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DannerCal
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:45 AM
Kim has been playing all the hard court warm ups with no break. She has had good results, but worried she may be playing too much....

What does everyone else think?

jenglisbe
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:57 AM
I worry about it, too, but she decided to not play doubles this week or next. That helps as she had 2 days off earlier this week, and will get some days off next week. She will then get a week of rest before the Open.

Because most of Kim's matches are easy, and because she isn't playing much doubles this summer, I think she will be Ok. She's young...

tenn_ace
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:29 AM
I was thinking the same... this is her 3rd week, plus she played FedCup a weekend before that and then she is going to Toronto... (where I'm sure she'll play both singles and doubles).

She certainly knows her limits better than any of us here, but she didn't look fresh in her final against Justine.

jenglisbe
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:34 AM
tenn_ace - you must not have read my reply before posting. Kim has said she will not play doubles until the Open as it wore her out last week.

tenn_ace
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:36 AM
tenn_ace - you must not have read my reply before posting. Kim has said she will not play doubles until the Open as it wore her out last week.

well that's a good decision, but she should skip Toronto in singles too IMO... she's well positioned in both Ranking and Race.

jenglisbe
Aug 8th, 2003, 05:04 AM
tenn_ace - I think she should have skipped L.A. Toronto is worth more points, and then she wouldn't have 2 weeks off - kind of a long time - right before a major.

Either way, Kim isn't taking our suggestion of a break

Ting
Aug 8th, 2003, 05:08 AM
Kim's playing too much IMO. But it's better since she is not playing doubles...still I think she should pull out of Toronto

E. Blackadder
Aug 8th, 2003, 06:42 AM
the WTA is forcing her to play so much, since VéS are out

F-R-E-A-K
Aug 8th, 2003, 06:45 AM
Shes playing way to much... she should play once a fortnight now week in week out esspecially with the doubles... shes playing like 6-8 matches in one week for both doubles and singes!!.. theres gotta be more to life for her!?! :drool:

irma
Aug 8th, 2003, 06:46 AM
nobody can force you to play when you don't want. kim said last year that she liked to play a lot

Micky
Aug 8th, 2003, 08:55 AM
i'm a big kim fan and it really worries me how much she is playing. i would certainly rather her do well at the US open rather than play all these little Tournaments just to get the number one. i hope she doesn't play next week.

XMan
Aug 8th, 2003, 09:28 AM
It is clear that most of her matches are nothing more then practice. A player in a good shape isn't exhausted by playing a match of (mostly) less then an hour once a day. Some people do practice sessing of several hours at home, Kim does it while playing tournaments. It is maybe not nice to say that many of her opponents are just sparring partners but in reality it is.

Vincent
Aug 8th, 2003, 09:33 AM
Yes, she is playing too much imo. She is Kim, the ambitious Kim, if playing much is not a problem to her, just play.:)

Vincent
Aug 8th, 2003, 09:37 AM
It is clear that most of her matches are nothing more then practice. A player in a good shape isn't exhausted by playing a match of (mostly) less then an hour once a day. Some people do practice sessing of several hours at home, Kim does it while playing tournaments. It is maybe not nice to say that many of her opponents are just sparring partners but in reality it is.
I have watched some of her matches, her forehand is really big, she can beat the lower ranked player by using only her forehand, an hour of practising forehand. :) Her serve should be improved though, way toooooo slow and not too well-placed imo, compared to Serena's.Go kim! :bounce:

sbmh
Aug 8th, 2003, 10:39 AM
Please be aware of your own body , Kimmie !
Health is the most important thing !!!
:)

bandabou
Aug 8th, 2003, 10:47 AM
It is clear that most of her matches are nothing more then practice. A player in a good shape isn't exhausted by playing a match of (mostly) less then an hour once a day. Some people do practice sessing of several hours at home, Kim does it while playing tournaments. It is maybe not nice to say that many of her opponents are just sparring partners but in reality it is.

Too bad when the Lennoxs of this world confront her, it´s Kim who becomes the sparring partner. Not bad for a no.1, huh?! :lol: :lol:

E. Blackadder
Aug 8th, 2003, 11:23 AM
nobody can force you to play when you don't want. kim said last year that she liked to play a lot

Top players often get a fee for entering tournaments ;)

fleemke³
Aug 8th, 2003, 11:27 AM
Top players often get a fee for entering tournaments ;)


Sorry but if you don't wonna play, you just don't play imo. I think your health is more important than money?:eek:

Well she said herself that she's maybe playing to much and skip a couple of doublestournaments but she won't stop playing doubles,.. she likes it to much!

She's a pro, surrounded by great people ... thay will know what's best for Kim no?

justine&coria
Aug 8th, 2003, 11:45 AM
the WTA is forcing her to play so much, since VéS are out

Why didn't the WTA force Serena or Venus play more when they were fit ?
And why don't they force Justine to play more ?

Maybe, the WTA is asking her, but she has the right to say no. And I'm not sure the WTA ask her to play that much double matches.

nicky
Aug 8th, 2003, 01:28 PM
She's a pro, surrounded by great people ... thay will know what's best for Kim no?

