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Date: 03 Feb 2009 13:55:36
From: Pief
Subject: Clijsters comeback ?
Not impossible according to :
http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/retour-la-limbourgeoise-s-2009-02-02-687624.shtm

More question marks than hard facts in this article (in French, sorry
Sakari) but given the low level of the WTA nowadays, could be a wise
decision.






 
Date: 03 Feb 2009 08:16:10
From: Trevor Smithson
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 13:55:36 +0100, Pief <aa@bb.cc > wrote:

>Not impossible according to :
>http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/retour-la-limbourgeoise-s-2009-02-02-687624.shtm
>
>More question marks than hard facts in this article (in French, sorry
>Sakari) but given the low level of the WTA nowadays, could be a wise
>decision.
>

That link now returns a 404 error. Perhaps they pulled the story.


  
Date: 03 Feb 2009 15:58:21
From: Raja
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Feb 3, 5:18=A0pm, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 18:09:01 +0100, Pief <a...@bb.cc> wrote:
> >Trevor Smithson disait :
>
> >> That link now returns a 404 error. =A0Perhaps they pulled the story.
>
> >Here's the original article in French followed by a raw translation
> >(first part is Topspin's work)
> >------------------------------------------------
>
> >PAOLO LEONARDI =A0lundi 02 f=E9vrier 2009, 21:44
> >"Ce n=92est plus un secret pour personne : Kim Clijsters rejoue au
> >tennis. Apr=E8s le d=E9c=E8s de son p=E8re, l=92ex - n=BA 1 mondiale a r=
epris le
> >chemin de l=92entra=EEnement avec Wim Fisette, un ancien joueur belge av=
ec
> >qui elle frappait d=E9j=E0 la balle du temps o=F9 elle arpentait le circ=
uit.
> >Et si Kim Clijsters revenait ?
>
> >Officiellement, la Limbourgeoise pr=E9pare une exhibition qui aura lieu
> >cet =E9t=E9 en Belgique. Ni le lieu ni la date ne sont encore connus mai=
s
> >l=92information a =E9t=E9 confirm=E9e, par voie de presse, par le porte-=
parole
> >de Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.
>
> >Ami intime de feu Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, l=92ex-organisateur du
> >tournoi d=92Anvers, nous explique quant =E0 lui que cette information =
=AB
> >n=92est pas exacte =BB. =C0 moins qu=92elle ne soit encore un peu trop h=
=E2tive.
>
> >Car officieusement, c=92est peut-=EAtre quelque chose de plus grand que
> >pr=E9pare Clijsters : un retour sur le circuit WTA. Pas un retour =E0 te=
mps
> >plein comme vient de le tenter Lindsay Davenport ou, avant elle,
> >Martina Hingis.
>
> >On voit mal, par exemple, Kim disputer les tournois sur terre battue,
> >une surface trop exigeante pour son physique rest=E9 sans comp=E9tition
> >depuis mai 2007 et qui, de surcro=EEt, a donn=E9 naissance =E0 une fille=
.
>
> >Quand elle annon=E7a sa retraite, Clijsters n=92avait pas cach=E9 qu=92e=
lle en
> >avait ras-le-bol de sa vie de star faite de voyages, d=92h=F4tels et
> >d=92intrusion des m=E9dias dans sa vie priv=E9e.
>
> >Mais Clijsters pourrait effectuer un retour =E0 temps partiel, en
> >sollicitant des invitations dans les tournois qu=92elle appr=E9cie. On
> >pense notamment =E0 celui de Torhout, programm=E9 du 4 au 11 avril. Il l=
ui
> >resterait deux mois pour =EAtre pr=EAte. C=92est court mais pas impossib=
le
> >pour autant que la volont=E9 d=92un retour soit bien pr=E9sente, et
> >certainement faisable pour une fille de son potentiel. S=92adressant =E0
> >des joueuses class=E9es parmi le top 150 mondial, le tournoi permettrait
> >=E0 Clijsters une reprise en douceur.
>
> >On pense aussi au tournoi de Los Angeles, d=E9but ao=FBt, que la
> >Limbourgeoise a toujours aim=E9. C=92est d=92ailleurs au terme de son =
=E9dition
> >2003 qu=92elle =E9tait devenue pour la premi=E8re fois n=BA1 mondiale. O=
n pense
> >enfin au tournoi de Luxembourg, au mois d=92octobre, o=F9 Clijsters a ga=
rd=E9
> >d=92excellents rapports avec les organisateurs.
>
> >La joueuse se dit fort impressionn=E9e par le retour =E0 la comp=E9titio=
n
> >d=92anciens grands champions.
>
> >Celui du cycliste Lance Armstrong, par exemple, ne la laisse insensible
> >et apr=E8s les derniers mois qui ont =E9t=E9 particuli=E8rement p=E9nibl=
es pour
