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spiritfullfrog
Jan 2nd, 2003, 11:31 AM
The Adidas International will start on Sunday! :D

I love this tournament cause its in Sydney so I get to go watch it!! :)

Kim got into the semi's last year, but lost to Martina Hingis who then went and won the tournament!

These are the top 8 seeds, but you can take Amelie out, since she's withdrawed.

1. Capriati, Jennifer
2. Clijsters, Kim
3. Henin-Hardenne, Justine
4. (Mauresmo, Amelie)
4. Hantuchova, Daniela
5. Myskina, Anastasia
6. Davenport, Lindsay
7. Rubin, Chanda
8. Maleeva, Magdalena

:):D:):D:):D:):D:):D:):D:):D

~|Naomi|~
Jan 2nd, 2003, 12:47 PM
Good Luck Kim:bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Jan 2nd, 2003, 01:02 PM
Go Kim!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

angele87
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:15 PM
Good luck Kim :D :bounce:

Stefke
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:20 PM
C'mon Kimmy, Let's kick some asses!!!!:bounce:

Mazza
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:16 PM
Good Luck Kim! :bounce:

and havre a good time at the tournie, spiritfullfrog. :)

kit
Jan 2nd, 2003, 09:07 PM
Good Luck Kim!!!:fiery: :fiery:

Cilla
Jan 3rd, 2003, 03:39 PM
Good Luck Kim! :kiss: :bounce: & Have a wondeful time spiritfullfrog :)

ikke
Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:13 PM
Good luck Kim:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 4th, 2003, 06:46 AM
Here is the draw I don't like it at all:(

[1] J. Capriati v BYE
T. Panova v E. Dominikovic
Qualifier v C. Martinez
E. Bovina v [5] A. Myskina

[6] L. Davenport v N. Pratt
E. Danilidou v Qualifer
T. Tanasugarn v Qualifer
BYE v [4] D. Hantuchova

[3] J. Henin-Hardenne v BYE
A. Kournikova v Qualifer
A. Sugiyama v A. Coetzer
S. Farina-Elia v [8] M. Maleeva

[7] C. Rubin v E. Dementieva
A. Stevenson v M. Pierce
P. Suarez v P. Schnyder
BYE v [2] K. Clijsters


Schnyder, Stevenson, Pierce, Rubin and Dementieva all in her quarter:(
Henins quarter looks a lot easier :fiery:

Kornelija
Jan 4th, 2003, 07:14 AM
well I agree Kim's quarter is pretty hard, but we should have in mind her form that is actually really impressive at the moment so I think Kim has a very big chance to reach quarters or semis or WIN THE TOURNAMENT.

GO GO GO KIM KIM KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!

Come-on-kim
Jan 4th, 2003, 07:58 AM
:fiery: But I know she can do it!!!!

Any doubles draw??

gokimmie
Jan 4th, 2003, 08:35 AM
hm touch draw ,but i'm pretty confident she can do it..question i s,do we realy want her to get to the finals,and start playing the aus open the next day?i dunno,i just hope it's not too much ,i know kim likes a lot of match rythym and all but won't she be tired?well ,i guess we'll just have to wait and see:)
good luck kimmie:kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss:

Filip!
Jan 4th, 2003, 09:19 AM
I think Henin has the best draw. But Kim's draw is also pretty good, because she has no Davenport or Hantuchova or something in her quarters...

Elleke
Jan 4th, 2003, 09:32 AM
Originally posted by eliza
Hi
I'm Eliza from Perth
i was just wondering when the Adidas International starts? :)
hi Eliza,
I'm Elke, the adidas international starts on sunday

Bigkimfan
Jan 4th, 2003, 09:39 AM
I like Kims draw! because she isn't in the same quarter as Davenport and Capriati!:D

Lleykimmy1
Jan 4th, 2003, 10:58 AM
Go Kimmie, I know that you can beat everybody !!:wavey:

Elleke
Jan 4th, 2003, 11:12 AM
1 DEMENTIEVA Elena RUS/HUSAROVA Janette SVK

2 HENIN-HARDENNE Justine BEL/PRATT Nicole AUS

3 FARINA ELIA Silvia ITA/HANTUCHOVA Daniela SVK

4 PANOVA Tatiana RUS/REEVES Samantha RSA

5 CLIJSTERS Kim BEL/SUGIYAMA Ai JPN

6 PIERCE Mary FRA/SUAREZ Paola ARG

7 CASANOVA Myriam SUI/DOMINIKOVIC Evie AUS

8 NAVRATILOVA Martina USA/STEVENSON Alexandra USA

9 ANI Maret EST/VANC Andreea ROM

10COETZER Amanda RSA/STECK Jessica RSA

11DAVENPORT Lindsay USA/RAYMOND Lisa USA

12KOURNIKOVA Anna RUS/RUBIN Chanda USA

13IRVIN Marissa USA/TARABINI Patricia ARG

14MUSGRAVE Trudi AUS/TANASUGARN Tamarine THA

15DRAKE Maureen CAN/PRUSOVA Libuse CZE

16MARTINEZ Conchita ESP/STUBBS Rennae AUS

don't like the doubles draw .. good luck KIM/AI :bounce:

kit
Jan 4th, 2003, 06:36 PM
When will she go to Sydney???What's the website???

Bigkimfan
Jan 4th, 2003, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by kit
When will she go to Sydney???What's the website???

It's www.adidasinternational.com!;)

Bigkimfan
Jan 4th, 2003, 06:55 PM
When is Kim playing???:confused:

Primula
Jan 4th, 2003, 07:11 PM
I don't tink Kimmie's draw is that bad!! :) It could be a lot worse !!
She's able to play a very good tournament, she will get far I think!!
Let us all hope that !! Fingers crossed !! :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Jan 4th, 2003, 07:59 PM
Eurosport is gonna broadcast these matches !!! (starts on wednesday!)

tfannis
Jan 4th, 2003, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Bigkimfan
Eurosport is gonna broadcast these matches !!! (starts on wednesday!)

damn...i wan't eurosport :sad:....they're going to broadcast the Oz too

Shouldn't we Belgians complain to who's responsable for us not having an EUROPEAN channel?!? Why are we an exception in Europe? :sad:

Cilla
Jan 4th, 2003, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by Bigkimfan
Eurosport is gonna broadcast these matches !!! (starts on wednesday!)

:D :D yay! :bounce: :bounce:

Aww Kim is back with Ai :)

Primula
Jan 5th, 2003, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by tfannis
damn...i wan't eurosport :sad:....they're going to broadcast the Oz too

Shouldn't we Belgians complain to who's responsable for us not having an EUROPEAN channel?!? Why are we an exception in Europe? :sad:

Where do you live in belgium tfannis? :confused:
Because we have Eurosport and I'm also from Belgium !!

tfannis
Jan 5th, 2003, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by Primula
Where do you live in belgium tfannis? :confused:
Because we have Eurosport and I'm also from Belgium !!

I live in Overijse, near Brussels. Most Belgians don't have Eurosport :sad:....you're one of the lucky ones then :)

Elleke
Jan 5th, 2003, 12:10 PM
I have canal+ so I have eurosport :D
but I can't watch the matches , because it's school..

Lleykimmy1
Jan 5th, 2003, 12:32 PM
Originally posted by elke_belke
I have canal+ so I have eurosport :D
but I can't watch the matches , because it's school..

Me too .....:( :( :(

Bigkimfan
Jan 5th, 2003, 12:49 PM
Why not???:D Some matches start at 3.45pm...

Elleke
Jan 5th, 2003, 01:02 PM
I'm back from school around 17.00 PM.. or I need to hurry up.. but that's not the way I am.. :o

gokimmie
Jan 5th, 2003, 01:11 PM
that 's it:(
i'm moving to wherever eurosport is broadcasted:(

Filip!
Jan 5th, 2003, 01:41 PM
I also have Eurosport... I see I'm a lucky one...

btw: I live near Antwerp...

NaturalBlues
Jan 5th, 2003, 02:52 PM
We used to have eurosport but i think now you have to pay for it..

Brαm
Jan 5th, 2003, 03:42 PM
i also have eurosport & i live in harelbeke, w-vl :)

& we don't have to pay for it ;)


elke_belke, woensdagnamiddag kan je toch kijken?

Lleykimmy1
Jan 5th, 2003, 05:35 PM
Does Kim have to play tomorrow or only on Tuesday ?:wavey:

Bigkimfan
Jan 5th, 2003, 05:42 PM
Originally posted by Lleykimmy1
Does Kim have to play tomorrow or only on Tuesday ?:wavey:

Tomorrow she plays her doublesmatch!:)

pruts
Jan 5th, 2003, 06:01 PM
i don't have eurosport DAMN :sad:

Lleykimmy1
Jan 5th, 2003, 06:18 PM
Who does she play with in doubles ?


:wavey:

pruts
Jan 5th, 2003, 06:19 PM
i think ai sugyama

Elleke
Jan 5th, 2003, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by bram_born84

elke_belke, woensdagnamiddag kan je toch kijken?
ja das wel waar k hoop dat het een goei match is die ze laten zien :D ( 1 van Kim bv. ;))

yep she is teaming up again with Ai Sugiyama :)

Lleykimmy1
Jan 5th, 2003, 07:42 PM
Thank you !!:worship:

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jan 5th, 2003, 09:28 PM
Kim can beat all those players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Primula
Jan 6th, 2003, 07:46 AM
Good luck Kimmie and Ai !!!:bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship:

Primula
Jan 6th, 2003, 07:50 AM
Hey ppl, what is Lleyton's this week?? Will he be in Sidney to watch Kim? or is he playing somewhere?

