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Medibank International!!

the draw: Mauresmo vs. Bye
Golovin vs. Q
Zvonareva vs. Stosur
Jankovic vs. Hingis

Petrova vs. Bye
Dellacqua vs. Ivanovic
Q vs. Bartoli
Hantuchova vs. Vaidisova

Schnyder vs. Q
Groenefeld vs. Peer
Safina vs. Pratt
Clijsters vs. Bye

Dementieva vs. Q
Schiavone vs. Li
Srebotnik vs. Bovina
Kuznetsova vs. Bye
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post #2 of 61 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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Luckily, Jankovic is not in Kim's half of the draw, this girl almost always plays marathon matches. Its a good draw, lets hope Safina won't surprise again.
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Aussie Open season has started as you can tell, the reporters can't help but ask Kim about her former man.

Clijsters says Hewitt can win Open without coach

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters has provided some words of comfort to her former fiance Lleyton Hewitt after he was dumped by his coach Roger Rasheed.

Clijsters, who was engaged to marry Hewitt before they called off the wedding in 2004, said the fiesty Australian was unlikely to be fazed by losing his coach and that he only needed a bit of luck to mount a serious challenge at the Australian Open.

"There's no doubt in my mind if everything goes well and if he stops having the injuries .... he's capable of doing very good things," the Belgian told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

"I think he's still going to have a good Australian Open."

Clijsters, who does not have a full-time coach, said not having a coach may even help Hewitt.

"Not having a coach in a way makes me a lot more disciplined, to be more disciplined for my sport," she said.

Clijsters began her final year on the professional tour by beating Maria Sharapova to win the Champions Challenge in Hong Kong on Saturday and is seeded third for next week's Sydney International, the last major warm-up event before the Australian Open.

Hewitt was also due to play in Sydney but pulled out of the event citing a calf injury, just hours after Rasheed released a statement saying he could no longer work with the former world number one.

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RG from Kim’s official forum is in Australia and was watching Kim practice with Caroline Maes in Sydney:
"Ik heb de hele training dus gevolgd ( ik hoorde ze af en toe een beetje over haar rug klagen ) , er was vrij veel volk aan het kijken daar. Ze heeft allerlei slagen geoefend , en ik vond dat het er goed uitzag. Zo had ze ook weer bal blikken in de hoeken van de courts gezet en daar ging ze op mikken ( omver gooien met de opslag ) , en elke keer ( vrij dikwijls dus ) ze er één omver gooide kreeg ze applaus, een beetje later slaagde ook Caroline er in om één omver de gooien met haar opslag en het bleef muisstil ( Allee zei Caroline waarom krijg ik nu geen applaus"
(S)he said that there were a lot of people watching the practice session, she played good, but complained about her back a few times. After that she practiced her serve and whenever she hit a ball can (which happened quite often), she got an applause. Later, when Caroline did the same, the crowd remained silent and Caroline said : Why don't I get an applause?
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she played good, but complained about her back a few times.
i dont like this
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It has become chronic, it will follow her till the end of her career. We shouldn't expect a lot from her serves I'm afraid.
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although also with a hewitt headline, this article has other stuff

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/cl...104870093.html

Clijsters backs Lleyton - but he needs more tennis
January 8, 2007



THE former fiancee of Lleyton Hewitt has spoken about the pressures of family life on the tempestuous star and said he needed to play more matches to get his career back on track.

Kim Clijsters, once known as "Aussie Kim", said Hewitt "has a baby now and is married, and that automatically takes away a bit of focus on the sport".

She said Hewitt's personality was to always improve, that he was capable of very good things and was unlucky with injury. Clijsters, who has battled a persistent wrist injury, which she re-injured last year in Montreal, said Hewitt should have tried to play through his calf and knee injury.

"He needs to play a lot more matches," she said.
But with Hewitt now devoted to actor Bec and toddler Mia, the frustrations of travelling the world playing tennis and battling back from a knee injury, suffered last August in Toronto, have been magnified.

As an insider to the Hewitt psyche and a witness to several Hewitt outbursts when things don't quite go his way, Clijsters wouldn't be drawn on the slanging match between Hewitt and his coach, Roger Rasheed.
While not commenting on the resignation of Rasheed after a dressing room showdown or the impact of such upheaval less than a fortnight from the Australian Open, Clijsters said that ordering a coach around like a lackey was not for her. Clijsters doesn't have a coach - and doesn't need one. "It is very easy to say to the coach, 'change my flight, get my car' … but I am doing that myself and it makes me more organised and focused in general," she said. Clijsters plans to retire some time this year but hasn't yet decoided which tournament will be her last. She will marry in July and is keen to start a family.

