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budgirlbz
Sep 22nd, 2002, 05:22 AM
Good Luck Kim!!!

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Good Luck Elke!!!

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go to www.sparkassencup.com for more info....

~|Naomi|~
Sep 22nd, 2002, 07:40 AM
I really like Kim's draw she has managed to avoid Serena, Justine and Dani as they are all in the other half. I Kim's half she will have a bye and then wither Petrova or Muller and then Farina-Elia who is the seed in her quarter but she could be eliminated early by either Danillidou or schiavone Kim will then probably have to play Dokic in the semis but we know she can win that or she could have to play Bedanova or Myskina in the semis as both have beaten Dokic this year and will face her in the QF and then in the final probably Serena.

COME ON KIM THIS TITLE IS YOURS TO TAKE:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Come-on-kim
Sep 22nd, 2002, 07:52 AM
I really hope that Kim can defend her title!!!!!!!

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

spiritfullfrog
Sep 22nd, 2002, 08:26 AM
i've got a heap of questions i wana ask bout this tournament...
where is this tournament held?
and did kim win last year?
and if she wins again this yeat how high can her rank go??
well i won't bore u guyz with nemore questions!
GOOD LUCK KIMMY!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

spiritfullfrog
Sep 22nd, 2002, 08:29 AM
POOR ELKE.
HER FIRST ROUND OPPONENT IS ALEXANDER STEVENSON, AND IF SHE CAN GET PAST HER SHE'S GOT MORE TROUBLE WITH SERENA IN THE 2ND ROUND!
POOR ELKE AND IF I AM NOT CORRECT DO CORRECT ME BUT ISN'T HIS HER FIRST PRO WOMAN'S TOURNAMENT?
STILL I FEEL VERY SORI FOR HER!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Sep 22nd, 2002, 10:09 AM
Come on Kim!!! You can do it!!!!!!!



:bounce: :bounce: Good luck Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Brαm
Sep 22nd, 2002, 10:50 AM
It's Elke's 3rd WTA main draw match!

1st round in Antwerp, 1st round in Brussels & now 1st round in Leipzig.

bp369306
Sep 22nd, 2002, 11:05 AM
C'MON KIM YOU CAN DO IT !!!!

~|Naomi|~
Sep 22nd, 2002, 11:09 AM
Photos of Elke at the draw at Leipzig:

~|Naomi|~
Sep 22nd, 2002, 11:10 AM
Next One:

~|Naomi|~
Sep 22nd, 2002, 11:14 AM
There are more but It won't work they are at:
http://www.sparkassencup.com/portal/base/presentation/PortletHandler.po?nav_code=fotosauslosung

King Aaron
Sep 22nd, 2002, 11:40 AM
What do you Kim fans think of Elke?
and... now that Kim has beaten Jelena in Tokyo, do you think Jelena is still a threat?

spiritfullfrog
Sep 22nd, 2002, 12:42 PM
jelena's still a threat but now that kim know's that she can beat her it shouldn't be too much of a problem if she plays well!
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budgirlbz
Sep 22nd, 2002, 03:01 PM
i think elke's cute and she's young, has potential....

kim's even cuter! i think she can beat jelena..as long as she stays healthy...she'll be ready for next year...she's only 19, i think we haven't seen the best of her yet...

go kimmie....

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

angele87
Sep 22nd, 2002, 03:40 PM
Wow, thanks for all the Elke pictures :D I like her too btw!


And good luck to Kim ( and Elke ) at the Sparkassen Cup!!! C'mon Kimmie, defend your title!!

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Brαm
Sep 22nd, 2002, 03:41 PM
Elke Clijsters (17) erhält Wildcard für das WTA-Tennisturnier in Leipzig
Weltpremiere beim Sparkassen Cup: Kim und Elke Clijsters im Hauptfeld

Leipzig, 21. September 2002 (Marko Mädge).

Weltpremiere beim 13. Internationalen Damen Tennis Grand Prix in Leipzig (21. bis 29. September/Arena Leipzig). Erstmals treten die Geschwister Kim und Elke Clijsters bei einem WTA-Profiturnier gemeinsam im Hauptfeld an. Neben Martina Müller (Hannover) und Barbara Rittner (Köln) erhielt die 17-jährige Elke Clijsters (Belgien) eine Wildcard für den mit 585 000 Dollar Preisgeld dotierten Sparkassen Cup.



