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Aug 12th, 2002, 02:14 PM

Kim has a bye in the first round. Looks like she might have to play Rubin or Dementieva in the third round. uh-oh...

Aug 12th, 2002, 02:28 PM
She won't have Dementieva in the 3rd round..but she could very well have Rubin..which isn't that good considering how well Rubin's been playing lately.
I just really hope Kim makes the quarters..I got tickets for that :D

Aug 13th, 2002, 12:20 PM
Anyone know when Kim is playing Nicole Pratt (2nd round match)?

Aug 13th, 2002, 01:21 PM
It would have to be on Wednesday that she plays her 2nd round match, cause she isn't playing on Tuesday. She does however have a doubles match on Tuesday.

Aug 13th, 2002, 04:05 PM
has kim played this tournament last year ? and what was her result , she has to gain points :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aug 13th, 2002, 04:54 PM
she didn't play this tournament last year.. she played pilot pen (next week) and this year she isn't playing there but in montreal

Aug 13th, 2002, 06:32 PM
this time i'm not going to say that kim will win the tournament, because lately i've been wrong a lot about that kinda stuff, but i will say (and said before) that no matter what happens i'll still have faith in her... (kim, if you happen to read this :) : it wouldn't hurt, you know, to win this tournament... ;) )

Aug 13th, 2002, 10:19 PM
Clijsters/Dokic def Lee/Prakusya 6-3,6-3 :D

Aug 14th, 2002, 11:17 AM
Kim's match against Pratt is scheduled today at 1 PM local time the earliest.

(is 7 PM in Belgium)

Go Kim!!!

There is a lot at stake!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aug 14th, 2002, 12:22 PM
Ooh then it should be on Eurosport 2nite :D

Aug 14th, 2002, 12:23 PM
Oh btw Kim & Jelena face Raymond and Stubbs the top seeds next.

Aug 14th, 2002, 03:18 PM
Raymond and stubbs, pff that will be difficult!!!
Gooo kim and Jelena

Aug 14th, 2002, 06:38 PM
Kim just won her match against Pratt 6-4, 3-6, 6-1!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aug 14th, 2002, 06:39 PM
Kim won her match against Pratt 6-4 3-6 6-1 :bounce:

It should have been easier though

Aug 14th, 2002, 07:34 PM
Kim played really well in the last set, but was doing to many unforced errors in the second, it was the Kim I saw in Wimbledon this year on this second set!

But on the third one, it was the Kim I always knew


Aug 14th, 2002, 11:00 PM
More good newz Clijsters/Dokic def Stubbs/Raymond(1) 4-6,6-2,6-3!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Go Team Fila! :D

Aug 15th, 2002, 10:40 AM
wauw that's an impessive win , good team , beautiful team :drool: :drool: :drool:

Aug 15th, 2002, 01:29 PM
wow! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aug 15th, 2002, 06:32 PM
Kim just lost to Schett :sad: 6-4, 6-4 :sad: :sad:

Aug 15th, 2002, 06:57 PM
What is happening to Kim???

I'm so sad :sad: :sad: :sad:

I hope she'll be all right for the US Open and that Marc Dehous will help her!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
Aug 15th, 2002, 10:30 PM
Yes, please!!!!!

Aug 15th, 2002, 10:39 PM
Maybe losing was a good thing. It will give her more time to rest and prepare for the US Open

Aug 15th, 2002, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by untitled2284
Maybe losing was a good thing. It will give her more time to rest and prepare for the US Open

And more time with Lleyton :o

Aug 16th, 2002, 04:45 AM
Not really. They're both still playing doubles

Aug 16th, 2002, 07:13 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: Bad luck kimmie!!! PLay better in the US!!

Aug 16th, 2002, 07:31 AM
Clijsters, tired from the six sets she played the day before, three in singles and three in doubles, did not have enough time to recover especially with the heat. "I know if I have to beat Barbara, I have to play my best tennis and I didn't. I felt a little bit tired, I think, and maybe not as fresh as I should have been."