~|Naomi|~
Jan 6th, 2003, 07:54 AM
He said in an interview at Hopman last week he was going to Melbourne to practice on the courts there so that is where he is I guess

~|Naomi|~
Jan 6th, 2003, 10:41 AM
Kim & Ai won their doubles match 6-4 6-3 over (LL) Ludmilla Cervanova/Lubomira Kurhajcova (SVK/SVK).

Suarez had to withdraw with a wrist injury

Well done Kim & Ai and good luck for your next match:)

Primula
Jan 6th, 2003, 12:25 PM
Yeey :bounce:

Zoecrick
Jan 6th, 2003, 11:14 PM
I was at there doubles match as i am on hols in Sydney . Igot Kims autograph for the first time ever!! I also gave her a Kangaroo. She thanked me. Ive taken some photos for you all hope they come out!! Im off to sunbathe soon speak soon!1

angele87
Jan 7th, 2003, 12:39 AM
That's great Zoecrick :D Glad you got to meet Kimmie!

Lisbeth
Jan 7th, 2003, 01:44 AM
Good luck Kim :)

~|Naomi|~
Jan 7th, 2003, 02:31 AM
I'm so jealous Zoecrick:)

BelgianGirl
Jan 7th, 2003, 10:22 AM
Good luck, Kim!!! :bounce:

I'm so happy I have Eurosport! :D When it first disappeared I didn't have it either, but after a few months we got it back!!! :)
Now I just hope they show Kim and Juju's matches!

spiritfullfrog
Jan 7th, 2003, 10:33 AM
I didn't know where to put this, so I'll put it here...

(btw its only a bit of the article ;))

Hewitt prepares in private

World number one Lleyton Hewitt is training in private for what is considered his best chance of landing the Australian Open.

Hewitt has opted for a low-key approach to the first grand slam of the year, starting in Melbourne on Monday, turning down the chance to take the remaining spot in the eight-man field for the Kooyong Classic, which starts in Melbourne on Wednesday.

"He's training in hideaway," a spokesperson from his management company said on Tuesday.

"He's in hiding at the moment."

The Wimbledon champion is believed to be in either Adelaide or already in Melbourne working hard with coach Jason Stoltenberg after leaving last week's Hopman Cup in Perth with mixed results.

He has tried various build-ups to the Australian Open in recent years, but none has yielded success.
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So I spose that means that he's not with Kim in Sydney. :( :rolleyes:

Cilla
Jan 7th, 2003, 02:13 PM
Zoecrick that's great! :D

Well LL has tried everything else so hopefully this preparation will work! Thanx for the article! :D

Congrats Kim & Ai! :) Capriati is out so Kim has an even better chance & is now the top seed! :bounce:

duck
Jan 7th, 2003, 02:15 PM
Originally posted by spiritfullfrog
I didn't know where to put this, so I'll put it here...

(btw its only a bit of the article ;))

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So I spose that means that he's not with Kim in Sydney. :( :rolleyes:

He is actually. No more secret hideaway for Ll I am afraid


Hewy's hideaway: Lleyton Hewitt practises secretly at Sydney's White City.
Picture: John Grainger


Hewitt's secret place in the sun
By JOHN THIRSK in Sydney
08jan03

LLEYTON Hewitt has set up a secret training camp in Sydney's east to bring him to his peak for the Australian Open as his rivals fight out the adidas International on the other side of the city.

The Herald Sun yesterday found the world's No.1 and his entourage at White City - the former home of the NSW Open which has become the adidas International - working away under the midday sun.
So intense has Camp Lleyton been at White City, he hasn't even ventured to the Sydney International Tennis Centre at Homebush to see his girlfriend and world No.4 Kim Clijsters play.

Hewitt's main goal for 2003 is to become the first Australian to win his own title since Mark Edmondson in 1976. His one regret from a memorable 2002 was his first-round defeat at last year's Open when he had chickenpox.

This period of ill-health ensured health and fitness became a priority this summer, and Hewitt has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep his body in balance.

A leading immunologist has drummed into Hewitt the need to give his body adequate recovery time between major tournaments.

It is the reason he used the Hopman Cup in Perth, where he teamed with Alicia Molik to finish second to the US, instead of this week's adidas International as his lead-in event to the Australian Open, starting on Monday.

Hewitt's great rivals Carlos Moya, the Spanish world No.5 who has beaten him four times in a row, Marat Safin, ranked No.3, Juan Carlos Ferrero (No.4) and Roger Federer (No.6) are all in action this week at Homebush.

But not Hewitt, 21, who has a rigid daily program and has surrounded himself with a team of coaches, trainers and health experts. Yesterday, his personal chiropractor, Andreas Bisaz, adjusted Hewitt on a courtside bench between his workouts.

Also on board was his mate from Adelaide, former Sturt player Roger Rasheed, his personal trainer.

Each morning Hewitt goes through a stretching and warm-up routine before going into his practice session.

Bigkimfan
Jan 7th, 2003, 04:31 PM
Kim has a great chance of getting to #3 after the AO!!! Capriati didn't earn any points at the Adidas International and she won the AO last year so...!!!:) Go Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Hawk
Jan 7th, 2003, 05:00 PM
Kim got to the semi's here last year didn't she? She needs to do a little defending :)

Lleykimmy1
Jan 7th, 2003, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Hawk
Kim got to the semi's here last year didn't she? She needs to do a little defending :)

Yes she did the semis last year but I'm sure she can reach the final this year and also win it !!!!!!!

GO KIM I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO IT !!!

Filip!
Jan 7th, 2003, 06:15 PM
Hm, she has pretty much points to defend :(
But this is her chance to be the new #3 in a few weeks :)

Primula
Jan 7th, 2003, 07:23 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bigkimfan
Kim has a great chance of getting to #3 after the AO!!! Capriati didn't earn any points at the Adidas International and she won the AO last year so...!!!:) Go Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: [/QUOTE

I don't think that Capriati won the AO last year! I think that she even didn't make it to the quarterfinals !! Didn't she lose against Stevenson??

Elleke
Jan 7th, 2003, 07:26 PM
primula, capriati won the AO last year .. she beat hingis in the final, saving mp(s).. :D

Primula
Jan 7th, 2003, 07:36 PM
Oh you mean the Australian Open !!!!!
Now I understand !!!!!! I was already asking myself if I were going crazy or something??
I tought you were talking about the Adidas Int, oops my mistake!:eek:

Elleke
Jan 7th, 2003, 08:10 PM
lol primula :D;)

Hawk
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:19 AM
Kim beat Patty 6-1, 6-3 :D

~|Naomi|~
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:25 AM
That is such a good result I was worried about this match for Kim. Hopefully she can keep it up in doubles this afternoon and keep going in the singles against either Rubin or Stevenson

Still angry at channel 7 for not providing coverage of Kim's match:fiery:
Who wants to watch Phillippoussis:(

~|Naomi|~
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:43 AM
Same I was at the beach having a great time but came home to watch Kimmie and I turn on the tv and there is mens tennis:fiery:

Kiwi_Boy
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:48 AM
:wavey:

congrats kim!:D :) :bounce: -great result!

Lisbeth
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:49 AM
Yay, great result for Kim! Keep it up!

~|Naomi|~
Jan 8th, 2003, 03:12 AM
Clijsters through to quarter-finals
| 7sport.com.au ... 08 January 2003 01:01pm |
Second seed Kim Clijsters today coasted into the women's quarter-finals of the adidas International in Sydney.



Clijsters, the new favourite following yesterday's demise of top seed Jennifer Capriati, took less than an hour to dismiss Swiss left-hander Patty Schnyder 6-1 6-3 in sweltering conditions at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

Temperatures on centre court for Clijsters' first match of the tournament were nudging 40 degrees.

The world No.4 will play either seventh seed Chanda Rubin or Alexandra Stevenson for a place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open warm-up event.



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Kim will play Rubin as she beat Stevenson 6-1 6-3

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jan 8th, 2003, 04:12 AM
Hey guys!!!!!! I'm so happy for Kimmy! Does she play on Thursday or Friday?!

spiritfullfrog
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:08 AM
Kim will play her quarter final match on thursday, then her semi final match on friday, then if she gets into the finals, she'll play on saturday! :)

spiritfullfrog
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:11 AM
Clijsters advances as Sydney event heats up

Belgium's Kim Clijsters has survived furnace-like conditions to advance in the Sydney International tennis tournament.

The world number four prevailed over Swiss 15th-ranked Patty Schnyder, 6-1 6-3 to set up a quarter-final against American Chanda Rubin on a day when the mercury touched 40 degrees in Sydney's sweltering west.

It was a survival of the fittest and one that 19-year-old Clijsters had geared herself for, training in the intense summer heat of the Adelaide home city of her boyfriend and world number one Lleyton Hewitt.

Clijsters said she was still amazed by her victory over world number one Serena Williams in the final of the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles on November 11.

It was only Williams' fifth defeat of the season and ended an 18-match winning streak.