> >l=92ex-joueuse rest=E9e au chevet de son p=E8re, le temps est peut-=EAtr=
e venu
> >pour elle de se changer les id=E9es et de se lancer un nouveau d=E9fi.
>
> >Malgr=E9 l=92inactivit=E9, la passion de Kim pour le tennis est rest=E9e
> >intacte. Elle n=92est =E2g=E9e, apr=E8s tout, que de 25 ans et il y a qu=
elques
> >semaines, juste avant qu=92elle ne quitte la Belgique pour Melbourne,
> >Kirsten Flipkens, la n=BA 2 belge class=E9e 94e mondiale, a disput=E9 un=
set
> >contre elle. R=E9sultat : 6-4 pour=85 Clijsters. Nul doute que cela a d=
=FB la
> >faire r=E9fl=E9chir.
>
> >Au sujet des invitations, les c=E9l=E8bres wild cards, le r=E8glement de=
la
> >WTA stipule que les organisateurs ont le droit d=92inviter qui bon leur
> >semble, m=EAme une fille qui n=92a plus jou=E9 depuis pr=E8s de deux ans=
. Et
> >puisque Kim Clijsters a gard=E9 un attrait ind=E9niable aupr=E8s du publ=
ic,
> >il n=92est pas interdit de r=EAver=85"
> >-----------------------------------------------------
>
> >"It's no secret to anyone: Kim Clijsters is playing tennis. After the
> >death of her father the ex - World No. 1 has returned to training with
> >Wim Fisette, a former Belgian player with whom she hit when she was on
> >the circuit.
> >Officially, the Limburger is preparing an exhibition to be held this
> >summer in Belgium. Neither the place nor the date are yet known but
> >the information was confirmed to the press by the spokesman for
> >Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.
>
> >A close friend of the late Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, the former
> >organizer of the tournament in Antwerp, meanwhile told us that this
> >information is "not accurate".'
>
> >Unofficially, Clijsters maybe be planning something greater : a
> >comeback on the WTA tour. Not a full time comeback like Lindsay
> >Davenport or, before her, Martina Hingis attempted.
>
> >It=92s difficult to imagine, for instance, Kim playing the red clay
> >tournaments, a surface too hard on her body out of the competition
> >since May 2007. And moreover having giving birth to a daughter.
>
> >But Clijster could make a part-time comeback by asking wild cards in
> >tournaments she likes. One can think, amongst others, of Torhout
> >scheduled 4-11 April. Short time left but not impossible if the will of
> >a comeback do really exist and certainly for a so gifted girl. Intended
> >for players in the top 150, this tournament could give Clijsters a
> >smooth return path.
>
> >Same for Los Angeles in August, a tournament she always loved to play.
> >And where she became for the first time World number 1 in 2003. Or
> >Luxembourg, in October, where Clijsters remained close of the
> >organisers.
>
> >Kim says she=92s very impressed by former great champions=92 comebacks.
> >That of Lance Armstrong, for instance and after the very painful last
> >months staying with her dying father, maybe time came for her to change
> >her mind and try to succeed in a new challenge. Even in retirement,
> >Kim=92s passion for tennis remained intact. After all, she=92s only 25 a=
nd
> >a few weeks ago, juste before leaving Belgium for Melbourne, Kirsten
> >Flipkens, the Belgian nr 2 ranked 94th at the WTA played a set against
> >her. 6-4=85 for Clijsters. No doubt this result made her thinking again.
>
> >About invitations, the well known wild cards, the WTA rule says that
> >the organisers have the right to invite anyone they want, even a girl
> >having not play for almost 2 years. And since Kim Clijsters kept
> >undoubtly a strong fans=92 base it=92s not prohibited to dream=85"
> >---------------------------------------------------------
>
> Thanks a lot to you and topspin. I realize this probably doesn't mean
> anything, but I am positively surprised there seems to be a slight
> possibility or at least some kind of a speculation. She might at first
> play just Los Angeles and Luxembourg, or maybe USO... =A0:-)
>
> Interesting that Kim beat Flipkens 6-4. Flipkens had a close match at
> AO against Jankovic, who was still #1... =A0That also shows she is not
> totally out of touch with tennis. Little practice, and she will stop
> Serena from completing the Grand Slam at USO =A0:-)
>
> But I don't believe anything yet. Just nice to dream a little...

