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Aussie_Kim
Mar 16th, 2003, 04:06 AM
I thought since it starts this week we should start a thread. I guess the draw will be out 2morow.

Can't wait! If Kim & Lleyton do as well as they've done @ Indian Wells, I'll be happy.
:bounce: Go Kim :bounce:
:bounce: Go Lleyton :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 16th, 2003, 06:06 AM
Good Luck Kimmie :bounce:

She should be the number 3 seed :) If the draw is like last years when the number 2 and 3 seeds are drawn in the sam half she should have Venus in the semis if they both get there

spiritfullfrog
Mar 16th, 2003, 07:26 AM
Here's the official site....

NASDAQ 100 Website (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/)

Good Luck Kim and Lleyton!! :kiss:
It's good to know that Kim won't have to play Serena till the final! ;)

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

arn
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:44 AM
Good luck Kim! A good thing she doesn't have to play in the beginning of the week, a couple days rest will do her good :)

angele87
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:48 AM
How did Kim do in Miami last year??

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:53 AM
How did Kim do in Miami last year??

She reached the quarters where she lost in 3 sets to Monica.

She has 101 points to defend. That's just 23 points more than her 18th tournament (88pts French Open)

So she can gain a lot of points again :bounce:

Gooooooooooo Kim !!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

angele87
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:00 AM
Was it an all Williams final last year?? If so, Kim has another good chance to gain some points :bounce:

angele87
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:09 AM
Nevermind, I stopped being lazy and checked it out for myself lol

Venus was beaten by Serena in the semis last year :(

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:18 AM
1 Serena Williams 590
2 Jennifer Capriati 327
3 Monica Seles 245
4 Venus Williams 212
5 Elena Dementieva 129
6 Tathiana Panova 134
7 Marissa Irvin 111
8 Martina Hingis 104
9 Kim Clijsters 101 (18th best=88)
10 Anna Kremer 90
11 Cara Black 84
12 Anna Pistolesi 79
13 Silvia Farina Elia 78
14 Alexandra Stevenson 72
15 Iroda Tulyaganova 64
16 Amanda Coetzer 63
17 Barbara Rittner 55
18 Tathiana Poutchek 51
19 Tina Pisnik 47
20 Paola Suarez 47
21 Samantha Reeves 47
22 Katarina Srebotnik 45
23 Mariana Diaz-Oliva 45
24 Stephanie Foretz 43
25 Greta Arn 41
26 Wynna Prakusya 41
27 Janet Lee 39
28 Jelena Dokic 38
29 Maggie Maleeva 36
30 Tamarina Tanasugarn 36
31 Evie Dominikovic 35
32 Lisa Raymond 32
33 Anastacia Myskina 32
34 Kveta Hrdlickova 31
35 Meghann Shaughnessy 30
36 Barbara Schett 30
37 Ai Sugiyama 29
38 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian 26
39 Lilia Osterloh 24
40 Conchita Martinez 24
41 Eleni Daniilidou 24
42 Elena Likhovsteva 20
43 Emmanuella Gagliardi 20
44 Marlene Weingartner 20
45 Gala Leon Garcia 20
46 Marta Marrero 20
47 Iva Majoli 17
48 Martina Müller 17
...
Justine Henin Hardenne 1
Daniela Hantuchova 1
Patty Schnyder 1

Ting
Mar 16th, 2003, 01:34 PM
Thanks :)

Good luck to Kim and Lleyton!! :kiss:
In fact I would prefer Serena to Venus for Kim to play though.

angele87
Mar 16th, 2003, 01:35 PM
1 Serena Williams 590
2 Jennifer Capriati 327
3 Monica Seles 245
4 Venus Williams 212
5 Elena Dementieva 129
6 Tathiana Panova 134
7 Marissa Irvin 111
8 Martina Hingis 104
9 Kim Clijsters 101 (18th best=88)
10 Anna Kremer 90
11 Cara Black 84
12 Anna Pistolesi 79
13 Silvia Farina Elia 78
14 Alexandra Stevenson 72
15 Iroda Tulyaganova 64
16 Amanda Coetzer 63
17 Barbara Rittner 55
18 Tathiana Poutchek 51
19 Tina Pisnik 47
20 Paola Suarez 47
21 Samantha Reeves 47
22 Katarina Srebotnik 45
23 Mariana Diaz-Oliva 45
24 Stephanie Foretz 43
25 Greta Arn 41
26 Wynna Prakusya 41
27 Janet Lee 39
28 Jelena Dokic 38
29 Maggie Maleeva 36
30 Tamarina Tanasugarn 36
31 Evie Dominikovic 35
32 Lisa Raymond 32
33 Anastacia Myskina 32
34 Kveta Hrdlickova 31
35 Meghann Shaughnessy 30
36 Barbara Schett 30
37 Ai Sugiyama 29
38 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian 26
39 Lilia Osterloh 24
40 Conchita Martinez 24
41 Eleni Daniilidou 24
42 Elena Likhovsteva 20
43 Emmanuella Gagliardi 20
44 Marlene Weingartner 20
45 Gala Leon Garcia 20
46 Marta Marrero 20
47 Iva Majoli 17
48 Martina Müller 17
...
Justine Henin Hardenne 1
Daniela Hantuchova 1
Patty Schnyder 1
Thanks :kiss: Only one point for Justine, that's not good :o

Elke
Mar 16th, 2003, 01:47 PM
Come on, Kimmie! :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 16th, 2003, 08:26 PM
Only one point for Justine, that's not good

Yes but now Kim is like 900 points ahead of her and Henin has more to defend on the clay than Kim :)

~|Naomi|~
Mar 16th, 2003, 08:27 PM
Only one point for Justine, that's not good

Yes but now Kim is like 900 points ahead of her and Henin has more to defend on the clay than Kim :) And also a lot more on the grass , a semi at Wimbledon while Kim has nothing to defend on the grass :D

jenglisbe
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:02 PM
Will Kim take the week off in doubles or is she playing with Ai in Miami, too?

Aussie_Kim
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:08 PM
Will Kim take the week off in doubles or is she playing with Ai in Miami, too?

I hope not. They are a good team. Then again I don't expect Kim 2 play 2 well. With Scottsdale, Indian Wells & now Miami with no brake her body must be pretty tired.

If she can make the 1/4's I'll b happy!

Cilla
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:19 PM
Good Luck Kim :D

pruts
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:16 PM
good luck Kimmie!!! :bounce:

Hawk
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:21 PM
Here is the draw..:)

Serena Williams USA(1)
VS.
Bye

Francesca Schiavone ITA
VS.
Barbara Rittner GER

Qualifier
VS.
Marissa Irvin USA

Bye
VS.
Tatiana Panova RUS(25)

Elena Dementieva RUS(19)
VS.
Bye

Emilie Loit FRA
VS.
Nicole Pratt AUS

Iroda Tulyaganova UZB
VS.
Qualifier

Bye
VS.
Elena Bovina RUS(16)

Monica Seles USA(10)
VS.
Bye

AllyBaker USA
VS.
Qualifier

Qualifier
VS.
Qualifier

Bye
VS.
Alexandra Stevenson USA(24)

Iva Majoli CRO(29)
VS.
Bye

Flavia Pennetta ITA
VS.
Angelique Widjaja INA

Tina Pisnik SLO
VS.
Cristina Torrens Valero ESP

Bye
VS.
Lindsay Davenport USA(7)



Kim Clijsters BEL(3)
VS.
Bye

Jamea Jackson USA
VS.
Yoon Jeong Cho KOR

Maja Matevzic SLO
VS.
Cara Black ZIM

Bye
VS.
Paola Suarez ARG(27)

Lisa Raymond USA(22)
VS.
Bye

Qualifier
VS.
Peng Shuai CHN

Fabiola Zuluaga COL
VS.
Angelika Roesch GER

Bye
VS.
Anna Pistolesi ISR(15)

Jelena Dokic YUG(9)
VS.
Bye

Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
VS.
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS

Maria Sharapova RUS
VS.
Els Callens BEL

Bye
VS.
Nathalie Dechy FRA(21)

Elena Likhovtseva RUS(28)
VS.
Bye

Tathiana Garbin ITA
VS.
Silvija Talaja CRO

Barbara Schett AUT
VS.
Alicia Molik AUS

Bye
VS.
Daniela Hantuchova SVK(5)



Amelie Mauresmo FRA(8)
VS.
Bye

Klara Koukalova CZE
VS.
Qualifier

Rita Grande ITA
VS.
Tatiana Poutchek BLR

Bye
VS.
Clarisa Fernandez ARG(26)

Silvia Farina Elia ITA(20)
VS.
Bye

Katarina Srebotnik SLO
VS.
Tatiana Golovin FRA

Joannette Kruger RSA
VS.
Carly Gullickson USA

Bye
VS.
Chanda Rubin USA(12)

Eleni Daniilidou GRE(14)
VS.
Bye

Jill Craybas USA
VS.
Qualifier

Martina Muller GER
VS.
Qualifier

Bye
VS.
Amanda Coetzer RSA(18)

Tamarine Tanasugarn THA(30)
VS.
Bye

Denisa Chladkova CZE
VS.
Vera Zvonareva RUS

Patricia Wartusch AUT
VS.
Qualifier

Bye
VS.
Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL(4)



Jennifer Capriati USA(6)
VS.
Bye

Iveta Benesova CZE
VS.
Qualifier

Daja Bedanova CZE
VS.
Stephanie Foretz FRA

Bye
VS.
Laura Granville USA(31)

Ai Sugiyama JPN(17)
VS.
Bye

Dinara Safina RUS
VS.
Anna Kournikova RUS

Qualifier
VS.
Sarah Taylor USA

Bye
VS.
Anastasia Myskina RUS(11)

Magdalena Maleeva BUL(13)
VS.
Bye

Meilen Tu USA
VS.
Bethanie Mattek USA

Alina Jidkova RUS
VS.
Anca Barna GER

Bye
VS.
Meghann Shaughnessy USA(23)

Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian SUI(32)
VS.
Bye

Virginie Razzano FRA
VS.
Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI

Shinobu Asagoe JPN
VS.
Magui Serna ESP

Bye
VS.
Venus Williams USA(2)

It sure is long lol..anyhoo once again pretty good for Kim :D

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:27 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Wow wonderful draw for Kimmy :)

If she plays just good I think we can say she has a really good shot to reach the semis here :)

No Davenport, Capriati, Mauresmo, Seles, Rubin, Bovina, Coetzer, Shaughnessy nor Sugiyama in her Quarter :bounce:

And in the semifinal she would have met a Williams for sure so this was the best draw she could have I think :)

~|Naomi|~
Mar 18th, 2003, 05:31 AM
I like the draw she got a good section with Pistolesi the seed she should meet in the 4th round, but I don't know if Pistolesi will make it there. And in the QF probably be Hantuchova or Dokic and if Kim plays well, given how they have been playing Kim can win. However I expect Kuznetsova to meet Kim in the QF if Kim gets to QF and Kim beat her in Tokyo last year, albeit in a close 3 setter. And so what if she has Serena's half, Serena has a sore knee so it is a good opportunity for kim, I just hope she isn't too tired :)

Lynx
Mar 18th, 2003, 06:40 AM
She should be able to reach the SF without too much trouble... and maybe - just maybe - if Linds can take the edge off Serena... who knows?

Good draw anyway! :)

Come-on-kim
Mar 18th, 2003, 10:27 AM
Come On Kimmie!!

Lynnsha
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:04 AM
Very comfortable draw for kim. She can easily reach the semis. :bounce:

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

Kornelija
Mar 18th, 2003, 12:45 PM
Kim gofor one more tittle and make us more happy!!!! :worship:

Bigkimfan
Mar 18th, 2003, 02:40 PM
Good draw!!! ;)

Komaan Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

pathfinder
Mar 18th, 2003, 02:43 PM
She should be able to reach the SF without too much trouble... Good draw anyway! :)

I second that.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 19th, 2003, 07:47 AM
I wasn't really sure where to post this but it is a new article it mentions Kim and Hatuchova as the major threats to the Williams. But what really annoys me is that they harp on about Hantuchova only being 19 yet fail to mention that Kim is 19 too and is infact younger than Hantuchova. They also say that Kim only has one win aginst Serena, but don't menton her record against Venus. Also they fail to mention that Hantuchova has never beaten either of them :rolleyes:

I don't think the reporter likes Kim very much, so feel free to delete this thread if you want. I only wanted to vent my anger

=======
Challenging the Williamses: Anyone?
Published March 19, 2003


KEY BISCAYNE · Daniela Hantuchova, a stick figure with a baseball cap and a racket, settled in behind the north baseline on the stadium court at the Nasdaq-100 and began serving while Nigel Sears, her estimable British coach, fed her ball after ball.

Sears continued until you had the sense that Hantuchova's long, slender right arm was going to collapse from fatigue.

"If you want to beat the Williams sisters, you have to serve accurately and you have to have a second serve that doesn't get annihilated. That's a huge key to beating them. We spend an enormous time working on Daniela's serve," Sears said.

"It's not bad now," he added, "but it needs to get a whole lot better."

That's what it has come to now on the women's tour -- not just training to improve your overall game but placing high emphasis on the specific skills it will take to beat Serena and Venus, who have become almost unbeatable in the big events.

On the first day of the Nasdaq, run down the list of suspects in the top 10 and eyeball a few young prospects, primarily Russian, who are rolling up quickly from the top 50. Is there anyone out there capable of knocking Serena and Venus off their perch in the next five years?

Jennifer Capriati? She's 0 for 4 against Venus and has lost her last seven to the sisters. Plus, she has a terrible serve when the money is on the table.

Lindsay Davenport? She has one win in her past nine meetings with Venus, at Linz, Austria, in 2000, and four straight losses to Serena, whom she last beat in 2000, long before Serena swapped her nerves for four straight Grand Slam titles.

Justine Henin-Hardenne? Nice game, great backhand, lots of grit and a small-time serve. Doesn't fit the how-to-beat-Serena-and-Venus mold.

Amelie Mauresmo? She's hurt all the time.

Monica Seles? She's 29, frequently injured and hasn't been in a Grand Slam final in five years.

If there are two young players on the WTA Tour that can challenge the Williamses in the next couple of years it's Kim Clijsters and Hantuchova, and nothing is certain about either.

Clijsters is big enough, quick enough, strong enough and has enough serve to compete with the sisters, though the results aren't there. She had Serena down 5-1 in the third set of their Australian Open semifinal this year but lost her nerve and the last six games.

She's 1-6 against Serena and has lost three of her past four to Venus, with the only win coming when Venus strained her leg at the tour championships last November.

At No. 3 in the rankings behind the Williams sisters, Clijsters has beaten back the rest of the tour. But there's a wide chasm between her and the sisters. Who can say when she'll play her best tennis? Maybe in the next 12 days. Maybe next year. Maybe when the Williams sisters retire from tennis, bored and ready for a new world to conquer.

At 19, Hantuchova is in only her third full year on tour and, though she has risen quickly to the top 10, Sears readily acknowledges that "she's still an evolving player, and a lot of the work she has to do is mental. Daniela is young, and that maturing will only come through playing in tight situations."

It's not just a bigger serve and mental stability she needs, but the ability to abandon her strong baseline game and come forward. "To beat the Williamses is not just a matter of outslugging them," Sears said. "It's outthinking them as well."

When Hantuchova finished her serving, she moved to the service line, where Sears gave her a hundred short balls -- a drill designed to raise her confidence in finishing points halfway to the net.

"When you get those half-chances against them, you have to take it, have to be able to come forward," he said.

It's not easy to bend for short balls when you're 6 feet tall and used to winning points from the baseline, but Sears urges Hantuchova on, telling her not to worry about making errors.

"Sometimes, you have to make a hash of a few things early on to get it right in the end," he said. "I want Daniela to come forward with an eye to the future rather than the immediate."

The future for her, and for Clijsters, is perhaps a year away ... maybe two. Will the Williams sisters still be playing tennis? If they are, they'll be on twin thrones, waiting for the next pretender.

Charles Bricker can be reached at cbricker@sun- sentinel.com

~|Naomi|~
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:32 PM
I didn't really know where to put this but
Kim isn't playing either Warsaw or Bol :sad: :sad:
So she will lose 361 points :sad: The Warsaw field is really very weak, the only good news is Henin isn't playing either so she can't earn any points but if Henin does well in Amelia IS and Charelston she will really cut Kim's lead :sad:

Kim has nothing to defend in Berlin the next week :) While Henin has 400 and something for winning it last year.

I wonder why Kim isn't playing :confused: And why she has just decided to not worry about defending her 361 points :sad:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:34 PM
Kim has commited to Berlin she should be the second seed behind Serena and has committed to Rome where she has 200 points to defend, she will be the third seed there as both Williams are playing

And Venus is playing Warsaw so she should open the gap over Kim again and Henin should close it :sad:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:45 PM
Okay I am really talking to myself here ;) but

I think maybe Kim is not playing Warsaw is because
1/ Doesn't want to get tired by the French Open this year like last year. Cause when she did well at FO in 2001 she barely won a match on the clay in the lead up, so she was still fresh.
2/ I don't think Kim likes playing in Eastern Europe, has she only played there twice? Fed Cup in Russia and Bol in 2001 :confused:
3/ She has no points to defend in Berlin, and she likes to play in Germany, so she thinks this will compensate for her loss of points. But she will have to win a match here this year ;)

But she is like inviting Henin to catch her because Henin is playing both Ameila IS and Charelston and Kim isn't :mad: So she will close the gap on Kim there :fiery: and then just lets 361 points fall off without even flinching. Sometimes I wonder what this girl is thinking :p But if it all ends up with a good FO showing I will be happy :)

Hawk
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:29 PM
Venus is playing Warsaw but she isn't playing Amelia Island at least she hasn't committed and I don't think she will. So Kim will lose championship points for Hamburg and Venus will lose championship points for Amelia Island. As for Juju..I wouldn't worry too much..she's got alot of points to defend on clay..and she's 900+ back of Kim :)

I don't think Warsaw really fits into Kim's schedule anyway..it's probably best for her if she doesn't go.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 20th, 2003, 02:21 AM
Thanks Hawk :)

i worked this stuff out too: It is what the ranks will lok like if you remove points and take into consideration 18th best results.

Miami points off: Kim4438, Justine- 3544
Charelston off: Kim 3544, Justine-3544
Amelis Is off: Kim 3544, Justine 3323
Hamburg off: Kim either 4165 or 4125 because it depends what she does in Miami this week, so as to what her 18th best result will be, it could either 88 or 48) and Justine will have 3264 points
Berlin off: Kim either 4165 or 4125 as she has nothing to defnd in Berlin and Justine = 2831
Rome off: Kim again depends on what her 18th result is, but saying she earns more than 88 in Miami this week it should make her 18th here 48 points, so her points would be 4013 and Justine = 2530

So yeah I think she is quite safe but if Henin wins Amelia Is and Charelston it will be alot closer

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 20th, 2003, 02:31 AM
Kim played Charleston last year?

Hawk
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:08 AM
Kim played Charleston last year?

No Kim didn't play Charleston last year.

Justine is playing Charleston, Amelia Island, Berlin and Rome
Kim is playing Berlin and Rome.

Justine has nothing to defend at Charleston, she has finalist points to defend at Amelia Island, championship points to defend at Berlin and finalist points to defend at Rome.

Justine honestly has very little gain till Roland Garros.

Aussie_Kim
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:50 AM
No Kim didn't play Charleston last year.

Justine is playing Charleston, Amelia Island, Berlin and Rome
Kim is playing Berlin and Rome.

Justine has nothing to defend at Charleston, she has finalist points to defend at Amelia Island, championship points to defend at Berlin and finalist points to defend at Rome.

Justine honestly has very little gain till Roland Garros.

Just think how tired Justine will be by FO. If Kim has a rest she will be ready for FRench OPen & it will give her body a chance 2 rest (those 'little injuries' time to go away) & she will probably do really well. Who knows she may even get a chance 2 contest the final. Justine is a long way behind Kim at the moment (about 900 points) so I can't c Justine catching Kim till at least the end of the yr & Kim is playing really well at the moment.

Just remember Seerena is top on the tour & she plays about 14 tourny's a yr so it just shows if u put in a solid performance, u don't have 2 play every tourny the tour has 2 offer.

