Compilation of articles re Kim
(COMPILATION of Belgian articles, summarized and translated)
Note: most of the comments of Kim's dad focused on her health, while coach Carl brings a broader perspective.
Kim puts loss in perspective
‘There are things worse than that’
Being down to earth is a quality that Kim doesn’t lack. She seemed to be getting over her biggest disappointment already one hour after her defeat. Although it must have hurt a lot. Right after the defeat she went off to the locker room, without greeting the crowd.
However, people assuming that Kim would look devastated at the press conference, were proven wrong. She could already smile and was straightforward. ‘Can I now go to watch the match of Lleyton?’
Kim: ’I am disappointed, of course. But what happened, happened. I can’t change the facts. And losing is part of tennis. Not that I like it, but there comes a moment one day that you will have to bow. It was my turn today.’
‘I saw it coming. I felt tired, heavy and stiff. Probably a consequence of these long first two matches. I was tired. It is not illogical that you don’t play your best tennis in such circumstances. And Clarissa Fernandez has excellently defended herself. Last year I played the final, but in fact I consider for me that clay suits me worst. The harder and faster the surface, the better for me.
I know that people in Belgium had declared Justine and me to be the favourites for a place in the final, but it’s not like you are four or five in the rankings that you automatically will win. Tennis is not like that. One who makes a tragedy out of this, is wrong. There are worse things in life than losing a tennis match in the third round of a Grand Slam.’
Kims’ dad: ‘What am I thinking about Kim’s loss? Well, it is no disaster at all. On the contrary. Maybe even a good thing.’
Leo Clijsters is known as a down-to-earth-guy, however this statement caused frowned eyebrows with many.
‘I mean what I am saying. It was obvious, though, that she was exhausted. She was digging in her reserves, and that is not good. And she couldn’t get far in that condition anyway. I saw it already coming the past couple of days. She wasn’t fresh. She has a bit of trouble everywhere: the ankle, the shoulder, and she is physically tired. After a match she went straight to the hotel. She fell asleep where she sat down. Yesterday she wanted to practise for half an hour and came back to the locker room after two minutes. Felt dizzy. No energy.
Kim urgently needs rest. She is going to take it now. Four or five days. Then she can prepare herself for Wimbledon.’
Leo about the high expectations in Belgium: ‘ The girls have excelled themselves here last year. The played the semi final and the final. Now they would automatically reach the final again. All a bit too premature. I am glad that the world cup (soccer) starts.’
Coach Carl Maes remained stoical too: ‘ Everyone is entitled to a loss. You have been able to note down Kim’s today.’
Maes admits that Kim wasn’t one hundred percent okay. ‘Everyone who saw the previous matches, can make his conclusions. Kim had to fight to get into the third round. Today she made too many errors to be able to successfully go through to the next round. She dominated the rallies, but she failed to finish them.’
Maes had to admit that Fernandez had countered Kim perfectly. ‘The Argentinian never lost focus against Kim. She even played quite at a good level in the second set. When Kim couldn’t get control over her, she became nervous. On clay, you have to be patient to win. Kim lacked that today. But alright, this is not the end. She will have forgotten this defeat by tomorrow and will already look forward to the next match. It’s like a bad day at the office.’
Maes continues: ‘And that can happen to everyone. With 70 matches a year, you can’t expect that all of these will be equally good. It is true that Kim wasn’t quite okay. She had a headache on Thursday, and had some little complaints. But that’s not the reason why she lost, just like that pressure wasn’t a major reason either. She has shown in the past that she really can cope with pressure. However, all these little things will have played their role in the end.’
sources: La Libre, Le Soir, De Standaard, Het Belang van Limburg, De Morgen