"Natürlich ist Kim mein Vorbild, weil sie meine Schwester und eine großartige Tennisspielerin ist. Ich schaue zu ihr auf", sagte Youngster Elke Clijsters, die in Leipzig von ihrem Vater Leo Clijsters begleitet wird. Nach Brüssel (4:6, 2:6 gegen Martina Müller) und Antwerpen (3:6, 6:7 gegen Patty Schnyder) ist es Clijsters dritter Wildcard-Start in diesem Jahr bei einem WTA-Profiturnier _ mehr Turniere darf sie als 17-jährige Juniorin pro Jahr nicht bestreiten. "Ich gehe ganz locker ins Turnier und werde in erster Linie viel, viel lernen. Hier ist die Weltspitze am Start, ich kann wichtige Erfahrungen sammeln. Und ich werde Spaß haben", meinte Elke Clijsters, die Nummer 30 der Juniorinnen-Einzel-Weltrangliste (Nr. 2 im Doppel).

Ihre ersten Eindrücke vom Leipziger Turnier seien sehr gut, die neue Arena sei sehr schön, sie fühle sich wohl. Wie ihre Schwester Kim blickt auch Elke Clijsters der weiteren Tenniskarriere sehr gelassen und cool entgegen. "Jeder Spielerin träumt davon, unter die Top 10 der Weltrangliste zu kommen. Ich werde einfach hart trainieren, Spaß haben, das Tennis geniessen und dann mal schauen, wie es läuft", so Elke Clijsters. Wie sagte Vater Leo Clijsters, Ex-Fußballnationalspieler Belgiens, einst so treffend: "Kinder sind nicht dazu da, die Träume der Eltern zu verwirklichen. Es ist wichtig, dass sich Kinder entwickeln und frei entfalten können."

angele87
Sep 22nd, 2002, 03:44 PM
Could somebody translate that article please? Thank you :kiss:

Come-on-kim
Sep 22nd, 2002, 04:10 PM
Kim and Jelena are the second seeded team and they are playing against Andrea Glass/Kveta Hrdlickova

*annamaria*
Sep 22nd, 2002, 04:27 PM
Hi!

Elke Clijsters recieved a wildcard at the wta tornament in leipzig.
It's the first time that the siblings Kim and Elke Clijsters are in the main draw of a wta tournament. Next to 17-year-old Elke, Martina Müller from hannover and Barbara Rittner from Cologne recieved a wild card for the Sparkassen Cup which offers a prize money of $ 585 000.

"Of course she is a role model for me. She is my sister and a great tennis player. I look up to her." says Elke, whose father Lei is with her in Leipzig. After Brussels (lost to Martina Müller 4:6, 2.6) and Antwerp (lost to Schnyder 3:6 6:7) Leipzig is Elke's third start at a major tournament this year. As a 17-year-old junior's player she is not allowed to play more tournaments a year.

"I try to keep cool. I think I will learn alot from playing here. All the top players are here, so it's good for me that I can gain alot of experience. And i will have fun," explains Elke, ranked 30 in the juniors single's ranking and 2nd in doubles.

She says her first impressions were good, she liked that area and felt fine. Like her sister Kim, Elke doesn't worry to much about her career. "Every player dreams to be top 10. I just have to work hard, have fun, enjoy tennis, and then I'll see how things go." Her father Leu, former soccer player, once said:" it's not up to the children to realize the parent's drams. It's important that the chidren grow up without putting any pressure on them."

Ok, that's it. I hope you aren't too confused reading my translation... ;)
Come on Elke, come on KIM!! :bounce: :bounce:


[QUOTE]Originally posted by bram_born84
[B]Elke Clijsters (17) erhält Wildcard für das WTA-Tennisturnier in Leipzig
Weltpremiere beim Sparkassen Cup: Kim und Elke Clijsters im Hauptfeld

Leipzig, 21. September 2002 (Marko Mädge).

Weltpremiere beim 13. Internationalen Damen Tennis Grand Prix in Leipzig (21. bis 29. September/Arena Leipzig). Erstmals treten die Geschwister Kim und Elke Clijsters bei einem WTA-Profiturnier gemeinsam im Hauptfeld an. Neben Martina Müller (Hannover) und Barbara Rittner (Köln) erhielt die 17-jährige Elke Clijsters (Belgien) eine Wildcard für den mit 585 000 Dollar Preisgeld dotierten Sparkassen Cup.



"Natürlich ist Kim mein Vorbild, weil sie meine Schwester und eine großartige Tennisspielerin ist. Ich schaue zu ihr auf", sagte Youngster Elke Clijsters, die in Leipzig von ihrem Vater Leo Clijsters begleitet wird. Nach Brüssel (4:6, 2:6 gegen Martina Müller) und Antwerpen (3:6, 6:7 gegen Patty Schnyder) ist es Clijsters dritter Wildcard-Start in diesem Jahr bei einem WTA-Profiturnier _ mehr Turniere darf sie als 17-jährige Juniorin pro Jahr nicht bestreiten. "Ich gehe ganz locker ins Turnier und werde in erster Linie viel, viel lernen. Hier ist die Weltspitze am Start, ich kann wichtige Erfahrungen sammeln. Und ich werde Spaß haben", meinte Elke Clijsters, die Nummer 30 der Juniorinnen-Einzel-Weltrangliste (Nr. 2 im Doppel).