:bounce: Go Kim! :bounce:

Peridotpixie
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:00 PM
I really don't think Kim makes a lot of decisions based on ranking points. As long as she stays top 5/top 10, I don't think she loses sleep over whether she's number 3 or number 4. The most imortant thing for her is probably getting the preparation she needs for RG without overplaying.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 21st, 2003, 02:41 AM
Kim played Charleston last year?

No sorry that was a typo :p I put Justine's points next to Kim by accident. Where it says Kim with 3544 points it should say 4438 :) Sorry :D

~|Naomi|~
Mar 21st, 2003, 02:49 AM
Kim is the first match up tomorrow on stadium court :D
She plays Cho, that will be tough, Cho pushed Seles to 3 sets at last years US Open, hope Kim is on fire and ready from the first ball :)

pcabenojar
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:52 AM
The doubles draw is out:

(1) RUANO PASCUAL, Virginia / SUAREZ, Paola
HARKLEROAD, Ashley / SHARAPOVA, Maria

CALLENS, Els / SVENSSON, Asa
MATEVZIC, Maja / NEFFA-DE LOS RIOS, Rossana

SERNA, Magui / VIS, Caroline
KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana / NAVRATILOVA, Martina

MANDULA, Petra / GAGLIARDI, Emmanuelle
(7) DAVENPORT, Lindsay / RAYMOND, Lisa
---------------------------------------------
(3) CLIJSTERS, Kim / SUGIYAMA, Ai
GRANVILLE, Laura / TAYLOR, Sarah

RUBIN, Chanda / SCHETT, Barbara
DECHY, Nathalie / LOIT, Emilie

HUBER, Liezel / MALEEVA, Magdalena
VENTO-KABCHI, Maria / WIDJAJA, Angelique

JEYASEELAN, Sonya / TU, Meilen
(6) DEMENTIEVA, Elena / KOURNIKOVA, Anna
======================================
(5) HANTUCHOVA, Daniela / SHAUGHNESSY, Meghann
ASAGOE, Shinobu / MIYAGI, Nana

DE VILLIERS, Nannie / MUSGRAVE, Trudi
LEE, Janet / PRAKUSYA, Wynne

BEDANOVA, Daja / TULYAGANOVA, Iroda
Qualifier (??)

RODIONOVA, Anastassia / WARTUSCH, Patricia
(4) BOVINA, Elena / STUBBS, Rennae
------------------------------------------------
(8) DOKIC, Jelena / PETROVA, Nadia
DANIILIDOU, Eleni / STEVENSON, Alexandra

FARINA ELIA, Silvia / GARBIN, Tathiana
KOULIKOVSKAYA, Evgenia / POUTCHEK, Tatiana

PEREBIYNIS, Tatiana / STECK, Jessica
PRATT, Nicole / RITTNER, Barbara

KRIZAN, Tina / SREBOTNIK, Katarina
(2) BLACK, Cara / LIKHOVTSEVA, Elena

Come-on-kim
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:34 AM
Come on Kim against Cho!!

spiritfullfrog
Mar 21st, 2003, 10:35 AM
Miami, FL, USA - The WTA Tour’s 2002 Player Awards will be announced Friday, March 21, and Sunday, March 23, during the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami.

Awards for Doubles Team of the Year, Most Impressive Newcomer and Comeback Player of the Year, as well as the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, will be presented Friday on the stadium court after the third day session match and after the first night session match of the NASDAQ-100 Open.

On Sunday, during the day session on stadium court, the Tour will present awards for Player of the Year and Most Improved Player.

The annual Tour awards were voted on by the players and the media.

The nominees in each category are listed below.

Player of the Year

Jennifer Capriati
Kim Clijsters
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Doubles Team of the Year

Cara Black/ Elena Likhovtseva
Elena Dementieva/ Janette Husarova
Lisa Raymond/ Rennae Stubbs
Virginia Ruano Pascual/ Paola Suarez

Most Impressive Newcomer

Myriam Casanova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Dinara Safina
Vera Zvonareva

Comeback Player of the Year

Lindsay Davenport
Corina Morariu
Lina Krasnoroutskaya
Chanda Rubin

Most Improved

Eleni Daniilidou
Daniela Hantuchova
Anastasia Myskina
Anna Pistolesi

Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award

Kim Clijsters
Amy Frazier
Anastasia Myskina
Ai Sugiyama

I think our Kim will have a really really great shot of getting the Sportsmanship Award!! Good Luck Kimmy! :D

Aussie_Kim
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:32 PM
The doubles draw is out:

(1) RUANO PASCUAL, Virginia / SUAREZ, Paola
HARKLEROAD, Ashley / SHARAPOVA, Maria

CALLENS, Els / SVENSSON, Asa
MATEVZIC, Maja / NEFFA-DE LOS RIOS, Rossana

SERNA, Magui / VIS, Caroline
KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana / NAVRATILOVA, Martina

MANDULA, Petra / GAGLIARDI, Emmanuelle
(7) DAVENPORT, Lindsay / RAYMOND, Lisa
---------------------------------------------
(3) CLIJSTERS, Kim / SUGIYAMA, Ai
GRANVILLE, Laura / TAYLOR, Sarah

RUBIN, Chanda / SCHETT, Barbara
DECHY, Nathalie / LOIT, Emilie

HUBER, Liezel / MALEEVA, Magdalena
VENTO-KABCHI, Maria / WIDJAJA, Angelique

JEYASEELAN, Sonya / TU, Meilen
(6) DEMENTIEVA, Elena / KOURNIKOVA, Anna
======================================
(5) HANTUCHOVA, Daniela / SHAUGHNESSY, Meghann
ASAGOE, Shinobu / MIYAGI, Nana

DE VILLIERS, Nannie / MUSGRAVE, Trudi
LEE, Janet / PRAKUSYA, Wynne

BEDANOVA, Daja / TULYAGANOVA, Iroda
Qualifier (??)

RODIONOVA, Anastassia / WARTUSCH, Patricia
(4) BOVINA, Elena / STUBBS, Rennae
------------------------------------------------
(8) DOKIC, Jelena / PETROVA, Nadia
DANIILIDOU, Eleni / STEVENSON, Alexandra

FARINA ELIA, Silvia / GARBIN, Tathiana
KOULIKOVSKAYA, Evgenia / POUTCHEK, Tatiana

PEREBIYNIS, Tatiana / STECK, Jessica
PRATT, Nicole / RITTNER, Barbara

KRIZAN, Tina / SREBOTNIK, Katarina
(2) BLACK, Cara / LIKHOVTSEVA, Elena


What does everyone think bout the doubles draw! It isn't 2 bad.

:bounce: Go Kim & Ai ! :bounce:

Ting
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:12 PM
Miami, FL, USA - The WTA Tour’s 2002 Player Awards will be announced Friday, March 21, and Sunday, March 23, during the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami.

Awards for Doubles Team of the Year, Most Impressive Newcomer and Comeback Player of the Year, as well as the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, will be presented Friday on the stadium court after the third day session match and after the first night session match of the NASDAQ-100 Open.

On Sunday, during the day session on stadium court, the Tour will present awards for Player of the Year and Most Improved Player.

The annual Tour awards were voted on by the players and the media.

The nominees in each category are listed below.

Player of the Year

Jennifer Capriati
Kim Clijsters
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Doubles Team of the Year

Cara Black/ Elena Likhovtseva
Elena Dementieva/ Janette Husarova
Lisa Raymond/ Rennae Stubbs
Virginia Ruano Pascual/ Paola Suarez

Most Impressive Newcomer

Myriam Casanova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Dinara Safina
Vera Zvonareva

Comeback Player of the Year

Lindsay Davenport
Corina Morariu
Lina Krasnoroutskaya
Chanda Rubin

Most Improved

Eleni Daniilidou
Daniela Hantuchova
Anastasia Myskina
Anna Pistolesi

Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award

Kim Clijsters
Amy Frazier
Anastasia Myskina
Ai Sugiyama

I think our Kim will have a really really great shot of getting the Sportsmanship Award!! Good Luck Kimmy! :D

Yeah good luck Kim! :kiss:

Bigkimfan
Mar 21st, 2003, 02:45 PM
Good luck Kim!!!!!!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Komaan Kim!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 21st, 2003, 03:04 PM
Good Luck against Cho, Kimmie !!!!!!!

:hearts:

Come-on-kim
Mar 21st, 2003, 04:25 PM
Kim def. Cho 6-2 6-2!!

She did 24 winners for 18 UE's!! She got broken twice and she broke 6 times!!

Kim can perhaps win the "Karen... award" but the player of the year will probably be to Serena!!

Lynnsha
Mar 21st, 2003, 04:33 PM
CONGRATS KIM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 21st, 2003, 04:36 PM
Congrats Kim :kiss:

Good Luck against Paola !!!

Paola Suarez def. Cara Black 6-1, 6-0 :eek:

Wimanna
Mar 21st, 2003, 04:49 PM
Paola Suarez def. Cara Black 6-1, 6-0 :eek:

Yep...impressive win voor Paola...but sunday she will face an other player ;)

Congrats Kim!!!!!! :bounce:

*annamaria*
Mar 21st, 2003, 05:09 PM
:D well done, kimmie! :D

kit
Mar 21st, 2003, 05:27 PM
Good luck Kim and Lleyton!!! :bounce: :bounce:

pruts
Mar 21st, 2003, 05:51 PM
well done Kimmie!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:28 PM
:bounce: Well done Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck against Suarez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Pinkie
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:34 PM
K. CLIJSTERS/Y. Cho
6-2, 6-2

An interview with:

KIM CLIJSTERS

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. So how did you feel out there today?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Oh, it was hot, very hot.

Yeah, especially coming from Indian Wells where it's hot as well but it's completely different, I had to -- like, it was good that I got to play on Friday because I needed a few days to get used to it a little bit, to the weather. I'm still not used to it, so it's good that it wasn't a very long match. That's always good to have the short matches in the beginning.

I'm playing doubles, too, so, you know, I hope to play some doubles and have some practice there to get used to the weather and the heat and everything.

Q. You must have been quite pleased. It took less than an hour.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Definitely, yeah. I felt in the beginning of the second set I was not playing as aggressive and I was making a little bit more mistakes than I was in the beginning of the match. I didn't want, you know, her to come into the match, didn't want her to have a lead in the second set, because then it can get tough and she can get on a roll and play even better.

So I really wanted to finish it off and stay focused. Especially when the weather is very hot, it's hard to stay focused for a long time as well. Lucky we have those change of ends, the breaks, so we can have a little bit of shade and some ice bags and stuff.

Q. You've had amazing highs and lows in the last couple years. You came so close last year at the French, two years ago, sorry. Then at the Aussie again with Serena. What have you learned from those experiences? Do you ever ask Lleyton for advice on how to close out something big?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Lleyton and I, we don't talk about tennis, just maybe a little bit here and there. But it's never really about really specifics.

But like I don't, you know, I don't regret anything I did in both of those matches, losing to Jennifer and losing to Serena. I mean, I think against Jennifer, I think it was experience that just made the difference at the end. Against Serena, she just raised her level a bit higher. She didn't make any unforced errors I think in that whole third set. It went from 5-1, she didn't make any unforced errors anymore. There wasn't a lot I could do.

I don't think I was doing anything different than when I was, like, to get to 5-1 up. I just think she made, you know, she just raised her level a little bit. That's what those top players do, you know. They can raise the bar when they feel it's necessary, and that's why she's won so many Grand Slams already.

Q. You've shown you could beat her last year at the World Championship at the end of the year. You know in the back of your mind you can beat her. Yet, they do seem unbeatable at times. Do you feel that you are like "The No. 1 Challenger" to them?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Every press conference I get asked about it. I think there's a lot of girls who can challenge them, of course. I think, you know -- but I think it's a challenge every time I get up, you know, and have to play against them. I look forward to that. And because I enjoy playing them, you know, even if I lose, I still -- I know for every match that I play, I give myself 100 percent.

I think there's a lot of girls like Jennifer, like Monica, Lindsay, you know, there's a lot of girls who can do well, I think. But it's just a matter of I think -- a lot of girls -- once you get that first win against them, I think you get better, I think. In the beginning, if you lose a few matches, I think a lot of girls it's just a mental thing as well I think, when they play against them.

Q. Aside from beating them, going into a match against them, how do you think people can overcome that intimidation factor, that mental barrier, because they've been so dominant?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's different for each person. I can only speak about myself. Like I said, I see it as a challenge. Yeah, I mean, you know, I try to make them play every ball, make them hit every winner that they have to hit and try to get every ball back. And if they, you know, make some easy mistakes on those shots, because they probably don't expect them to come back all the time.

I think that's how I won LA as well, that's why I beat Serena. I was just bringing every ball back. A few times she missed some easy volleys because she was surprised I got it back. Those are times where you just have to fight for every chance you get. And if they play their best tennis throughout the whole match, then they're too strong, there's nothing you can do about it.

In tennis, I think, you know, tennis is a great sport just because you get a chance every week. I lost in Antwerp -- in Australia, but then, you know, I played Antwerp and I played them in the final and I lost to Venus there. But you always get another chance. So you don't really have a lot of time, I think, to reflect and to think about all those matches, because you have to refocus and regroup for every other tournament again.

And I think that's what makes it so interesting as well, just to see who -- you know, because I think tennis is a very mental, very mental sport. I think throughout the whole year, you just have to stay mentally very focused and very fresh.

Q. So mentally, after you lost from 1-5 down in the last set, you were okay with it the next day? You were fine with it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah.

Q. It didn't bother you at all?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think I've grown up. My parents, they've always -- it's a sport, and, you know, it's my hobby. Like I said, we get other chances. I know for myself that I, you know, whenever I go out to practice or to matches or if I go to the gym or whatever, I, you know, give myself 100 percent for what I do. You know, doesn't matter if I lose. I mean, I'm not going to lose on purpose, I'm not going to hit those balls in the net on purpose. I know for myself I do whatever I can to play my best tennis.

Sometimes if you're not playing your best tennis, you still have to fight and you still have to try as hard as you can. Those are the type of matches where you get a lot out of.

Q. You probably weren't alive when Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors were winning their tournaments together. Was it poignant for you last weekend when you and Lleyton won?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, it was nice. It was the first time at the same tournament. Of course he won Shanghai, the championships there, the Masters for them. But, yeah, it was very special, it was nice, yeah.

Q. Do you have those dreams of being No. 1 at the same time, dancing at the Wimbledon Ball?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no. We dance anyway (laughing). Doesn't matter.

Q. Really, about being No. 1 at the same time at the end of the year?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, he's No. 1 and I don't really -- like a lot of people ask me, "What are your goals, ranking-wise?" I don't have goals ranking-wise. I think rankings are for the public.

Like I said, I know for myself that I do everything I can, and then we'll see how I end on the rankings. That's just something that comes with it and that reflects on how you did the whole year.

The rankings for me, they don't really matter to me.

Q. You had difficulty last year with your shoulder. You've come back so well and rehabbed it so well. You're playing so well. Can you talk about your performance progress in tennis, the way your game has changed?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think, you know, a lot of things, like at the end of -- after the Australian Open last year, I got the stress reaction in my arm. It's a struggle. I mean, every injury for a sports person is a struggle. Of course, you know, I'd much rather be on the tennis court than being in a gym for two hours each day doing the same stuff for my shoulder.

You get very professional. I got a lot of discipline out of it. I knew for myself I had to do if I wanted to keep my career going. Otherwise, if I didn't do it, I'd have to have surgery and I would have been out for a year or maybe longer. So that was definitely not, you know, that's not the way I wanted it to go.

So, yeah, I just, you know, I took some rest and I think I just, yeah, got more mature since then. I think I feel a lot fitter than what I was a year ago, two years ago. I think that's definitely something to do with all the stuff I did when I had my time off.

And I think that's the case, I think, with a lot of tennis players. Because the year's so long, we don't get enough of, like, I think -- it's up to ourselves, you know, if you want to plan your practice periods in between your tournaments. Like, you know, after Miami, I have five weeks off. I'm going to go home and train and play on the clay. I'm not going to do anything for five weeks.

I think for tennis players, if you can do it, I think that's the most important thing, is to have those type of weeks in your schedule where you can just, you know, stay home and just do all this stuff but still work on your fitness abilities and everything.

But I feel like since that shoulder injury, I've become a lot more consistent and I'm playing, yeah -- maybe when I was younger - younger, I mean one or two years ago - I was always hitting the ball really hard. I was just trying to hit winners off every shot. Now I know you don't have to. Like, I move well on the court and I think, you know, just I have to be consistent throughout the whole match.

Q. Did you change your strokes at all to compensate for your shoulder?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No. In the beginning, when I started serving again, sort of that was probably about two months after the Australian Open, I started to have the -- like the short movement of the shoulder, of the serve. But it was sort of like the Patrick Rafter look of serve, but it didn't really work, so, no, I didn't change anything.

Q. I've been told that you're one of the most superstitious people on the women's tour. Can you tell me about some of your superstitions?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, they change every week, sort of. Like, for instance, if I -- last week or let's say at the French Open when I played Jennifer, that whole week, the day that I played wewent to an Italian restaurant. The night before we played we went to an Italian restaurant. The day we played we had an Indian restaurant. The only thing we had was pasta and Indian the whole two weeks we were there. Just little things like that. They change every week. It's not that I focus on one, it's just a matter of how I feel that tournament or whatever. If what I eat in the morning, I feel well, then I just keep eating it.

I think every person has some of those things, no? I don't know.

Q. How about the court? Do you not touch crossing the line?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Sometimes. I don't really -- yeah, I do it sometimes, but I just -- it's like automatically. It's not a -- I do it automatically now. It's not like if I step on one, I mean, I'm not going to lose the game or anything, I hope. No, I'm not like that.

Q. Why do you think that's important to players, to have those kinds of routines?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think it makes you feel better, makes you feel more comfortable. Makes you feel like you have done, I think, everything right, I think.

Yeah, I feel very secure about what I do and if I do well, you know, I just keep doing it. It's with everything, with clothing, you know. I like to have -- even if I win a match, you know, I make sure it's washed for my next match. If you feel good in it, then you just wear it.

So, yeah...

Q. You would do that until you lost in that outfit, right?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah. But I would wash it again and, you know, I wouldn't wear... It's not that I throw it away or anything.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about what it was growing up in your household with your dad as a soccer player, your mom was a gymnast. Did you try out either one of those sports?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I never -- my mom was a gymnast until she was 18, my mom was really young when she had me. She was 19. She stopped gymnastics when she was 19 because she had back problems.

I never saw her play, I never saw her do gymnastics. But she still does it sometimes, at home. She's doing it for my cousins and doing some gymnastics. But I remember, you know, very well going to my dad's soccer matches in Belgium on Saturdays. Yeah, no, I loved it. It's been great.

Q. Did you think about either one of those sports, or were you always tennis?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Soccer in Belgium, I think in Europe, it's not even a sport. I mean, they don't even have any, you know -- I think they have like 50 people going to watch it or 40. That's probably the parents of all the girls who go and watch. It's not a very famous sport.

Gymnastics either. I think there's so much, like, tough -- I mean, you know, I don't think I have the build to be in gymnastics either. So, but, even when I was little, I think my dad didn't want me -- because my mom had the back problems and everything. So I don't think he'd let me , but I did a lot of other sports. I did basketball, I did swimming. Tennis, I mean.

But still my parents, now, they say, "Whenever you're not happy traveling or being on the tour or playing tennis, just stop and do something else," and I think that's what, you know, I'm very lucky with that I think compared to some other parents on the tour. They really let me do what I like and they tell me, you know, "If you're not happy, you can always do something else."

Q. I know you say you don't talk tennis with Lleyton. Do you hit the ball around?

KIM CLIJSTERS: We do, yeah.

Q. Does he let you win?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, I can only win at cards, I think. Tennis, not as much during the tournaments but mostly at the end of the year when we're in Adelaide or something and the coach is not around. But we don't really -- it's not like really we play some games, it's just a little touch or whatever, some doubles with his parents or his sister, but that's it really.

Q. Tough to get past him?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Everything - I lose at squash, table tennis, badminton. I'm telling you - cards. That's the only thing.

Q. What kind of cards?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Cards, I play anything.

Q. Why do you still play him then?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Because I try, I want to win one. I just try to win once, you know. I won a few sets of table tennis. That's about the only thing.

But never -- he hates to lose, especially to his girlfriend. That would even be worse, I think.

