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TheBoiledEgg
Apr 25th, 2003, 11:49 AM
The draw for the Belgium v Austria first round tie to be held in Bree has been made and has thrown up the following matches:

Saturday

Kim Clijsters (BEL) v Evelyn Fauth (AUT)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) v Patricia Wartusch (AUT)

Sunday

Kim Clijsters (BEL) v Patricia Wartusch (AUT)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) v Evelyn Fauth (AUT)
Eles Callens/Caroline Maes (BEL) v Yvonne Meusburger/Patricia Wartusch (AUT)

Come-on-kim
Apr 25th, 2003, 11:53 AM
COME ON KIMMIE, JUSTINE, ELSJE AND CARO :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 25th, 2003, 11:55 AM
Well...Austria stands NO chance ......;)

jujufan
Apr 25th, 2003, 11:56 AM
they used to say that about their matchup with usa too, let's be carefull.
What the heck, Go belgium, be gentle to Austria hihi

Belgium for fedcup champion 2003!!!

Wojtek
Apr 25th, 2003, 12:45 PM
Good luck Belgium

martinafan
Apr 25th, 2003, 01:20 PM
lol - good luck austria...you need as much of it as u can get!!!

kr003
Apr 25th, 2003, 01:37 PM
Go Kim - Justine - Els and Caroline !

Wimanna
Apr 25th, 2003, 01:46 PM
Well, Evelyne defeated Kim in 1999 ;) She won 2-6 7-5 7-6 ;)
GOOOOO Belgium!!!!! :bounce:

King Aaron
Apr 25th, 2003, 02:26 PM
Good luck Kim! :)

Elleke
Apr 25th, 2003, 05:28 PM
GOOO BELGIUM!! :bounce::)

Wimanna
Apr 25th, 2003, 05:41 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_327_gallery.JPG
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_325_gallery.JPG
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_326_gallery.JPG
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_324_gallery.JPG

Lleyki
Apr 25th, 2003, 10:12 PM
:hearts: Great pics!! thx :kiss:

COME ON BELGIUM :bounce:

Nicoleke
Apr 25th, 2003, 10:39 PM
Go to Belgium :) :D :) :D ;) !!!!!

Freija
Apr 25th, 2003, 10:43 PM
Go Belgium!

For the Belgian people, do they show the match on CANVAS or KA2?

Greetz Freija

Come-on-kim
Apr 26th, 2003, 06:52 AM
Go Belgium!

For the Belgian people, do they show the match on CANVAS or KA2?

Greetz Freija
Kanaal 2

turt
Apr 26th, 2003, 09:43 AM
They show it on La Deux too

Elleke
Apr 26th, 2003, 10:06 AM
I can't wait!
BELGIUM!:bounce:

E. Blackadder
Apr 26th, 2003, 11:10 AM
This so pisses me off!

They will broadcast only the singles matches on Kanaal 2!!!! :mad: :fiery:

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 11:32 AM
They told on the TV Kim is very nervous because she's playing in her hometown...

Come-on-kim
Apr 26th, 2003, 11:57 AM
This so pisses me off!

They will broadcast only the singles matches on Kanaal 2!!!! :mad: :fiery:
I even think that on La2, they'll only show the matchs when the victory isn't sure! So probably the first 3 matches

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 12:35 PM
Clijsters - Fauth 1-1*

Love game Kim, 4 first serves.

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 12:41 PM
Clijsters - Fauth *1-2

Kim is making the errors.

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 12:48 PM
Fauth is playing some great tennis...Kim is making all the points, lots off errors from her side.

Clijsters - Fauth *2-3

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 12:54 PM
Clijsters - Fauth *4-3
Break on love. Forehand winner, volley winner and 2 forced errors

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 12:57 PM
Clijsters - Fauth *4-3

00-15 FH long
15-15 BH long
30-15 ace
30-30 FH out
30-40 DF

Clijsters - Fauth 4-4*

Nicoleke
Apr 26th, 2003, 12:59 PM
Go Belgium :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: !!!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:01 PM
wow Evelyn :eek: :)

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:02 PM
Clijsters - Fauth 4-4*

00-15 FH out
15-15 FH return netted
15-30 BH long
15-40 BH out, forced, Kim net
30-40 FH on the line
40-40 FH netted
AD-40 FH winner
game passing winner

Clijsters - Fauth *4-5

V.Melb
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:04 PM
Seems like Evelyn has been doing some training for this match ;)