Ihre ersten Eindrücke vom Leipziger Turnier seien sehr gut, die neue Arena sei sehr schön, sie fühle sich wohl. Wie ihre Schwester Kim blickt auch Elke Clijsters der weiteren Tenniskarriere sehr gelassen und cool entgegen. "Jeder Spielerin träumt davon, unter die Top 10 der Weltrangliste zu kommen. Ich werde einfach hart trainieren, Spaß haben, das Tennis geniessen und dann mal schauen, wie es läuft", so Elke Clijsters. Wie sagte Vater Leo Clijsters, Ex-Fußballnationalspieler Belgiens, einst so treffend: "Kinder sind nicht dazu da, die Träume der Eltern zu verwirklichen. Es ist wichtig, dass sich Kinder entwickeln und frei entfalten können." :wavey:

BelgianGirl
Sep 22nd, 2002, 04:32 PM
Good luck to the Clijsters sisters!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

kevijntje
Sep 22nd, 2002, 04:49 PM
C'MON KIM DEFEND YOUR TITLE IN STYLE:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

and good luck to elke :bounce:

*annamaria*
Sep 22nd, 2002, 05:14 PM
:wavey:

I am really happy Elke recieved a wild card. :bounce: I've never seen her play before, so I really hope eurosport broadcasts one of her matches. (i guess, she'll win a couple of times.;) )
Anyone seen Elke play? What kind of player is she? Does she have Kim's powerful shots as well? Or is she more a tactical player? is she a baseliner or does she come to the net as well? how about her serve? is she serving consistent, or is it her weak point?
if anyone knows, tell me! please. :kiss:

have a nice sunday everyone :wavey:

btw, do you think the jetlag is a problem for kim?

Elleke
Sep 22nd, 2002, 05:20 PM
Elke won her first round Qualifying doubles with petkovic against Kapros/Foretz 8-6 :):bounce:

Cilla
Sep 22nd, 2002, 05:47 PM
Well Done Elke!!! :D Good Luck to the Clijsters Sisters! :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: I know you can defend your title Kimmy!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Sep 22nd, 2002, 05:58 PM
Does Kim have to win Leipzig again, because otherwise she will lose her no. 8??

Because the Ranking Points are:
Winner 200 Points
Runner-Up 140 Points
Semi-Finalists 90 Points
3. Round 50 Points
2. Round 26 Points
1. Round 1 Point
and Kim has 150 points ahead of Davenport...

How much bonuspoints does Kim get if she beats Jelena??



:bounce: :bounce: C'mon Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Sep 22nd, 2002, 06:05 PM
Go Kim and go Elke !!!!

I hope that both of you are going to play very well in Leipzig !!!

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

spiritfullfrog
Sep 23rd, 2002, 07:43 AM
In the Sparkassencup website, ( www.sparkassencup.com ) there is a poll which reads; Will Kim Clijsters be able to win her third title in a row at the Sparkassen Cup? Naturally ;) i voted yes of course kim will be able to and then the shocking poll results came up showing that 73% don't think that kim will win, and only 27% think that she can!!!!
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :
where are all the kim clijsters fans who actually believe in her??
COME ON GUYS!!!!!! You know she can win!!!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

KaseyL
Sep 23rd, 2002, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by Bigkimfan
Does Kim have to win Leipzig again, because otherwise she will lose her no. 8??

Because the Ranking Points are:
Winner 200 Points
Runner-Up 140 Points
Semi-Finalists 90 Points
3. Round 50 Points
2. Round 26 Points
1. Round 1 Point
and Kim has 150 points ahead of Davenport...

How much bonuspoints does Kim get if she beats Jelena??


As of today, Kim is at 2827 points and still number 8.
She is ahead of Davenport by 147 points and 42 points behind Henin at number 7.

If she beats Dokic, she will get 50 bonus points (as Jelena has dropped one place in the rankings this week).

Because Kim is the defending champion, there is not much else to gain here. I'd say there is a lot at stake for her this week.