So you are saying he has no chance at FO or Wimbledon? Didnt she make
the FO final long back. With Henin gone and Ivanovic going crazy isnt
that her best bet. The Sistahs and Sharapova are no good at FO.



   
Date: 04 Feb 2009 17:43:45
From:
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
In article
<e8360918-1a3c-417c-972f-e212df6ab5a1@i20g2000prf.googlegroups.com >,
zepfloyes@gmail.com (Raja) wrote:

> > Thanks a lot to you and topspin. I realize this probably doesn't
> > mean
> > anything, but I am positively surprised there seems to be a slight
> > possibility or at least some kind of a speculation. She might at
> > first
> > play just Los Angeles and Luxembourg, or maybe USO... :-)
> >
> > Interesting that Kim beat Flipkens 6-4. Flipkens had a close
> > match at
> > AO against Jankovic, who was still #1... That also shows she is
> > not
> > totally out of touch with tennis. Little practice, and she will
> > stop
> > Serena from completing the Grand Slam at USO :-)
> >
> > But I don't believe anything yet. Just nice to dream a little...
>
> So you are saying he has no chance at FO or Wimbledon? Didnt she
> make
> the FO final long back. With Henin gone and Ivanovic going crazy
> isnt
> that her best bet. The Sistahs and Sharapova are no good at FO.
>

The story says Clijsters would be unlikely to play clay, and Clijsters
herself said it was very tough on her body (surprising, but there it is).
She was at her best on hard courts and indoors, so that's where I'd expect
her to play if she's going to.

wg


   
Date: 04 Feb 2009 03:29:50
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Tue, 3 Feb 2009 15:58:21 -0800 (PST), Raja <zepfloyes@gmail.com >
wrote:

>> Thanks a lot to you and topspin. I realize this probably doesn't mean
>> anything, but I am positively surprised there seems to be a slight
>> possibility or at least some kind of a speculation. She might at first
>> play just Los Angeles and Luxembourg, or maybe USO... :-)
>>
>> Interesting that Kim beat Flipkens 6-4. Flipkens had a close match at
>> AO against Jankovic, who was still #1... That also shows she is not
>> totally out of touch with tennis. Little practice, and she will stop
>> Serena from completing the Grand Slam at USO :-)
>>
>> But I don't believe anything yet. Just nice to dream a little...
>
>So you are saying he has no chance at FO or Wimbledon? Didnt she make
>the FO final long back.

Twice. Still she never liked clay, and as the article suggests, I
think she won't play on clay at all, if she ever comes back.

The sisters are too good on grass. USO is Kim's slam. Plus that there
is more time to get ready for that. And I still don't believe in
anything here.


  
Date: 03 Feb 2009 18:09:01
From: Pief
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
Trevor Smithson disait :
>
> That link now returns a 404 error. Perhaps they pulled the story.

