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E. Blackadder
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:46 PM
To start in about 10 minutes, keep it clean!

Wimanna
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:49 PM
C'mon Kimmie!!!! *Now I run to my unlce...and watch this great match :) *

Dava
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:51 PM
I hope this match is a goody Im going to go and watch it now.

bilal
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:56 PM
GBest of luck Kimmy!

Hagar
Mar 27th, 2003, 03:58 PM
Please girl, make this a close one in three sets because I am still in the office and I have too much work to already go home!

Freija
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:01 PM
Go Kimmy defeat Serena!!!!!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:02 PM
For People who aren't able to see this match !!!

Once again the live audio stream link from Eurosport

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

E. Blackadder
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Why are the crowds empty for such a great match!!! :confused:

Freija
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Wow! Thx!

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:04 PM
For those of us who don't have Eurosport (like me :sad: ) I'll repeat the link Toon aka kimclijsters4ever has posted in the CCL:

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


There we should be able to LISTEN to the comments, and follow the match that way...


Again: THANK YOU TOON. :)

Stefke
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:04 PM
Ok guys, tomorrow big test of Maths!:mad:
But I'll take lots and lots of breaks and take a look what's the score:D!!
:bounce::bounce:C'mon Kimmy!!!!:bounce::bounce:

Freija
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:04 PM
Damn it doesn't work! Do somebody now why?

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Oopsie - I see he posted it himself already. :o

Sorry. :)

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:07 PM
Damn it doesn't work! Do somebody now why?

You need realplayer

And if you have telenet you can have probs like me... But you just have to change some settings

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:08 PM
Break back kimmie :bounce:

Hagar
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:09 PM
I'll do the rest of my work tomorrow, I can't concentrate when Kim is playing. Now a quick sprint to my house and TV with Eurosport on it!

Stefke
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:09 PM
Serena broke alreaddy:sad:

xin_hui
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:12 PM
bp kim

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:12 PM
1*-0 Serena

0-15 :)
15-15
30-15
30-30 :D winner
40-30
Deuce :)
Adv Kim BP :D :bounce:

1-1 :hearts:

Stefke
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:12 PM
Kimmy broke baaaaaack!!:bounce::D

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:14 PM
Good luck Kim
Be focused!
I'd love to see you win this time :D

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:14 PM
Now hold Kimmie :)

15-0 good FH :)
30-0 :D another one
30-15
40-15 :D
40-30

2*-1 Kimmy :worship:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:15 PM
Yihaaaaaaaaaaa kimmie :D

Now break her again :hearts:

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Are non Belgians allowed to post here? :p

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:20 PM
Are non Belgians allowed to post here? :p
Only if they support Kimmy :(

;) :D

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:20 PM
15-0
15-15 :)
15-30 :D
30-30
40-30
Deuce :)
Adv Kim :D BP again
Deuce

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:20 PM
Good luck Kim
Be focused!
I'd love to see you win this time :D
But since you obviously do - WELCOME !!! :) :) :)

tarah
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:23 PM
Come on Kimmy!!!!

NaF
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:23 PM
I'm a non-Belgian and i support Kim....

Go Kim!!! You can beat Serena.... focus!! :bounce:

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:24 PM
Thanks for permission Lynx :wavey:

I'm all 200% cheering for Kim :)

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:27 PM
Now hold and break her again SERENA!

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Hi Thread :wavey:

*nervous* :o

grgr Kim, break back!

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:29 PM
Things I have noticed so far:
Kim needs to serve to Serena's backhand more on the deuce side; Kim always slices the serve out wide
When on the run to the forehand side, Serena always goes for the angle cross court
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

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:31 PM
Things I have noticed so far:
Kim needs to serve to Serena's backhand more on the deuce side; Kim always slices the serve out wide
When on the run to the forehand side, Serena always goes for the angle cross court
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

thanks for your input! :kiss:

and thanks Toon for calling the scores for the deprived ones! :kiss: too

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:32 PM
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr @my computer

He booted without asking me :fiery:

But I'm back :)

Goo kimmie break back now

Another lost BP :(

3*-2, Deuce

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:32 PM
Hi Ingrid. :wavey: I'm dying here too.

