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Kim to atone for past failures January 1, 2011

Melbourne Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Kim Clijsters but she's determined to make
amends, writes Linda Pearce.


KIM Clijsters smiles a little sheepishly as she recalls her last Australian Open match as ''probably … ahh … a very bad loss''. No kidding. Round three, 2010. A 6-0, 6-1 trouncing from Nadia Petrova. A bad loss? Actually, it was a shocker, wasn't it? ''Yeah,'' Clijsters nods. ''It was.''

The previous September, Clijsters had sensationally won her comeback grand slam in New York. Earlier in January, she had claimed the Brisbane International in her first Australian tournament in three years. At Melbourne Park, a pair of straight-sets victories entrenched the former No.1 among the favourites for a title played on a slower version of the hardcourt on which she has won three US Open championships and is unbeaten since 2003.

If the inexplicable Petrova defeat was clearly Clijsters's worst in eight Australian Open campaigns, the Belgian's best result was her 2004 finals appearance against Justine Henin. Otherwise, she has reached four semi-finals for a good, but not great, career record of 31-8 at the season-opening slam, while recently acknowledging that ''the one where I've felt I can do better than I have is obviously at the Australian Open''.

Advertisement: Story continues below If she does, Clijsters believes much will have to do with the fact she believes she is now far better physically prepared for the conditions in Melbourne than in her early years on the tour. She has full confidence in her coach, Wim Fissette, and trainer and osteopath Sam Verslegers, and hints that she wishes it had not taken motherhood and a 27-month retirement from mid-2007 to 2009 to prompt the assembly of her support crew.

''Fitness-wise I feel that I'm starting the year off a lot better than I probably did in the past,'' Clijsters says. ''At the time, I obviously tried my best, within my team, working with the people I had at the time, but I think now that I'm working with better people, more professional people, that's really paid off, and I feel a big difference in that way.

''In Australia it becomes so physical. The Rebound Ace [surface] has obviously gone, so I think that's something that has helped, and also to prevent injuries. But for me, those first few days when we get to Australia, they're always tough, every time. Your body's used to the winter. And you eat different foods. Your whole system just has to adjust, and that takes some time, but I feel like I've got that under control a lot better now.''

Indeed, the importance Clijsters places on her family's diet is part of the reason she feels her second full year back should be considerably easier than the first. Routines are well entrenched now, and daughter Jada is not napping as often or for as long, while the first-time mother's 2010 lap of the circuit provided some valuable re-familiarisation.

''Sometimes I was a little bit worried that I couldn't find the food that I wanted, but now, in almost every place, I know where the stores are, I know where the organic stores are,'' she says.

Even so, Clijsters's schedule will never be ''full'' again at least, not like it once was, or not to the same relentless degree as rivals such as the top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

The world No.3 is considered a full-time mother - at Melbourne Park she will compete in a copy of the outfit Evonne Goolagong Cawley wore when she won her first slam as a parent - and part-time player. Which is exactly how she wants it.

The day before leaving for the year-ending WTA Championships in Doha, which delivered her fifth title of the season and a juicy Christmas bonus of $1.49 million while sealing her second WTA Player of the Year gong, Clijsters enrolled two-year-old Jada in preschool back home in Bree. ''She loved it. Met her teacher, didn't want to come home,'' smiles Clijsters, whose own ambition has been to strike the right balance between the required time at home and a tennis player's need to often be away.

''My biggest concern [in coming back] was adjusting to the limited schedule,'' she admits. ''It's something that I chose to do, because I think it's important also to be home a lot and to make sure that Jada knows her home base, kind of, and that was really important to me.

''But on the other hand that's not something I was used to. I was used to playing a lot of tournaments, a lot of matches, and working my way towards the grand slams, and to feel the best at the grand slams, and I think that's something that showed in Australia as well.''

This time, the Melbourne Park incentives are twofold. Australian Open success - in Serena Williams's absence, she appeals as the logical title pick - would be Clijsters's first non-US major, and if she could win it while Wozniacki fails to reach the semis, the top ranking would be hers for the first time since 2006. Clijsters admits it is harder to get motivated for the smaller tournaments these days, and plays only enough of them to be ready for the main events.

As much as she would like another baby, and would now feel ready if she were not committed to continuing through to the London Olympics in 2012, the 27-year-old knows there is still plenty of time to provide Jada with siblings. ''It's not like I'm saying, 'Oh, I need to have four children by the time I'm 30,''' she laughs.

