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Kim has arrived in Paris on Monday so it says on the tournament website it also says she is training at Roland Garros on the indoor courts in Porte d’Auteuil.

Good Luck Kim.
She will play Sanchez Lorenzo first up. Lorenzo beat Danilidou in 3 sets
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Thanks Naomi!
Wonder when she left Australia?
Go Kim!

We will miss you Kim!.


Best of Luck in 2007 to: Kim & Bryan, Lleyton, Alicia, Todd, Sam, Chris, Casey, Wayne, Kirsten & all the other Aussies & injured players.
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Go Kim!!! Thanks for the news


GO MARTINA HINGIS!!!!!!!!
Myskina, kirilenko, chakvetadze. Douchevina, Petrova, Clijsters, Zvonareva, Dementieva, Vaidiosava, Voskoboeva, !!!!!

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Wonder when she left Australia?
Don't know. But she was in Belgium last week so she's probably been in Europe for about a week now I guess....
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Don't know. But she was in Belgium last week so she's probably been in Europe for about a week now I guess....
Thanks!
Didn't know she'd left, the last I'd seen was those pix of her watching LLey!
Glad she's back & hopefully she'll play well!

We will miss you Kim!.


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February 8, 2004



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Clijsters Returns to Action in Paris

PARIS - After five weeks of exciting WTA Tour action in Australia and Asia, the top stars of women's tennis are heading west this week to Europe and the $585,000 Open Gaz de France in Paris. World No.2 Kim Clijsters returns to the Tour this week as the top seed in Paris and making her debut at the event. After a week of rest following her impressive two-week run at the Australian Open, Clijsters will attempt to win her first title of 2004 and 20th title of her career. The former World No. 1 finished 2003 with nine titles, including the season-ending WTA Tour Championships.

As one of the top four seeds, Clijsters received a first round bye and will face the winner of Eleni Daniilidou or Maria Sanchez Lorenzo in the second round.

No. 2 seed Elena Dementieva looks to rebound from her disappointing week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was upset in her first match by Tatiana Panova. The Russian has now lost three straight matches, dating back to her loss in the quarterfinals at Sydney to Lindsay Davenport. She also lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Jelena Jankovic. Dementieva will face either Stephanie Cohen-Aloro or a qualifier/lucky loser in her second round match.

Patty Schnyder also returns to action this week following her success in Melbourne. Schnyder, the No. 3 seed this week, reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at this year's Australian Open and is looking to continue her good fortunes in Paris where she'll take on a qualifier or lucky loser in the second round.

Jelena Dokic will be the No. 4 seed and playing for the second straight week following her 2004 debut last week in Tokyo. The 20-year-old reached the semifinals in her first event of the year, losing to eventual winner Lindsay Davenport. Dokic will face either Russian Elena Bovina or a qualifier/lucky loser in her second round match.

In one of the first round's match intriguing matchups, No. 6 seed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi will take on 16-year-old French wildcard Tatiana Golovin. Golovin shocked Smashnova-Pistolesi in the second round at the Australian Open en route to a career-best fourth round showing at the event.

Sandrine Testud will make her long-awaited return to action this week when she faces Daniela Hantuchova in the first round. Testud missed all of 2003 following the birth of her daughter, Isabella, on February 19th of last year. The 31-year-old, who was ranked as high as No. 9 in the world, last saw tournament action at Wimbledon in 2002, losing to Mary Pierce in the second round.

Pierce will also be in action this week as the tournament's only former champion. The 1998 Paris winner will take on fellow countrywoman Nathalie Dechy in the first round.

This is the 12th year of the Paris indoor event. Previous winners include Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo, Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
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good luck Kim!
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Few more articles....

Top players in Paris hope Serena Williams gets back on track
ALAN PAGE Canadian Press

Tuesday, February 10, 2004
PARIS (AP) - Kim Clijsters, herself shaking off an ankle injury, says Serena Williams will have a tough time recovering from a knee operation that has sidelined the American tennis star.

"I feel it's a problem getting back into the rhythm after just a couple of days off. Just imagine being off for several months!" said Clijsters, the current world No. 2 from Belgium and the top seed in Paris this week. "You need your matches. The Williams (sisters) are human after all," Clijsters said Tuesday.

Serena Williams, a former world No. 1, is not defending her title at this week's $585,000 US Gaz de France tournament. She has not played since winning her sixth Grand Slam title at last year's Wimbledon. Williams had left knee surgery last August.

The 22-year-old is pencilled in to play at the Qatar Doha Open in March.

Jelena Dokic of Serbia and Montenegro, the No. 4 seed in Paris, agreed that Williams faces a tough return.

"She's been out before and come back and even won Grand Slams," said Dokic. "But I think this time will be more difficult."

"She hasn't played for a long time and other players have found a lot of confidence," Dokic said. "This time it will be interesting to see. I think now Kim (Clijsters) and Justine (Henin-Hardenne) are playing as well as her."