The scoreboard is about 1 point quicker than the audio-link... that's making it a bit weird.

Serena-Kim 3*-2 DEUCE

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:33 PM
4-2* Williams :(

But hold now Kimmy, you can still take the first set :hearts:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:34 PM
4-2 :(

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:35 PM
0-15
0-30 Don't let her break again kimmy :kiss:
15-30
30-30 :D Keep going now Kimmy
40-30 :)

4*-3 Serena, time to break back kimmy :devil:

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:36 PM
Another pattern I see:
On mid-court balls and high, defensive balls, Serena always goes inside out with the forehand. Kim should move that way if only to make Serena have to try something new.

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:37 PM
Kim held :fiery:

GO SERENA HOLD SERVE!!!

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:39 PM
I know we're not supposed to post pointlessly in scoring threads, but I just have to say C'MON KIM! :D :bounce:

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:39 PM
Kim has 3 BPs :D
Take one Kim!

pffffff... 1 BP wasted :mad:

mauresmofan
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:39 PM
How are they playing - is it a good match?

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:41 PM
New balls, Serena Serving at a 4*-3 lead

Break her kimmie :hearts:

0-15 UE
0-30 :D
0-40 :bounce: 3BP's
15-40 2 left
30-40 please take this one :kiss:
Deuce :sad:
Adv Kim :D let this be the one :hearts:

4-4 :hearts:

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:41 PM
Kim had 0-40 and got 2-3 2nd serves to work with...but nets 2 backhand slices (why did she go to that?) and then nets a forehand return. WTF??

Ok, now Kim breaks :)

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:42 PM
Well done Kim :D
back on serve

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:42 PM
How are they playing - is it a good match?
Well, according to the stats, it seems like a good match...

4 - 4 !!! Kim broke back :) :) :)

Sofiane
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:42 PM
Another pattern I see:
On mid-court balls and high, defensive balls, Serena always goes inside out with the forehand. Kim should move that way if only to make Serena have to try something new.

I agree I have noticed that during her matches too, but it is always risky to open up the down the line.

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:42 PM
this is bad for my heart...

Go Kim! :bounce: hold your serve now!

XMan
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:43 PM
4-4 the battle goes on ...
Why the hell can't I see this on television!!!!!! :fiery:

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:43 PM
Hold and break, Kim, hold and break :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:44 PM
Hold kimmie :kiss:

15-0
15-15
15-30 ( :kiss: keep your serve kimmy)
15-40 DF 2 BP's :( save them both kimmy !!!!

5*-4 Serena :sad:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:44 PM
:mad: kim!

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:44 PM
mauresmofan - typical match between the two; both players have more errors than winners as Kim bides her time by hanging in points and leaves it up to Serena to hit a winner or error. Serena attacks Kim's serve, and Kim sort of hits her returns deep and down the middle. Tje points are exciting in that there are many rallies - but they are usually decided more on an error than a winner.

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:44 PM
Oh hell.
Serena 5*-4 Kim :( :sad:

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:44 PM
I was watching the match at home on my lunch and Kim seemed a little unconfident to me, maybe it was first couple of game jitters but.... It was hard to come back to work, thats for sure!!!

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:45 PM
actually they are both playing mediocre its an okay match nothing special yet.

Jen and her momma are scouting the match...

HOLD SERVE RENA

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:45 PM
You have to break her again now kimmy :kiss:

You can do it :bounce:

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:45 PM
Yeah way to break back Serena! :)

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:45 PM
Sofiane - how is it dangerous to leave the line open when Kim is alreadt losing points to crosscourt shots; she should at least make Serena leave what is comfortable (and thus increase the chance of a Serena error)

Doris Loeffel
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:45 PM
Darn...
Serena serving for the set!!

Allleeezzzz Kim! Get that rebreak again!!

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Kim :mad: Has she held serve at all? :p

Break back :fiery:

Nemesis
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Come on Kim. Be the first to beat Serena this year. It just needs to be a Belgian. I would have prefered JuJu, but you're the second best thing for me.