Aug 16th, 2002, 11:04 AM
The "Fila-team" lost their match against Dementieva and Husarova! I think they were both a bit tired !! They had though matches in the earlier rounds!! But they make a great team together, the Williams will have a difficult time when they wille have to play against Clijsters-Dokic!!!! :)

Aug 26th, 2002, 12:31 PM
Match reports from Tennis on the Line Magazine, about Kim's singles and doubles:

A Schetty Day for Kim Clijsters
by Christopher Gerby

4) Kim Clijsters vs. Barbara Schett
Singles: Third Round
Court 1

Court 1 held mixed blessings for Barbara Schett on Wednesday. She scored her best singles victory of the year over Chanda Rubin in the afternoon, but squandered a huge lead in an evening doubles match with Anna Kournikova. "We were both shocked," Barbara said of that loss (extensively covered by your friends at On The Line) to Rika Fujiwara and Ai Sugiyama. "6-1, 3-love, we thought, I mean, this was it. We were a double break up and were not aggressive anymore. It was a bad loss. Shouldn't have happened. We were not very happy about it." Schett would get an immediate chance to vanquish those demons on Thursday, facing Kim Clijsters on the very same court.

Coming out very flat after playing six sets of tennis on Wednesday, Clijsters fell behind 0-4, winning just five points along the way. Three separate cries of "c'mon Kim!" from fans in the stands seemed to wake up the Belgian, who hit some very strong groundstrokes in breaking Schett for 1-4. Schett would extend the lead to 5-2, but not before facing another break point against the gradually improving Clijsters. Kim finally did get the break in Game 9, hitting an impeccable drop shot and a massive forehand winner in the process. Understandably frustrated, Schett managed to bounce her racket four times on the walk from the baseline to her chair.

Just as quickly as she got back into the set, Clijsters put herself in trouble, committing three unforced errors to give Schett a set point. The Austrian then struck a return which appeared to land an inch or two over the baseline, but no call was forthcoming. "See the mark? No, it's not!" bellowed a livid Clijsters at the sunglasses-sporting linesman. Asked about that call after the match, Kim gave one of the run-on, motormouth dissertations we're coming to know and love from her. "It's hard for linesmen because the balls come quick and I took it quite fast, because it was really deep and I took it straight after the bounce and that makes it hard for the linesman to see and to correct straight away, but on the other hand, you know, it was a big point and I had two bad line calls which the chair umpire overruled already and that happened on set point. But you know something? Like, during the match, it can be frustrating, I think, because we're trying to do best and we're trying to be professional and we sort of expect a little bit the same from the linespeople and everybody else."

Rather than lose focus after that incident, Clijsters seemed to come out more determined in the second set. She was holding serve comfortably, but Schett was staying even with her, continuing to do damage from the backcourt. The players became more intense and competitive as the set went on. When Schett began to argue a fault call in Game 7, Clijsters ran up to the line and churlishly banged her racket on the mark. Schett survived a multi-deuce battle in that game and won her next service round at love for a 5-4 lead.

Clijsters opened Game 10 with a serve out wide that was called a fault, but then ruled an ace by the chair umpire (a man named Chavez). Convinced that she deserved to play a let at worst, Schett went off on the umpire: "That's unbelievable! You cannot do that! Really great. If I lose this match because of you..." She never finished that thought, but Chavez almost seemed to take her up on the threat. Kim's very next serve was another fault overruled by the umpire, prompting Schett to ask, "Are you doing this on purpose now?"

Perhaps too angry to get nervous, Barbara played well for the rest of the game, taking a 15-40 lead. On that double match point, Clijsters drove a backhand long. Practically before the ball even landed, the # 4 seed stormed off the court, having lost a surprising 6-4, 6-4 heartbreaker. While giving Schett credit for her performance, Clijsters blamed the loss on fatigue. "I had to play my best tennis if I wanted to beat her and I didn't, so I felt a little bit tired, I think, and maybe not as fresh as I should."

