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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:15 PM   #1
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Kim:"I'm No Contender"

I'm no contender"



Kim Clijsters refused to put herself in the mix as one of the main contenders for her final Australian Open. The Belgian is the in-form player coming into Melbourne, having topped her winning run in the Hong Kong invitational with a thrilling victory at the Sydney International.

Yet the fourth seed batted away suggestions that she is now considered the front-runner to pick up the trophy on January 27.

"[Top seed] Maria [Sharapova] always plays well here," said the 23-year-old, who will retire at the end of the season.

"She's very good I think also in playing in the heat. This kind of Australian atmosphere, I think she enjoys that.

"She's playing well. She always is capable of doing a little bit more when it gets close, when it gets really important. That's why she's such a great champion.

"Amelie [Mauresmo] likes the higher bounce here on this kind of surface. After winning here last year, I think she definitely believes that this is a good chance for her.

"Those two are definitely up there. I'm not going to name myself," she added with a smile.


Affectionately known as "Aussie Kim" because of her former relationship with Australian Lleyton Hewitt, Clijsters has reached at least the semis in each of her last four outings to Melbourne Park.

Her best result was a runners-up spot to compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne in 2004 and last year a sprained ankle abruptly cut short her challenge in the semi-final against Mauresmo.

Should Clijsters sign off from Melbourne with the trophy in her hands, it would indeed be a perfect ending for the Belgian in a country where the fans have long embraced her as one of their own.

"I'm very focused on trying to win but everything's possible," Clijsters added.

"There's 127 other girls trying to do the same thing, I guess. Just have to try to be as ready as possible, and we'll see where it ends."
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:18 PM   #2
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

That's kind of rediculous...kind of annoying too...she has to like her chances.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #3
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

Poor girl, she's still not able to deal with pressure. Before her retirement, I'd say it's high time to recognise she's as favorite as Maria or Amélie. What a fool
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:23 PM   #4
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

Well she doesn't actually say she isn't a contender, I see it as a sort of bad luck thing, seeing as she smiled when she said it, everybody knows she is a contender for it.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

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That's kind of rediculous...kind of annoying too...she has to like her chances.
I agree i mean, she just beat Sharapova in Hong Kong, and Amelie just got bageled from Jankovic and she beat red hot Jankovic in Sydney, so those are pretty much the three players that coming in are playing greater tennis ahead than the pack, so kind of silly, but in a way probably could be to take some pressure off her.. but yeah it sounds ridiculous, she is probably the best player coming in, beating both Sharapova and Jankovic this year.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:28 PM   #6
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

she's just being polite she does want to win

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"I'm very focused on trying to win but everything's possible," Clijsters added.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:29 PM   #7
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:31 PM   #8
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

She always says this stuff.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:32 PM   #9
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

I think she just doesn't want the hype get to her. Kim knows that overconfidence could be dangerous.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:36 PM   #10
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

Kim's never one to boast or say how great she is. And she always praises other players. The main thing she will be thinking - as will all the top players - is one match at a time. Boring but the less you let your mind wander thinking about fancying your chances for the tiltle and the more you focus on your next match the better your chances.

And MrKnowItAll - calling Kim a fool says more about you than Kim.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #11
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

Overblown. The quote in the title isn't even in the article (unless I missed it.)
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

She's one of the few who I'm cheering to win the damn thing. She's my number 2 for the tourney!!! CMON KIM let's ride out 07 with the Aussie Open!
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

She refused to be called the favorite before her USO win in 2005 as well. The title is misleading.
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

Maybe Kim's experience has shown her the player expected to win never wins. Kim's been doing this at the beginning of the past few slams, Taking expectation off herself.
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Re: Kim:"I'm No Contender"

Oh Kim You are, stop being nice
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