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Old Jan 23rd, 2014, 06:38 AM   #1
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Kimberly Birrell

Kim had some great results in senior ITFs last year and is into the SFs of the Australian Open juniors. Has a great game, and a great attitude on court. She never gives up, no matter the scoreline.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2014, 06:51 AM   #2
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great effort to reach the semis as a 15 year old. Real potential here!
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Which current player does she play similar to?
No press coverage about her AO semi appearance which is sad
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Which current player does she play similar to?
No press coverage about her AO semi appearance which is sad
I think if she reaches the final that may change.

She has a very effortless graceful style. Somone like Anna Chakvadtze is similar and possibly Simona Halep.
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TOUGH BIRRELL FIGHTS HER WAY TO AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIFINAL
There are some players that thrive on the contest, that love the fight. Kimberly Birrell is fast earning a reputation as one of those players. Today she won through to the semifinals to the girls' singles at the Australian Open.

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Kimberly Birrell in action during the 2014 Australian Open Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
There are some players that thrive on the contest, that love the fight. Kimberly Birrell is fasting earning a reputation as one of those players.

Today Birrell won her fourth match in the girls’ singles at the Australian Open to advance to the semifinals. Three of those four matches have been gruelling three-set affairs that have lasted over two hours, but that is not worrying Birrell in the slightest.

“I’ve had so many three-set matches that I think now that any time it goes to a third set, it works in my favour,” Birrell said after coming from behind to defeat Polish 10th seed Anastasiya Komardina 6-7 (7) 6-1 6-3.

After going down in a titanic first-set tiebreak, Birrell was forced to mentally regroup and attempt to haul back the ascendency, something she admits wasn’t easy.

“It’s not easy, I had three set-points in the first set too, so it was a bit disappointing not being able to get those but as soon as that happened, I just had to put it behind me and concentrate on winning the next point and the next set.”

And that was exactly what the 15-year-old did, with great success too, all the time being supported by a vocal crowd who desperately wanted to get the Queenslander over the line.

“The crowd were amazing.

“It’s a pretty crazy feeling hearing your name being chanted out.

“You try to have four walls around you when you play, but having that in the back of your head definitely helps a lot.”

Birrell managed a first serve percentage of 58% today which is slightly below her tournament standard; she plans on wasting no time in ensuring it is spot-on for tomorrow’s semifinal.

“Down on that court (Show Court 3), I think it gets a little bit swirly with the wind. My serve wasn’t quite as good today.

“I’m going to go back out on the practice court this afternoon just to see if I can improve that a bit for tomorrow.”

Awaiting Birrell in the semifinal is Croatian Jana Fett, an opponent who she has never played.

“I don’t really know her too much. But my coach and I will sit down tonight and have a talk and come up with a game plan for tomorrow.”
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Kim lost in SF to Jana Fett 60 64. A great tournament for Kim.
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BIRRELL ENDS AMAZING WEEK AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
For Kimberly Birrell, it probably ended one day earlier than she would have liked it to. But today was just the culmination of a superb week for her at the Australian Open. She says it's only the beginning.

For Kimberly Birrell, her week probably ended one day earlier than she would have liked it to. Today she went down in the Australian Open girls’ singles semifinal 6-0 6-4 to Croatian Jana Fett. But today was just the culmination of a superb week for Birrell, who at just 15 has achieved great things.

“It has been a great week, it’s been amazing, I still don’t want it to end. I’ve learnt so much about myself.” Birrell said after the match.

“I’ve had some real positives come out of this week so I have to concentrate on those and not hang on to the disappointment too long.

“I’ve just got to get back on the practice court and keep going, it’s only the beginning.”

The initiation into any Grand Slam semifinal is tough and today was no different for Birrell when she met a red-hot Fett who oozed power from the very first game. However she says that, if and when this opportunity arises again, she now has a wealth of knowledge she can call on.

“I was a little bit more nervous heading into this one, it was a semifinal, I’ve never been in this situation before, I think it’s going to help a lot next year.

“I wish I could go out and play that match again; I’d like to have had a better start.

“If I’m ever in this situation again it’s an experience I’ll be able to call on.”

For a fleeting moment during the second set, it looked as though Birrell was about to stage one of the comebacks she has made a trademark of hers this week.

“I just wanted to finish the week the way I started it, I wanted to fight for every point.

“I think I tried my hardest but she was just better on the day.”

One of the biggest positives for Birrell is how much improvement she knows that she is capable of. It could be scary to ponder just how good she will be this time next year and beyond.

“I think I have so many things that I can still improve on.

“The strength and physical side of my game is something I’ll always be able to improve on, I’ve been working very hard in the past six months and definitely want to keep improving on that.

“I’ve had an ab (abdominal) injury in the last few weeks and I’ve just got over that and I haven’t been able to practice my serve as much, so hopefully I can keep working on that.”

While Birrell’s run of success at Melbourne Park this week is largely due to her stellar form, she says the support of those closest to her as well as the parochial Aussie crowds was a massive fillip for her confidence.

“Being here at home, having the home crowd, the support I have had has been crazy, incredible, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

“Having my family here and my amazing coach and team, I really owe everything to them.”

Unfortunately for the Gold Coast 15-year-old, she will be back to reality with a thud in the coming weeks as she returns to the grind of “normal” life.

“I’m going to head home; I’m starting year 11 so back to school,” she said with a wry smile that may well of veiled some lament.

One thing is for certain, if things go to plan for Kimberly Birrell, next year, things may well end a day later and with a trophy.
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She doesn't seem like a bogan so maybe there will be an Aussie I like
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Wait, but Hon, Bains etc. Arent bogans

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Wait, but Hon, Bains etc. Arent bogans

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I do like Priscilla Hon Naiktha Bains pisses me off because of the hype and because she isn't as good as people think I also don't like people who get too spoilt and while Kim and Priscilla haven't been too much Bains and Tomic And BTW who is part of the etcetera who aren't bogans
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I don't know what you would classify as 'bogans', aren't they just racist white drunk stupid people?
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