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Nov 8th, 2006 07:30 AM
Grohl
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Originally Posted by Sofke77 View Post
If starting her season after AO means that she can have an injury-free season ... Go for it, I would say. How many top players have injuries at the end of their season? How many injuries did Kirsten have this year by not playing AO this year? Make the count and you will agree with Kirsten her decision. I don't always understand or agree with her decisions wether or not to play a tournament but I understand and agree on this one.
Didn't I say I understood her on this one?
Nov 7th, 2006 07:51 PM
Sofke77
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Originally Posted by Brαm View Post
Starting your season in February doesn't guarentee an injury-free season! What makes you think so? Just because Kirsten had an injury-free season doesn't mean that she will have an injury-free career if she doesn't bother going to Oz every year! She might skip the Australian Open next year and get a serious injury in Antwerp
You are absolutly right. I've expressed myself wrong, I've meant the tiredness that caused the illnesses and injuries. Of course starting your season after AO or even starting in march doesn't give anyone a garantee of an injury-free season. Starting after AO does give her extra time to prepare for the new season. Anyway, everybody has his or her own opinion.
Nov 7th, 2006 07:42 PM
Brαm
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Starting your season in February doesn't guarantee an injury-free season! What makes you think so? Just because Kirsten had an injury-free season doesn't mean that she will have an injury-free career if she doesn't bother going to Oz every year! She might skip the Australian Open next year and get a serious injury in Antwerp
Nov 7th, 2006 05:51 PM
Sofke77
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Originally Posted by chaotic View Post
it's not the correct attidude to start with
but i can understand her point
If starting her season after AO means that she can have an injury-free season ... Go for it, I would say. How many top players have injuries at the end of their season? How many injuries did Kirsten have this year by not playing AO this year? Make the count and you will agree with Kirsten her decision. I don't always understand or agree with her decisions wether or not to play a tournament but I understand and agree on this one.
Nov 7th, 2006 08:45 AM
Grohl
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it's not the correct attidude to start with
but i can understand her point
Nov 7th, 2006 04:16 AM
DutchieGirl
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Why would Kirsten not make the MD of AO anyway? She's ranked 98, and she only really has 7 points off for the rest of the year...and with that she will have 1 point to add on as her 17th tourney anyway, so she's really only losing 6 points...That should only put her down to 104. Pierce ain't gonna be playing, and maybe some others won't play. She *should* make MD.
Nov 7th, 2006 04:09 AM
DutchieGirl
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Originally Posted by Brαm View Post
Well if she only plays 3 slams a year she might never get high enough in the rankings to get directly into the maindraw
She won't have these lucky draws all the time! What if she draws a top-50 player in the 1st round of RG or Wimbledon next year and loses all her points from 2006?
I don't like this attitude at all. She wants to get a high ranking but isn't willing to go to Australia to win precious points
Yeah I agree (Only coz then I can see her play again).
Nov 6th, 2006 04:23 PM
Brαm
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Well if she only plays 3 slams a year she might never get high enough in the rankings to get directly into the maindraw
She won't have these lucky draws all the time! What if she draws a top-50 player in the 1st round of RG or Wimbledon next year and loses all her points from 2006?
I don't like this attitude at all. She wants to get a high ranking but isn't willing to go to Australia to win precious points
Nov 6th, 2006 08:25 AM
Grohl
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Originally Posted by Sofke77 View Post
I'm pretty sure she won't play AO this year. I've read in an intervieuw that she liked the fact that she didn't play there last year gave her extra time to prepare for her season and that she'll probably do the same this year.
She's also saying that her season ends at Hasselt this year but she still has some points to defend before AO, if she doesn't play like she says she isn't she's obliged to play qualifying. Which she's not planed to do ... so
i heard her say that as well
she doesn't want to go all the way to the Aus Open to play qualies
so if she doesn't get on the maindraw, she'll stay here to have extra time to prepare for the rest of the season
Nov 2nd, 2006 05:53 PM
Sofke77
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I'm pretty sure she won't play AO this year. I've read in an intervieuw that she liked the fact that she didn't play there last year gave her extra time to prepare for her season and that she'll probably do the same this year.
She's also saying that her season ends at Hasselt this year but she still has some points to defend before AO, if she doesn't play like she says she isn't she's obliged to play qualifying. Which she's not planed to do ... so
Nov 1st, 2006 10:14 PM
DutchieGirl
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Kirsten said she would probably not play at the Australian Open if she had to play qualifying
WHAT! pfft Well top 100 are assured a spot in MD so...we'll see.
Nov 1st, 2006 01:28 PM
Ouranos
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Kirsten said she would probably not play at the Australian Open if she had to play qualifying
Sep 11th, 2006 05:59 PM
Sofke77 From the official FedCup-site

Will Belgium jump for joy?
Justine Henin-Hardenne’s presence in the team at this week’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final in Charleroi may be great news for Belgium’s hopes of beating Italy to win the most prestigious team competition in women’s sport, but it could also provide an unexpected boon to airfields and pilots in the region.

