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Holy doo da, terrible draw for Kim: she got Vera Zvonareva in the first round

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OMG ...a TOUGH DRAW for KIM!

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4r Anna-Lena Gronefeld
QF Svetlana Kuznetsova
SF Justine Henin Hardenne

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1st round: zvonareva
2nd: osterloh/kutuzova
3rd: arvidsson
4th: ALG
qtrs: sveta
semis: JHH
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Crikey!! That's a bit tough

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Man i really really hope Kim can do well..better than a SF here....all the best kim..

but with the draw u get,its an uphill task...very very tough

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Well shock horror, Kim gets a tough slam draw and is in JHH's half again - nothing new.

Just to give a better look at where the seeds fell in the draw.
Projected round of 16 seed match ups.

1st quarter
Mauresmo (1) v Safina (14) [but Dinara has Ivanovic (19) in round 3]
Venus (7) v Myskina (9)

2nd Quarter
Sharapova (4) v Pennetta (16)
Dementieva (7) v Schiavone (11)

3rd quarter
Schnyder (8) v Hingis (12)
Henin (3) v Hantuchova (15)

4th Quarter
Kuznetsova (5) v Vaidisova (10)
Kim (2) v ALG (13)

So from looking at that top & bottom quarters are the toughest but at least here they have 2 tough quarters in opposite halves unlike at the French where Kuznetsova didn't even need to beat a current or former top 10er to make the final.

Henin's quarter doesn't have much depth as she drew the weakest 5-8 seed but Hingis could be tricky & is more likely to make the QF anyway.
Maria's quarter is the easiest imo, easiest 4th round match up, no dark horses in there and Dementieva in the QF who has never passed the 4th round at Wimbledon .

Kim's draw is decent. Mauresmo's is tougher. I am happy Kim didn't draw Dinara in the 4th round & Venus in the QF which she could have, Mauresmo drew that. Mauresmo also has Stosur or Krajicek in round 2 and possibly Golovin in round 3, yes she has been injured but if she gets going could be very tough. Yes Kim has a very tough first match, but it will force her to be on from the start like it did Dinara in Paris (she beat Vera there).

maria & henin got easier draws, but at the same time Mauresmo got a tougher one, so let's look at the positve, she could have been given what Mauresmo has been.
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thats the wimbledon spirit go kim ! eastbourne wat?

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Will be difficult for Kim but we all know she can make it. And should she face JHH again she´ll look for a revenge for today.

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the next thing im looking forward to seeing is her pictures practising at SW19!!... ...a few days for her to rest...

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Can Mauresmo or Clijsters Crack Wimbledon?


Friday, 2 June, 2006


Sometimes tennis lives go through a phase where they run in tandem, and just now Amelie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters have a lot in common. The top two players on the planet this year were the first players from their respective countries, male or female, to top the tennis rankings; each became world number one before ever winning a Grand Slam title; each was obliged to hear this fact ad infinitum; each has now joyfully dislodged the Slam monkey from her back to earn their places at the top of the women’s game; and besides all that, between them they must be the most popular and well-liked players on the women’s tour.

The moment of victory probably wasn’t quite as Mauresmo might have dreamed when Justine Henin-Hardenne decided to quit during the Australian Open final this January, but no one was in any doubt that the Frenchwoman was in total control and on her way to victory. It had been a long road since her only previous Slam final, way back in 1999 when she lost in Melbourne to Martina Hingis. But Mauresmo clearly made a crucial breakthrough last November when she triumphed in the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, where only the top players in the world are invited to compete.

“Winning there convinced me I was capable of winning a Slam title,” she said. “It really made me do things differently. I was ready to die on court in the Australian final. I’ve been waiting so long for it and worked really hard. It’s a really great achievement. Getting back to number one has been a wonderful feeling too. I’ve had some great results and a lot of memorable moments recently. I have now achieved everything I wanted in my career – winning the Fed Cup, being number one and winning a Grand Slam title. I’m very proud of all that.”

Intriguingly Mauresmo, who has her 27th birthday during this summer’s Wimbledon fortnight, has said she wants to improve her technique this year – quite an aim for someone who has already accomplished all her life’s ambitions. More intriguing still, she has said that despite her country’s yearning that she win on the Roland Garros clay, her own favourite Slam venue is Wimbledon because she feels her game adapts well to the surface.