Here's the original article in French followed by a raw translation
(first part is Topspin's work)
------------------------------------------------

PAOLO LEONARDI lundi 02 février 2009, 21:44
"Ce n’est plus un secret pour personne : Kim Clijsters rejoue au
tennis. Après le décès de son père, l’ex - nº 1 mondiale a repris le
chemin de l’entraînement avec Wim Fisette, un ancien joueur belge avec
qui elle frappait déjà la balle du temps où elle arpentait le circuit.
Et si Kim Clijsters revenait ?

Officiellement, la Limbourgeoise prépare une exhibition qui aura lieu
cet été en Belgique. Ni le lieu ni la date ne sont encore connus mais
l’information a été confirmée, par voie de presse, par le porte-parole
de Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.

Ami intime de feu Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, l’ex-organisateur du
tournoi d’Anvers, nous explique quant à lui que cette information «
n’est pas exacte ». À moins qu’elle ne soit encore un peu trop hâtive.

Car officieusement, c’est peut-être quelque chose de plus grand que
prépare Clijsters : un retour sur le circuit WTA. Pas un retour à temps
plein comme vient de le tenter Lindsay Davenport ou, avant elle,
Martina Hingis.

On voit mal, par exemple, Kim disputer les tournois sur terre battue,
une surface trop exigeante pour son physique resté sans compétition
depuis mai 2007 et qui, de surcroît, a donné naissance à une fille.

Quand elle annonça sa retraite, Clijsters n’avait pas caché qu’elle en
avait ras-le-bol de sa vie de star faite de voyages, d’hôtels et
d’intrusion des médias dans sa vie privée.

Mais Clijsters pourrait effectuer un retour à temps partiel, en
sollicitant des invitations dans les tournois qu’elle apprécie. On
pense notamment à celui de Torhout, programmé du 4 au 11 avril. Il lui
resterait deux mois pour être prête. C’est court mais pas impossible
pour autant que la volonté d’un retour soit bien présente, et
certainement faisable pour une fille de son potentiel. S’adressant à
des joueuses classées parmi le top 150 mondial, le tournoi permettrait
à Clijsters une reprise en douceur.

On pense aussi au tournoi de Los Angeles, début août, que la
Limbourgeoise a toujours aimé. C’est d’ailleurs au terme de son édition
2003 qu’elle était devenue pour la première fois nº1 mondiale. On pense
enfin au tournoi de Luxembourg, au mois d’octobre, où Clijsters a gardé
d’excellents rapports avec les organisateurs.

La joueuse se dit fort impressionnée par le retour à la compétition
d’anciens grands champions.

Celui du cycliste Lance Armstrong, par exemple, ne la laisse insensible
et après les derniers mois qui ont été particulièrement pénibles pour
l’ex-joueuse restée au chevet de son père, le temps est peut-être venu
pour elle de se changer les idées et de se lancer un nouveau défi.

Malgré l’inactivité, la passion de Kim pour le tennis est restée
intacte. Elle n’est âgée, après tout, que de 25 ans et il y a quelques
semaines, juste avant qu’elle ne quitte la Belgique pour Melbourne,
Kirsten Flipkens, la nº 2 belge classée 94e mondiale, a disputé un set
contre elle. Résultat : 6-4 pour… Clijsters. Nul doute que cela a dû la
faire réfléchir.

Au sujet des invitations, les célèbres wild cards, le règlement de la
WTA stipule que les organisateurs ont le droit d’inviter qui bon leur
semble, même une fille qui n’a plus joué depuis près de deux ans. Et
puisque Kim Clijsters a gardé un attrait indéniable auprès du public,
il n’est pas interdit de rêver…"
-----------------------------------------------------

"It's no secret to anyone: Kim Clijsters is playing tennis. After the
death of her father the ex - World No. 1 has returned to training with
Wim Fisette, a former Belgian player with whom she hit when she was on
the circuit.
Officially, the Limburger is preparing an exhibition to be held this
summer in Belgium. Neither the place nor the date are yet known but
the information was confirmed to the press by the spokesman for
Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.

A close friend of the late Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, the former
organizer of the tournament in Antwerp, meanwhile told us that this
information is "not accurate".'

Unofficially, Clijsters maybe be planning something greater : a
comeback on the WTA tour. Not a full time comeback like Lindsay
Davenport or, before her, Martina Hingis attempted.