Wow, Serena hit 22 UE. That the same ammount of JuJu's errors in her match against Chanda. Is she going to be on the wrong side of the top 10 too??? (read this stupid article (http://www.********************/scoop_032603.html) to understand my remark) ;)

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Jenn and her Mom are there?!?!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:47 PM
15-0
30-0
40-0 2nd Ace :sad: 3 SP's


6-4 :sad:

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:47 PM
Congrats Serena on taking the first set! 6-4 Now go get the second. :)

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:47 PM
Take the 1st set Serena!!!!

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:48 PM
:( byebye first set for Kim

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:48 PM
Well first set down.... 6-4 Serena!!!

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:49 PM
Kim :mad: :sad:

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:49 PM
mase - I don't think Kim's unconfident as much as she is too defensive; in her matches with Serena she has always sort of scrapped and clawed to get balls back and to keep them deep; that works in making the matches close, but in the end Serena wins because she is the one going for her shots. Serena is #1 and thus is going to make her shots when it counts. Kim's strategy works to get her to break points and deep in sets/matches, but then at those times she needs to GO FOR IT and pressure Serena instead of letting Serena have her way. For instance, Kim hasn't made 1 return winner yet, and Serena has been hitting many 2nd serves. Kim needs to GO FOR IT on returns and make Serena feel pressured to make a good serve.

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:50 PM
Take the other 2 sets kimmy :kiss:

You can do it :bounce: :hearts:

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:50 PM
Come back strong in the next two sets, Kim! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:51 PM
Come on Serena! Make a statement!!!! Show them you are the undisputed #1!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:52 PM
Please hold kimmy :kiss:

0-15
15-15
30-15
30-30
30-40 :( Bp rena SAVE IT KIM !!!!

1*-0 Serena :sad:

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:53 PM
Kim is netting A LOT of her crosscourt forehands - particularly when she is going for more of a roll angle; not sure if this is a common error for her or not, but she needs to work on it if so

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:54 PM
:( Kim!

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Yes nice break now Hold Rena. :)

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Commentator on Eurosport:
" Kim's serve is letting her down. You can see it in her body language too. The frustration now there for the whole world to see..."

Oh hell. :sad: :sad: :sad:

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:55 PM
Serena's confidence is growing by the second, and she is starting to go for her shots - and make them - even more. Kim really needs to assert herself here. She isn't going to win playing defensively.

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:55 PM
:rolleyes: Kim :fiery: Get your act together :fiery:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:56 PM
WAKE UP KIMMY, just 50 % first services :sad:

Break back now :hearts:

15-0
30-0
40-0 :( keep fighting kim !!!! Re-focus

40-15
40-30 force the Deuce kimmy

2-0* serena

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:56 PM
I definitley agree with you that she's on the defense, anyone that plays with Serena is going to be. To me she just seemed a little unconfident thats all. I mean we all know she can hang with Serena, she has the movement and the shots to do so... I give her alot of props on how she returns her serve, you can definitley tell she's been hitting with Lleyton, :-) She's getting those nasty serves back, maybe not with winners but she's definiltey hitting more back that other players may not have gotten back......


mase - I don't think Kim's unconfident as much as she is too defensive; in her matches with Serena she has always sort of scrapped and clawed to get balls back and to keep them deep; that works in making the matches close, but in the end Serena wins because she is the one going for her shots. Serena is #1 and thus is going to make her shots when it counts. Kim's strategy works to get her to break points and deep in sets/matches, but then at those times she needs to GO FOR IT and pressure Serena instead of letting Serena have her way. For instance, Kim hasn't made 1 return winner yet, and Serena has been hitting many 2nd serves. Kim needs to GO FOR IT on returns and make Serena feel pressured to make a good serve.

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:57 PM
It's just a break kimmy, just keep fighting and keep your focus :kiss:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:57 PM
Rolling with the 2nd set! GOOOOO RENA!!!!

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:57 PM
wheww she held :bounce: :bounce:

KaseyL
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:58 PM
:mad: Kim, for heaven's sake...

to the fellow Kim fans in here; please cheer for me? I need to be out of here for a bit...I'll rush back in here as soon as I can... :wavey:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:59 PM
Break again Serena..let there be no question!!! :bounce:

tyk101
Mar 27th, 2003, 04:59 PM
Ye.. Kim must be on the OFFENSE if she is to try and win...

Thast why Monica and Serena have such close matches, it's because Monica goes all out and will go for winners whenever.