Q. Going back to tennis, coming into this tournament, has your confidence in your game ever been as high as it is at the moment?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I feel good. I think sort of since the end of sort of last year, Filderstadt, then I started playing really well. Sort of since -- I think in Indian Wells, my form, rhythm started to go a little bit. I wasn't hitting the ball as clean as I was in the end of the year and the beginning of this year.

But, you know, even when you're not playing your best, you're still, like I said before, you have to fight for every game and work your way into the matches.

But it's, yeah, I mean, so far I enjoy every moment on the court. I think that's the most important thing. If you have fun, you play better, too, if you feel good and if you make sure everything's going good, yeah.

Q. How do you feel about the fact that you're always called, "The nicest person on the tour"?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's nice, yeah. I like it (smiling).

Elke
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:41 PM
Thanks a lot!
That's probably one of the best interviews with Kim yet! :D

Cilla
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:45 PM
You probably weren't alive when Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors were winning their tournaments together.

LMAO! :o :p

Q. Do you have those dreams of being No. 1 at the same time, dancing at the Wimbledon Ball?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no. We dance anyway (laughing). Doesn't matter.

Uh huh ;)

But never -- he hates to lose, especially to his girlfriend. That would even be worse, I think.

lol :p :D

Thanks for this Tinne :kiss: And congrats Kim :D

Cilla
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:47 PM
Thanks a lot!
That's probably one of the best interviews with Kim yet! :D

I agree :D It's more in-depth than most :)

possie
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:47 PM
Thanks Tinne......Great interview!!!!

Kim's always happy to reveal so much about her personal life, which I like because then you see her for more than just a top player on a tennis court....you see her for the truely beautiful person that she is.

So, thanks :kiss: :kiss: .

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:49 PM
Thanks for the Interview Pinkie :D

Pinkie
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:57 PM
:eek: Hantuchova is out :eek:
That clears out Kim's draw significantly :bounce:

angele87
Mar 21st, 2003, 09:02 PM
Thanks for the interview :D I love it :hearts:

thalle
Mar 21st, 2003, 09:05 PM
So cute:kiss:

lleytnkim
Mar 21st, 2003, 09:43 PM
Q. You probably weren't alive when Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors were winning their tournaments together. Was it poignant for you last weekend when you and Lleyton won?
:o :o
KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no. We dance anyway (laughing). Doesn't matter.
:p :hearts:
But never -- he hates to lose, especially to his girlfriend. That would even be worse, I think.
LOL! duh :p :p
*awaits Lleyton's response* ;) :p

Thanks Tinne :kiss:

karma
Mar 21st, 2003, 09:54 PM
Great interview!! Terrific really.
Is there some audio or video link somewhere 'cause I would really love to hear/see it?

spiritfullfrog
Mar 21st, 2003, 10:09 PM
:eek: Hantuchova is out :eek:
That clears out Kim's draw significantly :bounce:

Yeah I know! :eek: Alicia had another good match against Daniela!
Also Monica's out as well! Lotsa seeds are dropping out early! :eek:

Come-on-kim
Mar 21st, 2003, 10:13 PM
Great interview, but can't journalists speak about something other than rankings, the Williamses and the superstition?

possie
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:38 PM
Is there some audio or video link somewhere 'cause I would really love to hear/see it?

Me too.....anyone know???

KaseyL
Mar 22nd, 2003, 12:41 AM
Thanks Tinne! LOL @ dancing at the Wimbledon Ball... :D

And this draw is looking better now :D

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: for Kim's win. :)

I'm such a Kim fanatic and even didn't know she was playing today :o I was so totally into the war events I just realised tonight she should have a match today...

Ting
Mar 22nd, 2003, 12:46 AM
Lleyton just lost, 4-6 4-6 to Clavet :(
Kim has to win this or I'll be absolutely so sad!
Has Lleyton been watching Kim these days?

Ashie_87
Mar 22nd, 2003, 01:18 AM
:eek: :sad: :sad: OMG!!!! im gonna cry! Lleyton lost! :sad:
Kim has to win! or I WILL cry!

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:56 AM
Lleyton has food poisoning from some hotel room service. :o

Not a place that will remain on Kim's list of where to eat a good luck meal. :p

Come-on-kim
Mar 22nd, 2003, 06:38 AM
Lleyton would have better eaten Broccoli than Hamburgers!

Bigkimfan
Mar 22nd, 2003, 01:40 PM
Great interview!!!!!!!!! :D

Lynx
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:24 PM
Thanks Pinkie! :kiss:

Great interview! :)

Lynx
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:27 PM
Thanks Tinne! LOL @ dancing at the Wimbledon Ball... :D

And this draw is looking better now :D

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: for Kim's win. :)

I'm such a Kim fanatic and even didn't know she was playing today :o I was so totally into the war events I just realised tonight she should have a match today...
Ditto :o

Tennis didn't seem very important anymore, all of the sudden...

kit
Mar 22nd, 2003, 06:27 PM
Well done Kimmie!! :)
And Lleyton lost... :sad: Good luck in your double now!I hope you'll soon be better. ;)
Thanks for the nice interview from Kim. :kiss:

Stefke
Mar 22nd, 2003, 08:25 PM
:bounce:Kimmy!:bounce:
Thanks for the interview:kiss:

Come-on-kim
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:21 AM
Good Luck Kim against Paola and with Ai!!!

Dr. Peedy
Mar 23rd, 2003, 12:28 PM
Good luck, Kim! :D :bounce:

kit
Mar 23rd, 2003, 03:54 PM
Good luck against Suarez,Kim!!

:bounce: :bounce: COME ON!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Mar 23rd, 2003, 04:09 PM
Kim just won the first set 6-2 !

GO KIMMIE !!!!!!

Lleykimmy1
Mar 23rd, 2003, 04:33 PM
Kim just won 6-2 6-2 !!!!!!!!!

Well done Kimmie !!!!!!!!!

ans
Mar 23rd, 2003, 04:34 PM
Kim just won 6-2 6-2 !!!!!!!!!

Well done Kimmie !!!!!!!!!

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

Bigkimfan
Mar 23rd, 2003, 04:37 PM
WELL DONE KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D :D :bounce: :bounce:

Good luck in your next match!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

duck
Mar 23rd, 2003, 04:53 PM
:) :) :)

who does she play next?

Lynnsha
Mar 23rd, 2003, 04:57 PM
:) :) :)

who does she play next?

Lisa Raymond or Anna Pistolesi

-Fienesse-
Mar 23rd, 2003, 05:14 PM
Really really great!! Go Kim!!!!!!

pruts
Mar 23rd, 2003, 05:23 PM
congrats Kimmie :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Cilla
Mar 23rd, 2003, 05:42 PM
Congrats Kimmie :kiss: :D

thalle
Mar 23rd, 2003, 05:51 PM
Well done and good luck!

Come-on-kim
Mar 23rd, 2003, 06:02 PM
Congrats Kimmie!!!

Kornelija
Mar 23rd, 2003, 06:26 PM
Great performance of Kim!!! Keep it up girl! :worship: :bounce:

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 23rd, 2003, 06:57 PM
http://www.asapsports.com/tennis/2003nasdaq/032303KC.html


http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/2003/interviews/0323a.html


K. CLIJSTERS/P. Suarez
6-2, 6-2

An interview with:
KIM CLIJSTERS

THE MODERATOR: First question for Kim, please.

Q. On a day when the weather looks really ominous, and I think there was even thunder rumbling just now, were you kind of glad you had the first match of the day?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, definitely. And even, you know, if the weather is -- on the other hand, really hot and stuff, I think at 11 o'clock it's not going to be as hot as when you play at 2, 3 o'clock.
I'm happy to play at 11 o'clock. At least then, you know, if you can go on at a certain time and you don't have to wait if the match before you goes three sets and stuff. It's easier to time your schedule.
Yeah, but I was a bit worried that it was going to take a bit longer for the courts to get ready. I think it was raining pretty hard at the time. But, you know, they did a great job, I think, to get them dry.

Q. Can you talk about that second set? You were the first to hold your serve. It was in the fifth game. You just kept breaking each other.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, it was really hard on the far side of the court because I could hardly see, you know, like when I was serving on the deuce side of the court, like the sun was just -- I couldn't even see my next ball. When I threw up the ball, the ball was right in the middle of the sun. I thought I was going to mis-hit it a few times, even the serve.
It's always tough. But then I was playing with a hat, but still with the serve, it's always a little bit tougher to, you know, to get that vision back straightaway after you've been like watching into the sun.
I think that was definitely the main problem in the beginning, yeah. I think on the ad side of the court, it was fine. It was better.

Q. She has a sort of an off-speed serve, if you will. You have a tougher serve. In the first set, does it take some time to adjust to not pouncing on the ball, maybe hitting it long because you're just waiting on it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Sure, but not only the serve, you have to get used to everything in the beginning of the match and you have to sort of read her game a little bit and see what her strengths and her weaknesses are.
I think in the beginning of the match, those first few points, first few games, and once I figure it out, I think you can sort of build your way into the match and work those weaknesses of her.
But still, I mean, you still have to focus. You don't want to keep focusing on her all the time, you have to focus on your own as well.
Yeah, it's definitely with the serve. I think in the second set, she started making a few double-faults and stuff. Yeah, but it's always, like I said, it's always, you know, in the beginning of the match, it's definitely the case that you have to get used to playing different opponents every day.

Q. You've won, I believe, eight matches in a row now. You're doing, I guess, everything right. Can you talk about your game right now?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, even in the beginning of Indian Wells, I wasn't playing well at all. I had no rhythm or anything. Those are definitely the type of matches where you just have to fight for every point, even when you're not playing your best tennis. You just have to keep hanging in there and trying to win those matches with bad tennis.
And even if you, you know, win the matches by not playing well, it does sometimes mean more to me than winning them -- they mean more to me than winning matches 1 and love or love and love.
I definitely got a lot of experience and everything out of those beginning, like the first few matches in Indian Wells. They definitely helped me, once I came out to play the stronger players in the quarters against Chanda, against Lindsay in the finals, that definitely helped me.

Q. Again, if you win your next two matches, I believe you'll face Serena. Is it hard not to look ahead at that kind of match?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, not at all. I never look ahead. I don't even know who I play next, I think. So, I mean, I mean so many things can happen before you get there. I just, you know, I know every match is tough, you know, because I'm a top player and I know a lot of the girls that I compete against, they're trying really hard to beat us because they get a lot of points and they have nothing to lose when they play top players. I think that's why you see a lot of players now in the beginning of the Grand Slams, beginning of the tournaments where we have a lot tougher matches because the opponents are just playing well.
So I really don't look ahead at all. I just focus on my doubles and whatever I have.

Q. Now in your next round you play the winner of Lisa Raymond or... I'm not going to say this right, Pistolesi. Can you talk about these players?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Sure, I've played Anna a few times, lost to her on clay. She's a very, very small girl, but she moves unbelievably well. She gets almost every ball back. She hangs in there. She fights for every shot and she plays with a lot of spin and I think I'll definitely have to attack the serve. I think that's probably one of her weaknesses. I know she's not going to hit me off the court, so she's going to rally me. I hope it's not going to be too hot a day if I have to play her because it will be a long match I think.
If I play Lisa, Lisa is probably one of the talented players on the tour. You can see that in her doubles matches, but I think in singles matches, she's proved as well she can definitely compete with the top girls. She serves really well, she likes to come in. She uses her slice. She likes to mix the game up a bit. Either one, it's going to be a tough match.

Q. Were you expecting, you talk about how now that you're No. 3, that girls are coming in and just really playing with nothing to lose against you. Were you expecting to have that bullseye or has that been an eye-opening experience this year?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I mean, I remember when I was, you know, ranked No. 50-something and I had to play against Top 10 or even the Top 20 players. I was so excited to do well and to show that you can compete against them. You know, that made me, you know, win a lot of those matches.
Yeah, so you definitely -- you sort of prove a point and you want to, yeah, you just -- you hit, you're more free, you can hit whatever you want and you can go for whatever shots you like. That's definitely how I was feeling when I was younger.
But like I said, I don't worry about, you know, who I'm playing. I just try to mostly focus on my side of the court and on my game because I know that I have to play, you know, a high level of tennis in every match now.

Q. You said you don't look forward too much in a tournament. Do you get to the end of the day and look through the results and assess how the other girls have been doing?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I look, like we have the TVs all over the place here, in the locker room and stuff. I look at some scores, men or women. I just like to see the scores.
You know, I'm a tennis fan as well and I like to watch other matches. Yeah, so I just, yeah. I mean, that's why I think tennis is so interesting, because we play against other players almost every week. So, yeah, it's fun I think to watch all the other players compete against each other.

Q. You seem to have such a wonderful perspective on the game. I was wondering, have you always had that? I know your mom had some health scares a few years back. Did that get you...?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, those things even more. But even before that, I mean, three or four years ago my mom had the surgery. But even before that, my dad's been sick as well and, I mean, there -- but even with everything now, if you see the war and if you see how many people, you know, I mean, die in the war, I mean, I'm not going to worry about losing a tennis match or if I'm ranked 3, 4, 5, 50, whatever. That's not going to change anything for me.
Of course I try to do my best and I give my best in whatever I do, you know, for my tennis. But I also like to have fun and I'm not going to, you know, sit around and cry all day if I lose a tennis match.

Q. Is that harder to not take it too seriously as you are just honing in on those top spots?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's not hard for me at all, no.

Q. What do you do to reward yourself after you win?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, it's hard, because if you win a tournament like in Indian Wells, you hardly have any time -- because I was so tired, I played doubles and singles all week. I probably awarded myself to go to bed early because we had to wait around, singles, doubles, I was playing late every night.
But, no, I like to go shopping, so, yeah, I'll probably buy myself something when I go shopping.

Q. What did you eat this morning? Are you eating the same thing?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, this morning I haven't. So I think I mixed up my superstition. See, it doesn't help always, no, no. The room service didn't have what I wanted, so...

Q. What did you want?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, doesn't matter. I don't think that matters now.

Q. Also, in your earlier match, the other day, you said that because of the heat it's important to finish off the match as quickly as you can. Is there a mindset you get into to be able to do that?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no. Well, I just mean after the match, it's always nice to say, "I had a short match." But if you -- you're not going to try to hit every winner, if you win your first set and just try to go for those points.
But, no, I definitely don't want to think ahead and think, "I'll have to win this set because I want to go and rest" or something. But after the match, of course it's nice to have those short matches because today I have another doubles match as well. So it's nice to have a short singles match.

Q. What will you be doing between now and your doubles match?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I'll probably go and have some lunch and watch -- I think my doubles partner is playing now so I'll probably watch her a little bit. Then, yeah, get ready for my doubles.

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Come-on-kim
Mar 23rd, 2003, 07:14 PM
KIMMIE IS SO CUTE!!!!

I love her that's too simple

Lynx
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:14 PM
:hearts: Congrats Kim! :hearts:

And thanks for the interview, sperosgeorgejr... :)

~|Naomi|~
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:35 PM
Well Done Kim :)

But she made a lot of Unforced errors and since Dokic is playing well now Kim is going to have to cut them down if she is to make it to the QF and play Dokic. She also got broken twice again today, and only made 5 winners compared to 17 UE's

Here are Kim's stats:

1st Serve % 67%
Aces 0
Double Faults 2
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 24 of 33 = 73%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 6 of 16 = 38%
Winners (Including Service) 5
Unforced Errors 17
Break Point Conversions 6 of 11 = 55 %
Net Approaches 2 of 3 = 67 %
Total Points Won 54

Mazza
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:50 PM
Congrats Kim! :bounce:

Thanx for the interview! Well I should hope she won't be eating any of the room service food after what happened to Lleyton! :o

Hope Kim keeps the UE's down for the next match.

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 23rd, 2003, 09:05 PM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/2003/interviews/0321a.html


http://www.asapsports.com/tennis/2003nasdaq/032103KC.html


K. CLIJSTERS/Y. Cho
6-2, 6-2

An interview with:
KIM CLIJSTERS

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. So how did you feel out there today?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Oh, it was hot, very hot.
Yeah, especially coming from Indian Wells where it's hot as well but it's completely different, I had to -- like, it was good that I got to play on Friday because I needed a few days to get used to it a little bit, to the weather. I'm still not used to it, so it's good that it wasn't a very long match. That's always good to have the short matches in the beginning.
I'm playing doubles, too, so, you know, I hope to play some doubles and have some practice there to get used to the weather and the heat and everything.

Q. You must have been quite pleased. It took less than an hour.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Definitely, yeah. I felt in the beginning of the second set I was not playing as aggressive and I was making a little bit more mistakes than I was in the beginning of the match. I didn't want, you know, her to come into the match, didn't want her to have a lead in the second set, because then it can get tough and she can get on a roll and play even better.
So I really wanted to finish it off and stay focused. Especially when the weather is very hot, it's hard to stay focused for a long time as well. Lucky we have those change of ends, the breaks, so we can have a little bit of shade and some ice bags and stuff.

Q. You've had amazing highs and lows in the last couple years. You came so close last year at the French, two years ago, sorry. Then at the Aussie again with Serena. What have you learned from those experiences? Do you ever ask Lleyton for advice on how to close out something big?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Lleyton and I, we don't talk about tennis, just maybe a little bit here and there. But it's never really about really specifics.
But like I don't, you know, I don't regret anything I did in both of those matches, losing to Jennifer and losing to Serena. I mean, I think against Jennifer, I think it was experience that just made the difference at the end. Against Serena, she just raised her level a bit higher. She didn't make any unforced errors I think in that whole third set. It went from 5-1, she didn't make any unforced errors anymore. There wasn't a lot I could do.
I don't think I was doing anything different than when I was, like, to get to 5-1 up. I just think she made, you know, she just raised her level a little bit. That's what those top players do, you know. They can raise the bar when they feel it's necessary, and that's why she's won so many Grand Slams already.

Q. You've shown you could beat her last year at the World Championship at the end of the year. You know in the back of your mind you can beat her. Yet, they do seem unbeatable at times. Do you feel that you are like "The No. 1 Challenger" to them?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Every press conference I get asked about it. I think there's a lot of girls who can challenge them, of course. I think, you know -- but I think it's a challenge every time I get up, you know, and have to play against them. I look forward to that. And because I enjoy playing them, you know, even if I lose, I still -- I know for every match that I play, I give myself 100 percent.
I think there's a lot of girls like Jennifer, like Monica, Lindsay, you know, there's a lot of girls who can do well, I think. But it's just a matter of I think -- a lot of girls -- once you get that first win against them, I think you get better, I think. In the beginning, if you lose a few matches, I think a lot of girls it's just a mental thing as well I think, when they play against them.

Q. Aside from beating them, going into a match against them, how do you think people can overcome that intimidation factor, that mental barrier, because they've been so dominant?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's different for each person. I can only speak about myself. Like I said, I see it as a challenge. Yeah, I mean, you know, I try to make them play every ball, make them hit every winner that they have to hit and try to get every ball back. And if they, you know, make some easy mistakes on those shots, because they probably don't expect them to come back all the time.
I think that's how I won LA as well, that's why I beat Serena. I was just bringing every ball back. A few times she missed some easy volleys because she was surprised I got it back. Those are times where you just have to fight for every chance you get. And if they play their best tennis throughout the whole match, then they're too strong, there's nothing you can do about it.
In tennis, I think, you know, tennis is a great sport just because you get a chance every week. I lost in Antwerp -- in Australia, but then, you know, I played Antwerp and I played them in the final and I lost to Venus there. But you always get another chance. So you don't really have a lot of time, I think, to reflect and to think about all those matches, because you have to refocus and regroup for every other tournament again.
And I think that's what makes it so interesting as well, just to see who -- you know, because I think tennis is a very mental, very mental sport. I think throughout the whole year, you just have to stay mentally very focused and very fresh.

Q. So mentally, after you lost from 1-5 down in the last set, you were okay with it the next day? You were fine with it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah.

Q. It didn't bother you at all?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think I've grown up. My parents, they've always -- it's a sport, and, you know, it's my hobby. Like I said, we get other chances. I know for myself that I, you know, whenever I go out to practice or to matches or if I go to the gym or whatever, I, you know, give myself 100 percent for what I do. You know, doesn't matter if I lose. I mean, I'm not going to lose on purpose, I'm not going to hit those balls in the net on purpose. I know for myself I do whatever I can to play my best tennis.
Sometimes if you're not playing your best tennis, you still have to fight and you still have to try as hard as you can. Those are the type of matches where you get a lot out of.