Serena's sister Venus has also battled injuries over the last few months. She had to pull out of the recent Pan Pacific Open with a shin injury.

Russia's Elena Dementieva said tennis is better off with both Williams sisters playing at their peak.

"Most people miss them," said Dementieva. "With the Williams sisters there, tennis is more spectacular. We all enjoy watching them. No question. We hope they'll be back."

Clijsters agreed.

"For everyone it's just a thrill to have all the best players out there," she said. "And also for the crowd, all the people who've paid for their tickets, the tournament directors. They want to see as many great players as possible."

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"The top four seeds, led by Belgium's Kim Clijsters, start their tournament on Thursday."
Thats from http://onesport.nzoom.com/sport_deta...4-2-49,00.html
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There is an interview with Kim on the tournament website

But it is only in French Would someone mind saying what it is about?

Kim Clijsters : « Très heureuse d’être ici »
11 février 2004 - Emmanuel LANGELLIER avec Carole COUQUE
Kim Clijsters est ravie d’être à Paris pour participer à l’Open Gaz de France. Ce sera sa « première fois » au Stade Pierre de Coubertin et toujours aussi souriante et agréable, la Belge ne cache pas sa joie.
Kim Clijsters, comment va votre pied ?
Ca va beaucoup mieux, ce n’est pas parfait mais apparemment ça a l’air d’aller. Il faut que je vois comment ça se passe match après match. Je pense que je ne pourrais plus jamais jouer sans pansement dans ma carrière. Mais pour le moment, ça va. Si ça reste comme ça, je n’aurais pas besoin d’intervention. Apparemment, ce genre de blessure arrive très souvent chez les sportifs, comme chez les rugbymen. Ce serait une opération bénigne mais j’aurais besoin de beaucoup de temps pour m’en remettre, peut-être trois ou quatre mois parce que les médecins devraient toucher les ligaments. Mais pour le moment, tout va bien et je ne veux pas y penser.

Avez-vous eu recours à des traitements spécifiques pour votre cheville ?
Il n’y a pas grand chose à faire, c’est juste un os qui s’est bloqué. Je dois surtout faire attention à ne pas trop serrer ma cheville. Elle doit rester très mobile. Je dois vraiment faire attention à ça.

Pensez-vous, qu’en raison de cette blessure, vous serez amenée à réduire votre emploi du temps ?
Je ne sais pas. Pour le moment tout va bien et ces derniers jours, j’ai pu bien reprendre l’entraînement. Ce qui ne fut pas le cas en ce début d’année, à Perth ou à Sydney. Entre les matches de l’Open d’Australie, je tapais juste la balle, je ne m’entraînais pas vraiment. Cependant, j’étais très heureuse d’arriver en finale, surtout que je n’étais pas sûre de pouvoir participer à ce tournoi. Mais ces derniers jours, je me suis bien entraînée. Et ça fait du bien, parce j’étais en colère de ne pas pouvoir bien m’entraîner. Je suis vraiment très très heureuse d’être ici, d’autant plus que je ne suis jamais à Paris à cette époque de l’année. C’est un peu étrange aussi, parce que je réside au même hôtel que lors de Roland Garros. (sourires)

Vous vous êtes entraînée à Roland-Garros ?
Oui, hier. C’est si vide ! Il n’y a personne aux alentours. C’est sympa aussi de se balader sur les Champs-Élysées en hiver, tout est calme. Il fait froid mais c’est sympa. J’aime cette ambiance.

« Je veux être heureuse dans tout ce que j’entreprends »

Vous portez une bague magnifique...
Merci. Je suis sûre que Lleyton (Hewitt) sera ravi de le savoir.

Jouez-vous avec votre alliance ?
Oui, et j’ai pris l’habitude de la porter sur cette main (gauche), ça ne me gêne pas du tout parce que la raquette ne touche pas cette partie de la main.

Le mariage est prévu pour cette année ?
Non, Lleyton et moi avons passé des jours entiers à discuter, à se demander si Lleyton venait en Belgique ou si moi, j’allais en Australie. Mais c’est un choix très difficile à faire, surtout avec notre emploi du temps et nos familles. C’est une situation peu banale. C’est difficile pour nous deux parce nos grands-parents, des deux côtés, veulent assister au mariage mais ils vieillissent alors on ne sait pas quoi faire. Mais le mariage n’aura sûrement pas lieu cette année. On est trop occupé en ce moment. Mais ma maison est terminée, mon jardin aussi alors ça va, je suis contente. Ce n’était pas facile de vivre seule, j’avais du mal à m’habituer aux nouveaux bruits mais bon, maintenant ça va et je suis contente du résultat. L’avantage est que je n’ai pas de transport à prendre pour aller au club de gym, il y en a un à dix minutes de chez moi.

