Kim Clijsters wins US Open again

12 09 2010

She might not have played her best in most of the matches this tournament, but that is still enough to beat everyone. Maybe except for Serena, but she was not there so we will never know that. Have been a big fan for many years, so super excited!

Fight breaks out during tennis match

3 09 2010

This does not happen often. All people involved were arrested I read somewhere. Serves them right.

US Open; Kim the big winner

14 09 2009

I could not have been more thrilled about a slam winner like Kim this year then I can remember. I just love everything about her; her smile, nice personality, adorable daughter and of course her game. This was Kim’s sixth final in a slam and her second victory. For a women that only came to the US Open to get some rhythm for next season she did remarkably well.

The first set was a bit topsy turfy with Kim Clijsters quickly leading 2-0, but Wozniacki winning the next 4 games. Kim missed a lot of backhands and many feared yesterday’s match might have taken too much out of her. But she quickly regrouped and won the first set 7-5. The second set was of a very high level were Kim had to fight for her points because Wozniacki typically made very little errors. But girls served great that set but one service break for Kim gave her the match with 6-4. What a great ending to a fantastic 2 weeks of the 2009 US Open.

Kim Clijsters after her first US Open title

Kim Clijsters after her first US Open title

US Open, Kim-back continues after severe drama

13 09 2009

Let’s start with the semi-final match itself between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters, because no-one seems to talk about that. It was a great match on a very high level where Kim made sure Serena never got into her groove by playing aggressive herself and hitting the balls very deep. The match had some fantastic rallies and the longer they lasted the more likely that Kim came out on top. Now onto the drama. After Serena lost the first set she smacked her racket and got her first warning. At 6-5 for Kim in the second Serena got a foot fault which gave Kim the match point. If the foot fault was fair people are still discussing, but Serena showed her true self by yelling at the lines person” I swear to God, I will take this ball and push it down your throat”. And after that she said she was gonna kill the woman. Serena got her second warning and lost the point and the match. Not very Jehovah’s Witness-like don’t you think. Serena is just a sore loser and trailer trash. Because of this Kim never got the perfect ending to one of the best matches of her career, something she really deserved. But Kim stayed classy as usual and did not trash Serena afterwards. 

Kim will play the final of the US open against Danish teen Caroline Wozniacki, who played a solid match against Yanina Wickmayer and made sure the make very little errors. That was enough yesterday night to make it to her very first slam final.I think though that if she wants to beat Kim she has to do a little more. Kim is the favorite after beating both Williams-sisters in her first slam after a 2 year pregnancy absence, but Wozniacki’ error-less game is not something to think light about. How fantastic would it be if Kim took the trophy home??!! Both Denmark and Belgium will sure be proud of their ladies!

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

US Open day 9

9 09 2009

Yesterday two quarter finals were played on the women’s side in New York and the 2 winners were expected. Kim Clijsters beat Na Li from China with 6-2 6-4 in a pretty one-sided match. Li made way too many errors. The girl can play but on days like yesterday she goes for way too much. Kim played decent and that was more than enough to progress to the semi-finals. Her opponent will be Serena Williams who beat in-from Flavia Pennetta with 6-3 6-4. Serena played by far her best match yet this tournament and made great winners and hardly any unforced errors like in the earlier rounds. There were lots of fantastic rallies and on the baseline they were fairly equal. But Serena has that great serve, that gave her many free points. What a great semi-final. I really hope for Kim, but I think Serena will be too much for the new mommy.DSCN3241

US Open day 8

8 09 2009

Yesterday’s round of 16 had two very interesting and exciting matches. The first was between 17 year old teen Melanie Oudin and Russian’s Nadia Petrova. The first set Petrova’s serve and hard groundstrokes were way too much for young Melanie who was was staying too far behind the baseline ending in a 1-6 first set. The second set was very evenly matched, Oudin started playing more aggressive with her forehand and Petrova started to make more errors. After Oudin won the set 7-6 I already expected what was gonna happen next. Petrova showed her mental midgedness and totally fell apart. This woman has all the tools to win slams except her confidence is way to weak. Oudin though showed great spirit and I gotta say I really like this girl. She is cute, spunky and her game has a special quality to it, rare in women’s tennis these days. With 6-3 she won the match and beat her 4th Russian giant in a row. 

Her next opponent should have been a Russian woman as well, named Svetlana Kuznetsova. She made almost 60 winners in her match against her opponent Caroline Wozniacki who made 16. But Svetlana also made a ton of errors and the more consistent player won yesterday after a dramatic 2-6 7-6 7-6. The young Danish girl is pretty and has a lot of talent, the only thing lacking in her game is a real weapon. But Jankovic does not have one either and she made it to number one in the world, so..

US Open day 6

6 09 2009

Yesterday the number 1 in the world Dinara Safina finally saw the end to her misery at this year’s US Open. After playing horrible tennis for 2 matches and still progressing, Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic was too much for Safina with great aggressive play. With 6-4 2-6 7-6 the teen beat the number one in the world. But the real person that beat Safina was Safina herself this week, definitely after having three match points last night. Either Petra Kvitova, Yanina Wickmayer, Gisela Dulko or Katerina Bondarenko will be a semi-finalist of this years open. Who would have thought that?

Another upset yesterday was the win of American teen Melanie Oudin over Maria Sharapova 3-6 6-4 7-5. I love seeing the 17-year old’ s swinging forehand, a real joy to watch. Her serve still needs a lot of improvement but that has also been Sharapova’s problem since her injury. 21 double faults is just ridiculous. Sharapova sure tried to fight but Oudin was just to stable for her yesterday. Oudin will play Petrova for a place in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova seems the most likely bet now for a final place to come out of that half of the draw, even though her form has been very lackluster since her win at Roland Garros. The bottom half is so much stronger!