This is Bob Larson's analysis for this week rankings:

The Rankings. The news at the top is always the same: Serena is #1, Venus #2, Capriati #3. Below that, it's complicated. Monica Seles is currently #4 and Jelena Dokic #5, but Dokic lost her opening match at Leipzig last year, and so could move up with a good result (she needs at least a semifinal and maybe a final). It looks like Justine Henin, ranked #7, needs a semifinal to move past #6 Mauresmo; if she can somehow contrive to win the thing, she might make #4. #8 Clijsters, with titleist points to defend, must make at least the semifinal, and maybe the final, to stay ahead of Lindsay Davenport; if she loses early, she'll find herself not much ahead of Martina Hingis. As for Hingis, she could fall out of the Top Ten if Daniela Hantuchova does well. But Hantuchova has 130 points to defend; it's going to take at least a semifinal, and maybe a final, for Hantuchova to make the Top Ten.

Elena Dementieva is not playing, and that means that, ironically, she will fall back below Sandrine Testud and end up at #16.

Magdalena Maleeva made the final last year; she really needs to defend. An early loss could drop her out of the Top 20. It appears that Tatiana Panova, who isn't playing this week and has points to defend, will also fall out of the Top 20, only one week after achieving it for the first time. That means Ai Sugiyama will be moving up. The other solid candidate is Eleni Daniilidou; although she's only #23 coming in, she's playing, and she's ahead of #22 Anne Kremer (who isn't playing) in safe points.

END

GO KIM!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

KaseyL
Sep 23rd, 2002, 09:00 AM
More from Bob Larson: this is his comment about Leipzig:

We'll admit that we held off on this one partly in shock. Serena Williams is going to play in Germany the week after she played in Japan? That's definitely a "we'll believe it when we see it."

Though she certainly has a nice enough draw -- a bye, then a qualifier or wildcard Elke Clijsters. (It says something rather scary about German tennis that they handed a wildcard to the younger Clijsters rather than one of their own.) Serena's draw is basically a free pass to the quarterfinal.

It will get tougher thereafter. The draw has only four Top Ten players, three of whom -- Serena, #2 Jelena Dokic, and #4 Kim Clijsters -- are just in from Japan; the other Top Tenner is #3 seed Justine Henin. But it gets solid below that: the #5 seed is Daniela Hantuchova, #6 is Anastasia Myskina, #7 is Silvia Farina Elia (rather weak on this surface), and #8 is Madgalena Maleeva (who loves this surface). There are quite a few solid unseeded players, too: Alexandra Stevenson (another player who likes this surface), Paola Suarez (who doesn't like indoors), Iva Majoli (who, until her Roland Garros win, had had her best results indoors), Francesca Schiavone, Eleni Daniilidou, Nadia Petrova, Nathalie Dechy, Daja Bedanova. Other than Serena's, there are no easy draws here.

For once, the difficulty of each player's draw seems almost to correspond to her seeding. Just chance, but that's how it worked out. We mentioned Serena's draw. Jelena Dokic is almost as lucky; after her bye, she'll face either mildly slumping Elena Likhovtseva (another player just in from Japan) or deeply slumping Meghann Shaughnessy (just in from Canada). #3 Henin, after her bye, will face either Suarez or a qualifier; the only danger to Henin is that she, like Suarez, doesn't like indoor surfaces much.

#4 Clijsters faces the first real opposition; she'll take on either Nadia Petrova or Martina Muller in the second round. If Petrova is all the way back -- by no means clear -- then that could well spell trouble.¨

#5 Hantuchova is the first player not to get a bye; she opens against Katarina Srebotnik (who, however, is more of a threat on clay). After that, it's either Majoli, who has been very inconsistent this year, or Rita Grande, who has not played nearly as well this year as last (though it's hard to call it a slump; Grande played way over her head in 2001).

#6 Myskina is truly in for it from the start, as she will open against Nathalie Dechy, followed by Daja Bedanova or a qualifier. Myskina is at a career high as a result of winning Bahia. This looks like a tougher proposition altogether.

#7 seed Farina Elia will start against Francesca Schiavone, who isn't fond of indoors but who is good at upsets. After that, she'll face either up-and-coming Eleni Daniilidou, who will be trying her new and improved game on indoors, or Barbara Rittner, something of an upset artist and German to boot.

#8 Magdalena Maleeva starts against Janette Husarova, who is having her best year ever, then Alexandra Stevenson or a qualifier.

It really looks like all the top four should make the quarterfinal, but below that, anyone could be upset.

It's interesting to note that there is only one past winner in the draw: Kim Clijsters, the only active player to have won Leipzig (previous winners were Nathalie Tauziat, Jana Novotna, Anke Huber, and Steffi Graf). It's an important result for her, and she does have a nice draw: She's in the same quarter as Farina Elia (the weakest of the seeds, at least on this surface) and the same half as Dokic (obviously weaker than Serena, and Clijsters just beat her at the Princess Cup. Though we wouldn't be surprised to see the rested Myskina, rather than the jet-lagged Dokic, in the semifinal).