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:00 PM
You got it Yoda ;) :p :kiss:

Let's go now Kim, step it up :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:01 PM
0-15
????
15-30
30-30 :)
40-30 :D
Deuce
Adv Kim :)
Deuce #2
Adv Kim :D Good job, just keep fighting
Deuce #3
Adv Kim Serena (BP) just save it kim ;)


3*-0 Serena :sad

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:01 PM
Yes, 2 breaks!!! Way to fight for that game Serena! :)

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:02 PM
Keep it going Serena!!!!

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:02 PM
Wow, whats going on Kim?!?! Hang tough!

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:02 PM
Serena 6-4, 3*-0 Kim

Oh Hell.

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:02 PM
C'mon Kimmy it's not over yet...

Just have faith in yourself and try to win every point ;)

selesrules
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:03 PM
maybe Kim will make a comeback like Serena did at the AO against her? ;)

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:04 PM
Come on Kim !!!

mentos
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:06 PM
Serena, come on, hold your nerve and your SERVE.

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:08 PM
Kim just does not look her usual self for me today :sad:

Still... fight KIM!

ClijstersHewitt
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:08 PM
:wavey: Gotta go

C'mon Kim :kiss:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:09 PM
All you have to do is break kim ;)

0-15 :) good start
15-15

just play point by point kim ;)

30-15
30-30 :) that's the spirit
40-30
Deuce :)
Adv Kim BP :worship:
Deuce #2
Adv Serena just hang in there kimmy

4-0* serena

fleemke³
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:09 PM
Sorry Kim-fans but Serena is playing very very well ... Kim just runs and runs but SErena doens't make any mistakes !

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:09 PM
Again....... WOW

Playa
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:10 PM
looks like serena's gonna kill KIM... :eek:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:10 PM
even if it's 5-0 it's not over kimmy ;) I keep sheering for you :kiss:

Even if you go down 0-6 i won't blame you my princess :hearts:

selesfan
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:10 PM
Woo Hoo! Go Serena! :bounce: :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:11 PM
4*-1 serena :D

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:11 PM
C'mon Serena! dominate!!! 4-0 in the second wooooooo!!!!!

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:12 PM
Alright, took a game!!!!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:12 PM
Just fight kimmy :kiss:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:13 PM
kim will play more aggressive now.

GO SERENA!

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:15 PM
serena fell bad!

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:16 PM
Kim's serve has no variety; literally 100% of her 1st serves on the duece side are sliced to the forehand of Serena, and I would bet at least 75% of all of her serves on the ad side are topspin serves to Serena's backhand.

mase - agreed about Kim getting Serena's 1st serve back, but there is no reason Kim shouldn't have at least 1-2 winners returning Serena's 2nd serve. She needs to go after that more.

mauresmofan
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Oh no is she o.k?

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:17 PM
0-15 :)
15-15
30-15 just fight ;)
30-30 ;)
40-30
Deuce :D
Adv Rena

5-1*

Now do what serena did in Melbourne kimmy ;)

selesfan
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:18 PM
Go Serena! One more game! :bounce: :bounce:

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:18 PM
yes one game from the match, come on now break Serena!!

duki
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:19 PM
Go Serena - just one more game! :D

Playa
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:20 PM
youn can tell that kim is scared of serena !

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:21 PM
This performance is a little more dominating than expected :o

Go REna!

Rae Q.
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:21 PM
Wrap it up NOW Serena!

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:21 PM
Someone's fighting...........

Playa
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:22 PM
kim is fighting like a wounded animal right now !!

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:22 PM
0-15
0-30 don't give up :sad:
15-30
15-40 :sad: 2 MP's
30-40 1 saved
Deuce :D another one saved :D
Adv Rena : matchpoint #3

Deuce #2 SAVED AGAIN :D
Adv Serena :rolleyes: MP #4
Deuce #3 :D she keep fighting ;)
Adv Kim :D

5*-2 :bounce:

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:23 PM
Serena 5*-2
Kim really fought for this. She got a lot of applaus for her attitude! :)

Not over yet!!

jenglisbe
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:23 PM
Kim played a little more aggressively there - though she still made some BAD errors :( Still, she needed to be like this all along - waiting for an opportunity and then TAKING control...

