This afternoon there was an interview on Radio 1 with Kim and with Ivo Van Aken. I was working when I heared it, so I don't recall the interviews completely, but this was more or less the content:
Kim said she really needed a rest after Wimbledon, she felt she wasn't so eager to train anymore, and that was a sign of her body she had to listen to. So she didn't do anything for 5 days. But when the reporter asked, it turned out that she didn't touch a racket in those days, but she did go to the fitness, she did her shoulder excercises, and she went jogging ( not what I call doing nothing
). She did not say anything about her shoulder bothering her. *phew*
And then there was the ususal talk about not underestimating the opponent etc., but she did admit they ought to win 4-1 of 5-0.
They also talked a little about Hantuchova not playing, and the possible reason for that. Kim said she didn't know, but that she and Daniela were good friends, and that she would see her again in the States during the hardcourt season.
And then Ivo Van Aken. He also said they ougth to win easily, but he had preferred Hantuchova to be there, because now people would say they won because DH wasn't there. And he did not consider Daniela being such a good player, our girls are better in every aspect of the game (his words, not mine, although I agree of course
Re the semi's, he said they already applied for them, but so did the USA and France; and it depended a bit on the result of the US against Italy, because semi's and final are in the same country, and the ITF prefers to play in the country most likely to play the final. Problem of course is that they don't know when Belgium plays the US...
Finally they talked about the FedCup formula, and that it still doesn't really work, and Ivo blamed the WTA for overloading the calendar with high ranked tournaments, what leaves little time for Fed Cup, and makes the calendar even more overloaded, and results in injuries...
He said the organising bodies should sit together and work things out.
Héhe, that was it, sort of. You know.