It looks like it's Serena's tournament to win, if she plays. But it's worth remembering that she plays Magdalena Maleeva -- and it was Maleeva who handed Venus Williams her one indoor loss of 2001.

The other quarterfinal would pit Henin vs. Hantuchova. Hantuchova, of course, won their last meeting at the U. S. Open -- and this surface helps Hantuchova more than Henin.

spiritfullfrog
Sep 23rd, 2002, 09:15 AM
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When is kim's first game?
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schris
Sep 23rd, 2002, 01:26 PM
GOOD LUCK KIM !

Take this title ! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

King Aaron
Sep 23rd, 2002, 02:47 PM
Thanks spiritfullfrog and budgirlbz for answering :)

Bigkimfan
Sep 23rd, 2002, 03:38 PM
C'mon Kim!!! You can do it!!!


:bounce: :bounce: Good luck Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Peridotpixie
Sep 23rd, 2002, 03:40 PM
So if I'm reading this correctly, Kim doesn't have to defend her title to stay at number 8--she just needs to make the semifinal or the final? That would be good...she can do that. Of course, I also think she can beat Serena. This is her tournament, after all. And then she'll have the opportunity to gain points (lots, I hope) in Filderstadt and Zurich. Besides, it's not too late for Serena to pull out! :)

Hawk
Sep 23rd, 2002, 06:02 PM
Wow that's great if she only needs a semi-final or a final to stay at number 8! Even though I hope she wins the whole thing..this way there is less pressure on her to win the title again just to keep her ranking.

Bigkimfan
Sep 23rd, 2002, 06:30 PM
When is Kim's match??

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

KaseyL
Sep 23rd, 2002, 09:15 PM
I suppose on Wednesday.

Sarah_86
Sep 23rd, 2002, 09:44 PM
Who did kim beat last year to win??:wavey:

Hawk
Sep 24th, 2002, 02:43 AM
Last year she beat Magdalena Maleeva ..this year will be considerable more difficult to defend..if she gets to the finals she'll most likely get Serena.

KaseyL
Sep 24th, 2002, 04:45 PM
Hi Sarah! Welcome here! :wavey:

KaseyL
Sep 24th, 2002, 04:50 PM
Originally posted by Hawk
Last year she beat Magdalena Maleeva ..this year will be considerable more difficult to defend..if she gets to the finals she'll most likely get Serena.

I think exactly the same... Kim has a good draw, but it might look like a replay of Tokyo... Jelena, Serena again.

Kim can beat Jelena, she has what it takes to beat Serena, although, honestly, Serena is playing so well lately that I must admit that Kim will have a hard time if she is to defend her title. And we all know how much she needs each and every point to get back to the top 5.

Nevertheless, GO KIM! You can do it!

Primula
Sep 24th, 2002, 05:13 PM
Elke has lost in her first round match against Barna !!!:sad:

Come on Kimmie, you can make make it to the final and you can beat Serena !! Lots of succes !!! :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Sep 24th, 2002, 05:15 PM
I hope eurosport is broadcasting Kim's match tomorrow!!!

:bounce: :bounce: Good luck Kim!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Sep 24th, 2002, 06:16 PM
Poor Elke you lost to Anca Barna, but I'm sure you'll play better at your next WTA tournament !!!!!!!;)

GO GO GO KIM !!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I'M SURE YOU CAN WIN THIS TOURNAMENT, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO PLAY AGAINST SERENA !!!:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

Pinkie
Sep 24th, 2002, 08:36 PM
Just saw the OOP for Wednesday. No sign of Kim though, which is a little strange. Is she playing on Thursday then? BTW, Justine is on at 3.

KaseyL
Sep 24th, 2002, 10:23 PM
Looks like Kim got an extra day off in singles.

She will play doubles with Jelena tomorrow, Centre Court, 4th match, after Serena's single.

Don't think it will start before 8/8.30 PM local time.

KaseyL
Sep 25th, 2002, 10:11 AM
Here is a little bit of news re the Clijsters at Leipzig.

Re Anca Barna def. Elke Clijsters:

Source: German journalist Mr Enigk (Leipzig newspaper) re Leipzig tournament, Sep 25, 2002:

(translated and summarized by Ingrid)

Kim cheered and applauded for every point Elke made during the match. Dad Leo Clijsters was also there to give the thumbs up. Elke said in delight: ‘It’s nice that the family is supporting me! Of course, Kim is my example. She has more experience and is more athletic. Although she doesn’t criticise my tennis game, only my behaviour though.’ A doubles pairing isn’t planned yet. ‘Maybe later, sometime..., adds Elke.’