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:24 PM
argh so close Serena! That's ok serve it out now. :bounce: :bounce:

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:25 PM
Kim fighting back will make this more interesting!!!! COME ON SERENA!!!!


TO THE FINALS ALL THE WAY...... :bounce: :bounce:

Playa
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:26 PM
it's over :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:26 PM
Keep fighting kim, you never know ;)

15-0
30-0
40-0 3Mp's ................

5th one is the good one ;)

Rocketta
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:27 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Congrats Serena!! :bounce: :bounce:

GoDominique
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:27 PM
Serena was OK, Kim was terrible. The 2nd set was just awful. :(

Lynx
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:27 PM
Well, it's over now... :sad:

Congrats, Serena - you're a real number 1.
Grrr, I had hoped Kim could have taken the second spot, here...

But again: congrats, Serena - still unbeaten this year! :eek:

kimclijsters4ever
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:27 PM
Kim was just not good enough today to give Serena any trouble ...

But anyway great tournie kim ;)

And Good luck in doubles and on clay ;)

Mrs. Peel
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:28 PM
CONGRATULATIONS SERENA!!!!! :bounce: :hearts: :kiss: :bounce:

duki
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:28 PM
Congrats Serena - now take the whole thing! :D

E. Blackadder
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Kim was way to passive :o

Mase
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Good Job Serena.......... Nice fight there at the end Kim!!!

Nina_rus
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Kim :sad:

Serena was just much better today... Well done Serena

vaiva
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:29 PM
So much expectation and so little good tennis, duh...

Kim :sad:

I can only imagine the kind of threads in GMs to appear soon :o

Rae Q.
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:30 PM
I'm totally relieved!!! :D

Keep it going Serena! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

gmak
Mar 27th, 2003, 05:52 PM
kim was just awful today :sad:

28 UE are too many for her

anyway still a good tournament for her and she's still in the doubles
good luck on clay kim ;)

Bigkimfan
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:12 PM
So much expectation and so little good tennis, duh...

Kim :sad:

I can only imagine the kind of threads in GMs to appear soon :o

there they are :o

Wimanna
Mar 27th, 2003, 06:41 PM
Congrats Serena....too strong for Kimmy today :)
:sad: Kim....played like crap :sad:

1jackson2001
Mar 27th, 2003, 09:47 PM
I saw the match and Kim played pretty poorly today..but credit to Serena for playing well. :)

fleemke³
Mar 27th, 2003, 11:16 PM
Serena really played great today ... she overpowerd Kim sometimes who only could try to defend. Newt time more luck Kim

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 28th, 2003, 01:39 AM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/2003/interviews/0327b.html


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

An interview with SERENA WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. You made a lot of errors today. How well or badly would you say you played?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I think I struggled a bit today with my form. My trainer said she thought I played good, but, you know, I'm always really tough on myself and really rough on myself. I don't think my form was up to par today.

Q. Your knee okay?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's definitely okay. I just had a tumble. But I'm all right.

Q. You hit an angled backhand to break her in the first game of the second set that it looked like it was almost an impossible shot that you made look effortless. Can you talk about that? How often do you practice that shot? Is it something you are definitely -- is it a spontaneous thing?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It's a little spontaneous, but I knew I was going for an angle there. I wasn't necessarily going for that acute of an angle, but I was definitely trying to hit a sharp one. I think when you add a little power and more spin, it just goes more out there than normal.

Q. How difficult is that shot compared to just some other ones?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, it's not the easiest shot in the book. It's not very difficult for me, I've found hitting angles very natural and easy. It's always been a part of my game. But I don't think it was that difficult.

Q. What do you think happened to her after she tied 4-4 in the first set?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. Did you ask her?

Q. She didn't come in here.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, I don't know. I don't know. I think she was still playing hard and she was still playing tough. You know, it's hard to win. She's played a lot of tournaments so it's hard to keep winning.

Q. Do you think she was tired?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't think she was tired. I'm not tired, I don't think she was tired. I just think it was a tough match. I picked up my game, I think, a little bit. That's what happened.

