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tennisIlove09
Jun 6th, 2003, 07:11 AM
Clijsters has lucky break
June 6 2003
BY John Parsons in Paris
The Daily Telegraphy

Kim Clijsters must have felt like kissing the net after reaching the final of the French Open for the second time in three years, but the ball had done it for her on arguably the most significant point of the match.

It had happened in the 10th game of the first set. Clijsters, whose groundstrokes had been worryingly erratic, was clearly in trouble as Nadia Petrova, the modestly ranked (76) but uninhibited Russian teenager, serving at 5-4, had reached three points to pocket the first set.

Clijsters, who had just netted another in a long line of off-key forehands, spotted how Petrova had stayed back beyond the baseline after putting in the serve and so went for a risky dropshot on the return. The gamble paid off but only after the ball had landed on top of the net, hovered tantalisingly and dropped into Petrova's side of the court.

Clijsters, with world champion boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt watching every point from the players' box, put up her hand to apologise but then never looked back, going on to win 7-5, 6-1 in 70 minutes.

There was no doubt that Clijsters deserved a success. Once given that lucky break, she took increasing control over a relatively inexperienced opponent.

Today the semi-finals of the men's singles hold court, starting with Holland's late developer, 24-year-old Martin Verkerk, against Guillermo Coria, and then defending champion Albert Costa, who has already spent more than 19 hours on court, facing Juan Carlos Ferrero in a repeat of last year's final.

The crucial meeting between the leaders of the four Grand Slams, the International Tennis Federation and representatives of the men's ATP tour began in Paris yesterday and is expected to be reconvened today.

The ATP are understood to be demanding huge increases in prize-money and further payments for pension contributions, health benefits and a promotional fund.

The Slams and the ITF seem certain to resist what are thought to be excessive demands. They point out that the profits from their tournaments all go back into tennis and that prize-money levels are fair.

fifiricci
Jun 6th, 2003, 08:55 AM
Yes, Kim had a piece of luck (which everyone deserves sometimes), then she went on to be the deserved winner. So what's the big deal?

irma
Jun 6th, 2003, 08:59 AM
it was still deuce after that point. petrova could still have won the set but she didn't :o

Elke
Jun 6th, 2003, 09:34 AM
Probably it's only because of that netcord Kim has won the match..... :rolleyes:

Good luck tomorrow!:D

Scorch
Jun 6th, 2003, 11:56 AM
Oh for Christs sake the guy is only trying to find an angle for his story. Why does this bother anyone? What is so wrong with the article?

Experimentee
Jun 6th, 2003, 12:27 PM
I think that lucky point threw Nadia a little. She seemed to lose concentration and didnt play the same after that lucky break. But she probably wouldnt have won the next two sets had she won that set anyway.