She's in the quarterfinals in Knokke after 2 easy wins. Next she plays Magüi Serna who's always a tough opponent on any surface!
Good luck Kim! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
Jul 20th, 2001, 11:18 AM
Good luck Kimmie and take the title home! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
Jul 20th, 2001, 03:24 PM
Kim won her quarterfinal against Serna 6-1 4-6 6-3.
But she played not very well, making lots of UE's and double faults. A lot of times she gor annoyed with herself. Today she was lucky that Magüi didn't play her best either but she will have to raise her game if she wants to win this title. I hope the weather will be better too tomorrow.
Go Kim! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
Jul 20th, 2001, 08:04 PM
Josh - I noticed at Wimb that Kim seems to be getting annoyed & frustrated with herself more often.
I was really concerned at one stage in a doubles match, when she whacked a ball to the other side of the court in annoyance at losing an important game - I remember Tim Henman being disqualified from Wimb one year when he did something similar & accidently hit a ball-girl.
Kim obviously wouldn't want anything like that to happen, but she needs to keep it in mind.
I just wonder if she's putting too much pressure on herself after that brilliant French final, because people
expect her to win more matches & maintain that level of play all the time.
But the more frustrated she gets, the deeper the hole she has to try & get herself out of in matches.
At the end of the day, she's still only 18 & has plenty of time to get to more Slam finals. It doesn't all need to happen straight away.
What do you think?
Jul 20th, 2001, 10:44 PM
I don't think Kim is the kind of girl that puts pressure on herself because people expect her to win. Sure, she will feel some pressure after that FO final but she's very down to earth.
The thing is that she hates to lose. Off court she's one of the sweetest girls around but on court she's a killer. She just can't stand to lose a point cause she's a prfectionist. I think that's a good thing, a champion needs to be a perfectionist but you have to learn to deal with your emotions. Kim seems to have troubs staying focused when things aren't going her way. She starts to get annoyed, the smallest thing starts to bug her, etc...
I think it's because she rushes too much. She should take more time to focus in between points. There was one game in today's match were she hit 4 straight backhand errors to give away the game. She just kept rushing while I think she should have taken some time to refocus and then play the point. She loses a lot of points by being to hasty. Other people have the same problem, like Jennifer Capriati but she seems to have found a way to refocus when things are going bad. Kim should do the same. I mean, she likes to play fast so obviously she won't change that but she should learn to take some more time when she's in a dip or when she starts making too many errors.
She has already come a long way cause before the FO she was way too impatient on the clay but she adjusted that and reached the finals. So obviously she's a quick learner and she's still young so it'll probably come with experience.
I hope that she regroups for her match tomorrow against Tulyaganova. That girl is in great shape and is playing very well at the moment so she can't afford a lapse like she had one against Serna. BUt as I said, she's a quick learner (everything goes quick with Kim <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">) so she'll be probably much more focused tomorrow.
I must say that another reason why she was so annoyed was the weather. Conditions were really bad out there, especially the wind and that resulted in a high error-quote.
Jul 21st, 2001, 01:00 PM
Well said! You explained it all much better than I managed to & I think your analysis was spot-on.
I especially agree about the tendency to rush through points, even more so when things are going pear-shaped. You're right about that probably being something you learn through experience, and she's not the only young player who does it.
Jelena Dokic used to have a real problem with rushing when she was down in a match - it was the main reason she lost to Stevenson at Wimb in 99, and didn't help in her semi aginst Lindsay there last year.
It doesn't seem to be such a big problem for her now, likewise with Jennifer, so there's plenty of time to sort it out.
I also agree that perfectionism is a vital quality for a champion, as they don't want to lose to anyone. It also gives them that self-belief that they can beat anyone, which helps!
One of the main reasons I thought Kim had tremendous potential, after seeing her match against Steffi at Wimb in 99, was her never-say-die attitude towards matches. She always seems determined to do her best, whoever she's playing.
That's where the frustration comes in, I think. She's so determined to play well & do herself justice, that when she has an off-day or things aren't going well it throws her off balance. She then gets annoyed with herself because she's not able to play her best tennis.
You're right though, its great that she cares enough about doing well that she gets so worked up. Its one of the reaons I support Jennifer aswell (despite being in the minority on this board! <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> )
One last thing, you're also right about her being totally different off-court. She has a really warm smile & seems genuinely down to earth. So, can you give a cheer from me when you watch the match today, as there's no coverage in the UK!
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Jul 21st, 2001, 04:31 PM
Well unfortunately she lost today <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">.
But Iroda played a brilliant match! That girl is definitely Top20 material at least. She didn't give Kim a chance to get into the match at all.
Kim didn't play her best, especially in the first set it was embarrassing at times but she fought well in the second. Again she was way too hasty especially on the serve! I mean, her serve wasn't working at all today but she just kept rushing as if she wanted to get over with it as soon as possible.
I guess the hardcourts are better suited to her game and she likes playing on them so I expect her to bounce back during the American hardcourt season. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
I noticed the same problem with Jelena too. It seems like a lot of these youngsters want to score the point as quickly as possible. Being patient is a good virtue in tennis though. I mean you have to seize the opportunities but sometimes it is better to wait a bit longer and construct the point instead of going for the winne right away. But I'm confident that they will learn that thanks to experience. Every match is still a learning opportunity and I'm sure Kim will learn a lesson from this loss.
She didn't seem too disappointed and after the match she acknowledged not having played her best tennis but she said that Iroda was just too good.
Good luck in Stanford Kim! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
Jul 21st, 2001, 06:09 PM
Thanks for that, Josh. As I said, there's been no coverage over here - except for the results. You can't tell just from the score-line what sort of match it was, so I'm glad you could tell me more about it.
As you say, she likes hard-courts (or is it hard-core?! <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> ) so I'm sure she'll pick up her form for the next lot of tournaments.
I might even get to see some of those on TV (but I'll still want to read your expert analysis! <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> )
Go Kim! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
[ July 21, 2001: Message edited by: Daisy ]
Jul 30th, 2001, 10:45 PM
She now has her first title of the year!
You go girl! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">