Q. You probably weren't alive when Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors were winning their tournaments together. Was it poignant for you last weekend when you and Lleyton won?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, it was nice. It was the first time at the same tournament. Of course he won Shanghai, the championships there, the Masters for them. But, yeah, it was very special, it was nice, yeah.

Q. Do you have those dreams of being No. 1 at the same time, dancing at the Wimbledon Ball?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no. We dance anyway (laughing). Doesn't matter.

Q. Really, about being No. 1 at the same time at the end of the year?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, he's No. 1 and I don't really -- like a lot of people ask me, "What are your goals, ranking-wise?" I don't have goals ranking-wise. I think rankings are for the public.
Like I said, I know for myself that I do everything I can, and then we'll see how I end on the rankings. That's just something that comes with it and that reflects on how you did the whole year.
The rankings for me, they don't really matter to me.

Q. You had difficulty last year with your shoulder. You've come back so well and rehabbed it so well. You're playing so well. Can you talk about your performance progress in tennis, the way your game has changed?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think, you know, a lot of things, like at the end of -- after the Australian Open last year, I got the stress reaction in my arm. It's a struggle. I mean, every injury for a sports person is a struggle. Of course, you know, I'd much rather be on the tennis court than being in a gym for two hours each day doing the same stuff for my shoulder.
You get very professional. I got a lot of discipline out of it. I knew for myself I had to do if I wanted to keep my career going. Otherwise, if I didn't do it, I'd have to have surgery and I would have been out for a year or maybe longer. So that was definitely not, you know, that's not the way I wanted it to go.
So, yeah, I just, you know, I took some rest and I think I just, yeah, got more mature since then. I think I feel a lot fitter than what I was a year ago, two years ago. I think that's definitely something to do with all the stuff I did when I had my time off.
And I think that's the case, I think, with a lot of tennis players. Because the year's so long, we don't get enough of, like, I think -- it's up to ourselves, you know, if you want to plan your practice periods in between your tournaments. Like, you know, after Miami, I have five weeks off. I'm going to go home and train and play on the clay. I'm not going to do anything for five weeks.
I think for tennis players, if you can do it, I think that's the most important thing, is to have those type of weeks in your schedule where you can just, you know, stay home and just do all this stuff but still work on your fitness abilities and everything.
But I feel like since that shoulder injury, I've become a lot more consistent and I'm playing, yeah -- maybe when I was younger - younger, I mean one or two years ago - I was always hitting the ball really hard. I was just trying to hit winners off every shot. Now I know you don't have to. Like, I move well on the court and I think, you know, just I have to be consistent throughout the whole match.

Q. Did you change your strokes at all to compensate for your shoulder?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No. In the beginning, when I started serving again, sort of that was probably about two months after the Australian Open, I started to have the -- like the short movement of the shoulder, of the serve. But it was sort of like the Patrick Rafter look of serve, but it didn't really work, so, no, I didn't change anything.

Q. I've been told that you're one of the most superstitious people on the women's tour. Can you tell me about some of your superstitions?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, they change every week, sort of. Like, for instance, if I -- last week or let's say at the French Open when I played Jennifer, that whole week, the day that I played we went to an Italian restaurant. The night before we played we went to an Italian restaurant. The day we played we had an Indian restaurant. The only thing we had was pasta and Indian the whole two weeks we were there. Just little things like that. They change every week. It's not that I focus on one, it's just a matter of how I feel that tournament or whatever. If what I eat in the morning, I feel well, then I just keep eating it.
I think every person has some of those things, no? I don't know.

Q. How about the court? Do you not touch crossing the line?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Sometimes. I don't really -- yeah, I do it sometimes, but I just -- it's like automatically. It's not a -- I do it automatically now. It's not like if I step on one, I mean, I'm not going to lose the game or anything, I hope. No, I'm not like that.

Q. Why do you think that's important to players, to have those kinds of routines?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think it makes you feel better, makes you feel more comfortable. Makes you feel like you have done, I think, everything right, I think.
Yeah, I feel very secure about what I do and if I do well, you know, I just keep doing it. It's with everything, with clothing, you know. I like to have -- even if I win a match, you know, I make sure it's washed for my next match. If you feel good in it, then you just wear it.
So, yeah...

Q. You would do that until you lost in that outfit, right?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah. But I would wash it again and, you know, I wouldn't wear... It's not that I throw it away or anything.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about what it was growing up in your household with your dad as a soccer player, your mom was a gymnast. Did you try out either one of those sports?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I never -- my mom was a gymnast until she was 18, my mom was really young when she had me. She was 19. She stopped gymnastics when she was 19 because she had back problems.
I never saw her play, I never saw her do gymnastics. But she still does it sometimes, at home. She's doing it for my cousins and doing some gymnastics. But I remember, you know, very well going to my dad's soccer matches in Belgium on Saturdays. Yeah, no, I loved it. It's been great.

Q. Did you think about either one of those sports, or were you always tennis?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Soccer in Belgium, I think in Europe, it's not even a sport. I mean, they don't even have any, you know -- I think they have like 50 people going to watch it or 40. That's probably the parents of all the girls who go and watch. It's not a very famous sport.
Gymnastics either. I think there's so much, like, tough -- I mean, you know, I don't think I have the build to be in gymnastics either. So, but, even when I was little, I think my dad didn't want me -- because my mom had the back problems and everything. So I don't think he'd let me , but I did a lot of other sports. I did basketball, I did swimming. Tennis, I mean.
But still my parents, now, they say, "Whenever you're not happy traveling or being on the tour or playing tennis, just stop and do something else," and I think that's what, you know, I'm very lucky with that I think compared to some other parents on the tour. They really let me do what I like and they tell me, you know, "If you're not happy, you can always do something else."

Q. I know you say you don't talk tennis with Lleyton. Do you hit the ball around?

KIM CLIJSTERS: We do, yeah.

Q. Does he let you win?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, I can only win at cards, I think. Tennis, not as much during the tournaments but mostly at the end of the year when we're in Adelaide or something and the coach is not around. But we don't really -- it's not like really we play some games, it's just a little touch or whatever, some doubles with his parents or his sister, but that's it really.

Q. Tough to get past him?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Everything - I lose at squash, table tennis, badminton. I'm telling you - cards. That's the only thing.

Q. What kind of cards?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Cards, I play anything.

Q. Why do you still play him then?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Because I try, I want to win one. I just try to win once, you know. I won a few sets of table tennis. That's about the only thing.
But never -- he hates to lose, especially to his girlfriend. That would even be worse, I think.

Q. Going back to tennis, coming into this tournament, has your confidence in your game ever been as high as it is at the moment?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I feel good. I think sort of since the end of sort of last year, Filderstadt, then I started playing really well. Sort of since -- I think in Indian Wells, my form, rhythm started to go a little bit. I wasn't hitting the ball as clean as I was in the end of the year and the beginning of this year.
But, you know, even when you're not playing your best, you're still, like I said before, you have to fight for every game and work your way into the matches.
But it's, yeah, I mean, so far I enjoy every moment on the court. I think that's the most important thing. If you have fun, you play better, too, if you feel good and if you make sure everything's going good, yeah.

Q. How do you feel about the fact that you're always called, "The nicest person on the tour"?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's nice, yeah. I like it (smiling).

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~|Naomi|~
Mar 24th, 2003, 01:03 AM
Okay I don't know how reliable those stats are as Molik won her match 7-6 6-3 against likhovtseva and now plays Dokic, but they say she hit 1 winner and 0 UE's :o Like I believe that ;) also Mauresmo won 6-2 6-1 hit just 1 winner and 1 UE and her opponent only made 5 UE's yet she won that easy, whatever I think that they can't record statistics properly and so chances are Kim made more winners than they say she did :)

pcabenojar
Mar 24th, 2003, 06:28 AM
Kim will play Anna Pistolesi in the 4R tom. She'll also play doubles with Ai tom. Good Luck Kim! :)

SCHEDULE OF PLAY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2003

GRANDSTAND - 11:00 AM START

MS Younes El Aynaoui (MAR) [19] vs David Nalbandian (ARG) [10]
MS Thomas Enqvist (SWE) vs Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
WS Kim Clijsters (BEL) [3] vs Anna Pistolesi (ISR) [15]
MS Davide Sanguinetti (ITA) vs Guillermo Coria (ARG) [26]

COURT 1 - 5:00 PM START

WD Kim Clijsters (BEL)/Ai Sugiyama (JPN) [3] vs
Laura Granville (USA)/Sarah Taylor (USA)
WD Daja Bedanova (CZE)/Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) vs
Evie Dominikovic (AUS)/Marissa Irvin (USA)

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 24th, 2003, 11:39 AM
http://www.gopbi.com/auto/epaper/editions/monday/sports_e3e7393642d0b03d009d.html


Clijsters' smile hides fierce style

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 24, 2003


KEY BISCAYNE -- In the competitive, catty world of preening beauties and racquet twirlers, of glowing smiles and bold ambition, Kim Clijsters stands apart. On the traveling pageant that is the WTA Tour, Clijsters has the "Miss Congeniality" award sewn up. The competition's not even close.

Clijsters is like the Belgian chocolates that are her country's other popular export. She has a solid shell and is sweet to the core.

The teenager is the finest female player not named Williams. She has all of the sisters' corporeality but none of their detachment. Like Serena or Venus, Clijsters has the speed and athleticism to turn a lost point into a winner. She can pull out matches with her "C" game.

She proved as much Sunday in a third-round match against Paola Suarez at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Clijsters, the No. 3 seed, dispatched the 27th-ranked Argentine 6-2, 6-2 despite committing 17 unforced errors and tallying a measly five winners, none of them on her backhand side.

"You just have to fight for every point, even when you're not playing your best tennis," Clijsters said. "You just have to keep hanging in there and trying to win those matches with bad tennis."

Clijsters was broken in her first two service games in the second set. It barely slowed her march into the Round of 16.
That's the beauty of being able to leg out points. Immediately after she was broken by Suarez to open the second set, Clijsters produced a point suitable for framing.

Suarez slapped a backhand down the line to Clijsters' forehand side. It was so beautifully placed it appeared only the wind could get to it.

Clijsters not only ran it down and got her racquet on it, she uncoiled a shot that put Suarez on the defensive. The doubles specialist proceeded to botch the return and went on to get broken at love.

After that, Clijsters didn't give Suarez much breathing room. There are people who question Clijsters' ambition because she lets a smile be her armor. To watch her play is to see the killer instinct lurking beneath all that loveliness.

Clijsters must be doing something right. She has a 23-3 match record this year, which includes wins in the finals at Indian Wells and Sydney. Two of Clijsters' losses came in title matches, against Venus Williams in Antwerp and Ai Sugiyama in Scottsdale.

She was the only woman to post victories over Venus and Serena last year. Suffice to say Clijsters didn't win by smothering them with kindness.

"Once you get that first win against them, I think you get better," Clijsters said. "With a lot of girls, it's just a mental thing."

Clijsters is one-half of tennis' other power couple. She has been dating Lleyton Hewitt, the No. 1-ranked men's player, for two years. They are Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf in training.
Hewitt, who lost in the second round here, attended Clijsters' match. He politely waved off people who approached him with requests for autographs. This was Clijsters' 15 minutes, not his.

In the seventh game of the second set, Clijsters tried to trip up Suarez with a chipped backhand. "There you go!" Hewitt shouted. When the shot was swallowed by the net, he clapped as if to say, "No worries, mate."

Now that she sits at No. 3, Clijsters knows there are no easy matches.

"I know a lot of the girls that I compete against, they have nothing to lose," she said.

"They want to prove a point and they're just more free. They can hit whatever they want and they can go for whatever shots they like. That's definitely how I was feeling when I was younger."

That's Clijsters. She's 19 going on 60. She has enough maturity not to sweat the small stuff. You know, like tennis.

"If you see the war and you see how many people die, I mean, I'm not going to worry about losing a tennis match or if I'm ranked 3, 4, 5, 50," she said. "That's not going to change anything for me.

"Of course I try to do my best and I give my best in whatever I do, you know, for my tennis. But I also like to have fun and I'm not going to sit around and cry all day if I lose a tennis match."

Clijsters goes through life with a song in her heart. More players ought to try it. It's a great way to drown out all the tour's silly white noise.

karen_crouse@pbpost.com

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Cilla
Mar 24th, 2003, 11:44 AM
BBC Sport

Clijsters offered no resistance

Belgium's Kim Clijsters secured a fourth-round berth after a straightforward 6-2 6-2 victory over Paola Suarez of Argentina.

Clijsters, who took the Indian Wells title last week, was able to break serve twice in the first set of the match.

Despite losing her first two service games in the second set, Clijsters, the girlfriend of Lleyton Hewitt, was not put under real pressure.

"After the match, it's always nice to say, 'I had a short match,'" said third seed Clijsters.

tara
Mar 24th, 2003, 11:56 AM
In the seventh game of the second set, Clijsters tried to trip up Suarez with a chipped backhand. "There you go!" Hewitt shouted. When the shot was swallowed by the net, he clapped as if to say, "No worries, mate."
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
thanks for the article :worship: :kiss:

Come-on-kim
Mar 24th, 2003, 12:24 PM
Thanks for the articles!!

COME ON KIM!!!

Lynx
Mar 24th, 2003, 12:47 PM
Thanks indeed!


Good luck against Anna Pistolesi, Kim!

Elke
Mar 24th, 2003, 01:44 PM
thanks for the really nice articles!:kiss:
I like the last sentence... 'Clijsters goes through life with a song in her heart...' :angel:
Lleyton, thumbs up, mate!:D

Stefke
Mar 24th, 2003, 02:45 PM
:hearts:Aww lleyton so cute:hearts:
We should set him a hiden camera in front of him and tape everything he shouts (and eats:p)!! Maybe that journalist heart him scream much more but wasn't the text allowed for people -16:p;):hearts::o

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 24th, 2003, 02:58 PM
Good Luck against Anna !!!!!!!

You can do it Kimmie :bounce:

Also good luck with Ai in doubles :kiss:

Bigkimfan
Mar 24th, 2003, 03:14 PM
Well Done Kim :)

But she made a lot of Unforced errors and since Dokic is playing well now Kim is going to have to cut them down if she is to make it to the QF and play Dokic. She also got broken twice again today, and only made 5 winners compared to 17 UE's

Here are Kim's stats:

1st Serve % 67%
Aces 0
Double Faults 2
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 24 of 33 = 73%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 6 of 16 = 38%
Winners (Including Service) 5
Unforced Errors 17
Break Point Conversions 6 of 11 = 55 %
Net Approaches 2 of 3 = 67 %
Total Points Won 54

I saw her match and she didn't play bad at all!! ;)

Kornelija
Mar 24th, 2003, 03:51 PM
thanks for the nice articles!!! :kiss:

thalle
Mar 24th, 2003, 03:59 PM
:hearts: Need to say more?!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 24th, 2003, 06:37 PM
3rd Round Interview

K. CLIJSTERS/P. Suarez
6-2, 6-2

An interview with:

KIM CLIJSTERS

THE MODERATOR: First question for Kim, please.

Q. On a day when the weather looks really ominous, and I think there was even thunder rumbling just now, were you kind of glad you had the first match of the day?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, definitely. And even, you know, if the weather is -- on the other hand, really hot and stuff, I think at 11 o'clock it's not going to be as hot as when you play at 2, 3 o'clock.

I'm happy to play at 11 o'clock. At least then, you know, if you can go on at a certain time and you don't have to wait if the match before you goes three sets and stuff. It's easier to time your schedule.

Yeah, but I was a bit worried that it was going to take a bit longer for the courts to get ready. I think it was raining pretty hard at the time. But, you know, they did a great job, I think, to get them dry.

Q. Can you talk about that second set? You were the first to hold your serve. It was in the fifth game. You just kept breaking each other.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, it was really hard on the far side of the court because I could hardly see, you know, like when I was serving on the deuce side of the court, like the sun was just -- I couldn't even see my next ball. When I threw up the ball, the ball was right in the middle of the sun. I thought I was going to mis-hit it a few times, even the serve.

It's always tough. But then I was playing with a hat, but still with the serve, it's always a little bit tougher to, you know, to get that vision back straightaway after you've been like watching into the sun.

I think that was definitely the main problem in the beginning, yeah. I think on the ad side of the court, it was fine. It was better.

Q. She has a sort of an off-speed serve, if you will. You have a tougher serve. In the first set, does it take some time to adjust to not pouncing on the ball, maybe hitting it long because you're just waiting on it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Sure, but not only the serve, you have to get used to everything in the beginning of the match and you have to sort of read her game a little bit and see what her strengths and her weaknesses are.

I think in the beginning of the match, those first few points, first few games, and once I figure it out, I think you can sort of build your way into the match and work those weaknesses of her.

But still, I mean, you still have to focus. You don't want to keep focusing on her all the time, you have to focus on your own as well.

Yeah, it's definitely with the serve. I think in the second set, she started making a few double-faults and stuff. Yeah, but it's always, like I said, it's always, you know, in the beginning of the match, it's definitely the case that you have to get used to playing different opponents every day.

Q. You've won, I believe, eight matches in a row now. You're doing, I guess, everything right. Can you talk about your game right now?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, even in the beginning of Indian Wells, I wasn't playing well at all. I had no rhythm or anything. Those are definitely the type of matches where you just have to fight for every point, even when you're not playing your best tennis. You just have to keep hanging in there and trying to win those matches with bad tennis.

And even if you, you know, win the matches by not playing well, it does sometimes mean more to me than winning them -- they mean more to me than winning matches 1 and love or love and love.

I definitely got a lot of experience and everything out of those beginning, like the first few matches in Indian Wells. They definitely helped me, once I came out to play the stronger players in the quarters against Chanda, against Lindsay in the finals, that definitely helped me.

Q. Again, if you win your next two matches, I believe you'll face Serena. Is it hard not to look ahead at that kind of match?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, not at all. I never look ahead. I don't even know who I play next, I think. So, I mean, I mean so many things can happen before you get there. I just, you know, I know every match is tough, you know, because I'm a top player and I know a lot of the girls that I compete against, they're trying really hard to beat us because they get a lot of points and they have nothing to lose when they play top players. I think that's why you see a lot of players now in the beginning of the Grand Slams, beginning of the tournaments where we have a lot tougher matches because the opponents are just playing well.

So I really don't look ahead at all. I just focus on my doubles and whatever I have.

Q. Now in your next round you play the winner of Lisa Raymond or... I'm not going to say this right, Pistolesi. Can you talk about these players?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Sure, I've played Anna a few times, lost to her on clay. She's a very, very small girl, but she moves unbelievably well. She gets almost every ball back. She hangs in there. She fights for every shot and she plays with a lot of spin and I think I'll definitely have to attack the serve. I think that's probably one of her weaknesses. I know she's not going to hit me off the court, so she's going to rally me. I hope it's not going to be too hot a day if I have to play her because it will be a long match I think.

If I play Lisa, Lisa is probably one of the talented players on the tour. You can see that in her doubles matches, but I think in singles matches, she's proved as well she can definitely compete with the top girls. She serves really well, she likes to come in. She uses her slice. She likes to mix the game up a bit. Either one, it's going to be a tough match.

Q. Were you expecting, you talk about how now that you're No. 3, that girls are coming in and just really playing with nothing to lose against you. Were you expecting to have that bullseye or has that been an eye-opening experience this year?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I mean, I remember when I was, you know, ranked No. 50-something and I had to play against Top 10 or even the Top 20 players. I was so excited to do well and to show that you can compete against them. You know, that made me, you know, win a lot of those matches.

Yeah, so you definitely -- you sort of prove a point and you want to, yeah, you just -- you hit, you're more free, you can hit whatever you want and you can go for whatever shots you like. That's definitely how I was feeling when I was younger.

But like I said, I don't worry about, you know, who I'm playing. I just try to mostly focus on my side of the court and on my game because I know that I have to play, you know, a high level of tennis in every match now.

Q. You said you don't look forward too much in a tournament. Do you get to the end of the day and look through the results and assess how the other girls have been doing?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I look, like we have the TVs all over the place here, in the locker room and stuff. I look at some scores, men or women. I just like to see the scores.

