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STROMILE
Jan 24th, 2003, 01:49 PM
yeah it s seems like all aussies journalists are kinda m@f%^#" check this out ! i am amazed that people can write such b^*"#, i now realize how far America is...
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'Our Kim' misses her cue to stop the Williams show
January 24 2003
By Alan Attwood



So here we go again. Another instalment in the all-skipping, all-swinging Williams sisters show. Serena Williams will play her big sister Venus in the Australian Open women's singles final tomorrow.

They last met in the US Open final and before that at Wimbledon, which came shortly after the French Open final. Serena won the lot.

She may well win again tomorrow, having made it her new year's resolution to win every match she plays this year. But that plan - not to mention her ambitions of completing a "Serena Slam" by claiming her first Australian Open title - were nearly scuppered late yesterday afternoon by Kim Clijsters, who is officially from Belgium but quite obviously an Australian. The centre court crowd have christened her "Kimmy" and also "Kimina". A large sign hung up in the stands, facing the Williams clan: "Go Kim. Wreck 'em", it read. And in her corner was the little battler, Lleyton Hewitt. He found himself in the odd position of urging his girlfriend (Our Kim) to knock out the world No. 1, just as he had been upset on the same court last Monday.

At 5.07pm it seemed about to happen: there would be an Australian element in the Open final after all. Clijsters came out to serve, leading 5-2. A few minutes later, she held match-point. She couldn't clinch it. Then she had another. Lost that one too. Then she lost the game. And also the next one.

At 5.18, still leading at 5-4, Clijsters tried again. As a brass band oompahed outside Rod Laver Arena and seagulls circled overhead, she started with a double-fault. Then she sent down another. She drew back to 30-all, just two points from victory, but there was now a ghastly inevitability to what was unfolding.


Clijsters sent a backhand long to drop her fourth game in succession. That became five in 20 minutes when Williams - who at 21 is a year younger than Venus; a year older than Clijsters - held serve comfortably to lead for the first time in the match, which had just ticked past the two-hour mark.

In the stands Hewitt sat forward, powerless to do anything at all. He could only watch as Williams sent two winners past Clijsters to have her reeling at 0-30. A wayward Clijsters backhand brought up three match-points for the American. She only needed one. Clijsters' last shot found the net.

Williams raised her hands high, letting her racquet fly free. She seemed more incredulous than exultant about her 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory. Smiling broadly, she turned to the stands and approached her mother and sister Venus, who had earlier dispatched another Belgian, Justine Henin-Hardenne, much more efficiently. Aussie Kim, meanwhile, was making a rapid exit from centre court. Having twice been a point away from her first final in Melbourne, she was now out of the tournament and, with any luck, also out of earshot as Serena gushed to the crowd: "I honestly don't know how I was able to win. I kept fighting, one point at a time, and the next thing I knew the match was over."

With any luck her excitement at her great escape distracted her from some boos among the polite applause from the crowd. These reflected both disappointment at the Clijsters collapse and dissatisfaction with a prolonged break the younger Williams took early in the deciding set to have some foot blisters treated. The only one who seemed to find nothing odd with this time-out (even referee Peter Bellenger wandered over for a look) was Clijsters. Blisters can be very painful, she said later. So can losing. But less than an hour after making her centre-court exit, Clijsters was smiling and talking freely, thus confirming her eligibility for a place in the pantheon of Glorious Aussie Losers.

The only thing she regretted about the last handful of games were double-faults at 5-4, only her third and fourth for the match.

Other than that, she said, she had kept trying but just was not quite good enough.

Winners are grinners, and Williams was doing a lot of grinning as she talked about staying positive, even when trailing 1-5. She had a scare yesterday, but she is through to tomorrow's final. Her opponent will be her doubles partner of yesterday evening, sister Venus. When her place in the singles final had been booked a few hours earlier, Venus had done her best skipping-girl impression and said: "It's s-o-o-o exciting . . . I'm s-o-o-o happy." The crowd will not be quite so happy to see the final such a family affair. Kim with kangaroo could have made a charming photo. Instead, Clijsters and Hewitt and everyone else can only look on as the sisters from Florida again confront each other.



link:
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/01/23/1042911494568.html

treufreund
Jan 24th, 2003, 01:55 PM
Good article. Because it's the UNSWEETENED REALITY. Most people feel like the sport has been stolen by the sisters. No need for people to be angry and write how terrible I am for saying what many people feel. The sisters are playing the best and nobody can deny but why should deny how tired they are of that and how disappointed they are that a great player like Kim got intimidated and could not call up some great serves to put herself in control of the points from the beginning of her service games.

Cybelle Darkholme
Jan 24th, 2003, 02:01 PM
So its not about who plays with the most belief and courage and heart and will to win, its about being so despreat to have an aussie in the final and photo op with her. Pathetic.

also I love how he never mentions that after the timeout. kim won three straight games. How biased of him.

Wow, Treu, I guess you nailed it. Now you know why the williams fans get so riled up: people like you who act like the sisters have "stolen" tennis. People like you who blame serena and venus for winning as if they should go out there and lose. Sorry but thats the most pathetic and weak excuse in the book and if its true its just ugly. Its ugly of you and its ugly of whoever thinks that way.

