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CONGRATULATIONS KIM CLIJSTERS!

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by FedFan-Kim (U13266676) 12 September 2010
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A brief article to say congratulations to Kim Clijsters on winning her third major singles title! It is also her third US Open triumph in her last three appearances, and she is the first player to defend her title since Venus Williams through 2000-01.

The only dampener on the womenís final was whatever was going on inside Vera Zvonarevaís head. Mentally and emotionally she was not able to perform last night, and we donít know how much that had to do with the occasion and how much it had to do with her opponent.

Clijsters has looked vulnerable at times in this tournament, but last night she looked frankly unbeatable, at her absolute defensive-to-offensive best. Every time it looked as though Vera had played a winning shot, the ball came back and Clijsters almost always found a way to take control of the point.

The Russian made a fight of it in the fifth game of the second set, at 1-3 down on Clijstersí serve, managing to fashion a break point only to see the Belgian serve her first ace of the match.

Zvonareva was far off her best. But Clijsters should be applauded for being very much at her best. She is the dominant player of the US Open for two years in a row now, and I wish her greater success at the other majors too.

On another note, huge congratulations to Novak Djokovic for his epic win last night. The fifth set was a classic, with some crazy errors and some breathtakingly good tennis, and the way Djokovic played the two match points against him was just outstanding. A fully deserved victory, and letís hope he has enough in the tank to make the final today (weather permitting) the classic it deserves to be!

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Clusters played well, but she was allowed to play well, thanks to Zvonareva forgetting how to play tennis.

I'm struggling to decide whether this final was more one-sided than the 2009 Aus Open final or not.


Regardless, that's now 15 US Open finals in a row that have been decided in straight sets. Not good enough.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

It was a patchy match from Zvonareva, but I don't think she played completely badly. There were three games in the 2nd set where she was getting into the rallies, even painting the sidelines, but to no avail. Kim was too quick and too powerful. Even though those games went to deuce, Kim played the deuce and advantage points better.

The problem with Vera is she got easily discouraged for majority of the match. Maybe she was really overwhelmed.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Is the men's final on to night? i'm a huge Rafa fan.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Molala - I agree, I think she was overwhelmed but as much by the way Clijsters was playing as by the event itself.

One of the problems is that even though they had some long rallies, Clijsters is so fast not only during points but between points - she doesn't give her opponents any time to recover (it's the same whether she is winning or losing). The match then goes very quickly.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

I felt the only good things about that final was seeing her daugher Jada on court again and Kim's speech. Sometimes I think that Girl's just too bright to be a tennis player.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Agreed FFK - KC and the Sunshine Band rule again. Think the Venus match helped her to finally find her rhythm.

Kim now has the same number of USO titles as Serena Williams ..

C2 hopes of a big drop in the rankings .. gone.
Anyone know what changes in the rankings (if any) there will be on monday?

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posted Sep 13, 2010

Well done to Clijsters, someone else we were told would never win a Slam, way back when and has rammed those words back down her critics throats

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posted Sep 13, 2010

How true, banbro. In her case, though, I think it's because people felt that Kim Clijsters was simply too nice to finish as the last person standing. This is silly: she has always competed well on the regular tour and is one of the elite group to win Indian Wells and Miami back to back. Clijsters knows how to play and win on this surface and she has beaten the lot in her time.

It will be interesting to see if she can duplicate her USO success elsewhere. On the men's side, I can think of Boris Becker, Gustavo Kuerten and Rafael Nadal as champions who won their first three singles slams (in Kuerten's case, the only three) at the same event. I think Clijsters is the only woman, post-1968, to get off to a similar start. She's gone close before, so maybe now she can break out and add to her tally.

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