"It really helped me a lot because I'd never beaten her before and it's always nice to have that one win so you know that you're capable of doing it," Clijsters said.

"I'm feeling very fit at the moment. After winning LA last year, I really want to work hard again to get fitter and to get stronger."

"I think I have a bit of an advantage because I've been in Australia already for a month."

Clijsters, beaten by Martina Hingis in the semi-finals here last year, appears a strong chance of claiming her 11th WTA title with world No.3 Jennifer Capriati ousted on Tuesday.

"I definitely felt more comfortable now than when I was practising in Adelaide and Patty was breathing a little bit harder than me at change of ends because I could hear her," Clijsters said.

Rubin reached the last eight with a 6-1, 6-3 win over fellow American Alexandra Stevenson.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:34 AM
They just showed some highlights of Kim's match on tv she looked to be playing great:bounce: :bounce:

They then interviewed her and her face was SO RED cause it was over 40 degrees celsius on court. Also Liz Smylie said that she thinks Kim is in great shape and is the best player she has seen this week and she also said that Kim got a set of golf clubs for xmas and that Kim said she would prefer to shop for 5 hours than play golf for 5 hours as it is to long:)

spiritfullfrog
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:39 AM
Originally posted by kim&lleytonrule
They just showed some highlights of Kim's match on tv she looked to be playing great:bounce: :bounce:

They then interviewed her and her face was SO RED cause it was over 40 degrees celsius on court. Also Liz Smylie said that she thinks Kim is in great shape and is the best player she has seen this week and she also said that Kim got a set of golf clubs for xmas and that Kim said she would prefer to shop for 5 hours than play golf for 5 hours as it is to long:)

Yeah I saw that too. But still :fiery: @ channel 7. Right now there's a rain delay, and they're showing Marat's game, when the should show Kim's instead! :(

Lleykimmy1
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:43 AM
Well done Kim !! I'm sure you can win this tournament !!:wavey:

Elleke
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:50 AM
KIM :D:D

caseyl45
Jan 8th, 2003, 06:10 AM
It was a great early round win for Kim, but I sure hope she takes care of herself. It would be awful if she ended up with heat sickness and couldn't play in Melbourne. No matter how fit you are, heat like that isn't easy on the body. Take it easy, Kim. Make sure you get some rest now.

Filip!
Jan 8th, 2003, 08:20 AM
Great win Kim!
Belgian people: they are going to rebroadcast Kim's match NOW on Eurosport!!!

Primula
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:01 AM
Originally posted by Kim-Juju!
Great win Kim!
Belgian people: they are going to rebroadcast Kim's match NOW on Eurosport!!!

DAMN !! Why now and not thid afternoon !!! Aaaah I really don't have the time to watch her playing on this moment !! I have to study!! :(

Primula
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:24 AM
Does someone know what the score is in their doublesmatch?

Katja
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:30 AM
I think there has been a long rain delay, so maybe the match has been post-poned?

Primula
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:31 AM
Rain oh I do hate rain !!! :mad:

Katja
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:34 AM
I just read on the wtatour website that all doubles matches have been cancelled today due to the weather :mad:


:bounce: go Kim!!!:bounce:

Bigkimfan
Jan 8th, 2003, 12:52 PM
Great match Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Pinkie
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:11 PM
Clijsters gets help from men's No. 1 in bid to beat Serena


Kim Clijsters has enlisted the help of men's No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in her bid
for another upset win against top-ranked Serena Williams.

Clijsters, ranked No. 4 behind the American trio of Serena and Venus Williams
and Jennifer Capriati, stunned the Williams sisters to clinch the season-ending
WTA Championships final last November.

The 19-year-old Belgian said she'd been working hard on her physical
condition and getting acclimatized to the sweltering heat expected for next
week's Australian Open.

She spent the year-end break with boyfriend Hewitt and his family at
Adelaide, South Australia state, where temperatures regularly top 40 degrees
Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in December and January.

Clijsters didn't deny that she'd had the occasional hitting session with
Hewitt, who ended 2002 as men's No. 1 for the second consecutive year, to
finetune for the new season.

"It was pretty hot when I was practicing in Adelaide - we had a few 39C
(102F), 40C degrees out there, so it's hot," she said. "I think it definitely
helped me get used to it.

"Maybe I'll have a little bit of an advantage there against the other
players. It's definitely been a good thing for me to be able to do that."

The Australian Open starts Monday in Melbourne, where conditions are similar
to Adelaide.

Serena Williams, who won the French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon in 2002 and
is aiming for a fourth consecutive major, beat Clijsters last week while guiding
the United States to the Hopman Cup title.

The 21-year-old Serena said it was her ambition to go through 2003
undefeated, a challenge to the rest of the women on the circuit.

She was taking the week off tournaments ahead of the Australian Open, while
others, like Clijsters, were still warming up.

Clijsters had a 6-1, 6-3 win over Patty Schnyder in Sydney on Wednesday and
said she was feeling more confident with every match.

The win over Williams in November also proved that the top power hitters
weren't invincible, she said.

"It helped me a lot - I'd never beaten (Serena) before that," she said. "I
beat Venus once on clay, but I never had any match points against Serena or
anything.

"It's always nice to have that one win so you know that you're capable of
doing it."

Clijsters reached the semifinals at the Australian Open last year before
losing to eventual champion Capriati. Serena Williams withdrew on the opening
morning with an ankle injury.

Pinkie
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:31 PM
From Today's Sydney Morning Herald:

Clijsters warms up and is ready to turn on the heat
By_Ben Wyld
January 9 2003



If the Australian Open develops into a war of attrition, expect to see Belgium's Kim Clijsters at the end of the second week.

Her preparation for the first grand slam of the year continues today against American Chanda Rubin at the adidas International and, like her boyfriend and world No1 Lleyton Hewitt - absent from courtside and no doubt hard at work at his White City training camp - Clijsters has primed herself physically for a run towards an Australian singles crown.

"Everyone hits the ball harder and everyone's getting fitter so you have to be the fittest as possible to be able to compete and on a top level," Clijsters said.

"In the grand slams, you already played maybe three, four matches when you get to play the quarter-finals, semi-finals ... where you have to be still as fit as the first match," the No2 seed said. "I really worked hard in December to try to get my average fitness level up ... [to] have an injury-free and pretty easy 2003."

On a day when the thermometer, placed on the centre-court net, measured the air temperature at 45 degrees, Clijsters demolished world No15 Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-3 at Homebush Bay yesterday.
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The WTA heat rule, whereby the combination of air temperature, humidity and heat reflecting off the court surface allows players to take a 10-minute break if the first two sets have been split, came into effect - though that scenario never looked like unfolding for Clijsters, who appeared fresh and fit in sharp contrast to American Jennifer Capriati, who struggled with conditions on Tuesday in her early exit from the tournament.

"It was pretty hot when I was practising in Adelaide [in December], we had a few 39, 40 degrees [days] out there," Clijsters said.

"I definitely feel more comfortable now ... maybe I'll have a bit of an advantage there compared to players that are still coming from Europe."

Another contrast between the top two seeds is their view of the Sydney event. While Capriati downplayed the significance of her upset, saying she'd rather lose in Sydney than in Melbourne, Clijsters had a distinctly different opinion of the importance of smaller lead-up events.

"I always try to do my best and always try to win every match," Clijsters said. "If that's the way you think [Capriati's assessment] about the tournament, then you've got no chance of doing well. It doesn't matter how big the tournament is."

Clijsters, the highest seed in the women's draw, now firms as the title favourite. Her win over Sch- nyder moves her to a battle of Belgium with Justine Henin-Hardenne.

BelgianGirl
Jan 8th, 2003, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by Kim-Juju!
Great win Kim!
Belgian people: they are going to rebroadcast Kim's match NOW on Eurosport!!!

I asked my mother to tape it, so I could watch it this afternoon. But we had to reinstall our video yesterday and all the channel positions were changed and my mother didn't notice that! So now she taped some other channel by accident! :( :mad:

Congrats, Kim!!! :D

Elleke
Jan 8th, 2003, 02:27 PM
Originally posted by Primula
Does someone know what the score is in their doublesmatch?
6-7 7-6 2-1

Primula
Jan 8th, 2003, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by elke_belke
6-7 7-6 2-1

Oh where do you get that from? Cause the official site of the AI says: 6-4 6-3, the same score as yesterday !!

Primula
Jan 8th, 2003, 03:53 PM
Allright now I see what's wrong on that site!! Again my mistake! OOOh i'm pretty absent-minded lately!! I think it's due to all the studying!:p

Elleke
Jan 8th, 2003, 04:09 PM
lol primula :D!!
I hope they can win tomorrow against evie and myriam!! good luck Ai and kim :)

Cilla
Jan 8th, 2003, 04:48 PM
Well Done Kim :D She played a good solid match :)

duck
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:01 PM
Euro sense for stay-at-home Kim
By Patrick Miles, Adidas International
January 09, 2003
THE Australian Fed Cup team, bereft of success for 28 years, will have to continue to seek from within as Kim Clijsters is staying put in Europe, with no plans to emigrate.

Despite recent reports that her father, Leo, was investigating the financial benefits of living in Australia, the world No. 4, girlfriend of the men's world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, strongly suggested yesterday that her residential future lies in the lowlands.

