Posts Tagged ‘Kim Clijsters

21
Mar
12

Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams marked their returns to the WTA Tour with victories in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

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Clijsters, playing for the first time since her Australian Open semi-final defeat to Victoria Azarenka, had skipped last week’s Indian Wells tournament to rest her injured ankle and was forced to dig deep for a 4-6 6-1 6-0 win over Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova to reach the second round . And the 28-year-old, a winner of the Miami event in 2005 and 2010, overcame a sluggish start to book her place in round two, where she will next play 14th seed Julia Goerges for the first time in her career. It’s always tough to get that first match rhythm under your belt,” Clijsters told the WTA website. “When it comes down to my game I felt I wasn’t quite going through my shots as I should have. I was just trying to find that rhythm, but on the other hand forgetting to still play aggressive tennis. “But as I started to feel more comfortable with the conditions and being in a match situation again I was hitting better, and that showed in the second and third sets.” Clijsters also said the ankle that kept her out since Australia is 95 per cent good now. “It had been a while since I played a match,” she added. “My last tournament was in Melbourne, a good month and a half or two months ago, or even longer. I was home rehabbing my ankle and had a really good practice and physical schedule. But it’s just a matter of getting those matches again. “One thing I can count on is I have the experience, though. It doesn’t take me that long to get used to it again. But it has become tougher.”

Venus Williams also made a winning return to action as she beat Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0 6-3. The seven-time Grand Slam champion, who has not played a WTA event since pulling out of last year’s US Open, cruised to victory in 77 minutes. The American fired down five aces and landed 56 per cent of her first serves while surrendering only one service break. She will now take on Czech third seed Petra Kvitova, who had a first-round bye, in the second round. Williams announced at the 2011 US Open she had been diagnosed with the auto-immune disorder Sjogren Syndrome, an illness which saps energy and causes joint pains.

 

 

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26
Jan
12

Azarenka ousts Clijsters to reach her first Slam final and the chance to capture the #1 ranking.

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Victoria Azarenka reached her first Grand Slam final and staked a claim for the No. 1 ranking when she beat defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday. The third-seeded Azarenka recovered her composure twice in periods when a resurgent Clijsters seemed to have the upper hand, breaking the veteran Belgian’s serve three times in the third set to secure victory in only her second appearance in a major semifinal. The 22-year-old Belarusian will playMaria Sharapova in the Saturday night final.

After a strong start due to a consistent serve, Azarenka’s serve deserted her in the second set and Clijsters dictated play with her solid groundstrokes and some amazing defence. But after getting the momentum back, it was Clijsters who blinked first in the third set, dropping serve in the second game and again in the fourth. She got two of those service games back, including one when she rallied from 40-0 down to win a game to get the score back to 4-3. But Azarenka rallied immediately again, breaking serve. She got triple match point trying to serve out the match and, after a double-fault on her first, she clinched it on a Clijsters’ error. Azarenka threw her racket on the court and sank to her knees, bent over with her hands covering her face. Clijsters came around the net to congratulate her. “I felt like my hand is about 200 kilograms and my body is about 1,000 and everything is shaking, but that feeling when you finally win is such a relief. My God I cannot believe it’s over. I just want to cry,” Azarenka said as she choked back tears, then buried her face in the towel. “It was just trying to stay in the moment. Kim really took over the second set and I felt there was nothing I could do. I just tried to regroup.” Clijsters is a popular player in Australia, where she’s widely known as “Aussie Kim.” The four-time major winner had most of the backing from the crowd on the national holiday in what is likely to be her last Australian Open. Azarenka held her nerve despite the crowd. “I guess before you all thought I was a mental case. I was just young and emotional,” she said in a court-side interview. “I’m really glad the way I fight, that’s the most thing I’m really proud of. I fight for every ball.”

 

24
Jan
12

Clijster’s win over Wozniacki sets the stage for Kvitova, Azarenka or Sharapova to become the new #1 player

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Kim Clijsters kept her Australian Open title defence on track by moving into the semi-finals with victory over Caroline Wozniacki – and stripping the Dane of her number one ranking in the process. Showing no signs of the ankle injury sustained in her thrilling fourth-round win over Li Na – a match in which she had to save four match points – the Belgian had too much know-how for Wozniacki, whose search for a maiden grand slam title goes on. It looked plain sailing for a rampant Clijsters as she raced into a set and 5-2 lead only for Wozniacki to launch an impressive fightback. But it proved in vain, Clijsters’ greater experience shining through as she clinched a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) win and a last-four spot against Victoria Azarenka. “It definitely didn’t feel like I was up a set and 5-2, Caroline is a very consistent player and a fighter and she became more aggressive,” said Clijsters. “I am happy to get through and not have to go to a three-setter as it’s so hot.” The result will add weight to the argument of those who believe Wozniacki was not worthy of top spot, with the legendary Martina Navratilova this week demanding the WTA overhaul the current rankings system. The 22-year-old has been at the summit for 67 of the past 68 weeks but the door now opens for Petra Kvitova, Azarenka and Maria Sharapova with the identity of the new number one determined by how the next few days in Melbourne pan out. And while Clijsters, seeded 11, is some way adrift due to her injury-enforced absences, she showed enough today to prove she belongs among the elite. She set the tone early on by breaking in the first game and, although Wozniacki hit back, further breaks in the third and seventh games handed her the opener on her fifth set point. And when she broke twice more for a 5-2 lead it looked all over. But Wozniacki fought back as Clijsters’ hitherto flawless game started to crumble amid a flurry of unforced errors. Having taken it to a breaker, however, Wozniacki ran out of steam and Clijsters regrouped to come through.