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:05 PM
Clijsters - Fauth *4-5

00-15 FH wide
00-30 BH long
15-30 ace!
30-30 volley winner
30-40 FH long, really long
set FH out

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 0-0*

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:07 PM
Evelyn obviously still remembers the last time they met ;)

per4ever
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:12 PM
omg :eek:

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:14 PM
Clijsters serving

00-15
15-15
30-15 service winner
40-15 FH winner
game FH long

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 1-1*

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:17 PM
Fauth serving

15-00 FH winner
15-15 volley winner
15-30 powerfull return too good
15-40 FH netted
game FH winner

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 *2-1

Chance
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:20 PM
Kim seems quite rusty

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:20 PM
Kim serving

15-00 FH winner
30-00 service winner
40-00 FH out
game volley winner

Kim is finally playing a little better

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 3-1*

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:24 PM
Fauth serving

15-00 BH DTL to good
30-00 FH cross passing, a little lucky
40-00 dropshot
40-15 BH winner
game return netted

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 *3-2

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:27 PM
Kim serving

15-00 FH winner
30-00 return out
40-00 BH drive volley from the baseline ;)
40-15 FH return winner
game strong second serve

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 4-2*

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:34 PM
Fauth serving

15-00 slice netted
30-00 return netted
30-15 return crossed, FH Fauth out
30-30 drive volley, smash winner
40-30 BH just wide
40-40 power return, FH Fauth long
AD-40 dropshot, Kim fast, Fauth volley winner
40-40 FH inside-out winner
AD-40 FH netted
40-40 power return DTL, FH winner
40-AD great rally, lob too long
Game DF

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 *5-2

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:37 PM
Kim serving

15-00
30-00 FH return out
40-00 FH long
game and second set passing winner

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 0-0*

per4ever
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:38 PM
finally...now take that third 6-0, so I can watch Juju pls ;)

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:43 PM
Fauth serving

15-00 FH netted
15-15 FH Kim too good, Fauth netted
30-15 ace
30-30 DF
40-30 BH low in the net
40-40 BH netted
40-AD BH return DTL too good
game BH long

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 *1-0

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:49 PM
Kim serving

00-15 BH long
00-30 BH long
00-40 DF
15-40 FH netted
30-40 lob out
40-40 drive volley
AD-40 ace
40-40 FH winner
AD-40 wrong footed, FH winner
game FH long

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 2-0*

cheeky
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:51 PM
where are you getting scores from?

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:52 PM
Fauth serving

00-15 FH volley winner
15-15 FH winner
30-15 dropshot
40-15 BH winner :eek:
40-30 DF#4
game FH netted

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 *2-1

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:54 PM
where are you getting scores from?

I'm watching it live

or http://www.fedcup.com

cheeky
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:57 PM
I'm watching it live

or http://www.fedcup.com
did you open the live scoring box?because when i try to open it i get nothing,it just says <p align="center"></p>

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:58 PM
Kim serving

00-15 FH long
15-15 BH long
30-15 ace
30-30 BH long
30-40 great rally, volley winner
40-40 BH wide
AD-40 FH long
40-40 BH long
40-AD FH wide
game FH netted :mad:

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 2-2*

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 01:59 PM
Try this one ;)

http://www.sport.be/nl/tennis/2003/

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:03 PM
Fauth serving

30-30
30-40
40-40 easy BH netted
AD-40 return out
40-40 dropshot
40-AD BH DTL, on the line
Game dropshot!!!

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 *3-2

gorecki
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:05 PM
:eek:

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:07 PM
Kim serving

15-00 FH winner
15-15 FH passing winner
30-15 FH out
40-15 Service winner
40-30 DF
game again with a dropshot

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 4-2*

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:10 PM
Fauth serving

00-15 Kim too good
00-30 BH out
00-40 great volley winner
game BK return winner :eek:

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 *5-2

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:13 PM
Kim serving

00-15 dropshot low in the net
15-15 FH winner crosscourt
30-15 BH winner DTL
40-15 service winner
Game, set and match Clijsters

Clijsters - Fauth 4-6 6-2 6-2

per4ever
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:16 PM
Finally :)

NOW GO JUSTINE

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:17 PM
Interview:

I enjoyed playing in my hometown...I didn't play my best tennis, but this was my first match on the clay after a long off period. In the beginning I had some troubles, and I made the wrong decissions. Fauth played great tennis, I lost to her in 1999, but today I kept fighting. This was a great warm up for tomorrows match against Wartusch.

vaiva
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:22 PM
Kim :)

Good luck to Juju :)
Make it 2-0

gorecki
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:25 PM
Come on Justine! :)
Is she wearing adidas here?

