Leipzig 2000: final - Kim Clijsters bt. Elena Likhovtseva 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-4
Kim's first big title (tier II). This was a marathon thriller, gosh I was so nervous!
She had a great smile when she won
That was a great match but I think Elena deserved more to win than Kim. But back then, it was Elena who choked the match away
Roland Garros 2001: final - Jennifer Capriati bt. Kim Clijsters 1-6 6-4 12-10
Kim's first slam final, she was so young & cute
She lost, but she did fight like hell. I was so proud of her
I was exhausted after this match, and I still had to study for my exams two days later
Year-End Championships 2001: SF - Lindsay Davenport bt. Kim Clijsters 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3)
Again, a thriller against the best player of the moment. Strange how she also won the 1st set 6-1, lost the 2nd by 1 break & then lost the 3rd set after a loooong battle! It was in the tie-break that Lindsay's knee snapped I think
Kim was the better player the entire match, but Lindsay somehow won that match.
Australian Open 2003: SF - Serena Williams bt. Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-3 7-5
Even after 1 year, I haven't really recovered
Year-End Championships 2003 - Kim Clijsters bt. Amelie Mauresmo 3-6 6-4 6-4
Kim playing very aggressively
She was in great form that week, esp when playing Amélie
Didn't see that one, but I saw the final and that was no match...
Her matches at the YEC, I never liked (2002 or 2003). It always seems she is the only fit player.
Her matches against Amelie are almost always thrillers, the final in Rome wasn't so bad either.
Which are the matches you will always remember?
The match against Venus in Hamburg was a classic match IMO. I think it was one of Kim's best matches ever. She was totally outplayed in the first set, but managed somehow to level the match in a fantastic 2nd set. Venus was totally out of the match in the third that is true, but that was only because she was outplayed by Kim. You saw her thinking: I beat Martina yesterday and now I am getting beaten by this Belgian. She was totally shocked.
And another great match was against Lindsay in the final of Stanford. The first time she won the tournament. I think it was her first victory over Lindsay too.