Q. All the other players have been talking all week and I guess every tournament lately about, "Oh, the gap is closing, there are people who can beat Serena," Kim was one of them they were saying; she played really well lately. Obviously, you completely dominated today. How do you stay challenged and, you know, do you still see the top players as a big challenge for yourself?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, of course. Whenever I'm playing Venus, I know I have to play very, very good tennis. If I'm playing Kim, I know I have to play good tennis. Even, honestly, Chanda Rubin, you have to really be able to play. So it's definitely not hard for me to keep motivated. There's always different goals and levels to keep trying to reach.

Q. Was the match in Australia on your mind? Did you have a different strategy going into today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: The match in Australia wasn't on my mind. I definitely had a strategy going into the match. I think going into any match, you have to have a strategy.

Q. What was that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, come on.

Q. Do you think Australia was on her mind? Did you get a sense you had a psychological advantage from the start, if you pressed her, got her into trouble, she began to fall behind, that would be a problem?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I didn't really think about it in that way. I was just going out there to play my game and just focus on doing the best that I can and making my shots. 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.

Q. When Kim was playing well in LA and in Australia, what does she do that gives you the most trouble?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She just played really well in LA. I don't really remember. That was a long time ago.

Q. Is there anything about her game in particular?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She's fast. She's very fast. She gets a lot of balls back, and she has power. She has a good all-around game.

Q. For her to finish with only six winners, what does that say about the way you played her today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I guess I'm moving pretty well around the court. I'm definitely moving fast. I don't know. I'm not too happy with the way I played today, personally. But...

Q. What would you grade it?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm... A passing grade, but... You know, my serve wasn't there at all. My returns were miserable.

Q. Yet it was sort of an easy day at the office?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, it wasn't as easy as it seemed. It was definitely a grueling match.

Q. Could you have beaten Venus the way you played today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I don't know. Usually, when I play Venus, I have to pick up the level of my game or I'm gonna lose. So when I play Venus, I'm just playing a different game. Because Venus is on a different level. She just plays so well.

Q. Was she here today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't think so.

Q. Can you talk about how you feel about being in the finals again?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm really excited to be in the final here again, third time, so... Three out of six isn't bad, but I could do better. I was surprised, I played this tournament six years. That seems like forever.

Q. Can you talk either Jennifer or Chanda?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Can I talk to...?

Q. Yeah, how you will approach the final, Jennifer versus Chanda?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm definitely going to watch the match. I think it will be really good and really fun. I mean, we'll see who wins. I think Chanda is playing really well. I wouldn't be surprised if she won. But Jennifer, she's on her way back - again. So she's doing well as well.

Q. Do you have a preference?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't have a preference. Either way, I'm going to have to come out and perform. That's just the bottom line.

Q. How would you play to those two players? They're different.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I definitely would probably have to play them each different. I don't like to give out -- tell how I'm going to play each player because you never know who's reading the transcripts.

Q. Can you talk about what that NAACP Image Award meant to you and just what the highlight, if there was a person you met during that, that was the highlight?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It was fascinating. You know, I said I might move my Wimbledon trophy aside and put that one where it is because it means a lot to me, getting it from the NAACP, and it was a presidents award. It means a lot for my people. It's just this whole inner feeling of joy and happiness that I got receiving this award. I mean, I don't know. For me, it's being the top honor of the year. I've gotten a lot of things in the past year, but I think that one's definitely the apex.

Q. Knowing Condy Rice had been a previous...

SERENA WILLIAMS: Her, and a lot of other people as well. We're so young. We've done a lot. You know, I don't realize all the stuff we do, personally. It's just I can't take the time to think about it. Sometimes I think about it, but it never really settles in. For the community, we do a lot. A lot of girls are playing tennis, a lot of people are watching tennis, a lot of people are inspired. Not only on the tennis court, but they're inspired never to give up. Like my match in Australia, the one woman said, you know, she was in a totally different situation but she said, "I learned not to give up on life and just give up on different situations." So I think we have a major impact. I think getting that award kind of brought me to see it a little bit. But I think I'll see it mostly when my career is over.

Q. How surprising was it to see, like, for a match like this, the stadium was kind of empty?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I think the match was pretty early. So I don't know. It was kind of surprising. I think last year it was more full.