"I'm building a house at the moment, so as soon as my house in Belgium is ready, I'll maybe get to go home a little bit more," Clijsters said after her comprehensive 6-1 6-3 victory over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

Her next match will be against American Chanda Rubin, who beat her compatriot Alexandra Stevenson by the same score. A place in the semi-finals beckons.

The Clijsters family is obviously aware of the advantages of residing in a country with relatively low taxes and interest rates, and with an exchange rate that doubles their dollars.

But while conceding that real estate in Australia is "a lot cheaper than Belgium", Clijsters is not interested, at least for now, in any Antipodean investments.

"I hardly ever get to come here, so it would be empty for a whole year, until the end of the year," she said. "So I don't really want to waste more money."

Chez Clijsters in Belgium also would provide a European base for her partner, Lleyton Hewitt, during the long months he has to spend away from the sandhills at Tennyson, near his Adelaide base. Clijsters, however, still rates Australia as her second home.

"Definitely, because I've been spending all my Christmases here with Lleyton's family," she said.

Christmas brought a set of golf clubs, a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said.

Golf, however, will have to wait for a while, along with any decision to live in Australia.

"I think it's just too much walking," she said. "It takes too long. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours."

As for a future in Australia, she said: "Maybe when I stop playing. It's still far away, I hope."

Her countrywoman, Justine Henin-Hardenne, with whom Clijsters won Belgium's first Fed Cup title in 2001, also advanced to the quarter-finals, 6-1 6-0 against Slovakia's Janette Husarova.

Not even a week's honeymoon in the Bahamas and a period of training in Florida could prepare Henin-Hardenne for this week's dramatic climatic transformation. But the heat – 45C at the net – did not cramp her style.

"It's so hot out there," she said. "So I'm pretty happy that it was quick.

"I was in Florida to practise but it wasn't so warm this year there. So when I came here, it was a big difference, and especially because you're a little bit nervous."

Henin-Hardenne's quarter-final opponent will be South Africa's inspired veteran Amanda Coetzer, who defeated No. 8 seed, Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-4 6-1.

In the top half of the women's draw, Russia's Tatiana Panova faces Olga Barabanschikova of Belarus, and Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova meets the winner of the match between the American doubles partners, Lisa Raymond and Lindsay Davenport.

Cilla
Jan 8th, 2003, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by duck
Christmas brought a set of golf clubs, a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said.

Golf, however, will have to wait for a while, along with any decision to live in Australia.

"I think it's just too much walking," she said. "It takes too long. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours."

:D Golf Clubs pffff :p I think Lleyton should keep those for himself :p Kim's right golf is too long (and boring:p) Now shopping :D Kim has the right idea! ;)

Thanx for the article! :D

Hawk
Jan 8th, 2003, 06:08 PM
I'm sure the earrings and necklace compensated for the golf clubs ;) :p

and when did Kim actually start to have her house built? It seems like it's taking forever!

duck
Jan 8th, 2003, 06:34 PM
I am sure the golf clubs were a 'for you (for me)' present, i.e. 'I'm buying you golf-clubs because I want someone else to play golf with'. Really good golf clubs are hideously expensive. Most people just get one golf cub as a present not a whole set because they cost so much. And a necklace & earrings as well!

*sighs with envy*

lleytnkim
Jan 8th, 2003, 07:01 PM
Originally posted by duck
Christmas brought a set of golf clubs, a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said.

LOL! @ golf clubs. :p But, I agree with Duck. Good golf clubs are very very expensive. And a pair of earrings and a necklace on top of that! Kim is very lucky! :hearts: :hearts:
:kiss: for Lleyton for spoiling her. :angel:

kit
Jan 8th, 2003, 08:45 PM
Yeah,Kim won her match against Patty.I saw the match on eurosport.Good luck for your next match!!Come on!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

angele87
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:30 PM
Originally posted by duck


Christmas brought a set of golf clubs, a pair of earrings and a necklace from her No. 1 man. "I was very, very spoiled," she said.

Golf, however, will have to wait for a while, along with any decision to live in Australia.

"I think it's just too much walking," she said. "It takes too long. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours."


:D :angel:

:kiss: for Lleyton spoiling his sweetie :hearts: :hearts:

duck
Jan 8th, 2003, 09:44 PM
Props for Justine and Kim.

Bubbly Belgians provide the sparkle

09jan03
IT WAS a day for the Belgians to take the waffle out of women's tennis, writes JEFF WELLS.

The adidas International should be regarded as an important tournament on the women's calendar, as the lead-up to a grand slam, even if it is so early in the season.

It has $1.06 million in prizemoney for the women, including 169,091 Pacific pesos for the singles winner, but sometimes you suspect that the players are so overpaid, and now so whipped by the Williams sisters, that they don't particularly care.

The Williams girls, Slammer and Venoose, haven't bothered to turn up but even that hasn't been enough to kickstart some of them.

When Jennifer Capriati arrived it had to be said that she would have failed the skinfold test in any other elite sport – and she immediately lost to tiny Russian Tatiana Panova, in the end playing loose and careless, and making 64 unforced errors in three sets.
And in her press conference she was so unconcerned that she said she would be just as happy practising in Melbourne for the defence of her Australian Open title. So much for paying $80 for a finals ticket expecting her to be there.

Or $25 for a day ticket to see Anna Kournikova droop out of the first round at the hands of an unknown – after her usual blitzkrieg of mindless publicity – so that she can go out and have lots of touchy-feely fun in the doubles and keep the drool flowing.

Contrast this with world No. 4 and Tennis Masters Cup finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero who found himself in stinking heat and bothersome wind out on Court 2 at 11am to play Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny.

Lleyton Hewitt – who would certainly have been on Centre Court if he had entered – doesn't seem to have recovered from that five-set ordeal in Shanghai.

But being relegated while two women played a shocker on Centre Court, and having to play with such a short break, didn't bother Juan Carlos.

"I'm young," shrugged the 22-year-old Spaniard after whipping Youzhny 6-3 6-2.

That women's match was Belgium and Australia's 19-year-old world No. 4 Kim Clijsters v lithe 24-year-old Swiss leftie Patty Schnyder. Schnyder, once proposed as the "next thing", has the smooth flowing shots compared with the way Clijsters, who shocked Slammer Serena in winning the Season-Ending Championships last year, muscles the ball from both sides.

Schnyder, who was ranked eight in 1999 and is now at 15, is one of those maddening creatures known as a "confidence player" – meaning she cracks like a sparrow egg under pressure. And it was just too hot and just too windy. Just too much.

Clijsters noticed her heavy breathing and strolled through the dismal affair 6-1 6-3 in 57 minutes. Schnyder played like the meter was ticking on the limo. Once she netted an easy volley in the sixth game her challenge was over.

Clijsters seems much sharper than last year when she fell in the semis here to eventual winner Martina Hingis.

It could be a better year for her. She made the French Open final two years ago but did no better in the grand slams last year than a semi-final loss to Hingis in Melbourne.

But that doesn't mean that "Our Kim" – as delightful a teen as we have seen on the circuit for many years – won't put in at a second tier event like this.

"Doesn't matter if I'm playing the Hopman Cup or here I always try to do my best and I always try to win every match," she said.

If you think like Capriati, she said, you have no chance – no matter how big or small the tournament. The Williams sisters might focus on the slams but, she said, she approached them all the same. And this is her second home, bless her.

She even got golf clubs for Christmas and may end up overpowering her boyfriend off the tee – although five hours on a golf course might put too big a hole in her shopping.

Later on Centre Court Clijsters' compatriot, the little buzzsaw Justine Henin-Hardenne, dismembered Kournikova's conqueror, Slovakian doubles specialist Janette Husarova, 6-1 6-0 in 52 minutes.

Husarova played some nice shots but against another player who affords this tournament credibility couldn't hold serve once.

spiritfullfrog
Jan 8th, 2003, 11:33 PM
Another Article..

Clijsters may stop Serena's slam
Thursday 9 January 2003, 08:05AM

Off court, there was a quiet air about Kim Clijsters which revealed that deep down she could be the player to stop the "Serena Slam" at this month's Australian Open.

Clijsters admitted her season-ending victory over Serena Williams in November hadn't quite sunk in yet, but her modest acknowledgement of the most significant win of her career disguised a renewed inner sense of self-belief.

On court, Clijsters clinically demonstrated she was ready to turn up the heat in the battle to bring an end to Williams' domination of women's tennis.

On a bothersome day of 45-50 degree playing temperatures, followed by rain, lightning and incredible winds, Clijsters proved her resilience and class with a crushing 6-1 6-3 win over Patty Schnyder to reach the adidas International quarter-finals.

The highest remaining seed left in the women's draw, Clijsters didn't have to contend with the "unbelievable" conditions that confronted men's sixth seed Andy Roddick in his bizarre loss to Korean qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee.

But the manner in which the world No.4 handled the intense heat on centre court at the Sydney International Tennis Centre was certainly reassuring for Clijsters five days out from the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

"I feel fit," Clijsters said.

"We had a few long rallies out there. It's always tougher when it's that hot, especially breathing. My lungs felt like they were boiling."

But she coped well and said she was in better physical shape than heading into last year's Australian Open - when she reached the semifinals.