Meanwhile, I asked Schett about her old penchant for struggling to close out big matches. "I always tended to play a little bit less aggressive when the match was getting closer, towards the end. I worked on that. I'm still working on that. I think I'm still not as aggressive as I should be at the end, but yesterday and today it turned out to be good and I'm happy about it." Of course, matters at the end were complicated by those back-to-back overrules. "Of course at that point in the match you are a little bit more nervous -- especially me, I'm very emotional. And then I was complaining a little bit, but it turned out to be good at the end."

It's become quite a renaissance week for Schett, whom most observers would have pegged as being in the twilight of her career by now. Trying to explain where she's been since her brief stint in the Top 10, Barbara said, "I just lost my confidence and there were some personal reasons, like three years ago, and this year I just didn't really have lots of confidence." (The personal problems in question would be her breakup with former coach/fiance Thomas Prerovsky, who sold salacious stories about their relationship to a London tabloid.) "This feels really good and I think this could be a turning point."

(5) Dementieva/Husarova vs. Clijsters/Dokic
Doubles: Quarterfinal
Court 2

Another weird, brief rain delay hit Jarry Park before the day's marquee doubles matches could get underway. Finding absolutely packed stands at Court 1 (where Capriati/Navratilova fans did The Wave while waiting), I headed to Court 2 instead. It was a fortuitous turn of events, as I wound up catching what should hold up as the match of the week...

An upset win over top-seeded Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs on Wednesday apparently brought Kim Clijsters and Jelena Dokic closer together. The new (and staggeringly successful thus far) partners tripled the communication efforts of their first round win. Facing Elena Dementieva and Janette Husarova, Clijsters/Dokic engaged in many between-point strategy conferences, had the little hand slaps going, and seemed to enjoy each other's company during the changeovers. Maybe they're getting too close: Clijsters sneezed early in the opening set, making me wonder if she caught the flu bug which dogged Dokic last week in Los Angeles.

Dementieva was the only player to avoid having her serve broken as the # 5 seeds grabbed a 3-2 lead. In the next game, Clijsters and Dokic flew off the handle about a person in the stands who was somehow distracting them. "I saw it! That's the second time," Kim yelled, putting her fingers to her lips in a smoking gesture. "He does it all the time," a scowling Dokic chimed in. To this moment, I still have no idea who they were referring to or exactly what his objectionable behavior was. After Dokic held at love for 3-4, Clijsters gave her a very enthusiastic, ticked-off looking high five. Continuing to argue about the distracting spectator, Clijsters asked chair umpire Carolyn Cramer, "Why do you think he always sits there?" (Remind me to ask Dokic about this tomorrow.)

Clijsters came out like a house on fire in Game 8, putting away an angry smash, calling a ball out with one of those raised fingers from juniors tennis, and pumping her fist when a Dementieva error brought the score to 4-4. Dementieva used a sterling backhand pass to break right back...before dropping her own serve for 5-all. It was very exciting, topsy-turvy stuff, with three of the players mostly whaling away from the baseline while Husarova buzzed around the net looking for opportunities to poach. Holds by Dokic and Husarova forced a first set tiebreak...
KC serving: Clijsters sends a forehand long and angrily whacks the ball back over the net -- 1-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
ED: Double fault by Dementieva, rather unsportingly applauded by Dokic's mother -- 1-1
ED: Clijsters nets a forehand return -- 2-1 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JD: Dementieva misses with a backhand, then mimics the proper stroke -- 2-2
JD: Husarova rips a forehand return off Kim's racket -- 3-2 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JH: Forehand pass by Dokic sails way over the baseline -- 4-2 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JH: Winning forehand by Clijsters, who shouts "come on!" -- 4-3 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
KC: Dementieva vs. Clijsters baseline duel ends when Husarova comes from out of nowhere to knock off a volley -- 5-3 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
KC: Husarova gets nothing but net with a backhand return -- 5-4 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
ED: Clijsters puts away a high backhand volley -- 5-5
ED: Another long rally ending in a successful Husarova poach -- 6-5 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JD: Dementieva nets a backhand return and screams -- 6-6
JD: An ambitious Husarova lob lands long -- 7-6 CLIJSTERS/DOKIC
JH: A big Dokic return forces an errant Dementieva volley -- 8-6 CLIJSTERS/DOKIC
A break of Husarova's serve early in the second set appeared to have the wild cards well on their way. When Dokic held for 7-6, 3-1, she and Clijsters simultaneously pumped their fists like some kind of fiery synchronized swimming tandem. Dementieva and Husarova are no quitters, though. They earned their first title of the year after getting bageled in the opening set of the Rome final. Picking up the level of their games here as the evening sun began to set, they broke Dokic at love for 3-3.