The "unsweetened" truth is biased. The writer doesn't reveal all the facts of the match and really he sounds like he didn't want kim to win more than serena to lose. The whole sad affair is, if the situation was reversed and kim had been the one to comeback from 1 - 5 I doubt we would be seeing these stories.

The articles would be: KIMS COMEBACK QUEEN or some such.

Your opinion validates nicely what some williams fans have suspected all along about certain fans. Of course some williams fans have known all along how they are perceived in society. Funny how the fans see the williams sisters as a threat more than the other players. Kim had a good reaction to her loss, knows what she did wrong, plans on doing something about it while you and others think serena "stole" something.

Oh and the bit you wrote about how no need to write about how awful it is for you or others to feel that way... you must be kidding.

Sorry you and others may be entitled to your feelings but that doesn't mean they are okay. Also its not really a feeling than an opinion. A feeling is anger, happiness, or whatever.So really your opinion is based on some feeling like envy? hate? sadness?

well whatever it is instead of taking out your frustration on kim who blew it, you are targeting serena who DID NOTHING WRONG.

Jen had a comeback last year, but no one thought she "stole" something.

Experimentee
Jan 24th, 2003, 02:07 PM
Where was this article from? It annoys me that some Aussies only support Kim because shes Lleytons girlfriend. What if they break up, are they still going to like her then, and call her Aussie Kim? They interviewed some random fans on tv and they said they were just cheering Kim because she was an honorary aussie. Nothing about her game or her fighting spirit or anything. This country seems to be really desperate for a great female player and are resorting to any kind of connection, however remote it may be.

Chance
Jan 24th, 2003, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by Experimentee
Where was this article from? It annoys me that some Aussies only support Kim because shes Lleytons girlfriend. What if they break up, are they still going to like her then, and call her Aussie Kim? They interviewed some random fans on tv and they said they were just cheering Kim because she was an honorary aussie. Nothing about her game or her fighting spirit or anything. This country seems to be really desperate for a great female player and are resorting to any kind of connection, however remote it may be.

totally agree!

nice post cybelle,as always.

STROMILE
Jan 24th, 2003, 03:11 PM
here is the link :
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/01/23/1042911494568.html

Cam'ron Giles
Jan 24th, 2003, 04:57 PM
The Ausie's are so fucking desperate it is shameful. How sad for them. Fiend, even for you that was low. "The sport has been stolen"?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???

To know that you feel this way make me feel so much better about the Williams success. Eat your heart out you dispicable piece of crap....:p

Cam'ron Giles
Jan 24th, 2003, 04:59 PM
If I was Alicia Molik or Nicole Pratt, I would be insulted. Dokic knew what she was doing when she left that disgusting place. They can have Kim...:rolleyes:

OMG, FIEND, you are hurting so bad...:sad:

martinarules
Jan 24th, 2003, 05:09 PM
Kim deffinetly had her chances to beat Serena wasnt she up like 5-1 in the third? Another boring ass williams final awaits us :(

Cam'ron Giles
Jan 24th, 2003, 05:21 PM
Noone is forcing you to watch. I see that you are a glutton for punishment judging by you username...LOL

hingis-seles
Jan 24th, 2003, 05:28 PM
The only thing I am wondering after reading this article is where these, I shudder to use the term, "journalists" were when Martina collapsed against Jen. All I read was about Jennifer's strong will and fighting abilities. When Serena does the same, it's all about "Our Kim" fails to stop the Williams Show.

I was cheering for Kim in the match, but she didn't play well enough to win and Serena did step it up like a #1 player should. What's so difficult about that to understand?

Serendy Willick
Jan 24th, 2003, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by hingis-seles
The only thing I am wondering after reading this article is where these, I shudder to use the term, "journalists" were when Martina collapsed against Jen. All I read was about Jennifer's strong will and fighting abilities. When Serena does the same, it's all about "Our Kim" fails to stop the Williams Show.

I was cheering for Kim in the match, but she didn't play well enough to win and Serena did step it up like a #1 player should. What's so difficult about that to understand?

Amen.

Volcana
Jan 24th, 2003, 05:51 PM
He isn't pretending he's impartial. That said, this line "....there was now a ghastly inevitability to what was unfolding....." is priceless. Whether you were pro-Kim or anti-Serena, the handwriting was on the wall.

RAA
Jan 24th, 2003, 06:53 PM
yes, I don't understand why people think it was gamesmanship when Serena continued to lose after taking that time out.. it certainly didn't stop or change the momentum. that only came later..
its a fine point that cybell pointed out but for some reason most people are missing.

aisha
Jan 24th, 2003, 07:38 PM
And this is supposedly the friendliest slam? Excuse me, I find that hard to believe.

CC
Jan 24th, 2003, 10:02 PM
What did Mary Carillo say, these people (Aussies) are not only about sportsmanship, but also fellowship. I thought that was such a gross generalization at the time, and now I'm certain it is.