Clijsters believed her extended summer Down Under training with Team Hewitt had her primed for the season's first grand slam.

Elke
Jan 8th, 2003, 11:40 PM
pssssssssst, don't post it inGM, please!:p;)
Thanx for all the articles!:)

lleytnkim
Jan 8th, 2003, 11:49 PM
Another gooberish article. :hearts:
True love to find its course :hearts: :angel:

By John Thirsk
January 9, 2003

LLEYTON HEWITT chose Sydney for his build-up to the Australian Open so he could stretch out his summer holiday with girlfriend Kim Clijsters.

And yesterday - the day after The Daily Telegraph revealed Hewitt is having daily practice workouts at White City - Clijsters gave an insight into the love affair that has helped drive the pair to the top of the world rankings.

After breezing into the quarter-finals of the adidas International with a 6-1 6-3 win over Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, world No.4 Clijsters said she had been spoiled with gifts at Christmas in Adelaide.

Among the presents she received were a necklace, earrings and ... a set of golf clubs.

Clijsters said the golf clubs were a gift from the Hewitt family.

But she said she would now have to dramatically improve her game if she wants to spend time with her highly competitive boyfriend on the golf course.

"I think he's [off a handicap of] six or seven," Clijsters said.

"I'll have to practise a lot." :p

Clijsters would prefer to be elsewhere while Hewitt hones his golf skills but the pair grab every moment they can to be with each other.

"It's just too much walking [on the golf course] for me. I think you have to walk around for five hours or something. I'd rather go shopping for five hours," Clijsters laughed.

Hewitt and Clijsters only get about four months a year together - meeting up at the four grand slam venues, another major tournament in Florida and enjoying precious time before the Australian summer season.

Clijsters, 19, feels just as comfortable with Lleyton's parents Glynn and Cherilyn and sister Jaslyn as she does with her parents and younger sister Elke back home in Bree, Belgium.

"I almost spend more time here than in Belgium, but I'm building a house at the moment. So as soon as my house in Belgium is ready, maybe I'll get to go home a little bit more," she said.

Clijsters doesn't expect to see Lleyton at Homebush as she strives for a tournament victory.

"If I get to the semi-final [Friday] or the final [Saturday], he'll be in Melbourne getting ready for the Aussie Open," she said.

Clijsters is thrilled that Australian fans seem to have accepted her as one of their own.

"I really got a very warm welcome when I walked on to the court today," she said.

"I played a few weeks ago at the Starlight Foundation here in Sydney and it was really nice to come back and see some people that I remembered.

"Australia is definitely my second home.

"I've been spending all my Christmases here with Lleyton's family.

"I got some earrings, a necklace ... so I was very, very spoiled." :hearts: :hearts:

The Daily Telegraph


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Ok, so....the golf clubs were a gift from the Hewitt family and not Lleyton. :p Now I feel bad for laughing at Lleyton before. :o :p I guess I should have known LL knows better than to give his girlfriend a set of golf clubs. ;)

angele87
Jan 8th, 2003, 11:50 PM
Originally posted by Elke
pssssssssst, don't post it inGM, please!:p;)
Thanx for all the articles!:)

That's exactly what I was thinking :o

Cilla
Jan 9th, 2003, 12:32 AM
If any Eurosport Viewers are still up, they are showing a repeat of Kim Vs Patty right now if anyone missed it. :wavey:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:18 AM
Does anyone have an update on Kim's match last I saw it was 6-1 1-0 to Kim but it has been that for ages!!

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:23 AM
Woohoo Kimmie won 6-1 6-2

But:fiery: channel 7 didn't show it again:fiery: They showed Enqvist and El Yanoui at least yeaterday it waws an aussie so i could kinda understand but that mens match is crap. Kim is number 4 in the world so treat her like it:fiery:

But again well done Kimmie:worship:

spiritfullfrog
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:24 AM
Kim won 6-1 6-2
Go kim!!! :D:D

Hawk
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:27 AM
Yay Kim! :bounce:

angele87
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:29 AM
Good job Kim :D :worship:

Elleke
Jan 9th, 2003, 06:17 AM
(3) Kim Clijsters/Ai Sugiyama (BEL/JPN) d (WC) Myriam Casanova/Evie Dominikovic (SUI/AUS) 67(5) 76(5) 76(6):eek:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 06:47 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: At that doubles score

But welldone to Kim & Ai now in the semis:worship:

Primula
Jan 9th, 2003, 07:27 AM
Well done !!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 07:38 AM
I don't really think this belongs in here but I don't know where else to post it, so i think that Kim should move up to 19 in the doubles ranks from 24 as she has earnt 89 points this week:) I can see her in the doubles top 10 in no time;)

spiritfullfrog
Jan 9th, 2003, 07:58 AM
When will Ai and Kim play their semi? Cause the doubles final is on Friday night (And I get to go to them! :)).

Come-on-kim
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:03 AM
Kim and Ai def. Dementieva/Husarova 4-6 6-2 6-1

Katja
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:06 AM
are they playing the doubles final then???



:bounce: go Kim!!!! :bounce:

spiritfullfrog
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by Katja
are they playing the doubles final then???



:bounce: go Kim!!!! :bounce:

The game Kim and Ai won today was their quarter's and now they're into the semis. All I know is that the Finals are on tomorow night, so I guess they'll have to play the semi tomorow.

duck
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:52 AM
Wow! Great doubles play.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:55 AM
No Kim & Ai also beat Dementieva and Husarova they had to play their semi straight after as the doubles final is tomorrow night right after her singles against Henin. I hope she doesn't get too tired, but still it was great doubles result I think that is ehr first win over Husarova nd Dementieva. At least her singles is first up tomorrow night and hopefully she will be fresh for it and not too tired:(

After her singles semi she will play Martinez/Stubbs in the doubles final:bounce: :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:58 AM
oh and Good Luck nto Kim for both the doubles final but more inportantly for her match against Henin as Henin played really well today so Kim will have to be sharp, at least those two doubles matches today would of worked off some rest and prepared her for her match my only worry is she will be tired

Lleykimmy1
Jan 9th, 2003, 11:58 AM
GOOK LUCK AGAINST JUSTINE KIM I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!!!

:wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

Pinkie
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:27 PM
From The Age...

Belgian good friends to slug it out in semis
January 10 2003



Kim Clijsters might have put Lleyton Hewitt before Justine Henin's wedding invitation but her boyfriend will be the last thing on her mind when the two Belgians meet in a semi-final of the Sydney International today.

Henin, now Henin-Hardenne, said her friend had been invited to the big day last November but was spending time with the men's world No. 1 instead.

Henin-Hardenne will get Clijsters' full attention on centre court.

Both made quick work of their quarter-final opponents yesterday. Clijsters dispatched American Chanda Rubin 6-1, 6-2 in 48 minutes, while Henin-Hardenne was only a touch less convincing in her 6-4, 6-4 effort over South African veteran Amanda Coetzer.

Despite the missed wedding, Henin-Hardenne said the pair had a strong relationship and she was looking forward to their 10th meeting today.

"She plays well on hardcourt and she likes playing in Australia. It's going to be a tough match," Henin-Hardenne said.

"It's not always easy (being friends and rivals). Belgium is a little country and sometimes the press try to make things controversial. But we try to forget this. We've known each other for a long time but we are still friends and that's the most important thing."

Clijsters holds a 5-4 advantage in head-to-head matches. The telling statistic is her recent dominance on hardcourts with a straight-sets quarter-final win at the Australian Open last year.

Clijsters, the second seed here, comes in fresher after a first-round bye but will not take her compatriot too lightly despite Henin-Hardenne's preference for clay. "She's very quick and defends very well. I'll have to expect every ball to come back," Clijsters said.

Unseeded Tatiana Panova booked her spot in the semis, beating Belarusian Olga Barabanschikova 6-3, 6-2.

Pinkie
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:30 PM
Friendship put to one side for battle of Belgians
January 10 2003



Putting her back into it: Justine Henin-Hardenne on her way to victory over Amanda Coetzer at the adidas International yesterday. Photo: Tim Clayton

Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters are the very best of rivals, writes Jessica Halloran.

On her dainty left ring finger she wears a thin gold band, so does Kim. She has a backhand that sends the ball rocketing, so does Kim.

But she has doll-like arms that are fine and strong. Kim's solid limbs are sculpted with muscle.

On court she's feisty, covers ground quickly and, to add more power to her shots, she lifts her small frame off the ground and smacks the ball hard. Kim doesn't need to jump, she just plants her front foot and hits hard.

They have their differences, Justine and Kim, but there are a lot of similarities. Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Cljisters are both Belgian, both top-10 players, powerful hitters, rivals but, most importantly, friends.

"We are friends and we try to stay like that because, I mean, tennis is not everything," Henin-Hardenne said softly, smiling.

"There is our relationship. So, for sure, we're going to fight to win the match, both of us, but it's one tennis match and it's not whole life."

Yesterday she beat muscle-ball Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 6-4, today she faces Clijsters in the adidas International semi-final. Clijsters breezed through her quarter-final, defeating Chanda Rubin 6-1, 6-2. She looked sharp. Rubin simply struggled.

There's a tight match history between the Belgian pair, with five wins to Kim, four to Justine.

Henin-Hardenne is one of the smaller players on the tour, she weighs 59kg. Clijsters is nine kilograms heavier.