You know, I'm a tennis fan as well and I like to watch other matches. Yeah, so I just, yeah. I mean, that's why I think tennis is so interesting, because we play against other players almost every week. So, yeah, it's fun I think to watch all the other players compete against each other.

Q. You seem to have such a wonderful perspective on the game. I was wondering, have you always had that? I know your mom had some health scares a few years back. Did that get you...?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, those things even more. But even before that, I mean, three or four years ago my mom had the surgery. But even before that, my dad's been sick as well and, I mean, there -- but even with everything now, if you see the war and if you see how many people, you know, I mean, die in the war, I mean, I'm not going to worry about losing a tennis match or if I'm ranked 3, 4, 5, 50, whatever. That's not going to change anything for me.

Of course I try to do my best and I give my best in whatever I do, you know, for my tennis. But I also like to have fun and I'm not going to, you know, sit around and cry all day if I lose a tennis match.

Q. Is that harder to not take it too seriously as you are just honing in on those top spots?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's not hard for me at all, no.

Q. What do you do to reward yourself after you win?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, it's hard, because if you win a tournament like in Indian Wells, you hardly have any time -- because I was so tired, I played doubles and singles all week. I probably awarded myself to go to bed early because we had to wait around, singles, doubles, I was playing late every night.

But, no, I like to go shopping, so, yeah, I'll probably buy myself something when I go shopping.

Q. What did you eat this morning? Are you eating the same thing?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, this morning I haven't. So I think I mixed up my superstition. See, it doesn't help always, no, no. The room service didn't have what I wanted, so...

Q. What did you want?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, doesn't matter. I don't think that matters now.

Q. Also, in your earlier match, the other day, you said that because of the heat it's important to finish off the match as quickly as you can. Is there a mindset you get into to be able to do that?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no. Well, I just mean after the match, it's always nice to say, "I had a short match." But if you -- you're not going to try to hit every winner, if you win your first set and just try to go for those points.

But, no, I definitely don't want to think ahead and think, "I'll have to win this set because I want to go and rest" or something. But after the match, of course it's nice to have those short matches because today I have another doubles match as well. So it's nice to have a short singles match.

Q. What will you be doing between now and your doubles match?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I'll probably go and have some lunch and watch -- I think my doubles partner is playing now so I'll probably watch her a little bit. Then, yeah, get ready for my doubles.

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Come-on-kim
Mar 24th, 2003, 07:13 PM
I saw her match and she didn't play bad at all!! ;)
Where did you watch it?

kit
Mar 24th, 2003, 07:15 PM
Well done Kim!!And good luck against Pistolesi!! :bounce:
Thank you for the interview and the articles.
Lleyton is so sweet... :hearts:

Mazza
Mar 24th, 2003, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the articles and interviews! :kiss:

Good Luck Kim in singles and with Ai in the doubles! :bounce:

Come-on-kim
Mar 24th, 2003, 08:51 PM
Come On Kim!!!

Come On Kim And Ai!!!

KaseyL
Mar 24th, 2003, 08:58 PM
Thanks for all the articles/interviews!

:bounce: Kim has nailed her first set 6-1 :D :bounce:
Go Kim!

KaseyL
Mar 24th, 2003, 09:09 PM
:bounce: 6-1, 6-1 vs Pistolesi :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 24th, 2003, 09:10 PM
Kim won 6-1 6-1 Pistolesi won the first game in each set :p
Now Kim plays Dokic hope Kim can win :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 24th, 2003, 09:11 PM
Kim hit 30 winners :D and made 20 UE's
And was also 12 of 12 for net approaches and hit 4 aces :D

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 24th, 2003, 09:20 PM
Yeah great stats :bounce:

Congrats Kim and Good Luck Against Jelena tomorrow :kiss:

thalle
Mar 24th, 2003, 09:28 PM
Congrats Kim... Well done and good luck

angele87
Mar 24th, 2003, 10:03 PM
Congrats Kimmie :D :bounce: Good luck vs. Jelena :kiss:

Lynx
Mar 24th, 2003, 10:17 PM
Congrats Kimmie!!

Wimanna
Mar 24th, 2003, 10:26 PM
Congrats Kimmeke!!!! Nice stats (esp. 2nd set)

Keep it up!!! Good luck against Jelena :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Mar 25th, 2003, 04:47 AM
So many people are predicting a Dokic victory because they say Jelena hits the ball so hard and a lot harder than Kim and that she hasn't been making errors. But doesn't Kim like the ball coming at her hard so she can use her opponents pace and Kim covers the court so fast so won't she make Doki hit errors that way :confused:


How do you all think Kim will go?

I really hope it is Kimmie that wins ;) but i don't want to jinx her

spiritfullfrog
Mar 25th, 2003, 05:13 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Megan beat Venus 7-6 6-1!

:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Bad thing Kim's not in Venus' half! ;)

Ting
Mar 25th, 2003, 06:19 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Megan beat Venus 7-6 6-1!

:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Bad thing Kim's not in Venus' half! ;)

Wow that is surprising!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:
Will Venus lose many points then??

kr003
Mar 25th, 2003, 06:24 AM
Go KIm good luck against Jelena!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 25th, 2003, 07:54 AM
Wow that is surprising!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:
Will Venus lose many points then??

Her points will drop after this week from 4994 to 4839 :)

Kim has after her 4th round 4477 pts. In theory Kim can already pass Venus after this week. All she have to do is Win the tournament. Just bad there's another Williams in the draw :sad: ... But you never now... We believe in you Kimmie :kiss:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 25th, 2003, 07:59 AM
Now KIMMIE has 4477 pts

4581 pts (If she wins in her QF against Jelena)
4767 pts (If she reaches the final after a win against Serena)

When she wins she will have between 4887 pts (win against Shaughnessy) and 4919 (win against Justine) Which is more than the 4839 pts of Venus...

Kornelija
Mar 25th, 2003, 10:15 AM
good job Kim!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Lleykimmy1
Mar 25th, 2003, 10:36 AM
Well done Kimmie !!

Good luck against Jelena, I'm sure you can beat her !!!!

angele87
Mar 25th, 2003, 10:44 AM
Kim and Ai won their doubles match 6-2 6-0, don't think it was posted before!

Good luck Kim today vs. Jelena :bounce: :bounce:

KaseyL
Mar 25th, 2003, 10:59 AM
Don't think this was posted here...

From Bob Larson's weekly tennis preview:

(March 18, 2003)

"The Rankings. You know the drill: "Serena Williams is safe at #1." Even if she loses first round and Venus wins Miami, Serena's lead should be on the order of 1000 points.

The race for #2 is getting just a little interesting, though. If Kim Clijsters can win the thing, and Venus loses early, we might just see a new world #2."

Good luck against Jelena, Kim!

Kim has the first match, Stadium, at 7 PM local time! Full schedule here http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/schedule/

Bigkimfan
Mar 25th, 2003, 11:47 AM
You can do it Kim!!!!!!!!!!! Komaan Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Mar 25th, 2003, 11:48 AM
Where did you watch it?

On Eurosport! ;)

Zoecrick
Mar 25th, 2003, 03:18 PM
Thanks for all the interviews and articles!! I always enjoy reading all of Kims inyerviews so in depth and so so sweet!!! Does anyone know her interview against Anna Pistolesi (sp)??

Come-on-kim
Mar 25th, 2003, 04:08 PM
Come On Kim!!!!

kit
Mar 25th, 2003, 06:37 PM
Well done Kim!!! :worship:
Good luck against Jelena today.You can do it.Come on!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Pinkie
Mar 25th, 2003, 06:52 PM
:bounce: Five minutes until I leave for the airport to go to Miami :bounce: I am so hoping Kim wins tonight so I can watch her in singles on Thursday. :bounce:

Lynx
Mar 25th, 2003, 07:53 PM
:bounce: Five minutes until I leave for the airport to go to Miami :bounce: I am so hoping Kim wins tonight so I can watch her in singles on Thursday. :bounce:
I'm sure she'll win!!! The h2h is 4 to 1... and Jelena's win dates back from sept 2001.

Pinkie Tinne, I'm sooo jealous. :( :o :D


You won't see this anymore, but - enjoy yourself, you lucky lady !!! :)
(Imo, now that Venus has been ousted by Meghann, Justine has a good chance of playing the final. Let's hope it's against Kim!)

Come-on-kim
Mar 25th, 2003, 08:42 PM
Come On Kimmie!!!!

KaseyL
Mar 26th, 2003, 12:04 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

6-2, 6-0
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Thanks Kim for thinking of your non-US fans who are sitting up for you :D

KaseyL
Mar 26th, 2003, 12:27 AM
no pic of Kim yet, but read the caption on one of Dokic on Yahoo... oops

don't think the Australians would love this one...'Jelena Dokic of Australia'


http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=1048641853nasdaq_100_open_fkb112&prov=ap

angele87
Mar 26th, 2003, 12:52 AM
Well done Kim :D :kiss: Good luck against Serena :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 26th, 2003, 01:09 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030325/capt.1048642030nasdaq_100_open_fkb113.jpg
Kim Clijsters of Belgium returns a shot from Jelena Dokic of Australia Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Clijsters beat Dokic 6-2, 6-0.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 26th, 2003, 01:10 AM
Congrats Kimmie :bounce: Impressive win :D

Know get your revenge against Serena :devil:

We believe in you :hearts:

Ashie_87
Mar 26th, 2003, 03:30 AM
now that Venus is out at least there cant be ANOTHER williams final! :)

:worship: :bounce: GOOD LUCK KIMMIE!!!!!! :bounce: :worship:

Hawk
Mar 26th, 2003, 04:24 AM
Kim's interview after her match with Dokic..

K. CLIJSTERS/J. Dokic
6-2, 6-0

An interview with:

KIM CLIJSTERS

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. I don't know what was better tonight: Your offense or your defense. You made so many great retrievals in the corner tonight. It seemed to really fluster her and upset her. She made a lot of unforced errors.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, I think, definitely, against players like Jelena, you have to just try to make every ball. When they're on, they can play unbelievable tennis. If you take them a little bit off balance and surprise them with a few shots, I think it's, you know, you can surprise them and then they get maybe a little bit more careful about, you know, not driving to the balls, hitting more to the lines and stuff. They make more mistakes.

But I felt really good today. I was seeing the ball very well and moving well.

Q. You split so many times, I thought you were on clay.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I grew up on clay. So I probably sometimes think I'm playing on clay too.

Q. Is this your best stretch ever, the last few weeks? Have you ever played as well for this long a time?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, I feel like I'm a lot more consistent than what I was about a year ago, maybe two years ago. I knew then that my best level was the same as what it is now, but it just, you know, if I went a little bit under my best level, when I was younger, like, I dropped a whole lot and I could never sort of stay good enough to, you know, win those matches.

Now I feel like I'm consistent throughout. Even if I'm not playing my best tennis, I still feel that I'm capable of playing well enough to beat a lot of girls.

I think that's the most important thing is, you know, being, you know, focused and being comfortable by yourself.

Q. Any thought at all, any reaction to not having to beat both Williamses to win the tournament?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Oh, no. No. I never... Well, I never, also, I don't really look at draws, you know, far ahead, you know. I know I have Serena now. But I never really, in the beginning, when I won my first match, I didn't even know who I was playing in the second round.

I just try to focus one match at a time. I tell my coaches, "Well, you know, you don't have to tell me, you know, which is the seed in my section" or whatever, because I want to stay focused on each match. Yeah, so...

Q. You haven't conceded any more than two games in any of the eight sets you've played so far. Do you think the semi against Serena is going to be your first real test?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I hope I'll get more than two games against her. No, but it's, you know, these are the matches you really look forward to. These are the matches, when you're younger and you're practicing and you're working hard, these are the matches you dream of. I mean, I do. I love playing these big matches. I'm sure there will be a good atmosphere. So, yeah, I look forward to those type of matches. You know, when there's a lot of atmosphere from the crowd, I play better. Yeah, I really enjoy those matches.

Q. Surely, you knew that with the top of the draw today, with Serena playing the other match, that you were on target to play her in the semifinals. How did you keep your mind from -- off worrying about the semifinal and focused on this match today?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Oh, I don't at all. I never -- like I said, I mean, for me it's really easy not to think ahead and just to focus on the match that I'm playing. You know, even tomorrow, I have a day off tomorrow of singles. I won't be thinking at all about the singles match. I have doubles tomorrow. Yeah, so I'll just be focusing about that.

But of course, you know, as soon as that match is over, I have to do everything well, I have to focus on my next match. That will be the one against Serena.

Q. If there's one thing mental that you can take back from the Australian Open semifinal in the third set, what would it be?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I don't think I did anything wrong. I don't think I -- you know, it's not that I made more mistakes than, you know, when I went 5-1 up. I think she just raised her level. That's what those top players have. You know, that's why she's, you know, No. 1 in the world. That's why she's won so many Grand Slams already, is because when she's in trouble, she can raise her level, you know, when she's unbeatable even.

Even, you know, I know, like, in the beginning of that match, she didn't play well. She was making more mistakes. I was forcing her to make the mistakes a lot of times. You know, from 5-1 on, I don't think she hardly made an unforced error.

Q. When you go on to playing her again, will it be helpful to think about what happened in Melbourne or block it out?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, every match is different. We're playing in different circumstances. Every match is different. You know, I mean, for me, it's really easy, I think, to block it all out. We're in a different country, different stadium, so it's a completely different match.

I think in tennis, you know, it doesn't matter. You can beat a player, you know, one day. Then the next day, you can lose to them. That's what's the fun part about this sport. Otherwise, it would get really boring, I think, if you would keep it the same player would win all the time.

So, it's, yeah, I hope it's gonna be a great match.

Q. Did any of your supporters watch the Williams match today against Bartoli in order to give you some input on how well she played?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, it's -- I mean, I'm pretty, you know, I've been on the tour a few years now. I've seen her play a few matches, I've played her enough times. I watched a lot of the matches that were on today, even the men's I watched, just in the locker room. No, I don't think my coach watched any of the match.

Q. Even if you don't look ahead to your next match, when you go into a tournament like this, obviously, you're aware that it's been an awful long time since anyone has beaten both Williamses in the same tournament. So the fact that one of them is now out of the way...

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, I really don't think that. Not at all.

Q. You don't even think about that?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, not at all. I know for myself that a lot of things can happen before you get there. Maybe, you know, definitely for me, I mean, I think on the other hand, everyone sort of expects Venus and Serena to make it to the semis, to the finals. For me, I feel for myself that I have to, you know, work hard. And, you know, I mean, last week in Indian Wells, everyone was, you know, already sure that I was going to make it to the final. You know, I was playing, you know, bad tennis in the beginning of the week. I really was struggling. I know for myself how hard it can get. Even if you play good one day, it can really change the next day.

Q. Do you think it would detract from your focus to even think about the tournament as a whole? You don't do that because you think it would distract you?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. I've never -- I mean, I've never tried thinking. I don't know what it would -- if it would distract me or not.

But, yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it. I don't know, I would not.

Q. Thinking about the tournament as a whole?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no.

Q. This match seemed to turn in the sixth game of the first set, six breakpoints. They just kept coming. What do you remember about that game and how difficult it was to finally break?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think against Jelena, you know, you have to be there for every point and you have to show that you're fighting. Once she gets ahead, I think she can really dominate and overpower you, I think, with her type of tennis.

I definitely, you know, I served well today. I think that was really important. I think that sixth game was, you know, really important to go up 4-2 there. Then, you know, win my own serve game after I broke her. I think that sort of made her, you know, try to do more things and change her game a little bit to get back into the match.

But as long as -- you have to really try against Jelena to not let her get back into the match and not let her play her best tennis.

Q. Your backhand down the line today, particularly strong?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, I think so. You definitely have to use that shot, I think. Because, you know, the players, I mean, it's a surprising shot from anyone. Even if you're maybe a meter behind the line or a little bit outside the court, you can go down the line and sort of the opponents, it's an automatic thing, I think, when they move automatically to the backhand. Down the line court is open a lot. Yeah, it worked really well today.

Q. Any problems or concerns about any aspect of your game tonight?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No. I was -- I think, overall, I was pretty pleased with everything. Of course, everything can still get better and I'll work for that. But, yeah...

Q. Does it seem astonishing to you that against a player who hits the ball as hard as Jelena, she had only six winning ground strokes against you tonight?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think the thing I did really well is hit the ball deep. I sort of didn't give her a lot of chances to come into the court and go for the winners. You know, I really, like I said before, I felt like I was moving really well and I wasn't, you know -- yeah, moving really well and not letting her, you know, get those easy shots.

Q. Do you have a feeling for a situation that the other player is, did you follow how she feels at a particular time, or are you concentrating on your game and you don't look?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, you know, in every match, I've mainly focused on my own tennis. You know, because that's the most important thing. It all depends on how you play and, you know, the way you feel.

I never really focus, you know, about the opponent, how they're feeling, no. I just, you know, tactic-wise, you know, I know what their strengths and weaknesses are. But from the game from your opponent, but I never, yeah, like I know for myself, I have to play good tennis to win every match.

Q. Are you afraid you might get injured with your spread eagles?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. You know, a lot of people have asked me that question. You know, I know every time I come back into the locker room, the physios are really worried. They almost packed their bags a few times, ready to go on the court.

I don't know, it comes automatically. I don't know, yeah, I don't know. I think it's because I grew up on clay that I still do it on the hard court. But, yeah...

Q. Are you following what your sister does?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I do, yeah. Yeah.

Q. Is she capable of doing same things?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. It's tough. Because I think it's always tougher, I think, for the younger player, because she has to sort of follow into my footsteps and a lot of people, you know, sort of expect her to do the same things as I did. But she, you know, she's having fun. She studies very well, too, so I think at the moment, she's still -- she has to decide whether she wants to keep going in tennis or whether she wants to study and go to school.

Q. Do your parents have any say in that?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Oh, yeah, sure. Of course my parents, they've always come with the point that they always said, "We want you to be happy, whether it's playing tennis or going to school or doing whatever, working, whatever, we want you to be happy." My parents still say that now, you know. They never put pressure on me. They say, "From the moment you're sick of the tennis or sick of the traveling and the flying, then don't do it. You can find something else."

Q. Against Serena Williams, no player can afford to have a weak second serve. The way you served your second serve tonight, would it be strong enough to -- that you would be okay against Serena?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think against any of those Top 10 players, you have to get a high first-serve percentage, especially against Serena. You need a very high first-serve percentage. You know, you have to hit your first serve as well because she even attacks your first serve.

But that's her type of game. She can make some errors on that as well, you know, she tries sometimes to hit it so hard that she hits some errors on those shots.

But, you know, I'll definitely have to hit my second serve really well tomorrow, yeah.

Q. How good was your second serve tonight?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't even remember that. Well, I think, like, my first serve was good, but I still felt I had double-faults today and I'll definitely have to try to keep those out tomorrow, yeah.

Q. Next day?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Oh.

Q. The weather's changed quite a bit. It's fresher, less humid. It's cooler. Does that change what you can or can't do on the court? Does it make you feel better?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think, you know, health-wise, it's a lot better for the opponents. I've seen a few girls come into the locker room with some problems and some cramps and stuff. So, in that case, it's, you know, a lot more enjoyable, I think, to play tennis in.

But the first few days, you know, when I was practicing, coming back from Indian Wells, I was really struggling. I could hardly breathe. So it was really hot. I think it was even broke record in eight years or something, the hottest day.

But, no, it's definitely a lot more enjoyable to play it, I think, when it's not as hot.

Q. Does it change what you do?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no, it wouldn't really change a lot. Maybe take a little bit more time between the points because you need a little bit more time to recover. But for the rest, I don't think it really changes anything about the game, no.

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kimclijsters4ever
Mar 26th, 2003, 07:54 AM
From www.wtatour.com

Clijsters and Williams cruise into semis at Miami
March 25, 2003


Getty Images

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Belgian Kim Clijsters easily disposed of Jelena Dokic on Tuesday to reach the semifinals at the NASDAQ-100 Open.

The third-seeded Clijsters needed only 53 minutes to defeat the ninth-seeded Dokic 6-2, 6-0. Clijsters dominated the Yugoslavian from the start as she broke Dokic's serve twice in the opening set and followed that with three service breaks in the second set.

The 19-year-old Belgian blasted 21 winners in the match and made just nine unforced errors. Dokic seemed completely overpowered and could only muster eight winners, compared with 26 errors.