So what, then, would she choose if she could achieve one more thing before retiring for good? Clijsters finds it hard to split three: Olympic gold or a first Wimbledon or Australian title.

The latter appeals because of her popularity in Australia, and her childhood memories of Monica Seles and Steffi Graf posing with toy kangaroos stuffed in the trophy.

''I have to probably get it sooner than later, because I don't have that many years left, but we'll see,'' muses Clijsters, who has altered her lead-up schedule by deleting Brisbane and adding Sydney. ''I'm happy. I try to make the best out of every tournament that I play, so there's no regrets eventually.''

Footnote: The day after what Clijsters describes as her ''weird'' thrashing from Petrova, she shared a cup of tea with Billie Jean King at the pair's hotel. ''She said it had also happened to her, and the best thing you can do is throw it in the bin and move on,'' Clijsters later wrote on her website. ''It's funny, I remember over the years watching other top players lose by strange scores, and I always wondered why that happened? Well, now I guess I [know].''
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Kim won her exhibition match against Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 4-6 12-10 in Thailand !

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I found this on Tennis.com's website. I don't really believe it...

Clijsters aims to play four more seasons
January 06, 2011

Three-time U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters says she may play for another four years.

"So as long as it's all going well and [our daughter] Jada's not obligated to go to school we'll try to keep it going," Clijsters told the Daily Telegraph. "But if the family is not happy living this lifestyle then it's an easy choice for me to hang them up."

The 27-year-old Clijsters, who is married to former basketball player Brian Lynch, saays that being a mother has rounded out her life.

"I think in any girl's life [motherhood] makes a big difference and it has the same in mine. I really feel I have a good balance and I feel that is the most important thing."
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OMG. YAY. 4 more years? Seriously?

I'm not getting excited yet, but this is potentially awesome. I was prepared for her to be gone by next year.




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TBH i think kim knows she has an amazing chance to make her name go down as one of the greats. if everything goes well and say she wins 2 slams this year, then another next year and an olympic medal she would be crazy not to give it another year.

when she retired the 1st time the results were drying up and the grind was getting to her and she wanted to be a mother. she was never in the position she is now of being a great of the sport, and i think she has found a passion to achieve that. if that means hunting slams in 2013 i think she is prepared to do it.

she is 27, kids at 32 is normal for many women.

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In short, Kim, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Patrick Rafter and Samantha Stosur confirmed they will play exhibition matches this Sunday at Rod Laver Arena to raise funds for victims of severe floods that affect Australia.


Clijsters, Federer et Nadal joueront pour aider les victimes des inondations
(13/01/2011)


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Les revenus de ces rencontres appelées 'Rally for Relief' seront distribués aux victimes

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Kim Clijsters (WTA 3), Rafael Nadal (ATP 1) et Roger Federer (ATP 2) disputeront dimanche à la Rod Laver Arena de Melbourne quelques rencontres-exhibition afin de récolter des fonds en faveur des victimes des graves inondations qui touchent l'Australie.

Le Serbe Novak Djokovic (ATP 3), l'Australienne Samantha Stosur (WTA 6) et ses compatriotes Lleyton Hewitt (ATP 54) et le capitaine de Coupe Davis Patrick Rafter ont aussi confirmé leur participation.

Les revenus de ces rencontres appelées 'Rally for Relief' seront distribués aux victimes. "Comme beaucoup d'autres joueurs, j'ai été fortement touché par les événements en Australie", a confié Roger Federer. "J'espère que nous pourrons apporter notre petite contribution."

Le premier tournoi du grand chelem de l'année, l'Open d'Australie débute lundi à Melbourne.

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Yes it starts at 2pm local time and there will be a replay on ch7 at 4pm.
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Yes it starts at 2pm local time and there will be a replay on ch7 at 4pm.
sure to be recording that one! thanks

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I did the sydney harbour bridge climb yesterday and Brian was doing it too!!!! I was standing like a metre opposite him, but they were in a different group from mine unfortunately. I think I was the only person in the room to recognise him

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"I didn't play my best tennis, not even close, but I still felt like I could win out there and as long as I have that feeling, as long as it doesn't get worse I'll fight until I'm done"


Your opponent is not the person on the other side of the net, or the team on the other end of the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself - your negative internal waves, your level of determination.
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There's a really nice article in the daily telegraph today in sydney

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...-1225988010539

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"I didn't play my best tennis, not even close, but I still felt like I could win out there and as long as I have that feeling, as long as it doesn't get worse I'll fight until I'm done"


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Kim Clijsters: "The Olympics in London, and then a baby"

In an interview with VRT, the Limburg acknowledged that grew to become pregnant again in her, and she plans to have a second child.