 

 

22
Jan
12

Kim Clijsters will hobble into the semifinal against Wozniacki.

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Defending Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters faces an anxious wait to find out the condition of her injured ankle after her remarkable win over China’s Li Na on Sunday. Clijsters rolled her left ankle midway through the first set of her 4-6 7-6 6-4 fourth-round victory, in a repeat of last year’s final at Melbourne Park. The Belgian saved four match points in staging a remarkable recovery after she had hobbled to her chair at 3-3 in the first set, after rolling her ankle during a baseline rally. Clijsters, who had her leg raised during her post-match press conference, said she did not know the extent of her injury or how it would heal before her quarter-final against either Caroline Wozniacki or Jelena Jankovic on Tuesday. “It’s only the first hour since I’m done. I’m taped already and I was fully covered in the ice bath for the ankle and everything,” she said. “I have the best people around me to take care of me and to make sure that this is hopefully not going to get any worse than it is now. “That’s why I’m sitting here with my leg up, to try and keep the swelling down as much as possible. We will see.”

18
Jan
12

Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Kim Clijsters both reached the third round of the Australian Open, but Schiavone fails to advance .

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Wozniacki overcame a late fightback from Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili to secure a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win. Stephanie Foretz Gacon was thrashed 6-0 6-1 by Clijsters in 47 minutes and will next play Daniela Hantuchova. Hantuchova beat Lesia Tsurenko, Li Na thrashed Olivia Rogowska but 10th Francesca Schiavone was knocked out. Italy’s Schiavone was stunned by compatriot and world number 80 Romina Oprandi 6-4 6-3, later admitting it was a “really bad match”. The 2010 French Open champion, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2011, succumbed in an hour and 24 minutes on Margaret Court Arena. She finished with 20 winners compared to Oprandi’s 15 but 35 unforced errors to 16 from the world number 80.

World number one Wozniacki made quick work of winning the first set 6-1 against Tatishvili, but found herself 4-1 behind in the second when her opponent began to play inspired tennis on her Australian Open debut. The pressure soon told on Tatishvili, though, when a forehand sailed long when serving for the set at 5-3, which allowed the Dane to take the set to a tiebreak. Wozniacki, who must reach the last eight at the least to maintain her world ranking, sealed the win with little fuss when the 21-year-old hit two forehands beyond the baseline to lose in 109 minutes. The Dane will play the winner of the second-round match between France’s Pauline Parmentier and Monica Niculescu of Romania.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iveta Benesova shocked 16th seed Peng Shuai 6-2 6-4. Number 13 seed Jelena Jankovic looked out of sorts in the early stages against little-known Kai-Chen Chang but recovered to win 6-4 6-2. “I started pretty slowly, I needed to figure out how to play her,” said the former world number one from Serbia. “I really didn’t know her style of play. I had heard a few things from other players but I didn’t know how I should strike ball. “But I kept going, started to play well, stayed confident and after the first set it was a little bit easier.”

Julia Goerges, seeded 22nd, was leading 6-2 2-0 when her opponent Eleni Daniilidou retired, and 26th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Olga Govortsova 6-1 6-0.

 

16
Jan
12

Clijsters and Jankovic breeze through the opening round at the 2012 Aussie Open.

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Laura Robson’s Australian Open ended early as she was routed by Jelena Jankovic in round one at Melbourne Park. Robson, who at just 17 years of age is considered Britain’s brightest female hope, was outclassed by the 13th-seeded Serbian 6-2 6-0 in just one hour and nine minutes. The left-hander looked ill at ease from the off on Margaret Court Arena after dropping her opening service game. She had three chances to hit back at 3-2 behind but once they went – the first after an ace from Jankovic which was only confirmed as in via Hawk-Eye, the match swiftly followed, with the second set a procession as Robson sprayed the ball around seemingly with little gameplan. Robson’s defeat added to a day of misery for Britain Down Under, with Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson, James Ward and Anne Keothavong also going out in round one.