Etes-vous déçue que Serena Williams et Amélie Mauresmo ne participent pas à l’Open Gaz de France ?
Oui, bien sûr. Tout le monde est déçu. Pour moi, rencontrer ces joueuses aurait été un défi mais le public qui a acheté les tickets doit encore être plus déçu. Mais elles ont toutes de bonnes raisons de ne pas être là et j’espère qu’elles iront toutes mieux et qu’elles reviendront sur le circuit rapidement.

Comment faites-vous pour être toujours aussi positive, heureuse ? Vous venez de vivre une grande déception à cause de votre cheville mais vous avez su rebondir immédiatement…
Oui, c’est la seule façon de s’en sortir. Au cours de ma vie, je suis passée par des épreuves qui m’ont appris que le tennis était important mais que ce n’était pas le plus important. Je veux être positive et être heureuse dans tout ce que j’entreprends. Bien sûr, quand je perds un match, ce n’est pas facile et c’est pas toujours évident de prendre du recul immédiatement pour en tirer une leçon. Il y a toujours quelque chose de positif dans la vie. J’adore le tennis pour le moment, mais je pense qu’un jour j’en aurai assez.

Aimeriez-vous que vos enfants pratiquent le sport de haut-niveau ?
Je ne sais pas, je ne me suis pas encore penché sur la question. Une chose est sûre, c’est qu’ils baigneront dans ce milieu. Même quand je ne joue pas au tennis, je fais du sport. Ils feront ce qu’ils voudront.
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heya! i don't know french but i used this free translation thing and translated one question about the ring

You carry an magnificent ring...
Thank you. I am sure that Lleyton will be delighted to know that
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Thanks Keira!
Kim is so sweet!

We will miss you Kim!.


Best of Luck in 2007 to: Kim & Bryan, Lleyton, Alicia, Todd, Sam, Chris, Casey, Wayne, Kirsten & all the other Aussies & injured players.
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I translated the first part, I'll post the rest later...
I hope the translation is OK:


Kim Clijsters : « Very happy to be here »



Kim Clijsters is delighted to be in Paris to participate in the Open Gaz de France. It’ll be her ‘first time’ in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin en always smiling and pleasant, the Belgian does’nt hide her joy.


Kim Clijsters, how’s your foot ?

It’s better, it’s not perfect but normaly it looks like I’ll be able to play. I have to look how it goes match after match. I think I’ll never be able to play without a tape in my career. But at the moment, it goes fine. If it stays like this, I won’t need intervention(surgery). They say this kind of injury happens a lot with sportsman, like with rugby players. It would be a begign surgery, but I’d need a lot of time to recover, maybe 3 or 4 months because the doctors would have to tough the ligaments. But at the moment, everything goes fine and I don’t want to think about it.



Did you have specific treatments for your ankle ?

There isn’t much I can do about it, it’s just a bone which is blocked. I certainly have to pay attention not to tighten my ankle to much. It has to stay mobile. I really have to pay attention to that.



Do you think, that because of that injury, you’ll be brought to reduce your timetable?

I don’t know. At the moment everything goes fine and the last couple of days, I was able to go back training a lot. That wasn’t the case in the beginning of the year, in Perth or Sydney. Between the matches on the Australian Open, I didn’t really have many trainingsessions. However, I was very happy to be in the final, especially because I wasn’t even certain that I would be able to participate. But the last couple of days, I trained a lot. And, that feels good, because I was a bit mad because I couldn’t train a lot.
I’m really really happy to be here, even more because I’m never in Paris at this time of the year. It’s a bit strange to, because I stay in the same hotel as during Roland Garros(laughs).




Have you trained in Roland Garros ?

Yes, yesterday. It’s so empty! There was nobody around. It’s very nice walking on the Champs-Elusées in winter, everything is so calm. It’s cold but nice. I like that environment.

COME ON KIM!

Thanks for everything Kim!!!

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There is an interview with Kim on the tournament website

But it is only in French Would someone mind saying what it is about?
Thanks for the interview!
I can do it in between things today.

Correction: as Sarah is already working on it, I won't then!
Thanks Sarah!
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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.

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"When you do your best, it's always good enough" - Kim Clijsters

"No matter what happens, you have to try to stay positive, bad things can happen, but if you try to stay positive, something positive will come out of it…I believe that everything happens for a reason" - Kim Clijsters


"Goed is de ergste vijand van zeer goed" - Pascal Smet

"Als je iemand idealiseert, verlies je het contact met de werkelijkheid"

"Ca s’apprend par la souffrance, ça s’apprend par les déceptions, ça s’apprend par la densité du mal que ça te fait, plus ça te fait mal et plus ça te fait grandir. Y a des moments où tu te dis je ne vais pas le supporter, ça, ça fait trop mal, et pourtant tu passes au travers."
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