniors do well on the wta tour. but if this can happen with top junior players then what is to say that the lower ranked junior players or the ones that didn't have such a stellar junior career, what is to say they won't do well on the wta tour.

now i'm not saying that she is a big talent and i'm not saying that she isn't. all i'm saying is we have to wait and see a few years before we can tell.

she has onnly played in a handful of wta events so i think it would be silly to make a decision on that.

all we can do is watch her play, see whether she has talent or not and then wait and see what she develops into.

we also can't forget the injuries that took her out for at least 6 months. i think it was closer to a year but i'm not sure.

ktwtennis
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:48 PM
She still has PLENTY of time to develop! Lindsay didn't really do well until she was in her early twenties!

King Lindsay
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:00 AM
that is a myth. Lindsay finished her first full year on tour at #6 in the world and she was only 18 years old, the same age elke is now. to compare her early career results with clijsters' is stupid.

here's the problem with elke and jaslyn as i see it. they aren't that good. they aren't even jeanne evert good. i know they're both young and inexperienced, but i don't see either becoming a good player at any point.

venusfan
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:03 AM
I was kind of bummed to see that Elke Clijsters lost another early round 10k tournament this week.

I am wondering what kind of talent she actually has as a tennis player. I know she has a lot to live up to since big sister is a top-five player, but Elke's results seems to indicate she has a lot more development to go.

So what is her game like folks?


I hope she doesn't turn out to be a Chocker like big sis.

King Lindsay
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:06 AM
what the hell is a "chocker"?

disposablehero
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:06 AM
still it's weird that a few years ago I heard from commentators that Elke had more talent as Kim and that she could be even better.
still kim had not much problems to be a steady wta players in a few months when she started to play wta tournaments in 99 (and then moved on and on) while elke has all troubles with that.

Yes, unfortunately commentators are prone to hype. I never believed that, never saw any logical reason to. It would be nice to see Elke make it to 50-60 someday, though.

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:59 AM
I think she needs to be more consistent. When I saw her in Hull in January she was really playing well and I was convinced she was going to break the top 500 soon (in both the tournaments she played in England, she went out in the semis against the eventual champion). But lately her results have been quite disappointing. She has potential though, she has a very good serve and a lot of power. Maybe she's not top 10 material like her big sis, but she should be able to climb higher than her current ranking.
I agree she has potential, but I think she needs to learn a bit from Kim and keep her temper under control! She was in the third set of a quallies match in Oz, and it was even, but she was throwing her racquet and swearing if she missed a point! She needs to calm down a bit and play more with her head. She ended up losing the last set 4-6, and I think it was partly because she was so down on herself. But even when she's winning she seems to get down on herself. I was also watching her in a doubles quallie match. They won the first set and were up in the second, she missed a ball and swore at herself and looked really angry. I mean OK, no one wants to miss a ball, but when you are up like they were it's not SUCH a big deal! ;)

That said, I think she will be a great doubles player, but maybe not so good in singles. People also forget she was out for nearly a year with a back injury and also lack of motivation, and only really started playing again about two years ago. I think that also didn't help her development!

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:02 AM
Yes, unfortunately commentators are prone to hype. I never believed that, never saw any logical reason to. It would be nice to see Elke make it to 50-60 someday, though.

Actually, it's funny that was mentioned, because I was talking to my Dutch teacher about Elke one day (He's Belgian), and he said he'd also heard that she had more talent than Kim. I was like..."umm, well no, not really. She's good in doubles, but not so good in singles". And my teacher was really surprised. So I guess Elke's gotten alot of hype in Belgium!

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:05 AM
Like Fieke said, she really has the potential to became a decent player (good serve and groundstrokes), but she has to be more consistent. She started the year pretty good with two semis and a doubles title...but since Antwerp she only lost in the first rounds (ok, she always draws a seed)... I stil think she's top-150 material. ;) Go Elke :bounce:

Actually, that's wrong! Last week she got to the second round in Makarska! ;) And so in the rankings next week, she should break the top 500! ;)

Jakeev
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:46 AM
Venusfan if that was a crack at Kim I don't think that was very cool of you.

It amazes me how Venus fans are so quick to cry foul when she is criticized but they have no qualms dissing other players..........

disposablehero
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:58 AM
Venusfan if that was a crack at Kim I don't think that was very cool of you.

It amazes me how Venus fans are so quick to cry foul when she is criticized but they have no qualms dissing other players..........

Jakeev, this particular "venusfan" has been an anti-Kim fan almost as long as I have been a Kim fan. Since before Kim played Serena in the 4th round of Indian Wells in 2000.

Jakeev
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:20 AM
still doesn't make it right though disposable......