Henin-Hardenne knows she is tiny in comparison to the strong, long frame of Lindsay Davenport or the bold muscles of Serena Williams, but she is still mixing it with the power players in the top 10, sitting at No5.

"I'm really proud, because I'm not like all the other players in the top 10," she said. "You have strong players and then you have players like me and like Martina Hingis... I work physically very hard, I can be powerful when I want. I just play with my game. That's the game that I am in the top five of the world with, so I have to continue like that."

Before the start of the season, Henin-Hardenne was training hard, to help her match it with the bigger women.

"I did a lot of fitness, a lot in the weight room. I did a lot of running, and I worked on the court also," she said. "It's physically and mentally hard, but I enjoyed my time in Florida, working hard. And there's no secret - if you want to be prepared for all the season, you have to work hard."

Things are going nicely for the 20-year-old off the court as well. Henin-Hardenne was married last November, Clijsters was invited to the wedding, but couldn't make it. She was visiting her boyfriend.

"I invited her, but unfortunately she was here in Australia with Lleyton. I understand that perfectly," she said. "She was very sad about missing that."

Today they won't just be sweating out on centre court for a spot in the final - patriotism creeps into the match as well.

"Kim and me, we are both fighters and we want to prove that Belgium is a small country, but you can make great things in a small country," she said.

Both women, unlike Russian Marat Safin, agree that EPO blood testing is a good thing. For this season the ITF, ATP and WTA tour rules have been changed to permit blood testing to assist in the detection of the synthetic hormone erythropoietin (EPO).

"I think it's very positive for tennis," Henin-Hardenne said. "They have to give 100 per cent chance that the tennis is fine, so I'm pretty happy about that."

Clijsters agreed. "I think we're a high-standard sport. I think, you know, I think as much testing as possible is good for the sport."

Cilla
Jan 9th, 2003, 02:06 PM
Well Done Kim :bounce: & Good Luck tomorrow against Justine :D Also Good Luck in the doubles too :kiss:

kit
Jan 9th, 2003, 03:10 PM
Kim won!!!:) Good luck against Henin!!!
Come on Kimmie!!You can do it!!:bounce: :fiery: :bounce: :fiery: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Jan 9th, 2003, 03:32 PM
yayyyy!!! Well done Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now beat henin!!!!!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;) :bounce: :bounce:

Hawk
Jan 9th, 2003, 03:49 PM
The head to head is 5-4 for Kim :confused: Last time I checked it was 5-2 for Kim.

Bigkimfan
Jan 9th, 2003, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by Hawk
The head to head is 5-4 for Kim :confused: Last time I checked it was 5-2 for Kim.

You're right! It's 5-2 for Kim!!!!!!:)

Elke
Jan 9th, 2003, 04:01 PM
They included all matches, so it's 5-4 to Kim. (including the ITF tournaments)
When you only count the matches on WTA tour, it's 5-2 to Kimmie.

Pinkie
Jan 9th, 2003, 04:57 PM
Good news for the Belgians (well, the ones that actually still live in Belgium), I was just listening to Radio 1 live internet radio and in Sport Live they just said that Canvas will broadcast the Kim-Justine match live! I believe the match is at 9:30 am.

Elleke
Jan 9th, 2003, 05:14 PM
PFF!! I'm at school tomorrow.. :sad::sad:

Lleykimmy1
Jan 9th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by elke_belke
PFF!! I'm at school tomorrow.. :sad::sad:

me too :( :( :(

GO KIM I KNOW THAT YOU CAN WIN !!!

:wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce:

Primula
Jan 9th, 2003, 05:40 PM
I'm not!! But I have to be behind my desk to study !!:(
But i think I will study in the kitchen, while I'm watching the game!! :p

gokimmie
Jan 9th, 2003, 06:13 PM
i'll be working;) mwuuuuuuuuahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: go kimmie!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce::devil:

Stefke
Jan 9th, 2003, 07:01 PM
I have to go to school to but I'll record it:) Then I can watch it when I come home!!! If Lleyton's there I can wait the whole day impatiently to see the beautiful landscapes!!!:p :hearts:

-Fienesse-
Jan 9th, 2003, 07:12 PM
I need to study but I think that I'll get up earlier to study, so I can watch the game!!!
Kim, here I come ;-)

pruts
Jan 9th, 2003, 07:46 PM
i'm at school but i wil tape it :)

karma
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:23 PM
I have to study too, but guess I will get up extra-early and at least try to catch some moments of the match. Pretty cool that Canvas is broadcasting.
Go Kim (and Canvas ;) )

spiritfullfrog
Jan 10th, 2003, 12:33 AM
I'm so :) happy :) I'm going to the tennis tonight!! :D I get to see Kim! :D

Also, Lleyton's already in Melbourne, there were a couple of pics of him practicing on Center Court. :(

Katja
Jan 10th, 2003, 09:38 AM
Kim won the first set 6-2!!!

:bounce: :bounce: go KIM!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Cilla
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:11 AM
Kim wins 6-2, 6-3 :D A high quality match :D Kim really pounded Henin into submission as Justine ran out of ways to stop Kimmie :bounce: Singles and doubles Final :bounce: Look out Melbourne Park here comes Kimmie ;)

Cilla
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:21 AM
Now Kim only has a little rest before she has to come out and play in the dubs final with Ai Vs Stubbs/Martinez. Kim will face Davenport in tomorrow's final! Davey had her thigh strapped and looked a little sluggish so Kim has a great shot of back 2 back titles :)

Katja
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:24 AM
how many points can she gain if she wins the final? Can she become WTA 3?

~|Naomi|~
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:27 AM
She won't get three she will be about 50 or so points behind but given Capriati's form and all the points she has to defend if Kim plays well at AO she can get there after AO!!!!!

Also Good Luck for tomorrow Kim:bounce: :bounce:
OH and for Doubles now:)

KaseyL
Jan 10th, 2003, 11:08 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :D

I LOVED this match! :bounce:

esp. loved Kim's great fist pumping :D

but :mad: @ Kim for squandering 3 match balls (my heart! :( ) :p

although I forgive her LOL: such entertaining last game thanks to the competitive spirit of both Kim and Juju! The crowd got value for its money, wow!

:bounce: GO KIM! :bounce:


For the Belgians in here who maybe don't know yet: Canvas will broadcast Kim's match LIVE tomorrow, 9.30 AM! :bounce:

(I'll try to be back here later today with the stuff I still should post here... haven't done much today :o , duty calls first now... or I'll have a meeting in two hours with no docs ready :o )

Katja
Jan 10th, 2003, 11:15 AM
any news about the doubles final yet?


:bounce: :bounce: go KIM!!! :bounce: :bounce:

angele87
Jan 10th, 2003, 11:20 AM
Kim :D :bounce: Good luck in both finals :D :kiss:

gokimmie
Jan 10th, 2003, 11:31 AM
:bounce: :worship: miss kim clijsters:worship: :bounce:
good luck in the finals kimmie!
i'm sooooo worried that whe's gonna be tired for tomorrow and esp for the aus open......

Lleykimmy1
Jan 10th, 2003, 12:17 PM
Originally posted by gokimmie
:bounce: :worship: miss kim clijsters:worship: :bounce:
good luck in the finals kimmie!
i'm sooooo worried that whe's gonna be tired for tomorrow and esp for the aus open......

me too !!!

:wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce:

duck
Jan 10th, 2003, 12:22 PM
Clijsters hammers Henin (Eurosport)

A change of tactics and an impressive power game were the difference as Kim Clijsters easily disposed of her Belgian team-mate Justin Henin-Hardenne 6-2 6-3 on Friday to reach her first Sydney final. The Williams sisters can take notice as Clijsters seems to be picking up where she left off at the end of last season.

Clijsters, who won the season-ending WTA Championships, caught Hιnin off guard by foregoing her usual baseline game and attacking the net.

Practice with boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt also appears to have paid off as the second-seeded Clijsters displayed superior power. Although the second set proved a tighter affair than the scoreline showed, third-seeded Henin came unraveled with several key unforced errors.

The Limburgher now leads in head-to-head encounters with French-speaking Henin by 6 matches to 4.

Clijsters now plays Lindsay Davenport in the final. The American beat Tatiana Panova 6-3 7-5 to reach her eighth Sydney final after their match was interrupted for more than an hour by a passing thunderstorm.

Like Clijsters, Davenport seems to be gaining momentum. The American, who has not won a title since 2001 after injuries forced her to miss most of last season, seemed stronger than in the quarter-finals when she disposed of Daniela Hantuchova.

If you have real player there is also a video portrait of Kim and Justine on the Eurosport site. The link is in the middle of the report.

Lleykimmy1
Jan 10th, 2003, 12:33 PM
WELL DONE KIM I KNOW THAT YOU CAN WIN THE TOURNAMENT !!!

:wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :wavey:

Cilla
Jan 10th, 2003, 12:35 PM
SYDNEY, Jan 10 AAP - It was billed as the battle of Belgium but the score ended up as one-sided as the Gulf War. Kim Clijsters will play American Lindsay Davenport in the final of the adidas International tomorrow after dispatching countrywoman Justine Henin-Hardenne with military precision tonight, 6-2 6-3.

