At the Canadian Open in Toronto last week Clijsters won her 1st round match in straight sets. In her 2nd round match, the 26 year old mum then defeated No.9 seed Victoria Azarenka from Belarus 6-1 in the 3rd and final set.
In the round of 16 match the Belgian showed how close her form is to the Top 5 players in the world by nearly upsetting last weeks Cincinnati Open singles champion Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic was the 5th seed and narrowly edged out Clijsters 7-5 in the final set.
Pictured above are World No.1 Dinara Safina and Clijsters. Clijsters lost to Safina in the quarter finals in Cincinnati in her first tournament back on tour. Afterwards Kim gave the following great insight into her comeback mind set.
The former World No.1 revealed, “I’m gonna just try to keep working on everything that I have to do out there on the court to keep improving and to still work on a few things that I want to see differently, or things that I felt bothered me throughout these last few matches. I’m not really setting my mind on, in two months I want to be there or there. I’ll just take each day at a time and try to be as professional as possible whenever I’m playing and whenever I’m at a tournament, and then we’ll see what happens.”
Everybody who plays tennis can learn a great deal from Clijster’s message:
ONLY pay attention and work on what YOU have to do on court to improve. By doing this, you will be focusing on the process of raising your level of play. DO NOT fall for the trap of focusing on possible match results, possible rankings points, the opportunities or repercussions of your match.
ALWAYS remember that you want to invest your energy into improving your level of play by focusing on specific tasks that need to be executed. Once your performance level raises, less people will be able to reach your standard. Therefore, you will win more often.
Comeback Kim earned a further 110 WTA ranking points to bring her total to 310. As of 24 August 2009, 184 women have more than 310 WTA points; therefore, the Belgian would be No.185.
Once the rankings are released after the US Open is completed (Monday September 14), Clijsters will have an official WTA ranking once again.
The 2005 US Open singles champion is playing this tournament for the 1st time since she won, after withdrawing in 2006 due to injury. Therefore, she never had the chance to defend her title.
The most successful active player from Belgium will use her memories of the last time she played in New York at the US Open to give herself a huge boost on court. Clijsters is a player to watch.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Nancy Richey. Richey was born on 23 August in 1942. The American won 2 Grand Slam singles titles; the Australian Open in 1967 and Roland Garros in 1968. She achieved her highest career ranking of No.2 in 1969.
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