Game 7 ended with Husarova missing a forehand on break point and glaring in the direction of whoever Kim and Jelena had been complaining about. Dokic took that as vindication and laid into umpire Cramer again: "The whole match it's been like that, but you won't do anything about it! It's a joke!" Clijsters would then consolidate the break, but Dementieva staved off elimination with a love hold for 4-5.

Elena and Janette steamrolled through the Belgian's attempt to serve out the match, using great angles and court coverage to break Clijsters at love. Two games later, a correct, undisputed overrule on a Dokic backhand ended the set in favor of Dementieva/Husarova 7-5. They immediately departed for a bathroom break, leaving Clijsters and Dokic to ponder what might have been.

The deciding third set was as wild and wooly as they come. Clijsters went into what Mary Carillo calls "smoke 'em if you got 'em mode," with big swings and bad intentions on every point. In her overaggressiveness, she hit one overhead off the frame of her racket, which she kissed after the ball fluttered in for a lucky winner. The power hitting intimidated her opponents so much that Dementieva started standing on the baseline whenever Husarova would serve to Clijsters. (At first I thought Elena was just gunshy after being hit by the ball a few times, but then I saw that Janette was actually ordering her back there as a strategy move.)

A whopping seven service breaks in the set's first nine games left Dokic and Clijsters within a game of victory at 5-4. During the changeover, they clasped hands and raised them like running mates on election night. The celebration was premature. Dementieva, arguably the most awkward doubles player of the quartet, smoked a couple winning passes on the way to yet another break for 5-all.

The players were all completely throwing their hearts into the match now. Game 11 saw Clijsters make a great lunging stab and a scrambling save off the net cord in the same rally, only to lose it when Husarova angled off a delicate winner. Clijsters drew a huge ovation for her efforts and went right back to tomahawking every ball as if she could get bonus points for knocking the cover off it. Dementieva and Husarova fought off two break points in the game, but finally succumbed for 5-6. But if you think Clijsters then wrapped up the match with a tidy service hold, think again. Husarova was the star of Game 12, winning points with a drop volley and a clutch forehand winner. Clijsters netted a high backhand on double break point to force the inevitable third set tiebreak...
ED serving: Clijsters shrugs after missing a forehand -- 1-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
KC: Clijsters serves a double fault; code violation for then whacking the ball over the back fence -- 2-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
KC: Dementieva drills a forehand past a lunging Clijsters -- 3-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JH: Dementieva puts away a high forehand volley -- 4-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JH: Husarova guides a forehand winner down the line and pumps her fist -- 5-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JD: Dokic double faults and momentarily forgets to switch sides -- 6-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
JD: Another Dokic second serve lands behind the line on match point -- 7-0 DEMENTIEVA/HUSAROVA
After 2 hours and 19 minutes of action-packed tennis, Clijsters and Dokic apparently had nothing left in the tank for the climactic tiebreak. But the long period of rhythmic applause the appreciative fans gave both teams before that 'breaker is a testament to the unforgettable match they'd played. In all, there were 33 break points, with 21 of them converted -- just about unheard of numbers, especially in doubles. Not all of it was pretty or technically sound, but the 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 Dementieva/Husarova win was incredible entertainment.