Q. Can I bring you back to Wimbledon for a moment, please?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah.

Q. If we project forward, assuming you're the No. 1 seed as the holder, if someone of the caliber of Martina Navratilova, for example, were to complain about your grunting under Rule 21, hindrance of an opponent , that is, and the referee was brought in and the umpire and you were singled out, how would you deal with that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I'm mentally tough. It wouldn't bother me. To be honest with you, I'd keep grunting.

Q. Do you forget what it's like to lose?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not at all. Sometimes you definitely have to have a loss to put you back in perspective. I think when I lost in LA, I mean, I was like, "Okay," I didn't like the feeling.

Q. That was a long time ago, though.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Not really. Yeah, it was a long time ago (laughter).

Q. Back when Lindsay Davenport was at the top of her game, she was somebody who could challenge both you and Venus. Now she seems to be putting her game back together after the injury. Can you just address her now?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She's definitely someone who still is up for the challenge. I think everyone these days are. You just can't say, "Oh, I'm playing so-and-so and it's going to be easy." That's when you start to lose. For me, when I go into a match, it doesn't matter who I play, I have to realize I have to be ready and willing to play tough.

Q. What was it about Lindsay when she was at that peak that was difficult?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Lindsay is just a strong player. I've actually played well against Lindsay in my career. I've really always enjoyed playing Lindsay. But just we've had a few tough matches, but she's a strong player, she hits a big serve. She moves the ball around very well.

Q. Have you seen her play recently?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Of course, of course.

Q. Is she back up to that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think she's really back to it. I think I would have played her had she not got injured --

Q. What happened on the backhand where you were sprawling?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. Clumsy.

Q. Did you get your feet tangled up a little bit?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think so, I guess. I don't know what it was.

Q. You don't see any skin off the knees?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Little bit, but, you know, they're war wounds.

Q. One last question about that NAACP Awards night. Venus said you guys were walking through the crowd and you just kept getting stopped every two steps by people. I'm wondering what it's like, these movers and shakers, all areas of society, wanting to talk to you? What is that like for you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It's amazing. I mean, when Denzel Washington came up to me and said, "This is what I've been waiting for the whole night, that's the only reason I'm here, I want to meet you guys, I watch you every match, I can tell you what outfit you wore in every match," I was really, really shocked. It was just really exciting. You know, I look up to him. I mean, I can't imagine him liking me. It's just...

Q. Have you watched every movie of Denzel Washington? Could you tell him what he wore in every movie?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I've watched most of them. Not all of them, most of them. I'm definitely a fan. It's just like, "Come on. Wow."

Q. Do you literally not know if Venus is here?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know if she was here or not. She called me and said she was going to come, but she's busy. So I don't know if she made it or not.

Q. Did your mom come down?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, she's out of town.

Q. She's out of town?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes.

Q. Some of the players have said that when you're at the top of your game, your game is just at another level, almost unbeatable. How do you feel about that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I feel that if I'm playing my best tennis, it's pretty difficult to beat me. I think, actually, if I'm playing my best tennis, I don't think anyone right now can beat me, if I play my best. I haven't played my best.

Q. Could you imagine playing and feeling that way about somebody else, that you'd go out there, if they played their best, you had no chance?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, it must be terrible (laughter). But, I mean, actually, I can. I've had some hitting partners, no matter how well I play, they always beat me. But I keep fighting and I keep working hard and I keep getting better. Each time, it gets closer and closer.

Q. Can you talk about your Fed Cup teammates, please?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It's really going to be -- Alexandra on the team. It's her first time making it. We're really, really good friends. I'm happy she made it. And Venus. It's a good team with Meghann as well, so we should have a solid team.

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King Aaron
Mar 28th, 2003, 12:51 PM
Congrats Serena :)

Kim :sad:

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 29th, 2003, 07:41 AM
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Posted on Fri, Mar. 28, 2003

Who will stop her reign? Storms wash out all but Serena's big victory

By MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@herald.com

Heavy rain and tornado warnings hit Key Biscayne late Thursday afternoon and postponed play at the NASDAQ-100 Open until today. But before the clouds set in, Serena Williams put out an ominous bulletin of her own, flicking No. 3 Kim Clijsters out of the tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 semifinal win. ''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 right now can beat me.'' You listening, Jen? Chanda? Williams, the defending champion, plays the winner of today's Jennifer Capriati-Chanda Rubin semifinal in Saturday's 11 a.m. final. Both women must face the cold, hard truth that no matter how well they play, it might not be good enough, especially considering Williams should benefit from an extra day of rest courtesy of the rain delay.