(I've posted the same text in the Elke thread)

KaseyL
Sep 25th, 2002, 10:20 AM
some tidbit from Leipzig:

Both Kim and Serena took the same flight from Tokyo via Frankfurt to Leipzig, they arrived on Monday evening.

(source: German media)

KaseyL
Sep 25th, 2002, 10:29 AM
Re TV coverage:

It appears that ZDF didn't make a deal with the tournament, :fiery: leaving only Eurosport to broadcast something this year... (this was in the German press)

It's getting worse and worse when it comes to German TV and tennis...

How on earth do they think to promote a tournament and tennis in general in Germany without proper exposure to as many people as possible!? :rolleyes:

Wouldn't surprise me to see more German tournaments being sold the next couple of years...

kevijntje
Sep 25th, 2002, 01:19 PM
that really sucks , kim always played well in germany and it's close to belgium so their will always be more people to support her , i really hope that liepzig remains and hamburg has to come back !!!!!!!! unless they move it to a new tourny in belgium :D :D :D

billybizar
Sep 25th, 2002, 01:42 PM
I think it's the other way round, Ingrid. German tennis is in a slump because they have no real stars anymore. People only get attracted or starting to give attention when their fellow country men players are doing well.
Look at our WTA tournie in Antwerp. It's only organized by the grace and the popularity of Kim and Justine in the first place. I'm pretty sure if Kim and Justine wouldn't have the status they enjoy now, this tournie would be removed in no time.
Why ZDF isn't broadcasting the tournie anymore, has probably everything to do with the continuous dropping of the viewer ratings. No German stars=less viewing=less market share.

My two cents.

*annamaria*
Sep 25th, 2002, 02:12 PM
i agree with you, billybizar.
that's also why we don't get much live coverage from tournaments. no austrian tv station would broadcast a single grand slam match for example. if they broadcast something related to tennis, it's the austrian tournaments, like linz, kitzbühel and vienna. but that's about it. and that's not much if you consider that every two weeks there's a formula 1 race LIVE. and it's not just the race, they show it all, like warm-up, qualifying etc.

i don't get it. tennis is such a beautiful sport, interesting and exciting to watch. but, i guess, if there's no "local hero", no worldclass player that represents the country you're from, people aren't interested in watching tennis. :rolleyes: it's amazing how many american people are now interested in tennis just because of Andy Roddick. I guess, in belgium it's pretty much the same with Kim and justine. What has been before they started playing? Not much, i guess.


that's a tough topic...
bye

kevijntje
Sep 25th, 2002, 02:41 PM
well i don't know tennis has always been quite popular but off course now with kim and justine and xavier it's really big and we can't complain about tennis on tv here ,last sunday they showed the tokyo final so that's nice , and yeah they only show it cause tennis has a high viewer rate in belgium and i can imagine that when their popularity drops their won't be a big tournie like antwerp but other hand look at holland , they also don't have a big star , but they have a lot off tournies and they show a lot tennis on tv

Verve
Sep 25th, 2002, 02:59 PM
did you see the tokyo final, kevijntje?
What did Kim play like? Was she playing very good, or Serena bad?

*annamaria*
Sep 25th, 2002, 03:18 PM
:wavey: hi verve!

eurosport had the final relive. unfortunately, they didn't show the first set where kimmy played well.
concerning set # 2 and #3, Kim played so-so. she made lots of mistakes, really easy ones, but then she came up with amazing shots again. serena didn't play well first. too many mistakes, she got better at the end, though. the match wasn't really highquality because of really easy faults, but nevertheless both girls pulled out some huge strokes. kim kinda lost her nerves when serena broke her in the third. she started throwing her racket.
if kim had played a tiny little more consistant she definitleywould have won. Serena wasn't as good as usual, especially not in set #1 which i didn't see.
:kiss:
bye

Pinkie
Sep 25th, 2002, 04:58 PM
Since the beginning of tournament, its web site has been promising us that the live scoreboard would go up "today." So that never happened. Assuming that it is still not working when Kim starts playing, are there any Kim fans watching Eurosport (lucky bastards!) who would be kind enough :angel: to post scores live on wtaworld? There is a forum dedicated to the Leipizig tournament, but I haven't seen a lot of live scores there yet. Thank you in advance :kiss:

Peridotpixie
Sep 25th, 2002, 05:28 PM
The scoreboard is working now. :)