Clijsters, who lost just 13 points on her serve in the entire match, never faced a break point and will next battle world No. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals.

Williams took care of French qualifier Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-2 to reach at least the semis for the third time in as many events in 2003. The 21-year-old American has yet to lose this year, going 15-0, with titles coming at the Australian Open and the Open Gaz de France in Paris.

Williams needed just over one hour and benefited from eight service breaks in the match. Bartoli surprisingly broke Serena on three occasions, but could not hold her own serve once in the match.

Serena piled up 31 winners, compared to only 10 for the Frenchwoman.

Williams is seeking her second straight title in Miami, having beaten Jennifer Capriati in last year's marquee all-American championship match. She also reached the final here in 1999, but lost to her older sister Venus, who was stunned by compatriot Meghann Shaughnessy here on Monday.

Clijsters has defeated Serena only one time in seven career meetings. The Belgian took down the top-ranked player in the 2002 season-ending Championships in Los Angeles. In the only meeting of 2003, Serena came back from a 1-5 deficit in the third set at the Australian Open semifinals to prevail 7-5 in the deciding set.

The women's quarterfinals will conclude on Wednesday, when fourth-seeded Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne faces 12th-seeded American Chanda Rubin and the sixth-seeded Capriati takes on the 23rd-seeded Shaughnessy.

The winner of this $2.96 million event will claim $393,000, while the runner- up will take home $206,000.

spiritfullfrog
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:04 AM
Good Luck Kim, against Serena! Pay back time from the Aussi Open! ;)

KaseyL
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:09 AM
Thanks for the interview and article :kiss:

Another article, from CNNSI, posted March 26, 2003

Serena, Clijsters cruise into semifinals

MIAMI, March 25 (Reuters) -- Kim Clijsters took a step closer to her third final of 2003 and set up another tilt at Serena Williams' domination of women's tennis by coasting past Jelena Dokic 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Tuesday.

With top seed and defending champion Williams also having brushed past French qualifier Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-2, Thursday's semifinal will provide both players with their first big test in the $2.96 million hardcourt tournament.

Dokic, the ninth seed from Yugoslavia, could do nothing to counter the Belgian's power, and third seed Clijsters needed just 53 minutes to wrap up her fourth victory in five days.

Clijsters, who has not conceded more than two games in any of the eight sets she has played, told reporters: "These are the matches, when you're younger, when you're practicing, that you dream of.

"I love playing these big matches. I just hope I'll get more than two games against her," she joked.

In 2002, Clijsters was the only player to beat both Serena and Venus Williams, outplaying Serena in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships in Los Angeles.

Serena, however, won their most recent meeting. In the semifinal of the Australian Open in January, she retrieved a 5-1 final-set deficit and went on to become only the fifth woman to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

"I don't think I did anything wrong in that match. She just raised her level. That's what those top players have," Clijsters said.

"Against Jelena, you have to be there for every point and show you're fighting because once she gets ahead, she can really dominate and overpower you."

Dokic conceded she had been outplayed. "I hit the ball very well for the first half-hour, but she got everything back so I don't feel I played too badly," said the Yugoslav.

"She played so well and didn't make any errors so I can't beat myself up too much."

KaseyL
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:39 AM
and from Ananova, March 26, 2003:

...
"It is nevertheless arguably the most important tournament outside the four Grand Slams, and it could produce a memorable semi-final if Clijsters continues her rich vein of form.

The third-seeded Belgian, who won the first tier one title of her career in Indian Wells last week, has now won 25 of her last 26 matches after trouncing the ninth-seed Jelena Dokic 6-2 6-0.

Clijsters speed and willingness to spread-eagle herself to make retrieves applied constant pressure to Dokic, and so did her attitude.

"You have to show Jelena you are fighting because once she gets ahead she can really dominate," she explained.

There was rarely much chance of that after Clijsters had broken for 4-2 on her sixth break point and after that the contest became a procession, with Dokic surprisingly losing eight games in a row.

"It will be easy to block out what happened last time (losing from 5-1 up against Serena) because it is a different country and a different stadium and it will be a completely different match," said Clijsters.
"

KaseyL
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:42 AM
and from local paper South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mar. 25, 2003:

Clijsters overpowers Dokic to gain another shot at Serena Williams

BY CHARLES BRICKER
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - (KRT) - It could not have been easy for Kim Clijsters to keep her mind on her work Tuesday night, with retribution, or a second crack at greatness - however you care to describe it - just one round away.

But before Clijsters could order up a rematch of her Australian Open meltdown with Serena Williams, she had to defeat dangerous Jelena Dokic in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100.

Which she did with spectacular defense and a lethal down-the-line backhand that destroyed Dokic 6-2, 6-0 in 53 minutes. It set up a reprise of that memorable semifinal in Melbourne that turned into a major springboard for Williams' 15-0 season.

"I'm a lot more consistent than I was a year ago, and maybe two years ago," said Clijsters. "Now I feel like I'm consistent throughout. Even if I'm not playing my best tennis, I still feel I'm capable of playing well enough to beat a lot of girls and that's the most important thing - being focused and being comfortable with yourself."

Earlier in the day, despite a one-sided score of 6-1, 6-2, Williams, the No. 1 player in the world, was not particularly comfortable and looked only sporadically brilliant in defeating 18-year-old Marion Bartoli of France.

"The score line wasn't true to the match at all," Williams said. "She played really well. I definitely had to work hard."

The women will complete the semifinals on Wednesday when No. 6 seed Jennifer Capriati plays Meghann Shaughnessy, who upset Venus Williams in the round of 16, and fourth-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne faces No. 12 Chanda Rubin.

The two semifinals will be played Thursday with the women's final at 11 a.m. Saturday.

As is her custom, Bartoli took serve about three feet inside the baseline, and, despite Williams' 105-mph deliveries, had no trouble getting string on the ball. A half-dozen times in this match Bartoli was dictating the rallies - something that is rarely done to Serena Williams.

But she had no staying power in the long exchanges, and Williams chewed up her second serve. "Sometimes I serve like 100 mph and it was quite OK. The return was like 10 centimeters from the baseline," Bartoli said, amazed.

"When the rally began, I was confident in my shot. But when I serve, I say, `Oh my God, what's going to be happening?' I'm serving and she is going, `Boom,' returning winners. I serve, she returns winners."

Bartoli is unorthodox with her double-handed forehand and backhand and it's easy to admire her competitiveness, which she advertises by her frequent scowling. But she lacks a slice backhand or, in fact, any ability to modulate or change the pace of the rallies.

Ultimately, Williams locked into her one-dimensional pace and blew her off the court.

The Clijsters match turned abruptly in the sixth game of the first set with Dokic serving at 2-3. She played gritty ball in defending five break points before Clijsters, executing one of her trademark leg splits, went far into the forehand corner on the sixth, and retrieved what looked like a certain winner.

Somehow, she got the ball back, flustering Dokic so badly that she drummed her next shot long. Clijsters ran out the set and in the 19-minute second set outscored Dokic 25-10.

She'll play doubles on Wednesday, then turn her full attention to Williams, whom she led 5-1 in the third set of the Aussie Open semis before losing 7-5.

"I don't think I did anything wrong in that match. It's not that I made more mistakes. She just raised her level, which is what those top players do. That's why she's No. 1 in the world. That's why she's won so many Grand Slams already."

Clijsters' defense was a telling factor in her match. Five times she did the splits going after balls and she admitted that "every time I come back into the locker room, the physios are really worried. They almost packed their bags a few times, ready to go on court.

"It comes automatically. I think it's because I grew up on clay that I still do it on hardcourts."

Dokic departs having won three matches in a row before this loss. She hasn't had a streak like that since the Canadian Open last year. "I hit the ball very well for the first half-hour, but she got everything back. After that, it was hard to keep up," she said.

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© 2003 South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

duck
Mar 26th, 2003, 09:21 AM
Thanks for all these Ingrid! :wavey:

thalle
Mar 26th, 2003, 10:26 AM
Thanks!!
And well done Kim

pathfinder
Mar 26th, 2003, 01:22 PM
Thank you very much for the interview and the articles!

:eek: Pretty impresive stuff from Kim!I can't wait to see her match against Jelena!The statistics are amazing! :cool:

Now try your best in your next match Kim!
Go out there and enjoy it as much as you can! :kiss:

Cilla
Mar 26th, 2003, 05:02 PM
Congrats Kim :kiss: Good Luck Vs Serena :devil:

*annamaria*
Mar 26th, 2003, 06:20 PM
hey ya'll!

did anyone see Kim's match against Dokic?
There was a close-up of Lleyton cheering for her...not that this is something special, but the way he looked like was soo cute..
:hearts:
He was totally lost in thought and smiling to himself! That looked so cute! :hearts:
Looked like if he was dreaming of him and Kim anywhere on an island or something....
Anyone saw that, too!?

Good luck Kimmie against serena! :bounce:

pruts
Mar 26th, 2003, 06:30 PM
good luck against Serena Kimmie :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
:hearts: @ lleyton

kit
Mar 26th, 2003, 07:42 PM
Yes,I saw it.Lleyton is so sweet :hearts:
Well done Kim!!!
Serena in the semi,that would to be very tough.I cross my fingers!!!
Good luck,Kim!!!You can do it come on!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Mar 26th, 2003, 07:50 PM
Well done Kim!!!!!!!!!! You played great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You can do it tomorrow!!!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Komaan Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:31 PM
Kim / Ai are leading 4/1 in the 1st set!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Go Kim/Ai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Bigkimfan
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:40 PM
they won the 1st set!!! 6/1 :bounce:

Keep on going!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Come-on-kim
Mar 26th, 2003, 09:07 PM
Kim and Ai won the whole thing 6-1 6-0!!!

CONGRATS!!! ANother impressive scoreline!!

Come on Kim against Serena!!

Wimanna
Mar 26th, 2003, 09:59 PM
:worship: Kim and Ai :worship: Impressive :worship:

Congrats with an other easy win :worship:

How many bagels have they this year.....most of the times they bagel their opponents in the second set :eek: :eek:

Elleke
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:21 AM
way to go Kim! (&Ai :D)

Elleke
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:22 AM
The score reads 6-1 to Serena Williams in career meetings but Kim Clijsters will go into today’s semi-final at the NASDAQ-100 Open at Crandon Park full of optimism. Apart from her sister, Serena faces no greater challenge on the WTA Tour these days than that presented by the sturdy Belgian whose lone victory over the world No. 1 could not have come at a more pertinent moment – in the final of the year ending tour championships at Los Angeles last November.

Ashie_87
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:39 AM
:bounce: YAY! for getting to the semis!! :bounce:
Good luck against Serena! :worship: :D
we know you can do it! :)

spiritfullfrog
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:11 AM
Good luck Kim against Serena!!
Their game is first up, starts at 12 noon!
Would that be 4:00am Sydney time?
Good luck Kim against Serena!!

tara
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:38 AM
:bounce: GOOD LUCK against Serena,KIM :bounce:

Come-on-kim
Mar 27th, 2003, 07:37 AM
GOOD LUCK AGAINST SERENA, KIMMIE :bounce: :bounce:

Primula
Mar 27th, 2003, 08:07 AM
Take that second place !!!!! We know you can beat Serena !! Good luck!!

-Fienesse-
Mar 27th, 2003, 09:13 AM
What time will the semi be played belgian time? Will the broadcast it? (No I guess...:-( )

Wimanna
Mar 27th, 2003, 09:19 AM
What time will the semi be played belgian time? Will the broadcast it? (No I guess...:-( )

18u ;) Eurosport will broadcast it :fiery:

Bigkimfan
Mar 27th, 2003, 10:02 AM
18u ;) Eurosport will broadcast it :fiery:

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Sarah
Mar 27th, 2003, 10:55 AM
We don't have Eurosport!!! :sad: :sad: :sad: :(

Canvas won't broadcast it either??
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASE, pretty please....all I need is coverage...
A live scoreboard on a site won't do the job this time.

Hagar
Mar 27th, 2003, 10:57 AM
We don't have Eurosport!!! :sad: :sad: :sad: :(

Canvas won't broadcast it either??
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASE, pretty please....all I need is coverage...
A live scoreboard on a site won't do the job this time.

My cable provider here in Brussels offers me Eurosport... :D

Cilla
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:12 PM
Eurosport :worship:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:20 PM
Me No Eurosport :sad:

Do I have to say more :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:25 PM
But Go Kimmie :bounce:

Show the world WTA does not mean Williams Tennis Association ;)

We, your fans, will always believe in You :D

You can do it :)

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:25 PM
Me No Eurosport :sad:

Do I have to say more :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

idem ditto :sad:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:26 PM
:worship: Kim and Ai :worship: Impressive :worship:

Congrats with an other easy win :worship:

How many bagels have they this year.....most of the times they bagel their opponents in the second set :eek: :eek:

they are really collecting them! :D

Kim and Ai are truly a great doubles team, wow! :worship: :worship: :worship:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:29 PM
Nothing special re Kim in the Belgian newspapers today but like to share this one:

'Kim Clijsters, c'est Miami Vice' :D
(quote from La Libre Belgique)

thalle
Mar 27th, 2003, 01:42 PM
Well done Kimai!!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 01:59 PM
Important announcement for the non-eurosport people

I'm one of them :sad:

But instead of looking just to a scoreboard there's something that's at least just a little bit better ;)

I gave the link a few time's already but never here in the Classy Clijsters' Lounge but with that link you can listen to to match at least instead of viewing it ;)

http://www.eurosport.com/static_FilesV2/asp/zones/V3/multim/popup/Player_Container.asp?LangueID=0&AudioID=4088&SportID=10000&StoryID=395380

So you can here the comments and also the reactions of the audience and you have a speaking scoreboard which you don't have to refresh every second ;)

Just 2 hours before the semifinal clash :eek:

Go Kimmie

Lleyki
Mar 27th, 2003, 02:56 PM
THx :D

I was hoping Canvas would broadcast it (but again no tennis sheduled :rolleyes: :fiery: ) Well at least this is better than nothing at all!

I'm so nervous at the moment! I really want her to win this one :bounce:

Kornelija
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:19 PM
hey ya'll!

did anyone see Kim's match against Dokic?
There was a close-up of Lleyton cheering for her...not that this is something special, but the way he looked like was soo cute..
:hearts:
He was totally lost in thought and smiling to himself! That looked so cute! :hearts:
Looked like if he was dreaming of him and Kim anywhere on an island or something....
Anyone saw that, too!?

Good luck Kimmie against serena! :bounce:

I did. Commentators said his look show the pride he feels for Kimmie. To tell the truth he looked more in love... ;)

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:22 PM
We don't have Eurosport!!! :sad: :sad: :sad: :(

Canvas won't broadcast it either??
PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASE, pretty please....all I need is coverage...
A live scoreboard on a site won't do the job this time.
We neither! :sad: :( :mad: :fiery:

(We used to have Eurosport - but some unspeakable expletive threw it from the cable a few years ago.)

Grrrr, why can't Canvas broadcast it? They broadcasted Justine's semi and final in Dubai, didn't they!? Only a Tier II ! We had to miss Indian Wells already :(

I hate the sports redaction of Canvas. For soccer matches they frequently mutilate "Terzake"; UNIQUE tennis matches of our very own girls, however...

AAARGHH. :mad:



About 35 minutes , now... my hands are shaking. I think she has a chance. :) :) :)


Thanks for the link, Toon - I dind't know about it. Gonna try it out. Way better than a boring scoreboard, I suppose (but I want to SEE her paint the lines and making Serena run run run :sad: ;) )




Gooooo Kimmieee!

thalle
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:59 PM
:bounce: GO KIM!!! :bounce:

Hagar
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:03 PM
I've got a good feeling about this one.
But my good feelings sometimes betray me...

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:04 PM
Good Luck Kimmie :D

And Your Welcome, we're here to help each other :kiss:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Thanks for the link!

too bad I can't use it on this computer...*snif* :sad:



I'm getting :fiery: with posting here today, geeez grgrgr, it's like a lotery today: will I be able to post, or will I get 'you're not logged in' while I am... grgrgr :fiery:

new attempt:

from the tournament's website:

Clijsters Challenges Serena in Semifinal Action
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Richard Evans

The score reads 6-1 to Serena Williams in career meetings but Kim Clijsters will go into today’s semi-final at the Nasdaq-100 Open at Crandon Park full of optimism. Apart from her sister, Serena faces no greater challenge on the WTA Tout these days than that presented by the sturdy Belgian whose lone victory over the world No 1 could not have come at a more pertinent moment – in the final of the year ending tour championships at Los Angeles last November.

Since then Williams gained some hard earned revenge, fighting back from 1-5 in the final set of their thrilling semi-final clash at the Australian Open but, as ever, today’s clash will be a new ball game and Serena will need to be at her best to prevent Clijsters improving her lop-sided record.


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Go Kim, you can do it!

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:39 PM
I have noticed some things for Kim to work on against Serena:
Kim needs to serve to Serena's backhand more on the deuce side; Kim always slices the serve out wide
Kim sometimes doesn't get up to the ball; a few of the backhands she has missed have been because she is reaching out for the ball with her arms instead of being up to the ball with her body
Kim hangs in there really well, but ultimately it is Serena who is going for shots. When Kim has a game or break point, she has to go for it. Serena is #1 and tends to tighten up her game on big points...which is how she came back at the Aussie Open. Kim needs to up her game on those points, too

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:28 PM
Well, another good showing for Kim as she blazes through the draw to a later round again - but is stopped by a Williams sister. I really hope she gets tired of losing to them and LEARNS from this match - she has to go for more in these matches as the Williams sisters are too good and won't just give a match away on errors.

Bigkimfan
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:58 PM
kim played BAD :sad: :sad: :sad:

angele87
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:04 PM
Kimmie :sad: :sad:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:16 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

I've followed the match 'til the beginning of the second set. Before I could go back to the computer to check on the result one hour later, I had the misgiving Kim had lost the match and the second set might be like 6-2...I hardly dared to open the website then :o... my feeling turned out to be so exact :sad:

Oh well, on a positive note: the great thing is that she has obtained yet another nice result: reaching the semi final of a tournament like Miami isn't peanuts! :worship:

Come-on-kim
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:25 PM
Kimmie :sad: Beside the facts that she wasn't playing really well! Serena played extremely well in the second set!

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:27 PM
From an article on the BBC website:

March 27, 2003

...
Serena Williams brushed aside the challenge of Kim Clijsters to reach the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida.
The American top seed had little difficulty against the Belgian number three seed as she cruised to a straight sets victory, winning 6-4 6-2.

Clijsters was seen as the player most likely to challenge Williams after sister Venus surprisingly lost to Meghann Shaughnessy.

But she failed to mount much of a challenge against the world number one.

The Belgian matched her opponent up until the score was 4-4 but from there Williams won six consecutive games to take control.

Clijsters found herself repeatedly on the defensive, and her game turned erratic under the pressure of Williams' groundstrokes.

Clijsters committed 28 unforced errors and hit only six winners. She lost serve five times and converted just two of nine break-point chances.

...

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:35 PM
Source: The Sports Network, March 27, 2003

Serena whips Clijsters to reach third Miami final

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Defending champion Serena Williams disposed of Belgian rival Kim Clijsters in straight sets Thursday to reach her third final at the lucrative NASDAQ-100 Open.

The top-seeded Williams put together a 6-4, 6-2 victory amid windy conditions on the Stadium Court and now awaits the winner of Thursday night's match between fellow Americans Jennifer Capriati and Chanda Rubin. The final will be held on Saturday.

Clijsters staved off four match points in the seventh game of the second set, but Williams made good on number five by blasting an ace from the ad court to seal the deal in 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Williams dictated the tempo throughout the match, striking 16 more winners (22-6) and uncorking nine more unforced errors (37-28). She also fired three aces, compared to zero for Clijsters, as the Belgian's disappointing service game also produced four double faults on Day 9.

The high-flying Williams is a brilliant 7-1 lifetime against the world No. 3 Clijsters, including a come-from-behind victory against the sturdy Belgian in the Australian Open semifinals back in January. Williams, of course, is the reigning French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Aussie Open champ.

The 19-year-old Clijsters, who was seeded third in Miami, suffered only her fourth loss in 29 matches this season. She has already titled in Sydney and Indian Wells and reached finals in Antwerp and Scottsdale this year.

