Q : Kim Clijsters, how is your foot?
K : It's doing better, it's not perfect but it seems to go well. I have to see how it goes matches after matches. I think I'll never be able to play ever in my career without tapes. But for the moment, it's ok. If it stays like that, I wouldn't need a surgery. Apparently that type of injury happens often to sportpersons, like the rugbymen for example. It would be a light surgery but it would take a long time to heal because the doctors would have to touch the ligaments. But for now, everything is ok and I don't want to think about it!
Q : Did you have specific treatment for the injury?
K : There's nothing much to do. It's a little blocked bone. I must pay attention not to put too much pressure on my ankle. It must stay free. I really have to pay attention at that.
Q : Do you think that you'll have to reduce your schedule due to the injury?
K : I don't know. For now, everything is ok. And those last days I could training again. That's what I couldn't do at the beginning of the year in Perth and Sydney. Between the matches at the Aussie Open I was just hitting the ball, not really training. I was very happy to reach the final especially because I didn't know if I could have play the tournament.. But those last days, I trained well. And it feels good because I was mad I couldn't train well. I am really happy to be here especially because I've never been to Paris at this time of the year. It's also strange because I am staying in the same hotel as I am for Roland Garros.
Q : Did you train at Roland Garros?
K : Yes, yesterday. It was so empty! There was nobody around. It's also great to walk on the Champs-Elysées in the winter, it's so quiet. It's cold but it's cool, I like this sphere.
Q : You are wearing a wonderful ring...
K : Thanks, I am sure Lleyton would be happy to hear that.
Q : Do you play with the ring? (in french, they used the word "alliance" which means more than ring, because the alliance is the ring you receive on the wedding day
K : Yes, I am used to wear it at my left hand. It's not bothering at all because the racket doesn't touch the hand at this place.
Q : Is the wedding planned for this year?
K : No, Lleyton and I spent entire days speaking about that. To know if Lleyton was coming in Belgium or me going to Australia. It's a decision difficult to take with our schedules and our families. It's not a common situation. It's difficult for us because our grandparents absolutely want to attend the wedding but they are getting old so we don't know what to do. But the wedding won't certainly take place this year. We are too busy at this moment. My house is finished, my garden as well, so it's good, I am happy. It wasn't easy to live on my own, I had difficulties to get used to the new noises but now it's ok, I am glad of the result. The advantage is that I don't have to take a vehicule to go to the fitnessclub. There's one 10 mins away from my house.
Q : Are you dissapointed that Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo aren't playing here?
K : Yes, certainly. Everybody is dissapointed. For me meeting them would have been a challenge but the crowd who buy the tickets must be even more dissapointed. But they all have good reasons for not being here and I hope they'll all get better soon and come back on the tour soon.
Q : How do you do to be always positive, happy? You just had a tough time with your ankles and you bounced back immeadiatly.
K : Yes, it's the only way to get over it. In my life, I've been through situations which learned me that tennis was important but not the most important. I wanna be positive and happy in everything I am doing. Of course when I lose a match, it's not easy to look back at it immeadiatly and to learn something out of it. There's always something positive in life. I love tennis for now, but I am sure that at one point I'll be tired of it.
Q : Would you like your children to play professional sport?
K : I don't know, I never tought about it. One thing is certain, they'll live in the sport area. Even when I am not playing tennis, I am doing sport. They'll do whatever they decide to do.