Neither Mauresmo nor Clijsters has ever got beyond the semi-finals on the lawns of SW19, and in Clijsters’ case it is the only Slam venue where she has failed to reach a single final. But it is difficult to envisage a potentially more popular winner, not least among tennis industry insiders. Last December she was not only named Player of the Year by the International Tennis Writers but also their inaugural Ambassador for Sport Award Winner. She was Player of the Year again at the annual WTA ceremony in March, and won the Sportsmanship Award.

She also collected the prize for Comeback Player of the Year, and no wonder having become the first player of either sex to rise from outside the top 100 to the number one spot inside a year. Ranked 134 in February 2005 following a lengthy lay-off after left wrist surgery, the Belgian’s phenomenal return to competition saw her back in the top 20 by April, the top five by August, and number one in January 2006. She won a record 36 out of 37 hardcourt matches, and nine tournaments. Her season’s prize money was just shy of $4 million, a figure only ever exceeded by Clijsters herself (in 2003, when she won almost $4.5 million).

Best of all, she broke her streak of four unconverted Major finals going back to Roland Garros 2001, every one of which she lost to her compatriot Henin-Hardenne. But Flushing Meadows was her time, and when she made short work of Mary Pierce in the final, Clijsters earned the largest payday in women’s sporting history. Her cheque for $2.2 million comprised $1.1 million for the title itself, and a one hundred per cent bonus for also winning the US Open Series that summer.

Even though Clijsters only turns 23 in June, she has said she may quit the sport at the end of next year. Already 2006 has seen her deal with hip and ankle injuries, but there is a happier reason for her to look beyond tennis, now that she is engaged to American basketball player Brian Lynch. Besides, her tennis ghosts are behind her.

“Winning the US Open meant so much,” said Clijsters. “There’s a time and a place for everything. It just wasn’t my time at the previous Slams. Looking back on my injuries I think everything happened for a reason. It all worked out very well for me. I’ve proved I’m up there with the best of them.”


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Kim sees bright side of a dog's life

Bubbly Belgian feels strain of her treadmill existence, but gets by with a little help from her friends

By Tim Glover at Eastbourne

Published: 25 June 2006



Kim Clijsters rolls up the left trouser leg of her tracksuit, way above the knee, to reveal the damage. "Look at all the bruises," she says, almost with a matter of pride. The world No 2 has had a tough time of it with injuries, but it is not tennis that has left her black and blue. No, it's down to something else altogether.

In her very large garden Clijsters has a large trampoline on which she cavorts with her enormous dog Diesel, a Great Dane, and in the course of bouncing up and down the Belgian and the Dane regularly crash into each other.

It is one way of preparing for Wimbledon, for which she is the second seed, a place above her compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne. She also has two English bulldogs, Beauty and Neo, and she is clearly missing them, but then Clijsters is no longer your stereotypical member of the tour. She can see the endgame and has plans for another life.

"If tennis was on my mind 24/7 I would have gone crazy. It's important to me but not the most important thing in my life," she says.

A couple of weeks ago Clijsters turned 23, which in tennis-speak is almost mumsy. Indeed, she intends to give the circuit one more whirl next season before retiring at the ripe old age of 24 to raise a family in the house she has had built in the same street as her parents, grandparents and sister Elke.

At one point it looked as if her partner would be the Australian Lleyton Hewitt (they won the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon in 2000) but her new running mate is Brian Lynch, an American basketball player who earns a crust playing in Belgium for Bree, Clijsters' home town.

It is simply not in the genes to marry an accountant. Kim's father, Leo, is a football coach who was Belgium's player of the year in 1988 and her mother, Els, was a top gymnast, although she never performed on a trampoline with a Great Dane.

All that Clijsters is not gold. In fact, at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, her earrings, necklace and rings are silver, and it looks as if she has cornered a hefty chunk of the Antwerp diamond market. In the Hastings Direct Championship in Eastbourne Clijsters was the defending champion,but was beaten by Henin-Hardenne in the semi-finals on Friday. Even so she discovered that the grass in Sussex was right up her street.