The Belgians' head-to-head record of 5-4 in favour of Clijsters suggested trench warfare may be in order but Clijsters' backcourt arsenal proved too effective on the Rebound Ace surface. While the early games were tight Clijsters charged through the first set on the back of her first serve, breaking her friend twice. Clijsters then got an early break in the second, clinging to it fiercely while still challenging Henin-Hardenne on serve.
Henin-Hardenne's best moments came in the final game of the match, clawing back from three match points to have two break back opportunities.
But the 20-year-old could only scramble so much before Clijsters served out the match.

"The score definitely sounded a lot easier than it was," said Clijsters who'll play in her first final here.
Davenport holds a 6-3 career advantage of Clijsters but does have two wins in the past three matches - both of which were on hardcourts.

The American will also be fresher with Clijsters playing in the doubles final immediately preceding their clash.
Clijsters however didn't seem too concerned.

"I think I'm about ten years younger than her so I think I'll be all right," she said.

"I am just a bit disappointed because I had so many chances in that match," Henin-Hardenne said.
"On just a few important points Kim played more solid.
"I just need to change my attitude a little bit."

Pinkie
Jan 10th, 2003, 02:01 PM
Does anybody know when the Kim-Lindsay final will be played? I guess it's after the men's final, but is there any indication around what time that will be?

Cilla
Jan 10th, 2003, 02:45 PM
Not sure when the final is going to be shown Tinne. Maybe someone else can shed some light :)

Here's another article :)

Friday, 10 January, 2003, 12:29 GMT
Clijsters wins Belgian battle

Sydney International
Lindsay Davenport will meet Kim Clijsters in the final after she beat fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in the last four.
Clijsters needed five match points before she finally beat her recently-married compatriot 6-2 6-3.
Davenport had earlier booked her place in the final with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Tatiana Panova after a long rain delay.
Clijsters was pleased that her match with Henin-Hardenne has been of such high quality.

"From the first ball to the last point that was a very high-standard match," Clijsters said.
"It's great to have these kind of matches before a Grand Slam and I'm definitely a lot more confident than last year, and even then I made the semi-finals of the Aussie Open."
Former world number one Davenport's last title came in 2001 after injuries forced her to miss most of last season.
"I've definitely come a long way and it's exciting to see the progress I've made," she said.
"To be out of the game for seven or eight months and still be able to do that, I'm really proud of that."

Primula
Jan 10th, 2003, 03:53 PM
First at 11.30 there is the men-doubles final.
Then the men's final and after that follows THE match: Clijsters vs Davenport.
And I think that after that match the rest of the womens-doubles final will be played!! I think they stopped at 2-1 (40-15) !!

Primula
Jan 10th, 2003, 03:53 PM
O yeah I mean 11.30 in Australia !!

nicky
Jan 10th, 2003, 03:58 PM
I think Canvas said they would show it 9h30 am saturday:D . That means the final is the same time as the semi (start of the evening session in Sydney?).

The doubles final is supposed to be after the singles final.

Bigkimfan
Jan 10th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Great match Kim!!!!!!!! She played really well!!! :bounce: Good luck against Davenport!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

Stefke
Jan 10th, 2003, 04:31 PM
Kim you played so well:eek::):worship:
Guess what I'm gonna do tomorrow @ 9.30??!!;)

-Fienesse-
Jan 10th, 2003, 05:20 PM
Will the match that they broadcast on Canvas be live??? Otherwise I don't think I'm gonna wztch it...study :(

Inne
Jan 10th, 2003, 05:37 PM
Hey,

the broadcas on canvas isn't going to be a live coverage they said this morning.
Normally I have to study too, but i guess i am gonne get up really early so I can study before 09.30, then take a break so i can watch tennis, and afterwards back to the books.
I still don't know why we have to do our exams in januari, don't the profs know the Australian open takes place in januari ;-)
Greetz

Hawk
Jan 10th, 2003, 06:06 PM
So play starts at 11:30am

-Men's doubles
-Men's singles
-Kim vs. Lindsay

11:30am in Sydney is 7:30pm here..That means Kim's match will be pretty late at night for me..*debates whether to stay up*

Either way..:bounce: GO KIMMY!! :bounce: Take that first title of the Year! :D

-Fienesse-
Jan 10th, 2003, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by Inne
Hey,

the broadcas on canvas isn't going to be a live coverage they said this morning.
Normally I have to study too, but i guess i am gonne get up really early so I can study before 09.30, then take a break so i can watch tennis, and afterwards back to the books.
I still don't know why we have to do our exams in januari, don't the profs know the Australian open takes place in januari ;-)
Greetz

Yes, it' s a shame. And the French Open is on the same time as the exams in may and june... I am looking forward til the time I won't have exams anymore...3 more years to go ;-)
Greets

nicky
Jan 10th, 2003, 07:29 PM
You really do not need to look forward to not having exams anymore in order to watch more tennis...I never watched as much tennis as when I was a student! I sheduled my breaks around the coverage of RG and Wimby (Stefan Edberg was my fav... :drool: ); I woke up, studied ceefax (bbc teletekst), and planned my day... And the end of Wimbledon was holiday! In those days however, you didn't get to see anything of the AO or US Open.

Nowadays, I have to work, I have a husband, child and household...not so much time to watch tennis! (but I did tape and watch todays match;))

Kornelija
Jan 10th, 2003, 07:41 PM
It's very sad for me when I'm not able to watch tennis and I get almost mad when I know it should be showed on TV.
But when I don't get to see that much of it, I more and more enjoy every match . And if Kim plays- it's just paradise...

pruts
Jan 10th, 2003, 08:00 PM
normally i'm stil sleeping at 9.30 but tomorrow i will watch Kim !!! :p ;) :)

kit
Jan 10th, 2003, 08:27 PM
Well done Kim!!!:kiss: :kiss: I hope she wins Sydney!!!:fiery: :fiery: Good luck in the final!!You can beat Lindsay.Come on!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

schris
Jan 10th, 2003, 08:40 PM
Good luck Kim !

ans
Jan 10th, 2003, 09:34 PM
Hey, just a question...I believe there are some people in here from Leuven; could you tell me if you can get Eurosport coverage in Leuven (city)? I can't find it on my tele!:confused: Please help me! Good luck to Kim tomorrow of course, I'll be up at 9h29 to watch Kim's match at 9h30. Oooh, it will be so difficult not to look on teletext for the result (before watching the match) :bounce:

Lleyki
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:49 PM
Originally posted by ans
Hey, just a question...I believe there are some people in here from Leuven; could you tell me if you can get Eurosport coverage in Leuven (city)? I can't find it on my tele!:confused: Please help me! Good luck to Kim tomorrow of course, I'll be up at 9h29 to watch Kim's match at 9h30. Oooh, it will be so difficult not to look on teletext for the result (before watching the match) :bounce:
Hi, I'm from Leuven too (Well actually Kessel-lo ;)) and I don't have Eurosport :fiery: :sad:

Good Luck Kim :bounce:

Elleke
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:08 AM
no, in Leuven you don't have eurosport.. but I have, because I have canal+.. :D:D

spiritfullfrog
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:29 AM
yay she won! 6-4 6-3!!
:D:):D
Go kim!

Hawk
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:30 AM
:bounce: Kim won!!! :bounce:

Congrats KIM!! Great Start to the Season! Now knock 'em dead in Aus!! :D

Elleke
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:30 AM
yes!! ZAALLIIIIGGG!! Kim :D

nm_cb
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:32 AM
Can someone please post what Kim said in her speech? as the television station (in Australia) didn't show the presentation as they were running behind schedule!
Thanks

OrangeFrog
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:34 AM
Yay!!! Go Kim!!!:bounce:
That should give her a lot of confidence!
Wouldn't it be funny if Kim won the Australian Open Women's and Lleyton won the Men's! :D

gokimmie
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:36 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :worship: :worship: :worship: "ladies and gentlemen ,the adidas international womens singles champion,from belgium ,miss KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIM CLIJSTEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!":worship: :worship: :worship: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:



*cries tears of happiness*

Filip!
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:37 AM
Kim is so good at this moment, wow... Who had expected this in the middle of previous season???

She lost no one set in the tournament!!!!

Filip!
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:40 AM
The Flemish people can see the match on CANVAS, 9h30... so one hour to wait!

:bounce:

Katja
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:54 AM
Great! way to go Kim!!!



:bounce: :kiss: Go KIM!!! :kiss: :bounce:

Kornelija
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:58 AM
CONGRATULATIONS KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ting
Jan 11th, 2003, 08:20 AM
Wow Kim's greeeaaaat!
Hopefully she'll take the Aussie Open title home!!!:D

Cilla
Jan 11th, 2003, 08:26 AM
Congratulations Kimmie! :bounce: :bounce: What a wonderful run of form into the Aussie Open :worship: :worship: You are on fire! :fiery: :D

Bigkimfan
Jan 11th, 2003, 08:27 AM
Congrats Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now kick some ass at the AO!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Jan 11th, 2003, 09:27 AM
CONGRATULATIONS KIMMIE, YOU'RE THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:wavey: :worship: :wavey: :worship: :wavey: :worship: :wavey:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 11th, 2003, 09:42 AM
Congratulations Kimmie:worship:

spiritfullfrog
Jan 11th, 2003, 09:43 AM
:D Congrats Kim! :D

Clijsters in superb form
January 11, 2003

RED-HOT Kim Clijsters will carry the most imposing form on the WTA tour into next week's Australian Open after marching away with her fourth title in two months today.