:eek: Fleem, what's happening? You're actually starting to defend Kim these last couple of days :eek:

;) :p :D

fleemke³
Aug 8th, 2003, 01:45 PM
Errr I'm only giving my opinion :) I'm not a Kim-fan (although I supported her in Rome ask Baico :eek: :D) but I respect her as a player that's all :)

Gowza
Aug 8th, 2003, 01:48 PM
she is playing a lot. even if she doesn't burn out this season, next season if she wants to retain the #1 ranking she will probably have to defend almost every single point from this year and that's where i get concerned, 1 year of a long schedule fine but 2 years straight could ruin a players career.

imo what she does next season is the concerning issue.

Fantastic
Aug 8th, 2003, 02:36 PM
Maybe Kim wants that No. 1 ranking much more than we first thought and is trying to get it quicker? I know she said she doesn't think she deserves it, but people say stuff like that to take pressure off themselves.

IMO, no player should realistically be contesting more than three events leading up to the US Open, especially if they play doubles in each of them and happen to progress to the final day in all of them. It's not only putting your health at risk, but also your chances at the US Open.

Filip!
Aug 8th, 2003, 02:40 PM
she is playing a lot. even if she doesn't burn out this season, next season if she wants to retain the #1 ranking she will probably have to defend almost every single point from this year and that's where i get concerned, 1 year of a long schedule fine but 2 years straight could ruin a players career.

imo what she does next season is the concerning issue.

She can skip smaller tournaments when she's able to win majors. She just has to win the slams, and everything 's fine ;)

great smash
Aug 8th, 2003, 02:44 PM
Maybe Kim wants that No. 1 ranking much more than we first thought and is trying to get it quicker? I know she said she doesn't think she deserves it, but people say stuff like that to take pressure off themselves.

IMO, no player should realistically be contesting more than three events leading up to the US Open, especially if they play doubles in each of them and happen to progress to the final day in all of them. It's not only putting your health at risk, but also your chances at the US Open.


Nonsense. I think you'd agree she couldn't have known about this possibility (# ranking) a few months ago, when she announced her schedule of play for the year at her website. You can check it at www.kimclijsters.be.

So far, she has played by it, so it was always her intention to play those 4 events.


Check Lindsay's accomplishments in 1998

Stanford: Won
San Diego: Won
L.A.: Won
New Haven: Won

She played doubles at two of these tournaments and won those as well.

Guess what happened in NY:

New York: won

Not that I'd do things this way, just to show you, you can still win the open after such a heavy schedule.

Sammm
Aug 8th, 2003, 02:48 PM
She probably is, but she's fit and as i'm not a huge kim fan I won't be crying if she burns out.

CapFan#1
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:45 PM
HELLO, SHE IS 20 YEARS OLD AND IN AWESOME SHAPE!!! Do you think that these players who aren't in tournies are not at home practicing their asses off, hours each day?!? I think it is better to play more matches at this stage of her career-- it will help with her match toughness and mental strength.

justine&coria
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:47 PM
Nonsense. I think you'd agree she couldn't have known about this possibility (# ranking) a few months ago, when she announced her schedule of play for the year at her website. You can check it at www.kimclijsters.be.

So far, she has played by it, so it was always her intention to play those 4 events.


Check Lindsay's accomplishments in 1998

Stanford: Won
San Diego: Won
L.A.: Won
New Haven: Won

She played doubles at two of these tournaments and won those as well.

Guess what happened in NY:

New York: won

Not that I'd do things this way, just to show you, you can still win the open after such a heavy schedule.

Yes, maybe, but Kim is making this the whole year, and the fact that she's winning and winning makes that she even plays more than Dokic when she was at her best and playing 30 tournaments (+ it's the same for the doubles :eek: :eek: ).
It's too much !

Experimentee
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:50 PM
I think she is playing too much. No one can continually play week after week getting to every final without being tired at the end. She should save herself for the US Open.

great smash
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:52 PM
Yes, maybe, but Kim is making this the whole year, and the fact that she's winning and winning makes that she even plays more than Dokic when she was at her best and playing 30 tournaments (+ it's the same for the doubles :eek: :eek: ).
It's too much !

Might be, I'm sure she's just fine with the way things are right now.

After all, she spends considerable time with someone who does exactly the opposite, Hewitt. I'm sure they discussed this and she still feels better when playing frequently.

justine&coria
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:56 PM
Might be, I'm sure she's just fine with the way things are right now.

After all, she spends considerable time with someone who does exactly the opposite, Hewitt. I'm sure they discussed this and she still feels better when playing frequently.

Of course, she's fine with it. If that wasn't the case, she wouldn't do it.
But, what you want is not always what's the best for you !

maccardel
Aug 8th, 2003, 05:23 PM
Even if she is in great shape, playing too much can wear u down mentally....venus said that when she played a few tourneys week in and week out she start to feel fatigue not physically but mentally.

I worry about that too. She is putting her body through it and the only upside is her ranking and god forbid if she gets injured, she has a zillion pts to cover time away a la Martina Hingis who is still in the lower 90's without having to hit a ball since last fall and if she returned tomorrow or should I say next week then she would probably jump back up to top 40 within a week......

I really think that Kim should stop play until USopen and then resume her schedule cos she has the year end championships to defend.......

It would suck to have the current world's number one and former #1 out of the usopen.......imagine god forbid if kim and serena were out......