"This was a turning point for," she says, "and it was only a matter of time before things fell into place." Clay or grass? "Clay, my God, no. Get me to the green grass. It's a shame we are on it for only three weeks. A lot of it is in the mind when you switch surfaces. I automatically adapt and find I can play aggressive tennis on grass. My mindset is never different. I am fully committed and motivated."

When fit. In 2004 she had an operation on her left wrist but last season she returned with a vengeance, winning nine titles, including the US Open, her Grand Slam breakthrough. She had been beginning to look like the Colin Montgomerie of women's tennis, having been runner-up in four Grand Slam finals. "I played my best tennis," says Clijsters, who was so hot she came within a two-handed backhand of the world No 1 spot.

She won 67 matches out of 76 and took home almost $4 million (£2.2m) and a Porsche Cayenne. As the winner of what is called the US Open Series (she also won at Indian Wells, Miami, Stanford, and Los Angeles) her prize-money when she won the US Open was doubled to $2.2m, the biggest cheque in the history of women's sport and the biggest in any official tennis event, men's or women's. And in the final she barely broke sweat, beating Mary Pierce 6-3 6-1.

At the end of the next fortnight the women's champion at Wimbledon will receive £625,000 (somebody on the minimum wage would have to work 113,640 hours, 14,205 days, 2,841 weeks, 710 months or 59 years for a similar return), her male counterpart £655,000.

Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, has told Wimbledon she is "deeply concerned" over the gender disparity and has called for women's prize-money to match the men's. So where does Clijsters (with career prize-money of $13m, she doesn't need to invest in a Tessa) stand on the issue?

"Of course we should be paid the same, we deserve it. The men might play more matches but they can last longer because they're physically stronger, but someone like Amélie Mauresmo works just as hard as Roger Federer," she says.

About the only thing Mauresmo, who won $1m for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship last year, and Federer have in common is that they are the top seeds at Wimbledon.

"People only see us on court, but we work and train hard and it all takes a bit out of you," Clijsters says. "It's physically demanding. The travel is also hard, even for an athlete. We need a longer break between the French Open and Wimbledon, and the WTA is working on things and looking to change the schedule.

"There are still so many things I have to do, for my wrist, my back, my hip, my knee, ankle. I have to do so many exercises I'm sick of it. I never seem to stay healthy for a whole year. I want to play as well as I know I can. When you play these top girls you have to move well and be 100 per cent fit.

"I can no longer play singles and doubles or three tournaments in a row. I hope I can last another season."

Clijsters has been in England for 10 days. Last week she did a promotion at Harrods with one of her sponsors and also went to Wembley Arena for the Mary J Blige concert. As Mary J would put it in her new single, "Enough Cryin' ".

Clijsters (deep down she is a bubbly blonde who would look good advertising a Belgian beer) admits that life on the road has its compensations. "At home I do my own washing and clean my own sheets," she says. "Here I'm staying in a nice hotel and I don't have to do anything."


Kim Clijsters rolls up the left trouser leg of her tracksuit, way above the knee, to reveal the damage. "Look at all the bruises," she says, almost with a matter of pride. The world No 2 has had a tough time of it with injuries, but it is not tennis that has left her black and blue. No, it's down to something else altogether.

In her very large garden Clijsters has a large trampoline on which she cavorts with her enormous dog Diesel, a Great Dane, and in the course of bouncing up and down the Belgian and the Dane regularly crash into each other.

It is one way of preparing for Wimbledon, for which she is the second seed, a place above her compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne. She also has two English bulldogs, Beauty and Neo, and she is clearly missing them, but then Clijsters is no longer your stereotypical member of the tour. She can see the endgame and has plans for another life.

"If tennis was on my mind 24/7 I would have gone crazy. It's important to me but not the most important thing in my life," she says.

A couple of weeks ago Clijsters turned 23, which in tennis-speak is almost mumsy. Indeed, she intends to give the circuit one more whirl next season before retiring at the ripe old age of 24 to raise a family in the house she has had built in the same street as her parents, grandparents and sister Elke.

At one point it looked as if her partner would be the Australian Lleyton Hewitt (they won the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon in 2000) but her new running mate is Brian Lynch, an American basketball player who earns a crust playing in Belgium for Bree, Clijsters' home town.

It is simply not in the genes to marry an accountant. Kim's father, Leo, is a football coach who was Belgium's player of the year in 1988 and her mother, Els, was a top gymnast, although she never performed on a trampoline with a Great Dane.