Pinkie
Sep 25th, 2002, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by Peridotpixie
The scoreboard is working now. :)

Great! Thank you!:cool:

Hawk
Sep 25th, 2002, 06:31 PM
Wow looks like Kim's half of the draw has just been blown open. Dokic just lost to Shaughnessy:eek: That means the only remaining seeds in Kim's half are Farina-Elia (7) and Myskina (6). Much nicer than the Serena, Justine, Daniela half :D

*annamaria*
Sep 25th, 2002, 07:46 PM
hey ya'll
i saw the match of jelena dokic playing meghann shaugnessy. and i have to say that meghann played extremely well, dokic had no real chance. she served really well, and placed the balls well. dokic never really found her game. they finished within an hour.

if meghann continues playing like this, she can go far!



:wavey:

Sarah_86
Sep 25th, 2002, 08:02 PM
Sorry this may of all ready been ask but.........
has kim played yet and was it/will it be shown on eurosprt?
Thanks

Elleke
Sep 25th, 2002, 08:13 PM
kim will play tomorrow her second round match.. It will be shown on eurosport if the match is played between 17.30 and 19.00H.. she is now playing doubles (score is 3-6, 2-1 fight girls!)

Elleke
Sep 25th, 2002, 09:15 PM
they lost :sad:
Center Court (from 15.00h)
Myskina vs. Hrdlickova
Not before 17.30
Petrova vs. Clijsters
Farina Elia vs. Rittner
Bovina / Henin vs. Stevenson / S.Williams

Court 2 (from 16.00h)
Stevenson vs. Husarova
Likhovtseva / Zvereva vs. Barclay / Muller

SO IT IS ON EUROSPORT :):):)

Mazza
Sep 25th, 2002, 10:05 PM
:sad: That Kimmie lost in the doubles...

But Good Luck tomorrow Kimsy! :bounce: :bounce: YAY! it's on Eurosport!!! :D :D

Hawk
Sep 26th, 2002, 04:39 AM
Lucky Europeans get to watch the match on tv :p ;)

I just hope Kim has an easier time in her match than the rest of the seeds. The seeds so far have been having a heck of a time in their matches! Williams, Henin, Hantuchova, Myskina, Farina-Elia all taken to 3 sets, while Dokic and Maleeva were beaten. All the seeds have either gone to 3 sets or lost, I really hope Kim can break that trend.

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:15 PM
Source: Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique, Sep 26, 2002

Marc De Hous : a dream came true !

(summarized and translated by Ingrid)

The dream of coaching Kim Clijsters... For this coach who spent many years at the tennis centre in Wilrijk, it means a whole change in his life!

‘To coach a top ten player is a dream’, he says. ‘I already had been with Kim in Australia for one month, in January 2000, when the wife of Carl Maes was about to have their baby. I really liked that experience. I sincerely don’t think that I still have to teach her something. It’s now a year that she is within the top 10 of the world. She knows the music! I believe that she most of all needs to have someone present. Evelyne Coppens (new physio) and I try to fulfil that role, to bring her the stability she requires for her well-being.

Kim and the Williamses have the same sort of tennis game, overall. The serve and return are crucial. In fact, the principle is to impose her own game to the opponent. With this difference that Venus, for instance, has a more powerful serve than the majority of the men. Kim, for sure, doesn’t have the ambition to become number one. Justine Henin does. That’s very courageous from her part, but at the moment there is such a world of difference between the Williamses and the rest. The target of Kim for the end of this season is to regain her place in the top 5.’

Marc De Hous has a contract that runs until the summer of 2003. That was the wish of Lei Clijsters, who manages Kim’s interests. Marc doesn’t see any problem with this.
Just like he willingly accepts to disappear when Kim wants to be with her fiance Lleyton Hewitt.

‘If she wants to stay in Wimbledon to support him until the end, or to follow him to Australia, I am not going to force her to remain at home to train. That, I believe, would have the opposite effect of what I want to achieve. Therefore, my task is simply to get to advising the two of them. I am not too worried about it, for that matter. During the US Open, I have been able to see that she has gained more maturity. It’s very pleasant to work with her.’

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:18 PM
Here's an article from the German media:

Kim takes care of her first match in a dominating style

Leizpig, Sep 27, 2002

(source: Uwe Köster, translated by Ingrid)

Who can challenge American Serena Williams? At number one on the list of pursuers is the name of Kim Clijsters. The Belgian won the Sparkassen Cup 2000 and 2001 and would have been the top favourite this year too, if there wouldn’t be superstar Serena Williams...

The world number 8 and 4th seed played Nadia Petrova, world number 168, in her first match yesterday.