Henin-Hardenne’s love of sky-diving is well known but it seems she is keen to share her passion for parachute jumping with her Fed Cup teammates. Henin-Hardenne has already dared teammate Kirsten Flipkens and Belgian’s captain Carl Maes to join her on a parachute jump. So far both Flipkens and Maes have claimed a fear of heights, but if Belgium beats Italy next weekend to become 2006 Fed Cup Champion, then Henin-Hardenne may not take “no” for an answer.

Everyone should do a skydive, says Henin-Hardenne

“Everyone should do it. It's something that you don't have any regrets about,” said US Open runner-up Henin-Hardenne of her unusual hobby.

“Maybe you just do it once because you've been too scared but you are really proud of it. It's a bit crazy. You need to be a bit crazy to do it.”

Such is the bond that Flipkens and Henin-Hardenne have forged by playing Fed Cup by BNP Paribas together this year, that Henin-Hardenne is probably one of the few people who could persuade Flipkens to leap out of a plane. The five-time Grand Slam champion has become something of a mentor to 20-year-old Flipkens ever since the pair joined forces in Belgium’s first round Fed Cup win over Russia in Liege in April.

In some ways theirs is an unlikely friendship given that Flipkens is from the Flemish part of Belgium and Henin-Hardenne hails from the French half of the country, but the genial, outgoing Flipkens and quieter, more serious Henin-Hardenne seem to have hit it off. It makes Flipkens something of a unifying force in Maes’ team, since she also enjoys a long-standing friendship with Kim Clijsters.

Flipkens in great form

Henin-Hardenne offered advice before each of Flipkens’ matches at the US Open, where she came through qualifying and won a match in the main draw. Flipkens’ efforts in New York saw her cement a place in the Top 100 on the WTA Tour rankings and ensured she will head into the Fed Cup Final in arguably the best form of her career.

“After her qualifying for Wimbledon and again at the US Open and winning a round, she has settled in a little bit to the top 100 level, which was always something she was looking up to before,” Maes told Fed Cup Radio recently.

Clijsters’ absence from the Final with a wrist injury means Flipkens – known as Flipper to her team-mates – is almost certain to play singles and could play doubles with Henin-Hardenne too.

With home support and someone on the bench, Flipkens can thrive, says Carl Maes

“Clearly the task is going to be bigger for Kirsten this time than it was against the US in July but I think with the home support and with someone on the bench then that will help,” said Maes.

“Without wanting to make too big of a thing of that role, I think with Kirsten being a young player I think it could be good for her – and, who knows, the Italian team is not 100% fit either. Our chances are a lot slimmer without Kim but we’re very hopeful of victory.”

Henin-Hardenne felt too exhausted to play for her country in the semi-finals against the USA in Ostend in July but watched Flipkens help Clijsters earn Belgium’s place in the final. Henin-Hardenne’s coach Carlos Rodriguez was certainly full of praise for the role Flipkens played in Ostend.

“If there's anyone to owe for the qualification to the finals, it's Flipkens. In a span of only five or six days she took on the role of a No. 3 player in the world, and came out stronger,” said Rodriguez.

“She had to play against higher ranked and more physical players, with the occasion, and the pressures.”

If Henin-Hardenne and Flipkens can beat Italy and win the 2006 Fed Cup for Belgium then watch the skies around Charleroi. Henin-Hardenne, Flipkens and the rest of the team might just be jumping for joy.
Sep 6th, 2006 01:36 PM
Sofke77 Kirsten has adjusted her diary at her official site.
"Normally after the US Open for the first time in top-100. Looking forward to the Fed Cup."
Her loss in Denain is because of Jet Lag, not only because she didn't wanted to play there. She slept 3 hours average the last 2 days.
And on the other hand, playing hardcourt on US Open, clay on Denain and again hardcourt on the Fed Cup.
Sep 5th, 2006 05:13 PM
Allez-H I was thinking the same JuanR Playing a claycourt-tourney the week before a Fedcup-final isn't the smartest thing to do
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