The 21-year-old Williams, who is a flawless 16-0 in 2003, halted Clijsters' personal 10-match winning streak, which started at Indian Wells two weeks before this Miami tournament commenced. Williams hasn't lost a match since falling to Clijsters in the final of last November's season-ending WTA Championships in Los Angeles.

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:41 PM
*sigh*
Those d*mn sisters. :p I felt so sure she could prove something today. She only proved she is falling back. :sad:


Just imagine the Williamses were 10 years younger... Belgium would occupy the two first spots... :eek:
But the sisters are just too good, mostly. (Why could Venus not have been on Kim's half here in Miami? :( )

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:42 PM
Btw - thanks for the articles, Ingrid, but I really don't want to read them right now. :sad:

Bigkimfan
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:55 PM
*sigh*
Those d*mn sisters. :p I felt so sure she could prove something today. She only proved she is falling back. :sad:


Just imagine the Williamses were 10 years younger... Belgium would occupy the two first spots... :eek:
But the sisters are just too good, mostly. (Why could Venus not have been on Kim's half here in Miami? :( )

she isn't falling back...she just played VERY BAD, Serena played good

duck
Mar 27th, 2003, 07:39 PM
Well, another good showing for Kim as she blazes through the draw to a later round again - but is stopped by a Williams sister. I really hope she gets tired of losing to them and LEARNS from this match - she has to go for more in these matches as the Williams sisters are too good and won't just give a match away on errors.

Agreed. But how many hammerings will it take? :sad: I think her problems are in her head now

Lynnsha
Mar 27th, 2003, 07:53 PM
Kimmie :sad: :sad:
Better luck next time.

thalle
Mar 27th, 2003, 08:25 PM
:sad:

*Kate*
Mar 28th, 2003, 12:54 AM
:sad: :sad:

S. WILLIAMS/K. Clijsters
6-4, 6-2

An interview with:

KIM CLIJSTERS

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you talk about the match? At 4-4, it looked like it could go either way. She just seemed to roll after that.

KIM CLIJSTERS: She, I think she played, you know, really consistent throughout the whole match, I think. I think my level just dropped a bit. Ever since then, I think, 4-all, you know, there were a few long points there and the first set took pretty long, I think. I was just struggling with getting my -- mentally and physically getting myself back. It's been a long trip, and, you know, a great trip. But at the end, it can get a bit tough sometimes.

Q. You said you were going to take four or five weeks off. How exhausted do you feel at the moment?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I feel pretty tired. I just think, you know, as well as mentally, and my body as well, you know, I need some time off. I think we only play Fed Cup in about a month. So I won't be doing anything since then, until then. Maybe the week before, I'll start hitting, but I won't do anything for the next two or three weeks, I think.

Q. Do you think you've taken on too hectic a schedule over the last couple of months?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I mean, it's good. I didn't play that many tournaments, but I did well in all of them. So it's not like I, you know, I mean, I've had some time off as well.

But I just did well in both events, singles and doubles, in every tournament I've played. So as long as the results are good, then you take it and everything comes with it.

But, yeah, I'm sure after a while, you know, you need the rest, definitely.

Q. This is the price of success in a way, the better you do...?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, sure, sure.

Q. Number of errors off both sides. Was that a product of fatigue, or did you feel like you had to go for big shots?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think in women's tennis today, because we hit the ball so hard and we go for so many shots, I think you'll see a lot more unforced errors than, you know, than a few years ago when, you know, the players like Sanchez and even Martina, when they were at the top of the game, and you'll see some amazing points, some amazing winners from maybe a meter behind the baseline. But you'll see some unforced errors as well. As long as the balance between winners and unforced errors is still better on the winners' side, those come with it.

I've always played, you know, risky tennis. You know, if you see all the players that are in the Top 10 now, they all hit the ball very hard and they all make some mistakes because they take so many risks.

Q. Only six winners for you in the match, someone as powerful, that's surprising?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I played probably the best mover in the game. I don't think that's very surprising.

Q. What do you plan to do during your time off?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, rest a lot. And, you know, I just got a new dog after LA last year, spend some time with her and stuff like that. And go out with family and I haven't seen my sister for a while, so I'll take her out. Go and do stuff with my family.

Q. What sort of a dog is it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: It's an English bulldog. Her name is Beauty.

Q. How did you come across her?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I've always wanted one. Then after LA, Justine and myself, we had to play in an exhibition in Belgium. The day I got back, I arrived at 12 noon. At 5 o'clock in the afternoon, I had to play against Justine, that match. It was a surprise, my mom arranged it through the guy who was arranging the exhibition.

Yeah, so it was a very big surprise, yep. They walked on, they told me that one of my sponsors, Siemens -- because I'm building a house in Belgium, they said, "We want you to be safe. We'll give you an alarm system," they said. The lady from Siemens, my sponsor, walks out, she's holding a big basket with a big bow on top of it. I'm expecting this electricity thing or something, for an alarm system to be there in the basket. All of a sudden, I see this little head pop up. I'm just completely in shock.

Yeah, it was a very nice surprise. She was too young then still, she was only four weeks. I had to bring her back to the mom for four weeks.

Q. Have you always wanted a bulldog?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I have two other dogs already, a Saint Bernard and a Newfoundlander. They're really big. I like a bulldog. I've seen it, one of my friends has got one. They're really funny. So, yeah.

Q. What does Lleyton make of all the dogs?

KIM CLIJSTERS: He's actually allergic to dogs, so that's not a great thing (laughing).

No, he's okay. I mean, he loves the bulldog, yeah. She came to the tournament in Antwerp. She was sharing the room with us. Yeah, she was really good.

Q. You must miss them?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I speak to them on the phone even, that's how hard I miss them, yeah.

Q. If Serena is playing her best tennis, is she, at this moment, unbeatable, or what are your thoughts on that?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think, you know, she... I mean, I think if she plays her best tennis and she leaves the unforced errors out, I'm sure she hits the ball, I think, even harder than Venus. She serves better than Venus, I think. She moves unbelievable. So I think if she leaves the unforced errors out, I think, yeah, for sure. I mean, I don't see how anyone else could -- but, you know, in a tennis match, I mean, it's -- it doesn't always go your way.

It happened even in LA, she wasn't playing her best tennis. I was just fighting for every ball, made her play all the shots. She was missing a few. Those are the chances you have to grab. Today, I just didn't get any of those.

Q. If that's the case, is there anything that you can improve, you be the one who would be unbeatable, or do you just wait for her to have a bad day?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think Serena, I think she's maybe a head taller than me. She's, you know, a lot stronger than me. So, you know, I think a lot of those things, I think, make a difference, definitely.

But, yeah, I mean, I think those things are definitely probably the biggest difference. I know for myself, I mean, I don't want to, you know -- I'm probably as fit as I can be. I can always, you know, be fitter or stronger, but then my movement will go off or I'll get slower if I want to be stronger. And the other way around, if I want to, you know, be fitter and lose weight, then I probably won't be able to hit the ball as hard anymore.

So you have to mix and match a little bit. But, I mean, so far I've been going pretty well with the way my body and the way I'm feeling. So, no, but I mean, she's worked, I'm sure, all her life already to get this far and to get, you know, probably as strong as she is.

Q. I was struck during your match, how many times you almost do the splits and you reach so much. Does that ever make you nervous? I was nervous.

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, no.

Q. You're comfortable, just do it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah.

Q. It's amazing.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Thanks.

Q. You had a couple of the breakpoints. Do you look back early and think, "You can't fritter those away against a player like Serena"? Could that have changed the match?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, but I don't really -- after the match is over, it's over. Of course, you think back on it a little bit, but you just try to, you know, keep things in mind maybe for the next time you play them. But I'm not really going to say, "Why didn't I do this? Why didn't I do that?" It's too late anyway. But you definitely learn things out of every match, out of a win or loss.

But, yeah, even, you know, against Serena, even if she's a breakpoint down and she hits a second serve, she even hit that, like, really good kick serve where I could hardly get to on the second serve, there's this -- she takes risks, I think. If she's on, then those risks, they go in and she -- you know, that shows when she's on, yeah.

Q. You beat her in LA, you had a close match in Australia. What was different today?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Do I have to start the whole press conference again or what...(Smiling)? Everything we said, well, what I've said before that was different. But it doesn't matter, I think, if every week we play in different circumstances, different stadiums, different weather conditions so, you know, a lot of things make a difference.

Q. You had a good run at Indian Wells last week. The Williams sisters weren't there. Had you beaten Serena today and lost in the final, would that have felt like more of an accomplishment than winning Indian Wells?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, winning such a big event, I don't think it makes a difference. It doesn't matter who is there. I've got that tournament victory, and, you know, I really don't care who was there, who was not.

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Cute stuff about her dog and Lleyton being allergic. :D That girl definetly needs a rest though, geez.

keta
Mar 28th, 2003, 12:56 AM
Thanzk for the interview Kate! :sad: Atleats Kim can Still laugh!
:sad::sad: Bad luck kimmy, But a great Tournie!
:kiss: Thankz for all the articles and things peopel have poasted! :D

Pinkie
Mar 28th, 2003, 03:21 AM
Well, hello from a rainy Miami. I watched Kim's semi-final today. She was totally out of it. To bad, but I wouldn't read anything into it. She just looked tired and weary. No spring in her step or bouncing around. It's just the end of a long series of tournaments. And if you look at the results combined, she's had an awesome spring.

Anyway, we also went to Kim's doubles match yesterday and today. That was more fun, because the court is so small and you are so close to the action. After spending all match yesterday looking for LLeyton and failing, I was so bummed when I couldn't spot him again during today's doubles match. I had already resigned to sitting one row in front of Marc Dehous (which was so cool because Kim kept looking in his direction), when I leaned onto the railing in front of the first row I was sitting in. And from the bottom of my eye, I see a baseball cap with a few blond curls sticking out. :eek: I almost had a heart attack. If I would have stretched out my legs, I would have kicked Lleyton in the head. As in, I was thisclose to him. :eek: And of course Kim kept making eye contact and smiling at him, so that was pretty cool. She didn't seem upset at all about the win. She did have an upset stomach in the beginning; I though she was going to throw up right on the court. But that seemed to pass. Lleyt didn't seem to upset about Kim's loss earlier in the day either; he was chatting to his friend non-stop. Too bad I couldn't understand any of it (god knows I tried :o )

The doubles match got rained out (such a bummer given my awesome seating arrangement) so we're going back tomorrow :wavey:

Come-on-kim
Mar 28th, 2003, 06:34 AM
Well, hello from a rainy Miami. I watched Kim's semi-final today. She was totally out of it. To bad, but I wouldn't read anything into it. She just looked tired and weary. No spring in her step or bouncing around. It's just the end of a long series of tournaments. And if you look at the results combined, she's had an awesome spring.

Anyway, we also went to Kim's doubles match yesterday and today. That was more fun, because the court is so small and you are so close to the action. After spending all match yesterday looking for LLeyton and failing, I was so bummed when I couldn't spot him again during today's doubles match. I had already resigned to sitting one row in front of Marc Dehous (which was so cool because Kim kept looking in his direction), when I leaned onto the railing in front of the first row I was sitting in. And from the bottom of my eye, I see a baseball cap with a few blond curls sticking out. :eek: I almost had a heart attack. If I would have stretched out my legs, I would have kicked Lleyton in the head. As in, I was thisclose to him. :eek: And of course Kim kept making eye contact and smiling at him, so that was pretty cool. She didn't seem upset at all about the win. She did have an upset stomach in the beginning; I though she was going to throw up right on the court. But that seemed to pass. Lleyt didn't seem to upset about Kim's loss earlier in the day either; he was chatting to his friend non-stop. Too bad I couldn't understand any of it (god knows I tried :o )

The doubles match got rained out (such a bummer given my awesome seating arrangement) so we're going back tomorrow :wavey:
How were Kim and Ai playing?

COME ON GIRLS

duck
Mar 28th, 2003, 08:41 AM
Well, hello from a rainy Miami. I watched Kim's semi-final today. She was totally out of it. To bad, but I wouldn't read anything into it. She just looked tired and weary. No spring in her step or bouncing around. It's just the end of a long series of tournaments. And if you look at the results combined, she's had an awesome spring.

If I would have stretched out my legs, I would have kicked Lleyton in the head. As in, I was thisclose to him. :eek: And of course Kim kept making eye contact and smiling at him, so that was pretty cool. She didn't seem upset at all about the win. She did have an upset stomach in the beginning; I though she was going to throw up right on the court. But that seemed to pass. Lleyt didn't seem to upset about Kim's loss earlier in the day either; he was chatting to his friend non-stop. Too bad I couldn't understand any of it (god knows I tried :o )

The doubles match got rained out (such a bummer given my awesome seating arrangement) so we're going back tomorrow :wavey:

LOL you should have kicked him in the head and got his attention! Do it for me and Dolly and ask what he meant by losing to Clavet! And tell him the kick was from all of us. (then you would have probably been removed from the court for assault & it would have all been very ugly...)

At least Kim looked ok. Poor thing.

KaseyL
Mar 28th, 2003, 10:27 AM
Thanks for the report Tine! Too bad it wasn't a winning Kim this time... At least you got to see her (and Lleyton LOL). :)

Kate, thanks for the interview.

KaseyL
Mar 28th, 2003, 10:29 AM
Another article:

Source: San Jose Mercury News, March 28, 2003

Serena Williams unbeaten

SHE TOPS CLIJSTERS, ENTERS FINAL 16-0
Mercury News Wire Services

From the start, Serena Williams had Kim Clijsters on the defensive, sliding into the splits at the baseline in vain attempts to retrieve overpowering shots.

The maneuver made Clijsters look like a cheerleader, :( and in the end all she could do was join the applause for Williams, 16-0 this year. The world's No. 1 player advanced to the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open and remained unbeaten in 2003 by winning 6-4, 6-2 Thursday in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Williams' opponent will be the winner of the match between sixth-seeded Jennifer Capriati and No. 12 Chanda Rubin. Rain forced the postponement of that match until today.

``If I'm playing my best tennis, I don't think anyone right now can beat me,'' Williams said.

Clijsters led Williams 5-1 in the third set of their semifinal at the Australian Open in January before losing, but this time the third-seeded Belgian failed to muster much of a challenge.

Williams played an especially sloppy game to make it 4-4 in the opening set, committing four unforced errors and then staring angrily at her racket, as if it were the culprit. She then won 15 of 18 points and six consecutive games to take control.

Elleke
Mar 28th, 2003, 10:31 AM
kim :sad:
but a great tournament again :)! I'm happy she now can have some time off!
good luck kim and Ai in doubles !

KaseyL
Mar 28th, 2003, 10:34 AM
from another article in US press:

Source:St. Petersburg Times (Florida), March 28, 2003

Serena cruises by Clijsters into final

Williams starts slow, wears down opponent to remain unbeaten.
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 28, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- Revenge only goes so far against Serena Williams.

Two months after a third-set meltdown against Williams in the semifinals of the Australian Open, third-ranked Kim Clijsters hoped to make amends, but instead added another disappointing result against the world's top-ranked player, who kept alive her hopes of a perfect season. Williams won easily 6-4, 6-2 to reach her second straight Nasdaq-100 Open final.

"I started off playing well," Clijsters said. "But at the end of the first set, after a few rallies, I felt physically and mentally empty." :sad:

Williams looked anything but fatigued.

After a slow start, she broke things open late in the first set. With the set tied at 4, Williams won six straight games and cruised from there. She committed 37 unforced errors, but managed to keep Clijsters on the run most of the match.

"I think I struggled a bit today with my form," Williams said. "My trainer said she thought I played good, but you know, I'm always really tough on myself. ... My serve wasn't there at all. My returns were miserable. It wasn't as easy as it seemed. It definitely was a grueling match."
...

KaseyL
Mar 28th, 2003, 10:38 AM
yet another article:

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 28, 2003

Sloppy Serena still holds off Clijsters

By Charles Bricker, Staff Writer, March 28 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- You can't win them all, Serena Williams was explaining a few days ago after her sister, Venus, was knocked out in the round of 16 at the Nasdaq-100.

Oh yeah? We'll see.

Going undefeated is the longest of shots in tennis, but when Williams cruises through five rounds of a major tournament without the loss of a set and trounces Kim Clijsters in the semis without anything approaching her best stuff, it's easy to think all things are possible.

Even before the scoreboard lights flashed 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday afternoon, putting Williams into the 28th final of her career, the number crunchers were at work.

This less-then-pristine win, in which Williams committed 37 mostly egregious unforced errors, gave her a 16-0 record for 2003 and left you wondering, once again, whether anyone approaches her level of skill.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., once again a heavy favorite, she'll go for win No. 17, facing the survivor of the other semifinal between No. 6 Jennifer Capriati and No. 12 Chanda Rubin -- a match that was washed into this afternoon by Thursday's late rains.

What you love most about Williams' game is her aggressiveness. But she might have been too aggressive against Clijsters.

Her wild-hair, crazy shot selection, along with her early forehand problems, kept the gritty Belgium teenager in this match until it reached 4-4 in the opening set.

At that point, Williams recalibrated her ground strokes and sped away, bouncing over a few more speed bumps with the throttle wide open.

"I struggled a bit today with my form. I don't think I was up to par," she said, seeming hardly bothered.

She won eight of the last nine points from 4-4 to run out the first set, then slashed to a 4-0 lead in the second. On the court, Clijsters was uncharacteristically angry with herself, waving her racket as if she would have loved to throw it. And up in the coaches box behind the south baseline, her boyfriend, men's No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, wore a resigned look.

"I definitely had a strategy going into the match," Williams said. She wasn't going to be further revealing, though she didn't have to. It was clear that she wanted to be super-aggressive, particularly attacking the net.

In the third game, she went for a most improbable swinging backhand volley from four or five feet inside the baseline and missed wide badly.

Then, on a misjudged ball that she let drop in close to the net, she slammed a backhand before it reached its apogee. With plenty of time, there was no need to take it early. She slammed it into the net.

Then there was an attempt in the second set at a needless half-volley inside the service line that she should have let bounce. She flubbed that and followed with another swinging volley that rode wide.

Finally, on the fourth of her five match points, Williams had an easy backhand volley for a winner. She stroked long.

She seldom fooled or overpowered Clijsters with her serve, scoring on only 57 percent of her first deliveries. But there were also some trademark zingers -- more than enough in this match to exhaust the hard-running Clijsters.

"I feel that if I'm playing my best tennis, it's pretty difficult to beat me," Williams said. "I think, actually, if I'm playing my best tennis, I don't think anyone can beat me right now."

But, she added, knowingly, "I haven't played my best."

The two women had last met in the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, where Clijsters held a 5-1 lead in the third set. That is as close as anyone has come to beating Williams, who rallied back to win the final six games in Melbourne.

"My serves weren't there today," she admitted. "My returns were miserable."

Uh-huh. And she's 16-0 and one victory away from her third title of the season and one step closer to the longest of shots.

KaseyL
Mar 28th, 2003, 10:41 AM
This is a last one, from AP, March 28, 2003

Serena Reaches Key Biscayne Final

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

Serena Williams is playing so well she can even beat the rain. Showers forced the suspension of one match and the postponement of two others Thursday in the Nasdaq-100 Open, but the rain came after the top-seeded Williams defeated No. 3 Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Williams improved to 16-0 this year. She hasn't lost since November, when Clijsters beat her in Los Angeles at the season-ending WTA Championships.

"When I lost in L.A., I didn't like the feeling," Williams said. "That was a long time ago."

Her opponent Saturday will be the winner of the all-American semifinal between sixth-seeded Jennifer Capriati and No. 12 Chanda Rubin. The downpour forced the postponement of that match until Friday.

Williams defeated Capriati in last year's final.

"If I'm playing my best tennis, I don't think anyone right now can beat me," Williams said.

Earlier this year, Clijsters led Williams 5-1 in the third set of their semifinal in the Australian Open before losing, but this time the Belgian failed to muster much of a challenge.

...

Williams' performance underscored a discouraging reality for the rest of the WTA Tour: She can play less than her best and still drub a top opponent like Clijsters. Williams exceeded her norm with 37 unforced errors, including a handful of wild shots, and lost one point when she stumbled and fell to the hard court face first.

"I'm not too happy with the way I played," she said. "I don't think I made too many of my shots, but I figured if I could just make a few of them, then I would be all right."