King Aaron
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:33 PM
Kim :)

Elleke
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:38 PM
good luck justine now
phew@ kim!
i really want to see justine's outfit now :)

Come-on-kim
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:38 PM
Kim :bounce:

Let's go Justine

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:41 PM
Justine: blank top, grey skirt :) nice ;)

kr003
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:42 PM
Yep, she' s wearing her new outfit.
It looks great on her, a white shirt, a grey skirt

gorecki
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:50 PM
looking forward to the photos... :)

Come on Juju!

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:51 PM
Wartusch serving

00-15 Return winner :)
15-15 BH wide
30-15 dropshot
30-30 volley winner
30-40 BH out
40-40 service winner
AD-40 BH return just long
40-40 DF
40-AD DF
40-40 BH slice long
AD-40 overrule
40-40 volley winner
40-AD strange shot Wartusch
game FH netted

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch *1-0

Sorry, I'm not able to give point to point any more ;)
GOOO Justine!!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:52 PM
go Justine :)

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:55 PM
Fight Patricia :D

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:55 PM
Wartusch *0-2 :(

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:57 PM
Wartusch serving

40-40

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:57 PM
adv Henin :(

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:58 PM
Back to deuce :)

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:58 PM
adv Wartusch :)

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 02:59 PM
Patricia holds :)

1-2*

She saved two break points :)

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:01 PM
Justine serving

15-0

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:01 PM
30-0

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:02 PM
40-0 :(

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:02 PM
*1-3 :(

Come on Pat :)

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:03 PM
Patricia serving

0-15

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:04 PM
15-15

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:05 PM
30-40 :(

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:05 PM
1-4*

:(

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:09 PM
Justine is playing the perfect game ;)

gorecki
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:10 PM
thanks for posting the scores wimanna

Come on Justine!

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:12 PM
Justine is attacking the net with succes...I think she won all the netpoints (7/7)
With a forehand winner

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch 5-1*

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:12 PM
Patricia *1-5 :(

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:13 PM
Wartusch serving:

15-00 service winner
30-00 volley winner
40-00 ace, strong game Patricia ;)
40-15 BH winner :eek:
game service winner

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch *5-2

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:14 PM
Patricia holds :) ;)

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:21 PM
Justine serving:

15-00 volley winner
15-15 DF#2
15-30 DF#3
15-40 FH long
30-40 dropshot
40-40 netball, lucky ;)
AD-40 difficult smash, great :eek:
40-40 DF#4
40-AD passing Wartusch too good
40-40 Strong serve, return netted
40-AD funny netplay, passing Patricia
40-40 FH long, really long ;)
AD-40 strong serve, return netted
game strong BH DTL too good

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch 6-2 0-0*

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:26 PM
Pat :(

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:33 PM
Henin is playing really strong, nothing patricia can do ;)

6-2 *3-0

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:36 PM
Justine serving:

00-15 BH long
15-15 return long
30-15 strong service
40-15 BH DTL :eek:
40-30 volley netted
game, great rally Justine :eek: :eek: She's so smart

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch 6-2 4-0*

gorecki
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:41 PM
Keep it going Justine! :)

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:43 PM
Patricia serving

00-15 FH netted
15-15 BH just long
15-30 FH netted
15-40 FH long
30-40 Henin is going for everything, she's smiling
40-40 BH netted
AD-40 dropshot too good
40-40 volley winner
AD-40 FH winner
40-40 BH return on the line, 4th ball FH winner
AD-40 service in the body
40-40 deep BH return causes error
40-AD FH long
40-40 FH long
AD-40 FH volley winner
game BH netted

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch 6-2 *4-1

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:46 PM
Justine serving

15-00 service winner
30-00 service winner
40-00 2 power BH's :eek: FH winner to finish
game volley winner

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch 6-2 5-1*

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:50 PM
Patricia serving

00-15 FH long
00-30 volley wide, Justine is soooo strong
00-40 passing shot
15-40 BH 1mm out ;)
game set match Justne

Henin-Hardenne - Wartusch 6-2 6-1 :eek:

Justine was so strong, unbelievable ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 26th, 2003, 03:54 PM
well done Justine :D :) :)

gorecki
Apr 26th, 2003, 04:00 PM
:) well done Juju!