It’s difficult to imagine, for instance, Kim playing the red clay
tournaments, a surface too hard on her body out of the competition
since May 2007. And moreover having giving birth to a daughter.

But Clijster could make a part-time comeback by asking wild cards in
tournaments she likes. One can think, amongst others, of Torhout
scheduled 4-11 April. Short time left but not impossible if the will of
a comeback do really exist and certainly for a so gifted girl. Intended
for players in the top 150, this tournament could give Clijsters a
smooth return path.

Same for Los Angeles in August, a tournament she always loved to play.
And where she became for the first time World number 1 in 2003. Or
Luxembourg, in October, where Clijsters remained close of the
organisers.

Kim says she’s very impressed by former great champions’ comebacks.
That of Lance Armstrong, for instance and after the very painful last
months staying with her dying father, maybe time came for her to change
her mind and try to succeed in a new challenge. Even in retirement,
Kim’s passion for tennis remained intact. After all, she’s only 25 and
a few weeks ago, juste before leaving Belgium for Melbourne, Kirsten
Flipkens, the Belgian nr 2 ranked 94th at the WTA played a set against
her. 6-4… for Clijsters. No doubt this result made her thinking again.

About invitations, the well known wild cards, the WTA rule says that
the organisers have the right to invite anyone they want, even a girl
having not play for almost 2 years. And since Kim Clijsters kept
undoubtly a strong fans’ base it’s not prohibited to dream…"
---------------------------------------------------------




   
Date: 04 Feb 2009 01:18:02
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 18:09:01 +0100, Pief <aa@bb.cc > wrote:

>Trevor Smithson disait :
>>
>> That link now returns a 404 error. Perhaps they pulled the story.
>
>Here's the original article in French followed by a raw translation
>(first part is Topspin's work)
>------------------------------------------------
>
>PAOLO LEONARDI lundi 02 fvrier 2009, 21:44
>"Ce nest plus un secret pour personne : Kim Clijsters rejoue au
>tennis. Aprs le dcs de son pre, lex - n 1 mondiale a repris le
>chemin de lentranement avec Wim Fisette, un ancien joueur belge avec
>qui elle frappait dj la balle du temps o elle arpentait le circuit.
>Et si Kim Clijsters revenait ?
>
>Officiellement, la Limbourgeoise prpare une exhibition qui aura lieu
>cet t en Belgique. Ni le lieu ni la date ne sont encore connus mais
>linformation a t confirme, par voie de presse, par le porte-parole
>de Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.
>
>Ami intime de feu Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, lex-organisateur du
>tournoi dAnvers, nous explique quant lui que cette information
>nest pas exacte . moins quelle ne soit encore un peu trop htive.
>
>Car officieusement, cest peut-tre quelque chose de plus grand que
>prpare Clijsters : un retour sur le circuit WTA. Pas un retour temps
>plein comme vient de le tenter Lindsay Davenport ou, avant elle,
>Martina Hingis.
>
>On voit mal, par exemple, Kim disputer les tournois sur terre battue,
>une surface trop exigeante pour son physique rest sans comptition
>depuis mai 2007 et qui, de surcrot, a donn naissance une fille.
>
>Quand elle annona sa retraite, Clijsters navait pas cach quelle en
>avait ras-le-bol de sa vie de star faite de voyages, dhtels et
>dintrusion des mdias dans sa vie prive.
>
>Mais Clijsters pourrait effectuer un retour temps partiel, en
>sollicitant des invitations dans les tournois quelle apprcie. On
>pense notamment celui de Torhout, programm du 4 au 11 avril. Il lui
>resterait deux mois pour tre prte. Cest court mais pas impossible
>pour autant que la volont dun retour soit bien prsente, et
>certainement faisable pour une fille de son potentiel. Sadressant
>des joueuses classes parmi le top 150 mondial, le tournoi permettrait
> Clijsters une reprise en douceur.
>
>On pense aussi au tournoi de Los Angeles, dbut aot, que la
>Limbourgeoise a toujours aim. Cest dailleurs au terme de son dition
>2003 quelle tait devenue pour la premire fois n1 mondiale. On pense
>enfin au tournoi de Luxembourg, au mois doctobre, o Clijsters a gard
>dexcellents rapports avec les organisateurs.
>
>La joueuse se dit fort impressionne par le retour la comptition
>danciens grands champions.
>
>Celui du cycliste Lance Armstrong, par exemple, ne la laisse insensible
>et aprs les derniers mois qui ont t particulirement pnibles pour
>lex-joueuse reste au chevet de son pre, le temps est peut-tre venu
>pour elle de se changer les ides et de se lancer un nouveau dfi.
>
>Malgr linactivit, la passion de Kim pour le tennis est reste
>intacte. Elle nest ge, aprs tout, que de 25 ans et il y a quelques
>semaines, juste avant quelle ne quitte la Belgique pour Melbourne,
>Kirsten Flipkens, la n 2 belge classe 94e mondiale, a disput un set
>contre elle. Rsultat : 6-4 pour Clijsters. Nul doute que cela a d la
>faire rflchir.
>
>Au sujet des invitations, les clbres wild cards, le rglement de la
>WTA stipule que les organisateurs ont le droit dinviter qui bon leur
>semble, mme une fille qui na plus jou depuis prs de deux ans. Et
>puisque Kim Clijsters a gard un attrait indniable auprs du public,
>il nest pas interdit de rver"
>-----------------------------------------------------
>
>"It's no secret to anyone: Kim Clijsters is playing tennis. After the
>death of her father the ex - World No. 1 has returned to training with
>Wim Fisette, a former Belgian player with whom she hit when she was on
>the circuit.
>Officially, the Limburger is preparing an exhibition to be held this
>summer in Belgium. Neither the place nor the date are yet known but
>the information was confirmed to the press by the spokesman for
>Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.
>
>A close friend of the late Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, the former
>organizer of the tournament in Antwerp, meanwhile told us that this
>information is "not accurate".'
>
>Unofficially, Clijsters maybe be planning something greater : a
>comeback on the WTA tour. Not a full time comeback like Lindsay
>Davenport or, before her, Martina Hingis attempted.
>
>Its difficult to imagine, for instance, Kim playing the red clay
>tournaments, a surface too hard on her body out of the competition
>since May 2007. And moreover having giving birth to a daughter.
>
>But Clijster could make a part-time comeback by asking wild cards in
>tournaments she likes. One can think, amongst others, of Torhout
>scheduled 4-11 April. Short time left but not impossible if the will of
>a comeback do really exist and certainly for a so gifted girl. Intended
>for players in the top 150, this tournament could give Clijsters a
>smooth return path.
>
>Same for Los Angeles in August, a tournament she always loved to play.
>And where she became for the first time World number 1 in 2003. Or
>Luxembourg, in October, where Clijsters remained close of the
>organisers.
>
>Kim says shes very impressed by former great champions comebacks.
>That of Lance Armstrong, for instance and after the very painful last
>months staying with her dying father, maybe time came for her to change
>her mind and try to succeed in a new challenge. Even in retirement,
>Kims passion for tennis remained intact. After all, shes only 25 and
>a few weeks ago, juste before leaving Belgium for Melbourne, Kirsten
>Flipkens, the Belgian nr 2 ranked 94th at the WTA played a set against
>her. 6-4 for Clijsters. No doubt this result made her thinking again.
>
>About invitations, the well known wild cards, the WTA rule says that
>the organisers have the right to invite anyone they want, even a girl
>having not play for almost 2 years. And since Kim Clijsters kept
>undoubtly a strong fans base its not prohibited to dream"
>---------------------------------------------------------

Thanks a lot to you and topspin. I realize this probably doesn't mean
anything, but I am positively surprised there seems to be a slight
possibility or at least some kind of a speculation. She might at first
play just Los Angeles and Luxembourg, or maybe USO... :-)

Interesting that Kim beat Flipkens 6-4. Flipkens had a close match at
AO against Jankovic, who was still #1... That also shows she is not
totally out of touch with tennis. Little practice, and she will stop
Serena from completing the Grand Slam at USO :-)

But I don't believe anything yet. Just nice to dream a little...