"Tennis is not celebrity for me, it is sport," she said. "I am not the girl who does the photoshoots. I like to be at home. I am a housewife who likes to cook and look after my dogs."
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http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegrap...001023,00.html

Above is a link to another article. Below are the parts that pertain to Kim:

Lleyton can win

By Nikki Tugwell and Leo Schlink
January 08, 2007 12:00

ONE of the women who knows Lleyton Hewitt best - his former fiancee Kim Clijsters - believes he can dig himself out of his current crisis and be a force at the Australian Open.
Clijsters, who broke off her engagement to Hewitt in 2004, arrived in Sydney yesterday declaring she believes Hewitt has the strength of character to ensure the latest series of setbacks will not up-end his preparations for the grand slam he would most love to win.
"I don't know what happened at all so it is best for me to stay out of those things," she said. "But I do know he will always have that fight . . . that is his personality.
"And there is no doubt in my mind that he is still capable of having a big Australian Open."

"Roger has done a good job, but I think there needs to be someone there now with a different voice," Clijsters said.
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these aussie reporters will never stop, won't they? each time kim is in australia they keep asking her about lleyton, if they talk, if they are friends, etc. i really don't like these people. i'm the only one here ? can't they just STOP?
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these aussie reporters will never stop, won't they? each time kim is in australia they keep asking her about lleyton, if they talk, if they are friends, etc. i really don't like these people. i'm the only one here ? can't they just STOP?
I'm gonna say better this than the usual retirement questions. It is somewhat refreshing. Besides, its their last chance to do this, let them be happy
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Delightful Clijsters begins farewell tour
  • Margie McDonald, Sydney International
  • January 08, 2007
ABSOLUTELY, positively, definitely this is the last time you will see Kim Clijsters on Australian tennis courts.

"This is it -- you'd better believe it," Clijsters said in Sydney yesterday, after stepping off a plane from Hong Kong where she beat Maria Sharapova in the final of an eight-woman exhibition event. The year 2007 will be Clijsters' Farewell Tour to the women's professional circuit, where she first debuted back in 1997, reaching the quarter-finals of an ITF Challenger event in her native Belgium.
It has been a decade of highs and lows since, including being runner-up in four grand slam events before finally winning her first at the 2005 US Open. But although Clijsters has given 100 per cent every season, she says there is nothing that will make her change her decision to retire.
It has already been three years since the delightful young woman known affectionately as 'Aussie Kim' and 'Our Kim' because of her former relationship with Lleyton Hewitt, has played the Medibank International, which began yesterday.
Clijsters withdrew from the tournament last January after straining a hip muscle. She flew straight to Melbourne for treatment to save her Australian Open campaign. She reached the semi-finals but had to retire against Amelie Mauresmo when she rolled her right ankle.
In 2005 Clijsters had not fully recovered from wrist surgery to remove a cyst and did not play in either Sydney or Melbourne.
Reflecting on her time at the top -- Clijsters has only once finished the season outside the top five since 2001 -- she said it was the injuries and time away from home that cemented her retirement plan. She does not know when her last tournament will be but she will be walking down the aisle in July to marry professional basketballer Brian Lynch.
Asked why she was not waiting until her tennis career was over, she said: "It's not just my career, Brian has a career as well. There is not just one person getting married. And I like to get married in the (northern) summer."
That speaks volumes about the way Clijsters operates. In the hurly burly of the professional game, the 23-year-old has always been considerate of others.
But when it comes down to really wanting something, she grits her teeth.
As she will on court over the next few weeks.
"My focus is so much on the tennis stuff, (retiring) doesn't really come to my mind until I'm actually out of the tournament. Then it kind of hits you a bit," Clijsters said.
"As a tennis player you kind of think this life will go on forever but it doesn't. You start looking at the beautiful things of this life that we have. You definitely appreciate the small things and the people that you meet."
When she injured her wrist last August in Montreal and had to withdraw from two special events -- the US Open and Fed Cup final against Italy -- Clijsters thought the curtain may fall then. She had never felt so low.
"That was really hard. I think it was the first time that I was really, really down and disappointed. It takes a few days to get your mind clear and re-focus."
Playing a consistently high standard game has been what drives Clijsters. It is definitely not the associated celebrity status tennis players attract.
"I don't really like the spotlight. I find happiness in a lot of other things. Playing tennis to me is not being a celebrity.
"I love the sport but I'm not the girl who does photo shoots. I think it's great in tennis that we have those girls who enjoy that. They bring in a lot of sponsorship deals and spectators.
"But for me, I like to be the housewife and stay home and cook and take care of my dogs
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I've obviously got too much time on my hands this after-noon...

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/th...104870096.html

The goss The diamond engagement ring weighing down Kim Clijsters' left hand had people gasping yesterday. "It's not a rock, it's a quarry," noted one observer. Clijsters is engaged to former NBA player Brian Lynch and will play with the sparkler on for fear of losing it. Clijsters and her fiance first bonded over dogs - bulldogs, specifically. She has a three-year-old named Beauty and a two-year-old great Dane called Diesel. Lynch has a bulldog named Mio. Clijsters will marry the basketball star in July and will retire from tennis at the end of the year to start a family.
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I've obviously got too much time on my hands this after-noon...
at panda. thank u!
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at panda. thank u!
Hey, I just notice we have the same birthday (although I'm a lot older ) Happy belated birthday
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Hey, I just notice we have the same birthday (although I'm a lot older ) Happy belated birthday
thank u happy belated birthday to u too
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