She was correct. Williams played an especially sloppy game to make it 4-4 in the opening set, committing four unforced errors and then staring angrily at her racket, as if it were the culprit.

From there she won 15 of the next 18 points and six consecutive games to take control. Clijsters, who has played 29 matches already this year, said she tired at the end of the first set.

"I felt physically and mentally empty," the 19-year-old Belgian said. "I'm taking four or five weeks off after here."

Williams said she didn't see any sign of fatigue from Clijsters.

"I'm not tired. I don't think she was tired," Williams said. "I just think it was a tough match. I picked up my game a little bit. That's what happened."

Shots that sizzled into the corners kept Clijsters running and lunging, which negated her own considerable power. She had 28 unforced errors and just six winners - five when Williams was on her feet.

Three games from the finish, Williams lost her balance hitting a backhand and fell in a sprawl. Clijsters smacked a backhand to win the point as Williams rose and assessed the damaged, which was limited to scraped knees.

"Just clumsy," she said.

It was just a knockdown, not a knockout.

pathfinder
Mar 28th, 2003, 02:49 PM
Thank you very much for the report Pinkie! :kiss: and of course everybody else for the articles!
I saw the match and..well.. no comment.
Too bad that Kim didn't seem to enjoy anything during the match.
Now let's hope that she will have a good rest,and will come back stronger! ;)



LOL you should have kicked him in the head and got his attention! Do it for me and Dolly and ask what he meant by losing to Clavet! And tell him the kick was from all of us.

LOL!..good one!:o

lleytnkim
Mar 28th, 2003, 04:24 PM
After spending all match yesterday looking for LLeyton and failing, I was so bummed when I couldn't spot him again during today's doubles match. I had already resigned to sitting one row in front of Marc Dehous (which was so cool because Kim kept looking in his direction), when I leaned onto the railing in front of the first row I was sitting in. And from the bottom of my eye, I see a baseball cap with a few blond curls sticking out. :eek: I almost had a heart attack. If I would have stretched out my legs, I would have kicked Lleyton in the head. As in, I was thisclose to him. :eek: And of course Kim kept making eye contact and smiling at him, so that was pretty cool. She didn't seem upset at all about the win. She did have an upset stomach in the beginning; I though she was going to throw up right on the court. But that seemed to pass. Lleyt didn't seem to upset about Kim's loss earlier in the day either; he was chatting to his friend non-stop. Too bad I couldn't understand any of it (god knows I tried :o )
OMG Tinne! :eek: :eek: you were that close to Lleyton?! :D good for you! Thanks for the report. :kiss:
LOL you should have kicked him in the head and got his attention! Do it for me and Dolly and ask what he meant by losing to Clavet! And tell him the kick was from all of us.
No shit :rolleyes: I still can't believe he lost to Clavet :o :rolleyes:

Stefke
Mar 28th, 2003, 04:50 PM
Wow Tinne I wish I was you!!!!
Kimmy:sad::sad: Yesterday I had to study Maths while Kimmy was playing and I took lots and lots of breaks to watch how she was doing!!:p Result: A bad test of Maths and Kim lost to Pred 2!!!:p:sad: What a wonderful day;)

lleytnkim
Mar 28th, 2003, 05:09 PM
Clijsters clocked by Serena

By Sandra Harwitt
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FROM THE NASDAQ-100 OPEN IN MIAMI – At this point and time, the talk can be that Kim Clijsters is the only player ready to step up to the service line and challenge world No. 1 Serena Williams, but the evidence is a little shaky at best.

Yes, Serena did take down Williams in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships last November, but that is quickly looking like a one off. On Thursday at the NASDAQ-100 Open, the third-seeded Clijsters surrendered 6-4, 6-2 for the seventh time in eight career meetings against Williams and the scene was not pretty.

The only possible good news for Kimmy is that her loss this time didn’t quite equal up to the stature of her shocking semifinal performance against Serena at the Australian Open in January. If you don’t remember that match, it was the encounter where she was proving that she could smack a Williams sister around a tennis court as she sped her way to a 5-1 lead in the third set. That’s when the Belgian melted away like a not so fine piece of Belgian chocolate to put Serena in the history books – the American dynamo went on to win her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title at the Down Under major.

Of course, the one saving grace for Clijsters is she hasn’t been the person going around saying she’s a contender with Serena and Venus. In fact, although Clijsters is visibly competitive on the court, she normally takes such a nonchalant view of the importance of winning after matches it sometimes comes off like she doesn’t care all that much.

After this latest devastating loss to Serena – she only posted a paltry six winners, only two in the first set in the entire match to 22 for Williams – Clijsters identified the difference between the two.

“I think Serena, she’s maybe a head taller than me,” said Clijsters, who won the Pacific Life Open title at the event right before the NASDAQ-100 Open. “She’s a lot stronger than me. I think a lot of those things make a difference, definitely.

“Those things are definitely, probably, the biggest difference. I know for myself, I mean – I’m probably as fit as I can be. I can always be fitter and stronger, but then my movement will go off or I’ll get slower if I want to be stronger. And the other way around, if I want to be fitter and lose weight, then I probably won’t be able to hit the ball as hard anymore.

“So you have to mix and match a little bit. But, so far I’ve been going pretty well with the way my body [is] and the way I’m feeling. I’m sure, she’s worked all her life already to get this far and to get, probably, as strong as she is.”

TOO MUCH TENNIS

In terms of her abilities today against Serena, it is fair to say that Clijsters has had a busy few weeks, winning the Indian Wells tournament right before this. After the match she did say, “I started off playing well, but at the end of the first set, after a few rallies, I felt physically and mentally empty. I played a lot of singles and doubles in the last few weeks. I couldn’t bring my self back to the level necessary to compete. I’m taking four or five weeks off after here.”

During that time off, not such a bad idea since a player can reach a point that they are over-saturated by playing, Clijsters could rejuvenate and show a little more determination towards wining. Nevertheless, she’s always been the type to brush off losses rather easily, insisting that there are far more important concerns than the outcome of a tennis match in life.

For women’s tennis, it can be a big drawback that Clijsters, herself, doesn’t act like upending the Williams sisters and seeking the throne is an important step to take. After all, where does it leave the game if there’s no one out there to contend with the sisters. And there is also the somewhat frightening point that Venus, who went down to Meghann Shaughnessy in the fourth round here, is looking more and more like the work it would take to try and challenge Serena is too immense a task to consider.

As for Kimmy, maybe people should just let her be who she is – and that person may not be someone who wants to spend all her energy striving to reach the apex of the game, especially since there’s no clear-cut outcome if she was to make that decision.

fifiricci
Mar 28th, 2003, 05:34 PM
What happened in the doubles? Looks like Clijsters and Sugiyama lost it on a retirement. Anyone know what happened?

fifiricci
Mar 28th, 2003, 05:44 PM
She needs to go out, get drunk on lots of Stella Artois to blot out the last two days, then go home and rest.

fifiricci
Mar 28th, 2003, 05:48 PM
Clijsters retired with "viral syndrome". Maybe Stella Artois not such a good idea at the moment then.

angele87
Mar 28th, 2003, 06:13 PM
Well, hello from a rainy Miami. I watched Kim's semi-final today. She was totally out of it. To bad, but I wouldn't read anything into it. She just looked tired and weary. No spring in her step or bouncing around. It's just the end of a long series of tournaments. And if you look at the results combined, she's had an awesome spring.

Anyway, we also went to Kim's doubles match yesterday and today. That was more fun, because the court is so small and you are so close to the action. After spending all match yesterday looking for LLeyton and failing, I was so bummed when I couldn't spot him again during today's doubles match. I had already resigned to sitting one row in front of Marc Dehous (which was so cool because Kim kept looking in his direction), when I leaned onto the railing in front of the first row I was sitting in. And from the bottom of my eye, I see a baseball cap with a few blond curls sticking out. :eek: I almost had a heart attack. If I would have stretched out my legs, I would have kicked Lleyton in the head. As in, I was thisclose to him. :eek: And of course Kim kept making eye contact and smiling at him, so that was pretty cool. She didn't seem upset at all about the win. She did have an upset stomach in the beginning; I though she was going to throw up right on the court. But that seemed to pass. Lleyt didn't seem to upset about Kim's loss earlier in the day either; he was chatting to his friend non-stop. Too bad I couldn't understand any of it (god knows I tried :o )

The doubles match got rained out (such a bummer given my awesome seating arrangement) so we're going back tomorrow :wavey:
*jealous*

Tinne, I'm glad you got to see Kim...and Lleyton :eek: You really lucked out to be so close to Lleyton and I'm with duck, you should of given him a little kick in the head ;)

Did you stalk them walk around the grounds? ;) And take pictures? :bounce:

angele87
Mar 28th, 2003, 06:38 PM
Clijsters retired with "viral syndrome". Maybe Stella Artois not such a good idea at the moment then.
That doesn't sound good :(

Come-on-kim
Mar 28th, 2003, 08:36 PM
Kimmie :sad:

kit
Mar 28th, 2003, 08:39 PM
It's very sad.But Serena played a little bit better than Kim.Yeah,she's very tired.She played so much at the last weeks.So,I think it's really good for her to take some weeks off.
Thank you for all the articles and the interview.
And thank you very much for the report,Pinkie!!! :kiss:

Bigkimfan
Mar 28th, 2003, 09:13 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

josefien
Mar 28th, 2003, 09:48 PM
Maybe the virus was already in Kim yesterday but hadn't broke out yet. Maybe that was the reason for her not playing that good.
Anyway, congratulations with the last few months, Kim, and enjoy your break!! See you next month!!

lleytnkim
Mar 28th, 2003, 09:57 PM
Serena's strength is key to her success, says beaten Clijsters

By John Roberts in Key Biscayne, Florida
29 March 2003

Supremacy is a constant topic when Serena Williams is in the interview room. Having reached the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open here without playing well, the world No 1 said: "If I'm playing my best tennis, I don't think anyone right now can beat me."

Kim Clijsters, figuratively kicking herself for not being able to take advantage after catching the defending champion on an off day in their semi-final on Thursday – not to mention being reeled in after leading her 5-1 in the final set in the Australian Open semi-finals – was not inclined to disagree.

"I'm sure Serena hits the ball even harder then [her sister] Venus," the Belgian world No 3 said. "She serves better than Venus. She moves unbelievably well. So if she leaves the unforced errors out, I don't see how anyone else could beat her. But in a tennis match, it doesn't always go your way.

"It happened at the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles. She wasn't playing her best tennis. I was just fighting for every ball and made her play her shots. She was missing a few. Those are the chances you have to grab. Today, I just didn't get any of those."

Clijsters, who defeated Serena in the final of the WTA Tour Championship last November, could only muster six winners in losing to her here, 6-4, 6-2. "I played probably the best mover in the game," she said. "I don't think that's very surprising."

The manner of Clijsters' defeat at the Australian Open undoubtedly left a scar. Her performance here on Thursday was disappointing rather than disastrous. "After the match is over, it's over," she said. "Of course, you think back on it a little bit and keep things in mind for the next time you play them. But I'm not going to say: 'Why didn't I do this? Why didn't I do that?' It's too late anyway." Yesterday she pulled out of the doubles because of an upset stomach. :(

Asked what she could do to improve her chances, Clijsters said: "I can always be fitter or stronger, but then my movement will go off or I'll get slower if I want to be stronger. And if I want to be fitter and lose weight, then I probably won't be able to hit the ball as hard. I think Serena is a head taller than me. She's a lot stronger than me. Those things make a difference."

With strength and fitness now the dominant features in the women's game, so the element of hit-or-miss has increased. "Because we hit the ball so hard and go for so many shots," Clijsters said, "I think you'll see a lot more unforced errors than a few years ago. You'll see some amazing points, some amazing winners from maybe a metre behind the baseline. But you'll see unforced errors as well.

"I've always played risky tennis. If you look at the players who are in the top 10 now, they all hit the ball very hard and they all make some mistakes because they take so many risks."

Clijsters intends to take a few weeks' R & R to recharge her batteries for the European clay-court season leading up to the French Open at the end of May. "I feel pretty tired, mentally and in my body," she said. "I didn't play that many tournaments, but I did well in all of them, singles and doubles. I need some time off. We are due to play Fed Cup in about a month, so I won't be doing anything for the next two or three weeks."

The 19-year-old from Bilzen plans to spend time with her family and her three dogs, a Saint Bernard, a Newfoundlander, and the latest addition, a British Bulldog puppy named Beauty. "I speak to them on the phone, that's how hard I miss them," she said.

Beauty, a gift from one of Clijsters' sponsors, was presented to her in Belgium after she played an exhibition match against her compatriot, Justine Henin-Hardenne. "Because I'm building a house in Belgium, the sponsor said they wanted me to be safe, so they were giving me an alarm system," Clijsters said. "The lady from my sponsors was holding a big basket with a big bow on top. I was expecting something electrical to be in the basket. All of a sudden, I see this little head pop up."

Asked what her boyfriend, Lleyton Hewitt, the men's world No 1, thought of the dogs, Clijsters said: "He's actually allergic to dogs, so that's not such a great thing. He's OK. He loves the bulldog. She came to the tournament in Antwerp. She was sharing the room with us. She was really good."

Albert Costa, the French Open champion, advanced to the semi-finals of the men's singles yesterday, defeating Roger Federer, the Swiss fourth seed, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. The conclusion of the match had been delayed overnight because of rain with Costa leading 6-5 in the final set.

Australia will monitor world developments and security issues before deciding whether their Fed Cup team will travel to Spain for their first-round match in Tarragona next month.

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Its not surprising that she felt tired during her match vs Deux. She's been playing too much tennis in my opinion. Yes, I know she prefers to play lot of matches but If she wants to win more singles titles she'll have to reduce her schedule in order to stay fresh and to stay motivated.

I was so disappointed to see her performance in the semis. :sad: I really think Kim needs to cut back on her doubles schedule. Its great that she's been winning Doubles titles but I wanna see her win singles titles not doubles. :( But its her call. She'll have to decide what's important to her. I hope she enjoys her break and thinks about that. :)

Pinkie
Mar 28th, 2003, 11:43 PM
When we got to Key Biscayne this morning, we noticed that Kim had withdrawn from doubles. Not a big surprise, but still a bummer. She would have had to play Martina Navratilova next, which I would have loved to watch. Yesterday, Kim was visibly not ok and her play in doubles wasn't that great. I mentioned before she looked like she was going to puke. At the very beginning, she kept looking up to her coach non-stop with a "I'm not ok look in her eyes". Her coach said to Ai's mom that she must be still digesting her late lunch. When Lleyton arrived, she looked over to him, pointed at her stomach and stuck her tongue out, as in "I'm sick to my stomach." She seemed to get better though. Guess she really didn't feel well.

We stayed for the Cappy-Chanda and Younes-Andre matches, whcih were really fun. But by then we were totally fried by the hot and muffy weather.

keta
Mar 29th, 2003, 02:43 AM
When we got to Key Biscayne this morning, we noticed that Kim had withdrawn from doubles. Not a big surprise, but still a bummer. She would have had to play Martina Navratilova next, which I would have loved to watch. Yesterday, Kim was visibly not ok and her play in doubles wasn't that great. I mentioned before she looked like she was going to puke. At the very beginning, she kept looking up to her coach non-stop with a "I'm not ok look in her eyes". Her coach said to Ai's mom that she must be still digesting her late lunch. When Lleyton arrived, she looked over to him, pointed at her stomach and stuck her tongue out, as in "I'm sick to my stomach." She seemed to get better though. Guess she really didn't feel well.

We stayed for the Cappy-Chanda and Younes-Andre matches, whcih were really fun. But by then we were totally fried by the hot and muffy weather.
Thanzk for the report's Tinne!
:angel: theyre soo cute! :D:D
:sad: Get well soon Kimmy! :bounce:

angele87
Mar 29th, 2003, 02:51 AM
Thanks for all the reports Tinne :D We really appreciate it :kiss:

Cilla
Mar 29th, 2003, 09:08 AM
Thanks for all the articles and esp the reports Tinne :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Poor Kim :( Glad she can have a nice rest now :)

me_clks
Mar 29th, 2003, 09:25 AM
[Mod message:
sorry, but moved post to Miami thread as it belongs there]

Ive got the impression Kim fought like she always does - like people
born the year she was born. Seems she does need some rest however
she can demonstrate tennis she did at Roland Garros against Capriati
also this year :devil: Remember she just stumbled on a quite easy ball though it was obviously not easy after 3-hours rally!
Would be nice if she throws a glance at the site
http://tennis-gromov.scr.net/
with a new racquets and strings classification maybe she'll improve her weaponry by a new combination of racquet-string or something.
The same for Justine as in my view only them two at present are real threat to Williams sisters.

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 10:04 AM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-nasdaqnotes29mar29,0,7812728.story?coll=sfla%2Dspo rts%2Dheadlines

March 29, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE

STOMACH BUG

Kim Clijsters, who wasn't her usually aggressive self in Thursday's semifinal loss to Serena Williams, pulled out of her doubles quarterfinal match Friday with a stomach ailment. Clijsters, who was playing with Ai Sugiyama, apparently had the same bug that expedited the ousting of top men's seed and boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt.

Harvey Fialkov can be reached at hfialkov@sun-sentinel.com.

Copyright © 2003, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

pathfinder
Mar 29th, 2003, 10:37 AM
...hmm that's sad.
I hope she get's over it soon,so she can spend her free time...the way she wants to spend it..and not recovering from a virus illness. :(

Thanks for the articles and, once again, Pinkie for the report! :)

Kornelija
Mar 29th, 2003, 04:52 PM
I still think Kimmie had a nice tournament despite her loss and that absent stomack. :) I also agree she had to feel exhausted after playing three weeks in a row. Hope she'll have a very good rest during her weeks off. :)

kit
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:58 PM
I hope you'll soon be better,Kim!!Enjoy your break. :kiss:

jenglisbe
Mar 29th, 2003, 05:58 PM
That post-match interview with Kim disheartens me. When asked if Serena is unbeatable when playing well, Kim essentially says yes. When asked what she (Kim) can improve, Kim didn't really offer anything. When asked if she was surprised she (Kim) only had 6 winners, she said she was playing the fastest player out there.

Now, all of this is fairly correct, but Kim needs to be more positive. For one, she needs to believe she can beat Serena if she is going to have a chance to win. Secondly, Kim can definitely improve her serve - she rarely aces people, and her serve lacks variety. Thirdly, Serena is fast, but Kim also didn't go for many winners. She needs to attack Serena's serve more, at least.

thalle
Mar 29th, 2003, 10:03 PM
Feel better soon Kim...

~|Naomi|~
Mar 30th, 2003, 06:00 AM
I found this article on The Tennis Australia website,

Clijsters flies home to dogs
Saturday, 29 March, 2003

MIAMI, Florida, March 28 DPA - Kim Clijsters' semi-final exit at the hands of Serena Williams at the Miami Masters just gives the animal-loving Belgian time to nuzzle up to her three dogs back home.
The teenager admitted that she's been pining for her pooches - a Saint Bernard, a Newfoundlander and a new bulldog, apparently a favourite of boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt.
"I miss them a lot admitted Clijsters, heading home to Belgium for a month off from the game after a three-tournament run which produced a title (Indian Wells), final (Scottsdale) and Thursday's semi-final.
How much does she miss them? "I've been speaking with them on the phone, that's how much," she said.
Amassing her personal kennel has been an ongoing exercise for Clijsters, who received a dog after winning the season-ending event in Los Angeles over Williams last autumn.
The English bulldog named Beauty was presented to the player during a surprise on-court ceremony at an exhibition at home. "The lady from a sponsor walks out holding a big basket with a bow on it.
All of a sudden, a little head pops out. I'm just completely in shock.
"It was a very nice surprise, she was only four weeks old." Clijsters said she accumulated her other two pets after seeing ones owned by friends.
The only problem with the expanding menagerie: Hewitt's allergic reaction to her four-legged friends.
"That's not a great thing," Clijsters admitted. "But he does love the bulldog, she shared the room with us at the Antwerp tournament (February)."
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Does anyone Know if Kim will go to Sweden I hope she does as I will have coverage. But I don't think she will I think she is homesick, and will want to stay in Belgium with her family and her dogs :p

possie
Mar 30th, 2003, 06:30 AM
I REALLY hope she does go because I'm an Aussie and at last will have some tennis coverage on TV, and I want to se her in the stands cheering her man on!!!!