Defending women’s champion Kim Clijsters showed no ill effects of a recent hip injury and saw off a spirited challenge from Portuguese qualifier Maria Joao Koehler in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. The Belgian struggled to get to grips with left-hander Koehler’s serve in the first set but gradually moved up through the gears to run out a 7-5 6-1 winner. Clijsters, who beat Li Na in last year’s final at Melbourne Park, said it was a good feeling to step out onto Rod Laver Arena again. “It’s great to be back, I always love coming to Australia but the feeling is even stronger after last year,” said the 11th-seeded Clijsters. “It’s great to be back on this court as well, it brings back a lot of good memories.

 

 

 

 

06
Jan
12

Federer and Clijsters join Serena on the injured list of top players.

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Kim Clijsters retired from her semifinal match against Daniela Hantuchova at the Brisbane International on Friday one game after taking a medical time out for a left hip injury. Clijsters won the opening set 7-6 (4), but surrendered a break at the start of the second set and needed treatment after the third game. She came back on court for one game before walking to the net and telling Hantuchova she couldn’t continue after falling behind 3-1. Hantuchova has had a truncated run into Saturday’s final, getting a walkover in the quarterfinals when 13-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament after injuring her left ankle while winning a second-round match. Hantuchova will next play Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3, 6-0.

Roger Federer has pulled out of his semifinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Qatar Open because of a back injury. The 16-time Grand Slam champion says his back has not improved since beating Andreas Seppi in three sets on Thursday. Rafael Nadal will meet Gael Monfils in the other semifinal match.

28
Dec
11

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters is fit and raring to go!

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The Belgian star, who will open her new season at the Brisbane International on New Year’s Day, suggested earlier this year that the Olympics in London would be her swansong, saying London 2012 would “probably be the last big event that I will be a part of”. However, when quizzed on the subject ahead of her season-opener in Australia, the 28-year-old said: “At the moment, I’m not even thinking about the Olympics. “I don’t think like that. In tennis, the season is long and it’s tough and I just try to focus on one week at a time and my next focus is Brisbane and that’s what I’m training for. “That’s why I came here (before Christmas) to be ready to try and be the best Kim I can when I play my first match here.”

Clijsters, the winner in Brisbane in 2010, was speaking at a pre-tournament press event at a koala bear sanctuary on Wednesday, one she attended with daughter Jada. Clijsters added that a 2011 season heavily disrupted by injuries means she is raring to hit the ground running in 2012. “The motivation is there,” she said. “Because of the injuries maybe last year it was a little down and it was frustrating. “I push myself hard every practice now and that’s the motivation factor that’s there and to achieve that little bit extra that’s a detail you definitely need to have.”

20
Aug
11

Kim Clijsters confirms her withdrawl fro the US Open, and WTA tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing.

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Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the upcoming US Open, where she has won three times – 2005, 2009 and 2010. She is currently ranked No.3. “Unfortunately, I will not be able to defend my US Open title this year because of a stomach muscle injury,” the 28-year-old commented. “Two weeks of rehab was not enough to heal this injury. Obviously I’m very disappointed. I trained very hard this summer and felt in a good shape to play the US Open. “Now there is nothing else I can do than to rest and have treatment every day. If a gradual approach is not taken, I will relapse in the same injury, and therefore I have also no other possibility than to withdraw from Tokyo and Beijing.”

 

11
Aug
11

Clijsters withdraws from Cinci, and most likely the US Open.

Kim Clijsters has a partial tear of her left abdominal muscle and will pull out of Cincinnati—and is merely “hopeful” for the U.S. Open, her coach, Wim Fissette, told the Belgian newspaper Sportwereld. In her first match back since the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in the Netherlands in mid-June, the three-time U.S. Open champion suffered the injury in her match against Zheng Jie on Tuesday in Toronto, retiring while leading, 6-3 1-2. “During my warm-up today before my match, I just felt my left stomach muscle really, really tight, and when I started serving it just gradually got worse,” she told reporters. “So before the match, I got taped to try and protect the muscle as much as possible so that I wouldn’t make it worse. And during my match I just felt like, yeah, it just went worse and worse. Starts with the serve and then gradually, just doing rotations with your body, upper body kind of upwards, started hurting, as well. So I already had an ultrasound here on‑site, and I have a partial tear in my left stomach muscle, a little bit of blood.”

Clijsters has not won a title since winning her fourth Grand Slam at the 2011 Australian Open. She has only played five matches since tearing a ligament in her ankle while dancing at her cousin’s wedding in early April. With her retirement in Canada and pullout from Cincinnati, No. 2 Clijsters will almost certainly fall to No. 3 in the rankings behind Vera Zvonareva and could also drop to No. 4 behind Victoria Azarenka as she was defending quarterfinal points from Canada and a title run in Cincinnati.

 




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