The Capriati-Rubin match will begin no earlier than 12:30 p.m., after the completion of the noon Roger Federer-Albert Costa quarterfinal, which was called off with No. 9 seed Costa leading No. 4 seed Federer 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-5, deuce. Also postponed until this afternoon is the men's quarterfinal between Andre Agassi and Younes El-Aynaoui for an estimated 2:30 p.m. start. Because of the delay, the winner of this match will have to play a Saturday semifinal while Carlos Moya and Paradorn Srichaphan play their semifinal tonight, as scheduled. The only singles match completed before the rainstorm was the Williams victory, and it lasted only 1 hour 20 minutes. Clijsters had beaten Williams in November and led her 5-1 in the third set of the Australian Open semifinals before losing. But Williams, who has won four straight Grand Slam events, has widened the gulf between herself and the rest of the women on tour. She is 16-0 this season.

She is so dominant that even when she plays a sloppy match, which she did Thursday with 37 unforced errors, she is capable of beating one of the world's best players with relative ease. Clijsters, asked whether Williams is unbeatable when she plays her best, replied: ``If she plays her best tennis and leaves out the unforced errors, I think yeah, for sure. She hits the ball even harder than Venus. She serves better than Venus. She moves unbelievable. I don't see how anyone else could. . . . When I beat her in L.A. [in November], she wasn't playing her best tennis. Those are the chances you have to grab, and today, I didn't get any of those.'' Clijsters hit just two winners in the first set and finished with six for the match, compared to 22 for Williams. The talk all week had been about how a few of the top women, Clijsters in particular, were closing the gap on Williams. Clijsters is more fit than before, they said. And more confident.

Clijsters herself said she was looking forward to playing the younger Williams sister. But then the match began, and Williams sent blistering shots from corner to corner, forcing Clijsters to slide into near-splits to get her racket on the ball. At 4-4, Williams decided to get serious, winning six straight games and 15 of 18 points to take a 4-0 lead in the second set. ''At the end of the first set, after a few rallies, I felt physically and mentally empty,'' said Clijsters, who has played 29 matches this year. ``I couldn't bring myself to the level necessary to compete. I'm taking four to five weeks off after here.'' Williams, meanwhile, was not satisfied with her win. ''I'd give it a passing grade, but my serve wasn't there at all, my returns were miserable,'' she said, shaking her head. ``It wasn't as easy as it seemed.'' Williams said she probably wouldn't have beaten her sister, Venus, playing the way she played against Clijsters.

''Usually, when I play Venus, I have to pick up the level of my game or I'm going to lose,'' she said. ``I have to play a different game against Venus because she's on a different level.'' Williams was asked if she could imagine what it would feel like to be one of her opponents, to go on the court knowing if the opponent played her best there was no way Williams could win. ''It must be terrible,'' she said, laughing. Just ask Clijsters.

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Mar 29th, 2003, 10:12 AM
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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.

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

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Mar 29th, 2003, 12:04 PM
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By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Friday, March 28, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- Serena Williams swept Kim Clijsters off the Stadium court before rain postponed the action Thursday at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Williams, the defending champion and No. 1-ranked player, defeated Clijsters, the No. 3 seed, 6-4, 6-2 in a semifinal match played in front of a hardy crowd. More than 9,000 spectators passed through the turnstiles despite a weather forecast as foreboding as Williams' first serve. The gloomy, overcast morning turned into a gusty, rain-drenched afternoon. The area surrounding the Tennis Center at Crandon Park was on a tornado watch for part of the day. Williams tallied 22 winners to Clijsters' six. Clijsters had her chances -- nine break points -- but converted just two of them. "Of course you think back on it a little bit," Clijsters said of her squandered opportunities. "But you just try to keep things in mind for the next time you play (her). You definitely learn things out of every match, out of a win or loss."

The lesson driven home to Williams is that she can win a tough match when her form is off. "I don't think my form was up to par," 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."

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