All that Clijsters is not gold. In fact, at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, her earrings, necklace and rings are silver, and it looks as if she has cornered a hefty chunk of the Antwerp diamond market. In the Hastings Direct Championship in Eastbourne Clijsters was the defending champion,but was beaten by Henin-Hardenne in the semi-finals on Friday. Even so she discovered that the grass in Sussex was right up her street.

"This was a turning point for," she says, "and it was only a matter of time before things fell into place." Clay or grass? "Clay, my God, no. Get me to the green grass. It's a shame we are on it for only three weeks. A lot of it is in the mind when you switch surfaces. I automatically adapt and find I can play aggressive tennis on grass. My mindset is never different. I am fully committed and motivated."

When fit. In 2004 she had an operation on her left wrist but last season she returned with a vengeance, winning nine titles, including the US Open, her Grand Slam breakthrough. She had been beginning to look like the Colin Montgomerie of women's tennis, having been runner-up in four Grand Slam finals. "I played my best tennis," says Clijsters, who was so hot she came within a two-handed backhand of the world No 1 spot.


She won 67 matches out of 76 and took home almost $4 million (£2.2m) and a Porsche Cayenne. As the winner of what is called the US Open Series (she also won at Indian Wells, Miami, Stanford, and Los Angeles) her prize-money when she won the US Open was doubled to $2.2m, the biggest cheque in the history of women's sport and the biggest in any official tennis event, men's or women's. And in the final she barely broke sweat, beating Mary Pierce 6-3 6-1.

At the end of the next fortnight the women's champion at Wimbledon will receive £625,000 (somebody on the minimum wage would have to work 113,640 hours, 14,205 days, 2,841 weeks, 710 months or 59 years for a similar return), her male counterpart £655,000.

Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, has told Wimbledon she is "deeply concerned" over the gender disparity and has called for women's prize-money to match the men's. So where does Clijsters (with career prize-money of $13m, she doesn't need to invest in a Tessa) stand on the issue?

"Of course we should be paid the same, we deserve it. The men might play more matches but they can last longer because they're physically stronger, but someone like Amélie Mauresmo works just as hard as Roger Federer," she says.

About the only thing Mauresmo, who won $1m for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship last year, and Federer have in common is that they are the top seeds at Wimbledon.

"People only see us on court, but we work and train hard and it all takes a bit out of you," Clijsters says. "It's physically demanding. The travel is also hard, even for an athlete. We need a longer break between the French Open and Wimbledon, and the WTA is working on things and looking to change the schedule.

"There are still so many things I have to do, for my wrist, my back, my hip, my knee, ankle. I have to do so many exercises I'm sick of it. I never seem to stay healthy for a whole year. I want to play as well as I know I can. When you play these top girls you have to move well and be 100 per cent fit.

"I can no longer play singles and doubles or three tournaments in a row. I hope I can last another season."

Clijsters has been in England for 10 days. Last week she did a promotion at Harrods with one of her sponsors and also went to Wembley Arena for the Mary J Blige concert. As Mary J would put it in her new single, "Enough Cryin' ".

Clijsters (deep down she is a bubbly blonde who would look good advertising a Belgian beer) admits that life on the road has its compensations. "At home I do my own washing and clean my own sheets," she says. "Here I'm staying in a nice hotel and I don't have to do anything."
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Court 1 1.00 pm Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
vs Kim Clijsters (BEL)[2]



2 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Robin Soderling (SWE)
vs Tim Henman (GBR)



3 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Kristian Pless (DEN)
vs James Blake (USA)[8]


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Kim fans, if I were you I wouldn't bank on any or any sustained play at Wimbly today - rain is falling in the South of the UK and is due to last until nightfall. I should think that Kim's tough first rounder will be postponed until at least tomorrow (the weather forecast is better for tomorrow).

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Kim fans, if I were you I wouldn't bank on any or any sustained play at Wimbly today - rain is falling in the South of the UK and is due to last until nightfall. I should think that Kim's tough first rounder will be postponed until at least tomorrow (the weather forecast is better for tomorrow).
dont you just love wimby: eagerly waiting for the grand dame, and once the tc broadcast starts, you see rain falling down
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