Second-seeded Clijsters outclassed former world No.1 Lindsay Davenport 6-4 6-3 in the final of the adidas International to confirm herself as a major threat to Serena Williams' quest to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1994 to hold all four grand slam trophies at once.

The 19-year-old Belgian has now won four of her last five tournaments since October - and 21 of her last 23 matches.

Not even the all-conquering Williams can boast such a dominant record, the world No.1 having collected three titles from her last five events.

Clijsters also brought down Williams in the season-ending championship in Los Angeles in November, leaving her brimming with confidence heading to Melbourne Park.

Clijsters' convincing victory over Davenport denied the American sixth seed her first tournament triumph since October, 2001.

It was Davenport's fifth final defeat in Sydney, her lone success at the tournament coming in 1999.

Nevertheless, the three-time grand slam champion will still be feeling infinitely better than on this day exactly 12 months go when the 26-year-old was forced to undergo knee surgery and had her wondering if her best playing days were behind her.

was left with no doubt Clijsters, the world No.4, loomed as a serious danger to Williams' dream of completing the "Serena Slam".

"I would put her and Serena as the favourites, for sure," said Davenport, who'd know after taking out the 2000 Australian Open.

"I think she's definitely going to win a slam. I can't tell you if it's going to be in the next two weeks, but I would think she has a big advantage over the other players from being here so long and playing on the Rebound Ace.

"She's so fast and her game's coming together where she's cutting down the errors."

Clijsters was playing down her Australian Open chances, not instructing punters to lash out on a winning double in Melbourne for her and boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt.

Asked if she had reached the level to break through for her maiden grand slam success, the level-headed teenager said: "You're never there if you haven't done it".

"In a small tournament, you have to win four or five matches. In a grand slam, you have to do everything for two weeks," said Clijsters, a semi-finalist at last year's Australian Open.

"I think that's still maybe something that I have to get, a little more experience in the grand slams.

"But who knows, it's possible. But in a grand slam all the players are so much more motivated, especially players like Venus and Serena. They get really fired up for those matches and play even better."

Despite today's defeat, Davenport's run to the final was enough to lift her from 12th to back into the world's top 10 as she continued her comeback from her nine-month injury layoff.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:12 AM
She won the doubles too 6-3 6-3:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

-Fienesse-
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:17 AM
I'm soooooooo proud of you Kimmy, it really makes my day!!!!! Congrats and good lucjk at the Aussie Open!!

Primula
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:18 AM
Way to go Kimmie !!!:bounce: :bounce:

Cilla
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:19 AM
Sydney International
Belgium's Kim Clijsters beat former world number one Lindsay Davenport 6-4 6-3 to clinch her 11th singles title.

Clijsters, who now goes into the Australian Open having won 19 of her last 20 matches, coped better than Davenport in the windy conditions and played the big points particularly well.
But the 19-year-old Belgian is refusing to get carried away by her hot run of form.
"In a Grand Slam you have to do everything right for two weeks," she said.
"Maybe I have to get a little more experience into the Grand Slams."
Davenport, however, tips Clijsters to do well in Melbourne next week.
"She's so fast and her game's coming together where she's cutting down on her errors," said the American.
"You still have to get through the Williamses and some other players, but I would put her (Clijsters) and Serena as the favourites, for sure." (bit of Juju there eh? ;))

Well Done in the doubles :bounce: What a day for Kimmie :worship: :kiss:

Lynnsha
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:23 AM
:bounce: :bounce: CONGRATS KIM:bounce: :bounce:

and

:bounce: :bounce: CONGRATS KIM AND AI:bounce: :bounce:

Stefke
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:28 AM
Yaaaaaaay Kimmy!!!!!!:bounce: :D
What a day:worship:
Why wasn't Lley there:confused: :sad:I was hoping so much for a Lleyki-kiss!!:hearts:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:30 AM
Rankings update:

Kim will still be number four but is now only 55 points behind Capriati! Capriati also has 1008 points to defend at AO, while Kim has 410 points to defend. Kim earnt 350 points this week and so her points total is now 3741 , Capriati is 3796. Henin has 3207 and is at 5.

So Capriati-3796
Kim-3741:bounce: :bounce:
HH-3207

And Kim will also move to 16 in the doubles, I think as I'm not so good at calculating doubles bonus points so she could move to 17

Primula
Jan 11th, 2003, 10:34 AM
He was already practicing in Melbourne!! I think he desperately wants to win the Aussie-Open

Bigkimfan
Jan 11th, 2003, 11:02 AM
Well done Kim/Ai!!!:bounce:

sanstamtam
Jan 11th, 2003, 11:15 AM
Congrats girls:bounce: :bounce:

Lynnsha
Jan 11th, 2003, 11:40 AM
Is it the first title that Kim and Ai win together?

angele87
Jan 11th, 2003, 11:56 AM
What a great week for Kim :D Congrats :bounce: :worship: :kiss:

pruts
Jan 11th, 2003, 12:06 PM
she playd sooooo good!!!:bounce: :bounce: :worship: :worship:
i'm soooo happy!!!

Lynnsha
Jan 11th, 2003, 12:30 PM
January 11, 2003

SYDNEY (Ticker) - Showing she is a top contender for next week's Australian Open, second-seeded Kim Clijsters beat No. 6 Lindsay Davenport in straight sets to win the adidas International on Saturday.

Clijsters dispatched Davenport, 6-4, 6-3, to claim her 11th career title. She has won 19 of her last 20 matches dating to a semifinal loss to Anastasia Myskina at Leipzig in September. Since that defeat, Clijsters won at Filderstadt, Luxembourg, the year-ending event in Los Angeles and here.

The 19-year-old Belgian hopes she can continue her momentum into next week, when the season's first Grand Slam begins. As the fourth seed, she takes on American Samantha Reeves in the first round.

"It's always nice, it can't go any better," said Clijsters, who earned $93,000. "It's always tough to focus back on that first match (at the next tournament) because you're probably still on a roll from playing quarters, semis and then all of a sudden it starts all over again. You don't really get a lot of time to enjoy (the win) before such a big tournament."

Davenport, the 1999 winner who was playing her sixth final in her last eight appearances in Sydney, lost to Clijsters for only the fourth time in 10 encounters.

"(Clijsters) is a lot more consistent and a lot more confident, and a lot of times in this game, confidence is kind of what you need to get you over the hump of being a semifinalist or quarterfinals to being winner," the American said. "You could just tell, the way she plays now. Break point down or the big points, she's so confident in her shots, and you can really tell it in the shots she comes up with. She's always been very talented and very athletic. I think now she's very consistent and confident."

A year to the day on Saturday, Davenport underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. She spent nine weeks on crutches and underwent intensive rehabilitation before returning to action in mid-July 2002. The 26-year-old American is 28-10 since her return, reaching five finals without winning a title.

"I felt like this is the week I needed, a lot of matches," said Davenport, who was looking to win her 38th title. "I don't worry about the losses too much. There's definitely some things in my game that I need to improve on. My first serve percentage here has been pretty bad. I'd like to be a little bit more aggressive and consistent on the returns. But that's the kind of stuff that clicks on one day and can help me go far in the next two weeks."

ikke
Jan 11th, 2003, 12:59 PM
Well done Kim (and Ai):bounce: :bounce:
Thanks for that artical

valentine
Jan 11th, 2003, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by nm_cb
Can someone please post what Kim said in her speech? as the television station (in Australia) didn't show the presentation as they were running behind schedule!
Thanks
ok!First Davenport spoke and she congratulated kim for her win. She said that she improved so much sinds the middle of last year, that Kim was very talented and that she had good chances to do well at the aussie-open! She said that Kim was a wonderfull girl! KIm thanked her at the begining of her speech. She said that it was an honour to hear it from such a good player! She congatulated Lindsay for her come back after her injury and wished her the best for the AO. Next, she thanked all the sponsors but she said that she had to be quick because she had to come back to play the dubble final. She thanked her coach and Eveline Coppens and said to the crowd that she was very happy for their support,...
I think it's all... Sory for my english, I did my best...!!!

kit
Jan 11th, 2003, 03:56 PM
Congratulation Kim!!!:worship: :worship: :worship:
Wow,she plays very,very well at the moment.
I'm very happy and proud of Kimmie!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

KaseyL
Jan 12th, 2003, 11:16 PM
thanks a lot for all the info.

Liked to add this: I was :o ( ;) ) when Kim smashed her racket due to frustration with the line judge. (was already the second time that she found him/her? unfair)

When later on she thought he'd been favorable to her for a change (it wasn't, though), she gave him the tumbs up in a bit of a sarcastic way imo. :D

Great showing of fire!

nm_cb
Jan 13th, 2003, 12:31 AM
Thanks for that

When Kim smashed her racquet on the ground at the ball she thought was out she cracked her racquet!!!

Oizo
Jan 13th, 2003, 02:40 AM
Congrats Kim. :) You won it :kiss:

2284
Jan 13th, 2003, 09:14 AM
I saw the 1st set, but the bloody TV coverage cut out at 6pm...and I still havn't seen the 2nd set or the presentations!...but anyway, congratulations to Kim