"Another Grand Slam"
"I would love to still win a Grand Slam, " said the native of Bilzen. "Especially the Australian Open," she says. Besides the desire to expand her record, the Belgian player wishes to broaden her family.

"We'll see"
"The last six months, I think a lot about having a second child. We talk a lot. But first I want to compete in the Olympics. It can always happen something that messes up the schedule. We'll see".

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1st round press conference:

Q. You won six times 6 Love, 6 Love at Grand Slam tournaments in the past. What does it take to go through consistently from the first point to the last point of the match?
KIM CLIJSTERS: I mean, you know, obviously I can only speak for myself. But when you feel that your opponent is not playing their best tennis, you really just try not to focus on that too much. You try not to lose focus. You try not to become a little bit more easygoing and just thinking, Oh, this is going to be easy. You try to keep that same mentality as when you started 0 0.
Obviously, when I found out my draw last week, my mind has been on this match already for a while. I know that if she plays her best, I have to almost play my best tennis to beat her. That's what I came out here to do.
I expect my opponent to come out and play their best tennis. She obviously didn't do that today. But my attitude still was there to try and finish it off and not let her get back in the match, build some confidence, build some rhythm.
Yeah, I think she played her best game at 5 Love in the second set where she started playing her usual game that I'm used to playing against her where she goes down the line with the backhand, where she's serving bigger first serves.
But, you know, a little late.

Q. Do you feel it's a little bit sad she's struggling so much?
KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, it is. You know, because she was a person who made the biggest impression on me when I started again, not just because of her fitness, because she looks a lot fitter, but, yeah, I don't know, she just doesn't have that same power anymore as what she used to have. She used to have I think one of the best backhand down the lines in the game, unpredictable. Now, yeah, she just doesn't use it as much anymore.
You know, I think it's obviously a big matter of confidence, as well. So that game is still in her. She didn't get to No. 1 just by luck. So that game is still there. But, yeah, she just has to win a few matches, win a few tough matches, too, then build some more confidence.

Q. Was it last year that Petrova did a similar thing to you? Do you have empathy for her?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, I mean, there's probably not much you can say to make her feel any better or that's going to help, obviously. But, you know, I know her well. We were talking in the locker room. So, you know, she's a good girl like that. It's not like she's not going to talk to me for the next two months when I see her on the road.
But, I mean, that's the sport we play. We step out there with two players. Sometimes things like that can happen. But just hope it's not going to make her confidence go even lower.

Q. How did you recover from it 12 months ago?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I just tried to leave it behind me. You know, I was probably in a different stage, as well. I didn't really feel like I was she's been struggling with her game for a while, so it can have a little bigger impact on her than it had on me last year.
I just tried to block it out or just forget about it as soon as possible.

Q. Regardless of the opponent, is that as close to being in the zone as you've been for a little while?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I mean, I played some really good matches in Sydney where I probably played even better. Movement wise, I think today the ball was in my court. I was able to move her around and still really like I didn't feel like I was put under pressure too much by her. Balls were sitting up nice and high, in a nice position, where I was just really able to focus and dictate the points. So that's probably also why it looked easy from my side.

Q. In that situation, 6 Love, 5 Love up, do you think maybe you should give her a game?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Give her a game? No, I mean, I do feel bad. I even caught myself like at 5 Love, she hit those couple backhands down the line, Yeah, that's it. No, seriously (laughter). Okay, when she doesn't play against me, I'm rooting for her because I want her to get back into it and build confidence. You feel when your opponent, when we're in a rally and it's going well, it's like, Yeah, this is getting better. This is where she should be. Again, that backhand down the line was the shot I remember the most about her. She didn't use it until that last game.
But I wouldn't give her a game (smiling).

Q. Do you have the same feeling in the first set in the Sydney finals against Na Li when you led 5 0?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I led 5 2 or 5 0? I don't know.
I don't think back about that. Obviously, this is a new tournament, a new start. I really don't think back about that tournament. Obviously I take the good things away for me. That was my first few matches. The feeling that I got was really good. My feeling in the final were not as good and not the way I would like to end.
But obviously I had a good week there, I played some good tennis, and started off fresh here. So that's the most important thing.