However, the Russian has been injured for a long time and was in the top 100 in better days. She played her 4th match here in Leipzig this year and didn’t leave there any chance to German number 1 Martina Müller (6-1, 6-3).

However, Kim Clijsters was at least one size too big. In the beginning, the Belgian had some problems with the hard serve of Petrova in the first set, only the break in the 10th game ended the set 6-4. The first lost serve in the second set finally broke the resistance of the Russian. Clijsters left the court as the winner after 58 minutes.

"I was still a bit tired", she explained as the reason why she had some trouble to get into the match. "I came from Tokyo, and it takes three days before the jetlag is gone." The Belgian thinks she has chances to win the tournament, in spite of the presence of Serena Williams. “My best results were on fast courts”, she said meaningfully. And the Leipzig court is considered to be very fast...

Kim praised the Arena as well. “I saw it already during the drive from the airport to the city on Monday. It looks really nice,” said the 19 year-old enthusiastically. “It’s also very beautiful at the inside. It’s better here than at the Neuen Messe, and also because it is closer to the hotel.”

Ach yes, and what about Serena? Kim laughed. “We know each other well... But we are rivals on court.” The American will experience it on Sunday- in the Final.

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:19 PM
Some more news from the German media, this is from German press agency dpa:

Leipzig, Sep 27, 2002

( translated by Ingrid)

Kim Clijsters after defeating Russian Nadia Petrova: “Reaching the really important points easily today, that felt really good to me out there,” said the Belgian, who will have to get a treatment in a Leipzig hospital today for an injury at her leg.

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:21 PM
In the department of 'Unbelievable but true':

Reporter Cronin has changed his mind about Kim!

He now puts her number 2 in his weekly top 10!

Read for yourself! (I needed to check the date of the article twice LOL)

WEEKLY TOP 10 WOMEN

Translation: Clijsters close to summit

By Matthew Cronin, ********************, Sep 25, 2002

1. Serena Williams: Of her final-round win over Kim Clijsters in Tokyo, Serena said, "At one point I said to myself, 'If you don‚t stop making errors you're going to give it to her.' But I decided to keep hitting as there is no point in being chicken about it. When I lose, I go out hitting." Translation: Kim's chickens came home to roost.

2. Kim Clijsters: Of her final-round loss to Serena in Tokyo, Kim said, "I felt my level was high throughout the match, but she kept getting better and better. Both Venus and Serena, they have tight matches, but they pull them out 7-5 or 6-4 in the third set by coming up with something when they need it. They are both very strong in that situation." Translation: The Belgian teen needs to get stronger in those situations.

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:25 PM
Here's from German press agencies re Kim's win over Rittner:

Clijsters hands Rittner a tennis lesson

(compiled and translated by Ingrid)

Kim was simply a number too big for Barbara Rittner. The 29–year old German lost the quarter final in Leipzig with an astonishing 1-6, 0-6.

Clijsters, who won the tournament the past two years, will meet Anastasia Myskina in the semi final on Saturday.

Kim, with a winning score of 6-1, 6-0 in 39 minutes, didn’t leave any chance to the German player from Leverkusen. Kim Clijsters, who lost the final to Serena Williams in Tokyo, put the German under enormous pressure from the baseline from the very beginning. Rittner’s mobility class was insufficient, while her opponent played the best Powertennis, continuously attacked from the beginning, and didn’t allow any moment of rest.

The 29-year old player couldn’t follow the fast game of Clijsters from the beginning. The Belgian allowed the desperate Rittner only one point in the first set. It would become even worse in the second set. Rittner didn’t find any tactics against Clijsters, who even had received treatment for muscle problems in the right upper thigh-bone, and didn’t win any game.

(sources: dpa, sid)

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:27 PM
This was posted by pcabenojar (on atp while this was down):

Got this article , too bad Kim lost, after the 2nd set and leading 4-1 in the 3rd set, I thought kim was going to win...too bad, it reached the tie-break & Myskina just fought hard as well.


LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Defending champion Kim Clijsters lost to Russia's Anastasia Myskina in a semifinal of the Sparkassen Cup on Saturday.

Myskina will face the winner of the second semifinal, between Serena Williams and No. 6 Justine Henin.

Myskina, who has jumped from No. 58 to 12th this year, charged back from 1-4 down in the final set to outlast the eighth-ranked Clijsters, 6-4, 5-7 7-6(3) in a two-hour match.

KaseyL
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:29 PM
Kim said in her post-match interview that "I had my chances, but I didn't grab them. Thats' tennis. And that's the reason why I like this sport. Sometimes you are in luck, sometimes you aren't..."

I have several articles re her loss, along with some pics, will post in bits and pieces.