    
Date: 03 Feb 2009 20:08:48
From: mimus
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Wed, 04 Feb 2009 01:18:02 +0200, Sakari Lund wrote:

> Flipkens had a close match at AO against Jankovic, who was still #1...

Flipkens looked darned good in that match.

I don't remember if she was one, but several of the relative newbies,
Cornet definitely and Azarenka maybe, struck me as needing more arm-muscle.

Not that I don't think Azarenka wouldn't've knocked Serena out if that
match had gone on; she was on a roll against maybe the Biggest of all Big
Babes.

> That also shows she is not totally out of touch with tennis. Little
> practice, and she will stop Serena from completing the Grand Slam at USO
> :-)

I'd put more faith in Sharapova there, assuming rehab on schedule and no
reinjuries . . . .

> But I don't believe anything yet. Just nice to dream a little...

Well, you wouldn't want a Davenport-style comeback, scooping up a bunch of
smaller tourneys but unable to make any headway against the top of the
game at the majors.

--

Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.



  
Date: 03 Feb 2009 06:20:00
From: topspin
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On 3 Feb, 14:16, Trevor Smithson <trevor_smith...@yahoo.com > wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 13:55:36 +0100, Pief <a...@bb.cc> wrote:
> >Not impossible according to :
> >http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/retour-la-limbourgeoise-s-2009-02-...
>
> >More question marks than hard facts in this article (in French, sorry
> >Sakari) but given the low level of the WTA nowadays, could be a wise
> >decision.
>
> That link now returns a 404 error. =A0Perhaps they pulled the story.

I used the search box for the main site (type 'clijsters').


 
Date: 03 Feb 2009 15:46:27
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 13:55:36 +0100, Pief <aa@bb.cc > wrote:

>Not impossible according to :
>http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/retour-la-limbourgeoise-s-2009-02-02-687624.shtm
>
>More question marks than hard facts in this article (in French, sorry
>Sakari) but given the low level of the WTA nowadays, could be a wise
>decision.

I do understand some French, but have to go now. I will check this at
night. If you could translate something, I would appreciate it a lot.

Wow...



  
Date: 03 Feb 2009 06:18:55
From: topspin
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On 3 Feb, 13:46, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 13:55:36 +0100, Pief <a...@bb.cc> wrote:
> >Not impossible according to :
> >http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/retour-la-limbourgeoise-s-2009-02-...
>
> >More question marks than hard facts in this article (in French, sorry
> >Sakari) but given the low level of the WTA nowadays, could be a wise
> >decision.
>
> I do understand some French, but have to go now. I will check this at
> night. If you could translate something, I would appreciate it a lot.
>
> Wow...

It looks a speculative article ('Will she return?').

Google translate (with some edits by myself)

"It's no secret to anyone: Kim Clijsters is playing tennis. After the
death of her father the ex - World No. 1 has returned to training with
Wim Fisette, a former Belgian player with whom she hit when she was on
the circuit.
Officially, the Limburger is preparing an exhibition to be held this
summer in Belgium. Neither the place nor the date are yet known but
the information was confirmed to the press by the spokesman for
Clijsters, Jeroen Jespers.

A close friend of the late Leo Clijsters, Bob Verbeeck, the former
organizer of the tournament in Antwerp, meanwhile told us that this
information is "not accurate".'

So nothing definite. She might be trying out how it feels, or just
playing a bit for exercise and fun, now that she is over the death of
her father. Maybe best not to hold your breath.....


 
Date: 03 Feb 2009 04:58:37
From:
Subject: Re: Clijsters comeback ?
On Feb 3, 12:55=A0pm, Pief <a...@bb.cc > wrote:
> Not impossible according to :http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/retour-la=
-limbourgeoise-s-2009-02-...
>
> More question marks than hard facts in this article (in French, sorry
> Sakari) but given the low level of the WTA nowadays, could be a wise
> decision.

Careful, you'll be giving Sakari a heart attack ...