Q. Given the success you had in New York, are you a little surprised you haven't been able to win here?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No. I mean, I've always lost to good players and always felt that, you know, yeah, maybe didn't really play my best tennis when it was most needed in the semifinals and the final.
I do feel that this is definitely a surface and the court and the color is something that I like. I don't think like that. I see each Grand Slam or tournament as an opportunity to try to do better, as an opportunity to improve. That's how I look at it here. I'm just going to try and be better as my opponent in each match and see where it ends for me.

Q. Do you feel you're a better player than the one who lost to Justine in 2004 now?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know 'better player'. I think a more mature person. I think that's also something that has an impact on the way that you feel on court. So I think my best tennis, you know, I could do it then, too, but maybe not throughout a whole match or maybe not consistently throughout a whole tournament. If you want to win a Grand Slam, you have to do that.
So I think maturity is something that I think anybody, you know, I'm not the youngest one out there anymore, so that's something I'm going to have to use to my advantage (laughter).
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SOURCE: MELBOURNE'S HERALD SUN NEWSPAPER http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/kim...-1225992750665

Kim Clijsters' Parenting Game Plan Joanne Hawkins From: National Features January 23, 2011 1:00AM

STILL at the top of her game at 27, tennis supermum Kim Clijsters has reached match point with motherhood.

I started playing tennis at the age of four.
My dad played soccer [for Belgium] and, in 1988, he won player of the year. He’d said that if he won it, he’d build a court in our garden.

I was introverted as a child, but tennis was my outlet.
I felt confident when I was focusing on the ball, but the minute I came off the court, I went back to being shy.

Stepping into the pro tennis spotlight was hard at first.
When I played my first Grand Slam semi-final, at the French Open in 2001, my life changed overnight. I was 17 and it took some time to adjust to the attention.

When I retired from professional tennis in 2007, I was convinced that was it.

I’d met a guy [American basketballer Brian Lynch], and I wasn’t really enjoying my tennis any more. I was ready for the next phase of life. I didn’t miss it at all. I was busy getting married and having my daughter, Jada, in 2008.

If my dad hadn’t passed away in 2009, I probably wouldn’t have returned to tennis.
That year, I was invited to play at Wimbledon to mark the opening of the Centre Court roof, and I thought it would be a nice thing to do to take my mind off losing Dad.

Gradually I began to think about competing again.
I was getting back in shape after having Jada and I wondered if I could still compete against the top players. Brian was ready to retire after a couple of injuries and said he’d “come on this adventure” with me.



Winning the US Open in 2009 was like a dream.
It was my third tournament since my comeback and I didn’t expect it. It was emotional because my dad wasn’t part of it, but I felt he was there. When I was in the car on the way to my semi-final against Serena Williams, I was really nervous. Suddenly, one of Dad’s favourite songs by Barry White came on the radio. I started laughing and crying. And, after that, I felt a lot more relaxed.

I had a lot of guilt when I first started playing again.
During the Australian Open last year, Jada would go to the zoo with her nanny, and I’d feel guilty, as though I was putting tennis before her. But I think I’ve found a good balance now. I’m lucky I get to travel the world with the two people closest to me. The tour is much easier now Jada is older. She loves staying in hotel rooms.

It feels like a lifetime since I was engaged to Lleyton.
[Clijsters broke off her engagement to Hewitt in 2004, after a four-year relationship.] I was very young. My life has changed for the better now; I feel very lucky with where I am.

I spoke to him after Dad died.
But we don’t keep in touch. I want him to be happy, but I don’t think there’s any need for a connection.

I feel very welcome in Australia.
When I was with Lleyton, I spent a lot of time here; it was a second home. The food and people are great.

Being a professional sportsperson is a fake life.
Dad taught me to remember that and not be too full of yourself. Nothing disgusts me more than a person suddenly thinking they’re better than someone else. Some younger girls on the tour get caught up in the celebrity thing. That’s hard to deal with when you stop playing and the attention stops, too.

I want to play until the 2012 Olympics.
But if it becomes difficult for Jada or Brian, I’ll stop. Tennis is fun, but I can easily live without it.