Nicoleke
Apr 26th, 2003, 04:05 PM
Well done girls, and congratulations :) :D :) :D ;) !!!!!

Mercury Rising
Apr 26th, 2003, 04:18 PM
Yeah Justine was really great, and she looked great :hearts:

Well done Belgium! :bounce:

Xian
Apr 26th, 2003, 04:24 PM
Evelyn played much better than I expected congrats :worship: :)

well done Kim and Juju ;)

Bammer or Meusburger should play tomorrow instead of Patricia :devil:

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 05:08 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_416_gallery.JPGhttp://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_417_gallery.JPG
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_419_gallery.JPG

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Evelyne Fauth
http://www.sport.be/nl/images/2003/april/fauth.jpg

lin
Apr 26th, 2003, 05:16 PM
well done Justine :D :)

Hurley
Apr 26th, 2003, 05:24 PM
Great job Justine and Kim :D

Hopefully this will give Evie some more confidence and she'll rise in the rankings...she's a fun player :)

Wimanna
Apr 26th, 2003, 06:12 PM
http://www.sport.be/nl/images/2003/april/juju5.jpg

Josh
Apr 26th, 2003, 07:31 PM
I really like Justine's outfit. She has boobs in it! :eek: ;)

Elleke
Apr 27th, 2003, 07:39 AM
BELGIUM!!!:bounce:

Smart
Apr 27th, 2003, 09:53 AM
Congrats Justine and Kim!!! Go Belgium!

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:00 PM
Wartusch vs Clijsters

1-0 (ace Patricia, forehand winner Patricia, forehand winner Patricia, unforced error Patricia, volley stop Patricia)

:eek: :bounce:

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:01 PM
Kim serving

no chance for Patricia :sad: 1-1

Patricia serving, strong forehand weak backhand (really weak)
good service but two breakpoints Kim Patricia saved all two
Patricia leading 2-1 :lick:

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:03 PM
still no point for Patricia when Kim is serving 2-2

Kim breaks but again two forhand winners from Patricia 3-2 :sad:

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:06 PM
now no chance for Patricia anymore 5-2 Kim still no points for Patricia when Kim serves :eek:

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:11 PM
after 22 minutes 6-2 for Kim only one point for Patricia at Kims service (double fault) :mad:

per4ever
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:20 PM
6-2 1-1

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:21 PM
Patricia breaks 2-1 :bounce:

per4ever
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:23 PM
euhm no Xian..Patricia just held...she broke back to make it 1-1.

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:25 PM
I only wanted to mention it ;)

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:30 PM
Kim 3-2 :sad:

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:31 PM
Go Patricia :D

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:32 PM
Break ...Come on Patricia !

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:32 PM
adv Clijsters :(

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:32 PM
Wartusch 2-6,*2-4 :(

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:34 PM
Wartusch 2-6, 2-5*

:(

Nicoleke
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:40 PM
Belgium won, congratulatons girls :) :D :) :D ;) !!!!!

Nicoleke
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:41 PM
6/2 6/2, congratulations to Kim Clijsters :) :D :) :D ;) !!!!!

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:42 PM
Patricia oh no :sad:

congrats Belgium :)

Tennisfan-Mtl
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:43 PM
Patricia :(

Wimanna
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:44 PM
next match

Callens - Fauth

Henin has some little troubles with her back, nothing to worry ;)

Wimanna
Apr 27th, 2003, 12:49 PM
Kim was playing way better then yesterday. Only 3 UE's in the first set, and only lost one point in that set on her serve (a DF). Wartusch was really awfull. But Kim was too strong.
Congrats Kim :)

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 01:49 PM
Callens leads Fauth 4-3

fight Evi :angel:

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 01:57 PM
Callens up 5-4 :(

Gunter
Apr 27th, 2003, 02:12 PM
Go Elsje
Kim played better than yesterday, Wartusch played bad

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 02:32 PM
Els up 76 21 :rolleyes:

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 02:38 PM
Callens 76(0) 32

per4ever
Apr 27th, 2003, 02:59 PM
Callens won 7-6 6-2

Xian
Apr 27th, 2003, 03:38 PM
Doubles

Clijsters/Callens vs Bammer/Meusburger

King Aaron
Apr 27th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Kim :)
Els :)

I guess Kim wanted more match practice. Good luck in the doubles Els/Kim! :D

King Aaron
Apr 27th, 2003, 04:18 PM
I really like Justine's outfit. She has boobs in it! :eek: ;)
Lol!