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Kim Clijsters is a member of the WTA, sponsored by Sony Ericsson, and is seeded number three at the Australian Open.

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SOURCE: TENNIS CHANNEL - James LaRosa's interview with Lindsay Davenport at the Aussie Open 2011 - http://www.tennischannel.com/news/Ne...px?newsid=8567

EXCERPT of LaRosa's 2011 Aussie Open Blog - Week 2

1/24/2011 4:00:00 PM


Lindsay, I could start with the state of women’s tennis, I could ask you about making a comeback, but I've gotta know: How hilarious was Kim Clijsters calling Todd Woodbridge out for saying she looked pregnant?


(laughs) It was great. Most women would maybe be a little embarrassed by that, but it shows how confident Kim is these days. And uh, how you probably shouldn’t tell Rennae too much. (laughs) I felt bad for Todd. He was obviously super embarrassed, and he is a nice guy. But good for Kim. She’s calling him out. I love it.

Who’s your pick to win it on the women’s side?


I picked Kim long before this tournament. It’s in her hands. I don’t think anyone out there is as good as she is, so for her to not win, she has to play bad, make a lot of errors, kind of give the match away. I don’t think anyone will outplay Kim even if she’s 80, 85%. I think with the experience of winning, and just being with her here… She’s so relaxed, she’s in a great place. I would be surprised if she didn’t win.

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Clijsters makes most of Australian Open win

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Kim Clijsters wore the glow of a Grand Slam winner and the perspective of a working mother who worries about spending too much time on the road.

The 27-year-old Belgian wore a white designer dress and hoisted her trophy for the cameras Sunday for a day-after photo shoot at Melbourne's Brighton beach, where she posed in front of historic huts and dipped her toes in the bay on a hot summer's day.

The night before, Clijsters defeated China's Li Na to win her first Australian Open and her fourth major - her third since returning from a 2 1/2-year break from tennis to start a family.

Her daughter, Jada, who turns 3 next month, accompanies her on tour, along with husband Brian Lynch and other members of her family.

The unique situation has raised questions about juggling the many demands, whether she might stop to have more children, and how her daughter handles life on the road.

It's the kind of world Clijsters, whose father was a professional soccer player and whose mother was a Belgian gymnast, has long known, and one she doesn't want for her daughter.

"I know in our situation, because my dad was a little famous, that it was a little hard sometimes," Clijsters said Sunday. "People have a prejudgement and that's something that I felt when I was younger, and I used to get teased in school and it was very bad at some points.

"So those are things that I don't want her to go through," she said of Jada.

Clijsters said 2011 will probably be her final full year on tour, though she would like to play at the London Olympics in 2012 and told the crowd after winning her title in Melbourne that she'd like to come back and defend it. She also said she would like to have another baby, though there are no firm plans.

For Jada, her mother winning the Australian Open is no big thing.

"To her it really doesn't matter," Clijsters said. "I mean, she's always excited. Although when she saw the trophy, she was like, 'Who is that trophy for?' And then she's like, 'Did you win that?' I'm like, 'Yeah.'

"To her, she knows I play tennis, but that's it. She doesn't know everything else that comes with it, winning, losing," Clijsters said. "I mean, she's seen me like a little bit disappointed and stuff. ... I explain to her that I lost. But, I mean, it's not a big deal for her."

Clijsters' comeback has served as inspiration for many women, including some top players.

"Wow I'm so impressed! Mommy and winner??? U r my hero!! kiss kiss," Serena Williams wrote in a Twitter post to Clijsters soon after the final. Serena Williams won the title last year but was unable to defend it due to a persistent foot injury.

Clijsters quit the tour in 2007 after four years in the top five, her first U.S. Open triumph in 2005 and reaching the finals of three other majors. She returned in late 2009, and won the U.S. Open in her third tournament back - becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam since Australia's Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980.

Now, Clijsters shares the record with Margaret Court of three grand slam titles as a mother.

For all the extraordinary achievement, Clijsters wants a normal life for her daughter, not the one she had.

"I would never really enjoy going to school, but I'm going to try to make it something that is important for Jada," she said. "I didn't finish school, I wasn't able to do the usual birthday parties and all that stuff. I never did anything like that because I was playing tennis and doing a lot of traveling.

"I want to give her all that," Clijsters said. "I want to give her those friendships in school and those friends you grow up with and kind of have that normal kind of lifestyle."
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