Mercury Rising
Apr 27th, 2003, 08:45 PM
Belgium Shows its Strength With Austria Whitewash
Belgium showed just why they are likely to be the biggest challengers to the United States in this year's Fed Cup after they whitewashed Austria 5-0 in front of a capacity crowd in Bree.

World No. 2 Kim Clijsters won all three of her matches to complete the rout and set up an intriguing clash with defending champions the Slovak Republic in July, and keep them on course for a possible semifinal meeting against the US.

"It's great for Belgium to have two top players and such a good team," Henin-Hardenne said. "Obviously Serena and Venus are a great team but I think we have a great chance."

Before the US, they'll have to get past the defending champions, the Slovak Republic, led by Daniela Hantuchova, and that is no certainty after Clijsters revealed she may not play in the quarterfinals because it is the weekend before a tournament in Stanford, California, that is an important part of her calendar.

However, on the evidence of their performance against Austria, the Belgians look a good bet to reach the semifinals, particularly as the quarterfinal is to be held in Belgium.

The result of their clash with Austria was never in doubt after Clijsters, back after a month away from the tour to rest after an exhausting start to the season, recovered from a shaky start to beat Evelyn Fauth 46 62 62 on the opening day. Henin-Hardenne looked in scintillating for as she crushed Patricia Wartusch 62 61 to make it 2-0 to Belgium.

Any hopes Austria had of a recovery were snuffed out by Clijsters who was close to her best in her 62 62 drubbing of Wartusch on day two, and with the result beyond doubt, Henin-Hardenne decided to rest her sore back and allow Els Callens to play Fauth in the final singles. Callens duly took advantage with a 76 62 victory and she and Clijsters then beat Sybille Bammer and Yvonne Meusberger 62 62 in the concluding doubles.

Clijsters was in typically powerful form as she dismissed Wartusch in just 51 minutes to give Belgium an unbeatable 3-0 lead and send her country into the last eight.

Admittedly rusty on day one, Clijsters found her range right from the start against Wartusch. After breaking the Austrian's serve in the fifth game, Cllijsters took the next three games to take the opening set in just 22 minutes.

Wartusch, the world No. 76, took advantage of a rare loss of concentration from Clijsters to break serve in the opening game of the second set and for a fleeting minute a fightback looked a possibility. However the Belgian's superiority in all departments of the game was such that Wartusch was never allowed to settle.

Clijsters broke back immediately and took five of the following six games to clinch victory and keep Belgium on course for that semifinal showdown with the top-seeded United States, led by the Williams sisters.

"It's maybe a little soon to look that far ahead but it would be a great match," Clijsters said. "Justine (Henin-Hardenne) and I would be really motivated for that one.

"I think this week showed that I really needed the break that I had," Clijsters said, referring to the month she took off the tour after falling ill during the Miami event at the end of March. "It's such a long season and I'm really happy with the way I played this week.

"Sometimes you play unbelievably well, and then the next day you can't get the ball in the court. That's what makes tennis such a good game. You have to fight for everything you get. That's what I did well yesterday while today, I played really well."

Clijsters appeared to really enjoy the experience of playing in front of her home town crowd and the 3,500 capacity audience cheered her every move. "It was a real honour for me," she said. "I have had such a good time, shopping and seeing my friends, and I love playing in a team situation." Clijsters's family home is no more than four minutes journey from the Expodroom stadium.

The Austrians will rue the absence of their top player, Barbara Schett, who has inexplicably lost form this year, but even with her in their team, they would have struggled to compete with Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne on clay.

"I think we showed we are a good team and with Caroline (Maes) coming up behind we have a good team for the future too," Henin-Hardenne added.

The quarterfinal against the Slovak Republic is scheduled to take place on 19-20 July.


CONGRATS BELGIUM :worship: :bounce: :D

Wimanna
Apr 27th, 2003, 08:58 PM
Els/Kim won 6-2 6-2 ;)

Nice from the Belgians :) :) :):) :):) :):) :):) :) :)

E. Blackadder
Apr 28th, 2003, 10:50 AM
I was shocked when I had to hear that at the saturday press conference their was not a single question for Els or Caroline :sad: I though it was a team competition not a 2 man show! :rolleyes: