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star
12-29-2004, 04:27 AM
You all know what it's for! Post away. Wish I had some news to begin with, but I'm totally lame about having the latest fan news.

sprinterluck
12-29-2004, 05:06 AM
Kim Clijsters heeft nieuwe vriend
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/Article/Detail.aspx?articleID=DMA28122004_003

Kim Clijsters heeft een nieuwe vriend. Het zou gaan om de 25-jarige Luc Opdelocht, een voormalige 'Mister Limburg' uit het Limburgse Lanklaar. Dat schrijven vandaag de RUG-kranten die het nieuws bevestigd kregen van de familie Clijsters.

Het jonge koppel werd al gesignaleerd tijdens een avondje uit met een groep vrienden. Luc Opdelocht is 1,92m groot en heeft lichtblauwe ogen. Hij werd in mei 2000 verkozen tot Mister Limburg.

Kim Clijsters brak twee maanden geleden met haar vriend Lleyton Hewitt, alhoewel de trouwplannen al vastlagen.

Ook Hewitt heeft intussen een nieuw liefje, de 19-jarige Australische actrice Rebecca Cartwright die meespeelt in de soap 'Home and Away'.
28/12/2004

Lisbeth
12-29-2004, 06:34 AM
:lol: well done Christina :)

Is there any news on the AO front?

tournesol
12-29-2004, 08:29 AM
:lol: well done Christina :)

Is there any news on the AO front?

is kim participation still uncertain?

kim-fan
12-29-2004, 08:35 AM
is kim participation still uncertain?

yep, but we'll probably know it in a couple of days

(great thread btw :yeah: )

RaRaChick
12-29-2004, 10:24 AM
Oh my gosh who is this new guy?!?! He isn't what I was expecting... lol. Anyone able to translate the article? Thanx :kiss:

star
12-29-2004, 03:26 PM
Kim Clijsters has a new friend. He something something.. 25 year old Luc Opdelocht a former "Mister Limburg" from the Limbug area (?) (?) Somthing learned Friday(?) from the that got the news from the Clijsters family.

The young couple were seen yesterday evening with a group of friends. Luc Opdelocht is 1,92m tall and has light blue eyes. He was chosen as Mister Limburg in 2000.

Kim Clijsters broke up two months ago with her friend Lleyton Hewitt, although they were planning to be married.

Now Hewitt has begun with a new girlfriend, the 19 year old Australian actress Rebecca Cartwright who plays in the soap 'Home and Away'.

This is my guess at the translation.... Just so you know..... I don't speak Dutch at all at all..... I just guess at it from English and German..... and also I didn't look up any words....... so don't count on my being right. :)

Socket
12-29-2004, 03:31 PM
I stuck the Dutch text into the auto-translator on babelfish and this is what came out:

Kim Clijsters has a new friend. The person is Luc Opdelocht, former 'Mister Limburg' from limburgse Lanklaar. That letter today the back newspapers which got the news confirmed of the family Clijsters. The young cross-belt was already identified during an evening with a group friends. Luc Opdelocht are 1,92m large and have pale blue eyes. He was preferred in May 2000 to for the limburg. Kim Clijsters two months break suffered with its friend Lleyton Hewitt, although the wedding plans were tied up already. Also Hewitt have meanwhile a new dear, the 19 person Australian actress Rebecca Cartwright who takes part in in the soap 'Home and Away'.

I definitely think Star did a better job working from her German and English. :D :D

NOMAD
12-29-2004, 03:49 PM
Great job :clap2: ,Christina and Marlene

thanks a lot :worship: :worship: :kiss:

sprinterluck
12-29-2004, 04:09 PM
Thank you for the translations. :clap2: Someone on wtaGM posted this bigger pic. It's also said he's a teacher and bodybuilder/underwear model. Any pics? :devil:

kim-fan
12-29-2004, 04:13 PM
Kim Clijsters heeft nieuwe vriend
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/Article/Detail.aspx?articleID=DMA28122004_003

Kim Clijsters heeft een nieuwe vriend. Het zou gaan om de 25-jarige Luc Opdelocht, een voormalige 'Mister Limburg' uit het Limburgse Lanklaar. Dat schrijven vandaag de RUG-kranten die het nieuws bevestigd kregen van de familie Clijsters.

Het jonge koppel werd al gesignaleerd tijdens een avondje uit met een groep vrienden. Luc Opdelocht is 1,92m groot en heeft lichtblauwe ogen. Hij werd in mei 2000 verkozen tot Mister Limburg.

Kim Clijsters brak twee maanden geleden met haar vriend Lleyton Hewitt, alhoewel de trouwplannen al vastlagen.

Ook Hewitt heeft intussen een nieuw liefje, de 19-jarige Australische actrice Rebecca Cartwright die meespeelt in de soap 'Home and Away'.
28/12/2004


Kim Clijsters has a new boyfriend: the 25 year old Luc Opdelocht, a former mister Limburg from Lanklaar. (I guess that's a town in belgium) The family clijsters comfirmed it. The young couple were seen together with friends at a party. Luc Opdelocht is 1.92 m. and he has light blue eyes. He was mister Limburg in may 2000.

Kim Clijsters broke up 2 months ago with her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt, although they had plans to marry.

Hewitt has a new lover as well, the 19 year old (isn't she 21?) Australian actrice Rebecca Cartwright who plays in the soap 'Home and Away"


lol, the other translations were probably even better

Murkofan
12-29-2004, 04:29 PM
A bodybuilder/underwear model? :o :tape: :rolls:

kim-fan
12-29-2004, 04:36 PM
A bodybuilder/underwear model? :o :tape: :rolls:

as long as kim is happy :angel:

Socket
12-29-2004, 05:03 PM
A bodybuilder/underwear model? :o :tape: :rolls:
Sounds like acting on a soap opera would be a step up for Mr. C-List, I mean, Mr. Limburg. Oh, I'm so bad! :devil:

sprinterluck
12-29-2004, 05:35 PM
A bodybuilder/underwear model? :o :tape: :rolls:

Well he sounds like a good, fun, hometown boy toy to me. I'm curious if he can keep her happy with his assets post-Lleyton. :devil: All underwear modelling photos are welcome on this thread. :devil: :angel: I hope Kim's having lots of fun. ;) :p

sprinterluck
12-29-2004, 05:40 PM
Sounds like acting on a soap opera would be a step up for Mr. C-List, I mean, Mr. Limburg. Oh, I'm so bad! :devil:

You are evil! Well Luc "Mr. Limburg" Opdelocht doesn't even make the C-list. He's completely off the radar. They said he's a private citizen, a teacher. Well he better get ready for the spotlight. I thought this might be better for Kim to date someone unknown that way she'd get less paparazzi stalkers unlike Lleyts and B-list who can't blink without being photographed together.

star
12-29-2004, 06:02 PM
I hope Kim enjoys him. :)

So much for people slagging Lleyton for hooking up with someone. Kim's done the same. I think it's quite normal for young attractive people who have broken off a relationship to date other people. Everyone makes two months sound as if it is just recent, but two months seems a decent interval to me. It's not as if either one of them took up with somebody else immediately.

ally_014
12-30-2004, 12:11 AM
Nice thread :yeah:

I personally don't think there's any harm in what they're both doing, and considering the fact that it's 2 months since the news of thier break-up and perhaps things hadn't been great for a while before then it doesn't seem like a bad time-frame at all.

Murkofan
12-30-2004, 12:46 AM
Sounds like acting on a soap opera would be a step up for Mr. C-List, I mean, Mr. Limburg. Oh, I'm so bad! :devil:

I think I find Mr. Limburg and B-List equally distasteful :p

Though I'm sure in reality they're lovely people :angel: :p

Socket
12-30-2004, 02:29 AM
I think I find Mr. Limburg and B-List equally distasteful :p

Though I'm sure in reality they're lovely people :angel: :p
Boy, you're going for Santa's 2005 "nice" list early! ;)

Murkofan
12-30-2004, 02:32 AM
I could try...but I would not be successful :p

RaRaChick
12-30-2004, 10:37 AM
Thanks everyone for all the translations, they all pretty much give out the same info - he's someone we've never heard of and he's apparently her new boyfriend lol. If they both feel ready to move on, why not...life's too short.

Goonergal
12-30-2004, 11:09 AM
"Mr. Limburg" :tape:

*sniggers* :p

On a serious note :p as long as Kimmie is happy :angel:

sprinterluck
01-04-2005, 04:11 PM
Thanks everyone for all the translations, they all pretty much give out the same info - he's someone we've never heard of and he's apparently her new boyfriend lol. If they both feel ready to move on, why not...life's too short.

Kim steppin' out with her new man. :p This pic and more at CCL.

http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31239

Lisbeth
01-04-2005, 09:45 PM
Are these recent photos? I guess if she's been photographed in Belgium with Mr Limburg the she's definitely not going to make it to the Aus tennis season :(

I'm starting to really worry about whether Kim's coming back :sad:

Murkofan
01-04-2005, 10:04 PM
Nah, she'll come back :p She's gotta win the AO before Ll and stick it to 'im :p

Lisbeth
01-04-2005, 10:08 PM
Well Marly, I'm afraid that's going to be hard because I want Lleyton to win the AO THIS year ;)

Socket
01-04-2005, 10:09 PM
She is definitely NOT playing the AO this year. As for her form when she returns, well, whatever form she's in, she'll be meeting a lot of very confident Russians. She better be prepared for much more competition than when she last played.

sprinterluck
01-04-2005, 10:43 PM
Kim steppin' out with her new man. This pic and more at CCL.
http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment....achmentid=31239
Are these recent photos? I guess if she's been photographed in Belgium with Mr Limburg the she's definitely not going to make it to the Aus tennis season :(

I'm starting to really worry about whether Kim's coming back :sad:

Photos were taken on Dec. 2 at the Clouseau concert in Antwerp, Belgium.
A Belgian magazine just published the photos this week. They waited until after Kim's family confirmed that he's her new BF.
Read an article today that says Kim is officially not playing the Australian Open, but is planning to comeback. She'll probably try to come back at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp this February.
------------------------------------------------------------------
Mauresmo, Serena give Open stomach pangs
Paul Malone
05jan05
(EXCERPT) Herald and Weekly Times
KIM Clijsters out, Lindsay Davenport in and Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo both under a fitness cloud.

Those was the injury updates yesterday that muddied an already confused picture of Australian Open women's title calculations.

Officials yesterday received the end to Clijsters' wrist injury saga they had been expecting for weeks, when Open chief executive Paul McNamee said he was certain the Belgian would not be asking for one of the four women's wildcards left to be awarded by Tennis Australia.

Clijsters left open the possibility she would ask for a wildcard by making no comment over the Christmas break.

But indications yesterday from the WTA Tour were that she is set to return in a European tournament next month.

Murkofan
01-04-2005, 11:57 PM
Well Marly, I'm afraid that's going to be hard because I want Lleyton to win the AO THIS year ;)

That could happen, if all the quarterfinal-worthy players drop out with injury :p

Murkofan
01-04-2005, 11:58 PM
I think waiting 'til February to come back is a sound move on her part. Not only will she have a couple more months to rehab and get back in playing shape, but there'll be fewer eyes on her in Antwerp than at a Slam.

star
01-05-2005, 05:23 AM
I want her to be completely healthy when she comes back. It's going to be very difficult for her. But, she's got to get back on the horse. I reckon IW is the first torunament where Lleyton and Kim could possibly meet again. That's going to be a bit weird for both of them.

Maybe Kim will bring C-list with her. ;)

RaRaChick
01-05-2005, 10:32 AM
Thanx for the pic sprinterluck :kiss:

raeesa301
01-05-2005, 01:06 PM
I want her to be completely healthy when she comes back. It's going to be very difficult for her. But, she's got to get back on the horse. I reckon IW is the first torunament where Lleyton and Kim could possibly meet again. That's going to be a bit weird for both of them.

Maybe Kim will bring C-list with her. ;)

And maybe Lleyton will bring B-list :p ! Ooooh, I can just see a confrontation :devil: !

RaRaChick
01-05-2005, 01:23 PM
B-List vs C-List...can't wait!!!! :p

sprinterluck
01-05-2005, 02:52 PM
Thanx for the pic sprinterluck :kiss:

Pictures originally posted by Wimanna on Classy Clijsters Lounge at WTAworld.com.

From the magazine Dag Allemaal:
http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31239
http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31240
http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31241
http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31242

star
01-06-2005, 02:43 AM
Thanks for saving me from going to wtaw. :lol:

Jackie
01-06-2005, 08:59 AM
...

Hewitt has a new lover as well, the 19 year old (isn't she 21?) Australian actrice Rebecca Cartwright who plays in the soap 'Home and Away"



Yes, she is 21...and I agree that soaps are tacky, but at least she can dance...by the way, Kim traded down!

Yasmine
01-07-2005, 05:07 PM
:devil: All underwear modelling photos are welcome on this thread. :devil: :angel: I hope Kim's having lots of fun. ;) :p
Hihi Keep them coming!!! :lol: :angel:

Lisbeth
01-17-2005, 03:50 AM
I just want to say that I miss Kim, particularly now the first slam has started and she's not there :(

I hope she comes back healthy and motivated soon. I also hope that she doesn't feel she has to avoid Australia because of the split. She'll still be loved here.

star
01-17-2005, 03:55 AM
I feel badly for Kim that she didn't have to climb back on the horse right away the way Lleyton did. I think that makes it harder.

I feel somewhat guarded about Kim's chances to return.

I wish that if her career had to end she could have been having Lleyton's babies, but since that's not what she wanted, good luck to her anyway.

Danni
01-17-2005, 08:10 AM
Ditto to everything Jane and Christina said :)Although I'm not as confident about Kim still being loved in Australia, especially since lately everyone has really been getting behind lleyton, but hopefully I'm wrong about that...anyhoo, I miss Kim heaps, but not long to wait now!

Yasmine
01-17-2005, 09:21 AM
anyhoo, I miss Kim heaps, but not long to wait now!
fingers crossed she comes back in Antwerp :cool: : I've got tickets and if I see her play you'll get full report and pictures so everyone keep praying! :angel:

Ashie_87
01-18-2005, 12:43 AM
I miss her too:sad: it's really weird not seeing her playing at a slam but like Danni said-not long now!!!:D
and if you go to the tv Limgburg site and go to the online news part theres a thing with her talking about Antwerp (don't have the link though, someone wiped my bookmarks:rolleyes: )

raeesa301
02-06-2005, 01:49 PM
Love All

[ SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2005 01:48:08 AM]

India Times (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1012676,curpg-2.cms)

When Kim Clijsters played at Melboune in 2004, she was engaged to home boy Hewitt. She sheepishly flashed the big ‘rock’ on her finger and the future looked rosy. Australia had their found their sweethearts.

But that was before the Belgian Clijsters called off their dreamlike wedding and announced the split on October 22 last year in a statement on her website (ouch!), much to Hewitt’s embarassment. An ace that sent him down under. But the mighty Aussies didn’t take much time to recover from the shock.

The two remain extremely tight-lipped about the entire episode while rumourmills put the split down to differences between the families. However, Clijsters’ rejection couldn’t keep the Aussie down and withing three months of the break-up hooked up with Australian television starlet Bec Cartwright as Clijsters prepares to come back to tennis after spending most of last year in opeartion theatres.

According to the agents, Cartwright and Hewitt had met five years ago at a Starlight Foundation charity tennis day and rekindled their relationship late last year. Considering that Hewitt and the Belgian tennis star had been together for four years, Hewitt didn’t waste any time, jumping from one relationship to another.

This time, though, he didn’t wait for three weeks to propose. After losing to Marat Safin in his first Australian Open final appearance, Hewitt reportedly went down on bended knee to propose in a quiet corner before heading into a private party celebrating the end of the competition.

Lleyton Hewitt, obviously, is the marrying kind. It is widely believed that Clijsters chose to forego the first Grand Slam of the year just to avoid the wrath of the Australian public.

On hindight, that seems like a wise and European decision since it would have been difficult handling a hostile reception as well as a jilted fiance.

star
02-06-2005, 02:27 PM
I don't think Kim would EVER recieve a hostile reception by the Aussie public. I hope she doesn't feel that way either.

I think everyone knows she didn't do anything wrong. Nobody should get married if they have doubts. She's happy with her new boyfriend and Lleyton is happy too. I think the majority of tennis fans everywhere would recieve Kim as warmly as before. Perhaps the Aussies might be sad that Kim will never be Aussie Kim, but they've accepted her as one of their own in the past and I'm sure that the affection remains.

dagmar7
02-06-2005, 03:37 PM
I think this thread is where I belong right now!

I don't think Kim would be ill-treated either, or will be when she returns.
I'm glad she is happy with this new guy, who is a very shadowy figure.

Is he even really a model? I googled him :o and then advance-googled him :o :o and he has got nothing outside of his relationship with Kim.

This is the earliest mention I could find of the relationship, which mentions a little bit about how they got together. The whole page is dated November 29, the earliest mention of the couple I could find. I'm not sure of the date though.

http://www.thalsfm.be/popnieuws/index.php?ge=0&tid=5689

Nieuwe liefde voor Kim Clijsters?

De 21-jarige tennisster Kim Clijsters zou opnieuw een vriend hebben. Volgens Het Belang van Limburg is de celebrity verliefd op de vier jaar oudere Luc Opdelocht. De krant schrijft dat het nieuws zou bevestigd zijn door de entourage rond Clijsters. Opdelocht werd vier jaar geleden gekroond tot Mister Limburg. De twee werden al samen opgemerkt toen ze met vrienden gingen stappen. Het is ondertussen bijna drie maanden geleden dat Kim brak met de Australiër Lleyton Hewitt. Hun trouwplannen werden opgeborgen. Intussen zou ook Hewitt volgens de Australische pers een nieuwe vriendin hebben, soapster Rebecca Cartwright.(Het Belang Van Limburg)

panda7
02-06-2005, 03:56 PM
I don't think Kim would EVER recieve a hostile reception by the Aussie public. I hope she doesn't feel that way either.

I think everyone knows she didn't do anything wrong. Nobody should get married if they have doubts. She's happy with her new boyfriend and Lleyton is happy too. I think the majority of tennis fans everywhere would recieve Kim as warmly as before. Perhaps the Aussies might be sad that Kim will never be Aussie Kim, but they've accepted her as one of their own in the past and I'm sure that the affection remains.

What a lovely post :)

dagmar7
02-06-2005, 03:57 PM
Okay, I don't think this can be an Nov. 29 2004 news item. It just seems so early. Yes, they attended a December 4 concert together, but I remember the photos from this were released much later.

Interestingly, this early item mentions the 2000 Mr. Limburg title, but nothing about modelling underwear or anything else.

"drie maanden" is three months, right? That should make the item about mid to late January.

:confused:

panda7
02-06-2005, 04:25 PM
Okay, I don't think this can be an Nov. 29 2004 news item. It just seems so early. Yes, they attended a December 4 concert together, but I remember the photos from this were released much later.

Interestingly, this early item mentions the 2000 Mr. Limburg title, but nothing about modelling underwear or anything else.

"drie maanden" is three months, right? That should make the item about mid to late January.

:confused:

It could have just been an editorial error that wasn't caught (three instead of one), it happens often enough.

I think I saw a couple of other articles in CCL that mentioned he had done some part time swimwear modeling. It could have just been a lazy, unresearched assumption by some in the media that he was also an underwear model :rolleyes:. I loved how in that one Australian article it referred to Luc as a model, completely ignoring the fact that he is primarily a teacher :D

dagmar7
02-06-2005, 04:29 PM
Also, I think that the "widely held" assumption that Kim skipped the Aus Open for personal reasons is unfounded.

Her rehab doesn't seem to have been far enough along. She chose not to defend her title in Paris, after all, and surely this decision was not for personal reasons, certainly not for fear of a hostile reception.

I feel I am terrorizing the board. I have this thing about media lies/obfuscation/fantasy though...

I'll be quiet now before I end up working for Star Magazine...:tape:

:o

panda7
02-06-2005, 04:54 PM
Also, I think that the "widely held" assumption that Kim skipped the Aus Open for personal reasons is unfounded.

Her rehab doesn't seem to have been far enough along. She chose not to defend her title in Paris, after all, and surely this decision was not for personal reasons, certainly not for fear of a hostile reception.

I feel I am terrorizing the board. I have this thing about media lies/obfuscation/fantasy though...

I'll be quiet now before I end up working for Star Magazine...:tape:

:o

Totally agree with you, the first two paragraphs anyway, not the last two :D

Yasmine
02-06-2005, 06:54 PM
I feel I am terrorizing the board. I have this thing about media lies/obfuscation/fantasy though...

I'll be quiet now before I end up working for Star Magazine...:tape:

Dagmar, you're not terrorising anyone! What would we do without you? :rolleyes: I always love your posts and the way you know how to put things (but I've said that before I think :p )
We are all trying to understand what is going on in both of their lives (and in Lleyton's head I wanna know), and it's great that you always analyse everything you read.
KIM IS COMING BACK SOON!!!! :woohoo:
http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_13_2.gif
ok and I'm going smley crazy :lol:

dagmar7
02-06-2005, 07:00 PM
Totally agree with you, the first two paragraphs anyway, not the last two :D

:lol: sure... ;)

star
02-06-2005, 07:03 PM
She's not signed up to play IW though. :(

I hope she doesn't take to skipping IW.

Does her new boyfriend really teach, or is that what he used to do before he bacame a model?

dagmar7
02-06-2005, 07:05 PM
Dagmar, you're not terrorising anyone! What would we do without you? :rolleyes: I always love your posts and the way you know how to put things (but I've said that before I think :p )
We are all trying to understand what is going on in both of their lives (and in Lleyton's head I wanna know), and it's great that you always analyse everything you read.
KIM IS COMING BACK SOON!!!! :woohoo:
http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_13_2.gif
ok and I'm going smley crazy :lol:

:awww:

I can really go off the deep end sometimes. I guess it is the fan in me.

Or perhaps my inner troll...

I love your smileys. :D That tennis one is amaaazzzing. You must be counting the days until Antwerp.

I thought it was odd that there were no pictures except the one "head shot" from Kim's beau's "modelling" career. I wonder who decided to call him that in the first place.

Okay I will :tape: again...someone is threatening to write an "I married an Internet Troll" op ed and get it published somewhere. :p

Murkofan
02-06-2005, 07:10 PM
:rolls:

Tell Chris he can put it up on my blog :p

Yasmine
02-06-2005, 07:13 PM
Or perhaps my inner troll...
We all have an inner troll in us no? that's mine: http://smileys.******************/cat/15/15_3_6.gif

I love your smileys. :D That tennis one is amaaazzzing. You must be counting the days until Antwerp.
Counting days??? I am counting the hours! :lol: I was reading the diary I wrote after Wimbly with some nostalgy and then I thought... mmm that was the last time I saw some tennis live, but I'm going to see some again in 10 days :woohoo: I can't wait, and I went and bought myself a new travel bag for it today, so I'm already half there :D

Okay I will :tape: again...someone is threatening to write an "I married an Internet Troll" op ed and get it published somewhere. :p
:haha: well I wouldn't want you to get yourself in trouble :rolleyes:

Yasmine
02-06-2005, 07:17 PM
I don't think Kim would be ill-treated either, or will be when she returns.
I'm glad she is happy with this new guy, who is a very shadowy figure.

Is he even really a model? I googled him :o and then advance-googled him :o :o and he has got nothing outside of his relationship with Kim.

I must say we've all been trying to find pict of him in underwear but none found yet :lol: And in Antwerp I am taking some binoculars, so if I'm sat not far from the player's box (which looks like it :devil: ) I might get some pictures :p but not in his underwear tho :D

dagmar7
02-06-2005, 07:22 PM
She's not signed up to play IW though. :(

I hope she doesn't take to skipping IW.

Does her new boyfriend really teach, or is that what he used to do before he bacame a model?

Is that true? I hadn't seen the entry list, just that article posted in wtaw.

I can't see why she would skip IW. :scratch:

okay...just one more thing...*resists the eyerolling in the background* The google search discovered articles describing him as an "electrician" "former electrician" "underwear model" "former model" "model" "electronics teacher". The one thing everyone can agree on is that he won Mr. Limburg in 2000, although one described him as a contestant.

Some publicity is good, because without it my mind becomes :confused: and I start to speculate.

:rofl: at Yasmine's inner troll. It is angelic yet terrifying. :angel:

Murkofan
02-06-2005, 07:25 PM
Dagmar, you'll have been dead 20 years and still be speculating, :confused: or not :p

Yasmine
02-06-2005, 07:33 PM
okay...just one more thing...*resists the eyerolling in the background* The google search discovered articles describing him as an "electrician" "former electrician" "underwear model" "former model" "model" "electronics teacher". The one thing everyone can agree on is that he won Mr. Limburg in 2000, although one described him as a contestant.
all that! wow, at least he's got a diverse background uh!

:rofl: at Yasmine's inner troll. It is angelic yet terrifying. :angel:
Well I the only things that came up in my smiley software as imaginary characters were fairies and things like that and no troll... :rolleyes: but I've got a http://smileys.******************/cat/15/15_3_3v.giflooking upon me ;)

Yasmine
02-06-2005, 07:34 PM
Ok everyone is having a serious conversation about Kim's entries and I'm going nuts! :rolleyes:
I've been looking on different websites and no photo of xaxa with his trophy yet :devil:

Goonergal
02-06-2005, 11:31 PM
:awww:

I can really go off the deep end sometimes. I guess it is the fan in me.

Or perhaps my inner troll...

Okay I will :tape: again...someone is threatening to write an "I married an Internet Troll" op ed and get it published somewhere. :p

:lol:

Dear Dagmar, you are a gem :p

dagmar7
02-07-2005, 12:05 PM
Okay this is from SportWereld/Sport World. It seems to have been printed/made available today, but the article's date is December 29, 2004. :o

Naturally the title says Kim finds Mister Perfect. It has some quotes from one of his former co-workers. This Liliane Lemmens sounds on the older side as she describes him as a "plezante jongen"...I guess a nice young man. The kind you call when your washing machine is stuck. Indeed, she says he specialized in installing washing machines and electrical cookers/stoves. The article says he (had?) a stint as a model for swimwear (two years ago?). He is into bodybuilding.

There's a picture of both, but the one of him is the old "head shot", presumably from the Mr. Limburg contest or his modelling days. He is wearing a lot of makeup in the photo.

Clijsters family confirms the relationship, but nothing else. They advised the press that Kim will not be discussing the relationship on her website, which seems to me a smart move. It's pretty awkward if each time a relationship breaks up you have to remove that person from the site.

The article advises us not to feel sorry for Lleyton as he has moved on.

There is nothing about how the two met.

http://www.sportwereld.be/Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleID=GBEBB55A


Kim vindt Mister Perfect
Mister Limburg 2000 is nieuwe vriend van Kim Clijsters

Handig, knap, sportief en goed gehumeurd. Volgens de dorpsgenoten van Luc Opdelocht (25) heeft Kim Clijsters Mister Perfect gevonden. De nieuwe vriend van Kim is nu leraar, maar was enkele jaren geleden nog Mister Limburg en elektricien. ,,De klanten zagen die knapperd graag komen om een wasmachine te herstellen.''

Kim heeft een nieuw lief. Dat raakte gisteren bekend. Twee maanden geleden rouwde Bree en omstreken nog omdat het droomhuwelijk tussen tennissers Kim Clijsters en Lleyton Hewitt geheel onverwacht werd afgeblazen. Nu kan Limburg jubelen, want de 25-jarige Luc Opdelocht is afkomstig uit Lanklaar. Dat is, jawel, Limburg. En Luc is niet zomaar een Limburger. In 2000 werd de jongeman nog gekroond tot Mister Limburg.

,,Het is inderdaad een hele knappe jongen'', zegt Lilianne Lemmens. Ze is de zaakvoerder van elektrozaak Leco, waar Luc een aantal jaren werkte. ,,Zijn mooie uiterlijk valt echt op. Logisch, want hij doet heel intensief aan bodybuilden. De klanten zagen hem graag komen als hun wasmachine stuk was'', lacht ze.

,,Ik was heel verrast toen ik het nieuws over Kim en Luc te horen kreeg. We wisten niet dat hij Kim kende. En zeker niet dat hij haar zó goed kende. Of hij tennist? Waarschijnlijk wel hé, anders kan je toch niet de nieuwe vriend van Kim Clijsters worden. Niet? Hij is in elk geval heel sportief en sociaal. Het is een jongeman die graag een stapje in de wereld zet.''

Lilianne heeft alleen maar lof voor Luc. Het lijkt wel alsof Kim Mister Perfect gevonden heeft. ,,We zien hem nog geregeld in de zaak. Het is echt een plezante jongen. Altijd goed gehumeurd. Hij is keurig. En handig! Wasmachines en elektrische keukentoestellen herstellen was zijn specialiteit. Maar uiteindelijk is hij hier weggegaan, omdat hij meer zin had om les te geven. Volgens mij is hij een uitstekende leraar.''

De voormalige Mister Limburg heeft er ook een nevencarrière als model opzitten. Destijds heeft hij zich gespecialiseerd in badmode. Twee jaar daarvoor won hij ook al eens de persprijs van de Mister Euregio-verkiezing.

Relatie nog pril

Het liefdesleven van Kim Clijsters laat niemand in Vlaanderen onberoerd. Na de breuk met Lleyton werd er heel wat gespeculeerd. De familie Clijsters is dan ook erg terughoudend. ,,Luc is inderdaad de nieuwe vriend van Kim, maar meer informatie wil Kim niet kwijt'', zegt de woordvoerder van de familie Clijsters. ,,Ook op haar website zal ze er niets over vertellen. Na haar veelbesproken verhouding en breuk met Lleyton, wil ze dit liever helemaal in de privé-sfeer houden. De relatie is ook nog erg pril.''

Wie zich zorgen zou maken om Lleyton Hewitt: volgens de Australische pers heeft ook hij een nieuw lief. De razend populaire, blonde zangeres en actrice Rebecca Cartwright, bekend van de soap Home And Away , zou opvallend vaak in zijn buurt zijn gesignaleerd.


door Dajo HERMANS29/12/2004

Jackie
02-07-2005, 12:29 PM
Is that true? I hadn't seen the entry list, just that article posted in wtaw.

I can't see why she would skip IW. :scratch:


Maybe she just doesn't want to commit to the tournament before seeing how her well her injury has healed

dagmar7
02-07-2005, 12:41 PM
Maybe she just doesn't want to commit to the tournament before seeing how her well her injury has healed

She is on the list for Miami, which is right after Indian Wells.

She may be on the entry list for Indian Wells; the press release may not have mentioned her as a contestant.

It's not clear.

star
02-07-2005, 01:56 PM
Maybe she wants to avoid IW because that's where she and Lleyton started dating. Maybe she doesn't like the place. Who knows?

Lisbeth
02-07-2005, 10:00 PM
Maybe she thinks the crowd treated Serena and Venus badly :bolt:

Ok, maybe not ;)

star
02-07-2005, 11:52 PM
I just checked and found Kim on the entry list for IW.

Lisbeth
02-07-2005, 11:57 PM
:bigclap: great news :)

Murkofan
02-08-2005, 12:49 AM
Maybe she thinks the crowd treated Serena and Venus badly :bolt:

Ok, maybe not ;)

Ha!

Yasmine
02-08-2005, 07:44 AM
I just checked and found Kim on the entry list for IW.
that's good news... :bounce: :woohoo:

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 07:09 AM
Can anyone ( :wavey: Belgians! ) give me us any news re Kim's status for Antwerp? Is she still planning to play?

Knockers LaBroad
02-10-2005, 08:12 AM
Yup yup, as far as I know she will play....:yippee:

*fingers crossed, no jinxing..:o*

Yasmine
02-10-2005, 08:27 AM
Can anyone ( :wavey: Belgians! ) give me us any news re Kim's status for Antwerp? Is she still planning to play?
Yes she is! She's doing the draw sometime soon as well. No bye in the first round. Anyway keep your fingers crossed I want to see her play in the QF (just in case everyone forgot, I've got tickets for that day :devil: )

star
02-10-2005, 01:43 PM
Go Kim! Reach the semis! :lol:

Yasmine
02-10-2005, 01:46 PM
Go Kim! Reach the semis! :lol:
Oh and I've got ticket for the SF evening match, so if she was to reach the semis my guess is she will be playing that night as well! go kim! :devil:

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 09:56 PM
:yippee:

I can't wait for Kim to come back ... it's starting to feel like she was all a dream :lol:

Have a great time those who are going!

Yasmine
02-10-2005, 09:59 PM
one week today, I will be in Belgium, getting all excited to go to watch tennis the next day :D Sorry I am making you jealous :p But I promised pictures and detailed report ;)

jeanie_sin
02-10-2005, 11:05 PM
don't know if it's been posted here....

but kim admitted to cheering for lleyton during the AO final

if i were kim, i'd be cheering vahemently for marat :devil:

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 11:16 PM
Kim is a wonderful, sweet natured girl :angel:

dagmar7
02-10-2005, 11:20 PM
don't know if it's been posted here....

but kim admitted to cheering for lleyton during the AO final

if i were kim, i'd be cheering vahemently for marat :devil:

I'm not doubting you, but could you provide a source. Did she say so on a television interview, or is this just something announced on belgian sports news by a third party? Either way, it is sort of a bizarre news item, although I'm glad to see Kim firing up the old PR machine.

Also, if she did dump him, then the dumper's feelings are often more positive about the relationship/other person than the dumpee's, if that makes sense.

Or maybe she's already bored with Mr. Limburg. *joke* okay *not really funny* :tape:

Jackie
02-10-2005, 11:24 PM
I'm not doubting you, but could you provide a source. Did she say so on a television interview, or is this just something announced on belgian sports news by a third party? Either way, it is sort of a bizarre news item, although I'm glad to see Kim firing up the old PR machine.

Also, if she did dump him, then the dumper's feelings are often more positive about the relationship/other person than the dumpee's, if that makes sense.

Or maybe she's already bored with Mr. Limburg. *joke* okay *not really funny* :tape:

It's from an interview posted on CCL

dagmar7
02-10-2005, 11:35 PM
I didn't see an interview. All I found was this, which sounds like it should be treated with some wariness, judging by the rolling eyes etc. Still it is interesting, I suppose.



http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=4889098&postcount=327

If it comes from an actual interview with Kim, then please enlighten us/me.

Jackie
02-10-2005, 11:46 PM
I didn't see an interview. All I found was this, which sounds like it should be treated with some wariness, judging by the rolling eyes etc. Still it is interesting, I suppose.



http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=4889098&postcount=327

If it comes from an actual interview with Kim, then please enlighten us/me.

A few posts earlier, someone typed out part of an alleged TV interview with Kim. I havn't seen footage, just read about it on the board

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 12:00 AM
I went a few pages back on the articles thread and found nothing, nor on the talk thread or the knack interview thread.

Could you post a link pretty please as reading all those posts is putting me in an ugly temper.

:angel:

Jackie
02-11-2005, 12:31 AM
This is it:

chaotic
Senior Member


Join Date: Oct 2004
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Posts: 2,300
I got this of teletekst from tv!
Kim Clijsters can't wait to get back on court, but she's still a little afraid about her leftwrist.

"my wrist feels good, but what if I play a match? My flesh will creep when I hear the 10.000 supporters at the diamond games. 'cause I've had a hard time during my revalidation, especially mentally. I hope it will stay with this, I don't see myself comingback a 3th time.
De doctors can't garanty me that my wrist will ever heal 100%. Playing tennis is all that mathers."
Won't she collaps under the pressure,
"I look at it day by day. Winning doesn't count, and neither does my ranking.
When I'm playing tennis again for a while, I can get my mind on toptennis again, my ranking and the masters. But I've been out for almost a year. It will take a while before I'm back at my toplevel, but I know that very good."
about her privat life, kim doesn't want to talk.
"it is privat, but during the final of the australian open, I did cheer for lleyton."

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Last edited by chaotic : Yesterday at 10:03 PM.

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 12:41 AM
Thanks so much for finding that for me.:)

After all those cranky posts put me in a bad mood, I can't help but feel for Kim.:awww:

She obviously misses tennis so much, and it must be so difficult for such an active, physical person to be "let down" by her body like that.

I will say a little sports prayer for Antwerp and for that fragile wrist.

Her statement re private life is sort of odd; why would she talk about Lleyton instead of her actual boyfriend? I assumed the quote would have been in answer to a direct question about Lleyton and the Open, but it appears she brought it up volutarily.

Interesting, for whatever it's worth.


:wavey:

Knockers LaBroad
02-11-2005, 10:25 AM
Thanks so much for finding that for me.:)

After all those cranky posts put me in a bad mood, I can't help but feel for Kim.:awww:

She obviously misses tennis so much, and it must be so difficult for such an active, physical person to be "let down" by her body like that.

I will say a little sports prayer for Antwerp and for that fragile wrist.

Her statement re private life is sort of odd; why would she talk about Lleyton instead of her actual boyfriend? I assumed the quote would have been in answer to a direct question about Lleyton and the Open, but it appears she brought it up volutarily.

Interesting, for whatever it's worth.


:wavey:

I really don't think Kim will talk volutarily about her private life EVER AGAIN, and certainly not about Luc (as he is a very private person himself and as a teacher also a 'vulnerable' person and an example for the youth (at least a teacher is supposed to :p)).

The original question was just: did you support Lleyton at the AO. She just said 'yes, and all the rest about my private life is private, otherwise it wouldn't be called a private life'

what journalists make out of that sentence is up to them and completely for their account.

BTW, did I smell some sarcasm in your previous posts re Kim firing up her PR machine?? :angel::o

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 12:19 PM
Elke :angel: :D

Ah, the sweet and sour smell of sarcasm :hearts: but....er, no.

I actually think that Kim could use more press. It was an honest, if brusque, statement I'm surprised that she wasn't included in the press release about Indian Wells, the wtatour doesn't provide updates about the two belgians comebacks and they both have lost sponsors.

I don't think she has to pose for a men's magazine or anything, although I'd be fine with it if she did :o , but I think she could use a bit more press.

If that's the way she wants it though, ok - it's quite a change.

Jackie
02-11-2005, 12:22 PM
Elke :angel: :D

Ah, the sweet and sour smell of sarcasm :hearts: but....er, no.

I actually think that Kim could use more press. It was an honest, if brusque, statement I'm surprised that she wasn't included in the press release about Indian Wells, the wtatour doesn't provide updates about the two belgians comebacks and they both have lost sponsors.

I don't think she has to pose for a men's magazine or anything, although I'd be fine with it if she did :o , but I think she could use a bit more press.

If that's the way she wants it though, ok - it's quite a change.

A few wins this week may help her publicity. I think she would prefer that to the men's magazine shoot LOL

jeanie_sin
02-11-2005, 12:22 PM
Elke :angel: :D

Ah, the sweet and sour smell of sarcasm :hearts: but....er, no.

I actually think that Kim could use more press. It was an honest, if brusque, statement I'm surprised that she wasn't included in the press release about Indian Wells, the wtatour doesn't provide updates about the two belgians comebacks and they both have lost sponsors.

I don't think she has to pose for a men's magazine or anything, although I'd be fine with it if she did :o , but I think she could use a bit more press.

If that's the way she wants it though, ok - it's quite a change.

i think after what's happened to her the past year, she's learnt her lesson not to mention anything about her private life, and wants to take a quietened stance......
not everyone's like [insert name] :tape:

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 12:28 PM
i think after what's happened to her the past year, she's learnt her lesson not to mention anything about her private life, and wants to take a quietened stance......
not everyone's like [insert name] :tape:

When you say that she has learned her lesson, you imply that she did something wrong in the past.

:confused:

jeanie_sin
02-11-2005, 12:33 PM
When you say that she has learned her lesson, you imply that she did something wrong in the past.

:confused:

she used to say things like having lleyton's children etc....

i meant that she's learnt her lesson never to talk so openly about her private life in case things go wrong again

Knockers LaBroad
02-11-2005, 12:37 PM
Dagmar! :D then I must have 'misread' it with my sleepy head this morning...:kiss:

She deliberately took some time off from the media too. It wasn't like she closed her into her house (except the 2 weeks after 'the split', when 5 Australian channels were camping in front of her house :o)

She's really been in public places, concerts, premieres of movies, sports games,.... and most of the time there was even (a lot) of press. She always has asked them to not take pics or interviews, and most of the time it has always been respected.

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 12:50 PM
No worries. The statement did have a kind of 'edge' to it. I was riled up about other articles/posts, so I'm glad I could clarify. :)

It sounds like she took more of a media holiday, which is fine. After all, I'm sure both Lleyton and Kim thought that they would be together forever, so I don't blame them for looking ahead to marriage and babies. That's the confidence of young (and even not so young) love.

Is it me, or does the Aus media seem more voracious than the belgian - camping outside her house and all?

Knockers LaBroad
02-11-2005, 01:24 PM
Don't rile yourself up, life's way too short for annoying and boring and hateful stuff, cheer up!!

There was nothing wrong with her talking about Lleyton, it had something refreshing and honest. And because of that, they respected her wish of being left alone te last months. I really hope she's mentally ready for the media rollercoaster next week (as there will be a lot of them...) and the pressure.

And if her selfconfidence really needs a boost, she still can pose for a men's magazine..;)

star
02-11-2005, 02:05 PM
I don't think there was anything wrong with Kim bubbling over with her excitement about her romance with Lleyton. I don't think any of that hurt their relationship at all. First love is all bright and shiny and totally different than anything that comes after, even though she may find love that is deeper and more fufilling. She may not have the same desire to talk about her current relationship. That's ok too.

I guess I'm one of the few who think Kim is equally pretty with Bec. :) Kim, to me, is a very very pretty girl. She doesn't have the dance background or the experience at posing, so she's probably never going to photograph as well as Bec, but I think Kim is a very pretty and appealing girl.

sprinterluck
02-11-2005, 07:28 PM
I don't think there was anything wrong with Kim bubbling over with her excitement about her romance with Lleyton. I don't think any of that hurt their relationship at all. First love is all bright and shiny and totally different than anything that comes after, even though she may find love that is deeper and more fufilling. She may not have the same desire to talk about her current relationship. That's ok too.

I guess I'm one of the few who think Kim is equally pretty with Bec. :) Kim, to me, is a very very pretty girl. She doesn't have the dance background or the experience at posing, so she's probably never going to photograph as well as Bec, but I think Kim is a very pretty and appealing girl.

I agree with pretty much all of this and also find Kim appealing. FYI there are new pics of Kim (and her boyfriend) in Antwerp. He's handsome. I also think Lleyton's handsome. I guess Kim and I just have the same taste in men. :p

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=4896167#post4896167

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 09:34 PM
Thanks for the link.

Kim received quite a tough draw so this will be a real test. Kostanic, then Petrova and then Venus...and that's just to get to the semis.

I can't tell if the guy is handsome or not. He has a square jaw and is large and solidly built, as you would expect from a bodybuilder.

They are clinging to each other like bad swimmers in deep water clinging to a life preserver. So all you PDA critics I'm sure are suitably appalled at this exhibitionist behaviour. ;)

Okay, okay...it's great to see her on court again.

Allez Kim! :angel:

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 09:37 PM
Don't rile yourself up, life's way too short for annoying and boring and hateful stuff, cheer up!!

There was nothing wrong with her talking about Lleyton, it had something refreshing and honest. And because of that, they respected her wish of being left alone te last months. I really hope she's mentally ready for the media rollercoaster next week (as there will be a lot of them...) and the pressure.

And if her selfconfidence really needs a boost, she still can pose for a men's magazine..;)

Okay, Elke...since you command, I will unrile.

Thanks for all the info...and if she wants to pose for a magazine, then that's fine with me. Go for it, I say *quoting a beer commercial*

thelma
02-11-2005, 10:50 PM
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=4896167#post4896167

Thanks for the link! :wavey:

I'm new member of WTAworld now so Kim is back ;) :p

Murkofan
02-11-2005, 11:48 PM
Can't wait for Kim to play :bounce: I haven't seen her play live in over a year :eek:

Murkofan
02-11-2005, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the link.

Kim received quite a tough draw so this will be a real test. Kostanic, then Petrova and then Venus...and that's just to get to the semis.

I can't tell if the guy is handsome or not. He has a square jaw and is large and solidly built, as you would expect from a bodybuilder.

They are clinging to each other like bad swimmers in deep water clinging to a life preserver. So all you PDA critics I'm sure are suitably appalled at this exhibitionist behaviour. ;)

Okay, okay...it's great to see her on court again.

Allez Kim! :angel:

I think Luc is good looking. He seems nice and tall and well-built. And I like what he's wearing :o

PDAs are :ras:

Dagmar, stop trying to get people riled up again :p I thought we'd put all that behind us :angel: :p

jeanie_sin
02-12-2005, 02:02 AM
Thanks for the link.

Kim received quite a tough draw so this will be a real test. Kostanic, then Petrova and then Venus...and that's just to get to the semis.

I can't tell if the guy is handsome or not. He has a square jaw and is large and solidly built, as you would expect from a bodybuilder.

They are clinging to each other like bad swimmers in deep water clinging to a life preserver. So all you PDA critics I'm sure are suitably appalled at this exhibitionist behaviour. ;)

Okay, okay...it's great to see her on court again.

Allez Kim! :angel:

PDAs when on television is different from PDAs in a place where there's hardly anyone around(except for nosy photographers)

i'm sure she behaved like this even when she was with lleyton

sprinterluck
02-12-2005, 02:26 AM
Kim's got a rough draw.
Kostanic 1st Rnd. and if she gets through potentially Petrova 2nd, Venus QF, Myskina, then Mauresmo.
She's scheduled to play on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30pm according to the following from the Proximus Diamond website:

Four top ten players in Antwerp 02-02-2005
With four top ten players, the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp have again a strong field of contenders. Elena Dementieva will not be part of it.

Amélie Mauresmo, Anastasia Myskina, Venus Williams and Alicia Molik are the four top seeds in Antwerp. They are all in the top 10 of the WTA ranking. And with Nadia Petrova, Karolina Sprem and Silvia Farina-Elia 7 players of the world's finest 20 will be present.

On top of that, the tournament will see the presence of Kim Clijsters as well. After a long absence, Kim will celebrate her comeback in front of her own Belgian audience. Clijsters will play her first match on Tuesday 15 February at 7.30pm. Because her position on the WTA ranking tables slipped drastically, she is obliged to play the first round. For this session only 4000 tickets are available.

Elena Dementieva cancelled at the last minute. The last wild card will go to Nathalie Dechy or Patty Schnyder. Up to now, Els Callens and Jelena Dokic received a wild card for the tournament.
A total of 87.000 tickets have already been sold. For each session, also for the final, tickets are still available. On Sunday 13 February, a meeting with history is scheduled. Martina Hingis, who dominated women's tennis for years, will play against Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
The draw of the Belgian pre-qualifying also has happened. Butkiewicz will play against Bastianon. Van Hyfte will meet Bailly. Feys will play Claes and Maes will match De Vries. (Have a look at the complete draw)

star
02-12-2005, 02:49 AM
PDAs when on television is different from PDAs in a place where there's hardly anyone around(except for nosy photographers)

i'm sure she behaved like this even when she was with lleyton

Of course she did. There are stories of them making out in public. :)

Of course I don't recall any picutures of the two of them locked together. :)

Murkofan
02-12-2005, 02:52 AM
Stories, but no pictures, thank goodness :p

There's that one pic (I think in '02?) of Kim with her arms around Lleyton, resting her head on his shoulder.

raeesa301
02-12-2005, 01:15 PM
Clijsters turn to show off new man
13feb05

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,12233449%5E663,00.html (http://http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,12233449%5E663,00.html)

BELGIAN tennis star Kim Clijsters has shrugged off her former fiance Lleyton Hewitt's engagement to Bec Cartwright.

Clijsters was seen yesterday getting up close and personal with a new boyfriend, fellow countryman and model Luc Opdelocht, during the pre-qualification session of the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp.

Clijsters, who was due to marry Hewitt last weekend, ended their relationship in October.

She has since confirmed that she has been seeing Opdelocht for two months -- about the same time as Hewitt and Cartwright got together.

Clijsters, 21, learned of Hewitt's engagement from Rachel McLeod, the estranged wife of Hewitt's best friend, Andrew McLeod.

The Antwerp tournament is Clijster's comeback. A wrist injury kept her out of the Australian Open.

New flame: Kim Clijsters displays her affection for new boyfriend Luc Opdelocht.

raeesa301
02-12-2005, 01:18 PM
New love is model boyfriend
13feb05

http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,12230603%255E2764,00.html

BELGIAN tennis star Kim Clijsters has shrugged off former fiance Lleyton Hewitt's engagement to TV soap star Bec Cartwright with a bit of public canoodling of her own.

Clijsters, 21, who shocked Hewitt when she suddenly dropped him in October, has been pictured getting up close and personal with a new boyfriend.

He is Belgian underwear model Luc Opdelocht, 25, whom Clijsters has been seeing for two months – about the same period of time that Hewitt and Cartwright have been serious.

The Belgian couple were seen cuddling up during the pre-qualification session of the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp this week.

It is Clijsters' comeback tournament after aggravating a wrist injury at the Belgian Open late last year.

Clijsters, who had been due to marry Hewitt last weekend, ended their relationship over the phone while Hewitt was in Australia relaxing between tournaments.

The news took Hewitt by surprise and he was reported to have been broken-hearted as wedding arrangements were well advanced.

What he did not know, however, was that the Belgian reception centre where the nuptials were to be held had confirmed receiving a call from Clijsters' father Leo a few days earlier, cancelling the booking.

Clijsters learned of Hewitt's engagement – he proposed to Cartwright on bended knee last month after the Australian Open – from the estranged wife of Hewitt's best friend, Adelaide Crows player Andrew McLeod.

Rachel McLeod said she phoned Kim about Lleyton because "I didn't want her hearing it from other people".

"She didn't expect it that quickly, but I don't think she could wish anything bad on anyone," Mrs McLeod said.

Opdelocht is a 1.92m, blue-eyed, brown-haired electronics teacher and former holder of the Mr Limburg title, a pageant in the region from which both he and Clijsters come.

Bart Bijnens, sports editor for local newspaper Het Belang van Limburg, said Opdelocht was a "handsome guy" and better looking than Hewitt.

dagmar7
02-12-2005, 01:20 PM
Thanks Raeesa. I guess the pre-qualifying matches weren't very interesting for Kim and her beau. ;)

Poor Caroline Maes and company can't compete for the photographers' attention against the action in the stands.

I hope this was during a break or something.

Anyway, it's nice that Kim's found a civilian. I think it's easier than another tennis player. :D

raeesa301
02-12-2005, 01:30 PM
I'm really interested on how the Aus media are gonna take it because both articles are from Aus newspapers :p !

dagmar7
02-12-2005, 01:36 PM
I think that they will be happy to continue the story, now that Lleyton and Bec are taking a well-earned media holiday.;)

Keep the soap opera going and all for nosy people (like me)...:o

:rolleyes: at self

Edit: I mean at myself, raeesa, not yourself, of course.:kiss:

raeesa301
02-12-2005, 01:58 PM
I don't actually think that they were trying to impress the media. Luc seems like a pretty private guy from what I've heard and it said on Kim's website that she's trying to keep low profile so maybe they just wanted to see Caroline play! By the looks of those pics the stadium seemed quite empty too. Oh well, more Kim pics for the rest of us to enjoy :p !

sprinterluck
02-12-2005, 03:36 PM
Lleyki made it to #3. :p I thought Connors-Evert should be on the list, a more fitting precedent for Lleyton and Kim.


Best sporting love matches
By Paul Daffey
February 13, 2005 - 12:30AM


1. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
Much of the world was stunned when Steffi Graf hooked up with Andre Agassi in 1999 (at least I was). Graf has an alluring mixture of strength and vulnerability. Her European sensibilities appeared to clash with anything to come out of Las Vegas. Her legs would rank at No. 1 on any list of the best pins in the world. Just what did she see in bratty, balding, pigeon-toed Agassi? Seems a bit of charm goes a long way. World sport’s most formidable couple now have two kids – a boy, Jaden, and a girl, Jaz – and all seems tickety-boo. And isn’t it funny that, when you see them on television, they don’t look that strange together any more?

2. John Lloyd and Chris Evert
As much as it was hard to cop Agassi punching several divisions above his weight (his father was an Olympic boxer, you know), John Lloyd and Chris Evert looked as if they’d been poured from the same cup of treacle when they married in 1979. Lloyd had nice manners and a page-boy haircut; Evert had a college-girl attractiveness, and she tended to win everything. Sadly, the couple divorced in 1989

3. Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters
This might be slightly tasteless given the heartwarming interview (read: not my cup of tea) by Lleyton Hewitt and his new belle on television the other night, but, while I’m on tennis, it must be acknowledged that, once upon a time, not so long ago, Hewitt and Kim Clijsters were serving aces together. In 2000, they combined to reach the final of Wimbledon’s mixed doubles. For a brief period, they were both ranked No. 1 in the world. For a slightly longer period, their planned nuptials were regarded as the best thing since Mark Edmondson won the Australian Open wearing Dunlop volleys. Suddenly, the couple double-faulted. Just as suddenly, Clijsters lost her status as an honourary Australian. She mustn’t have been right for him anyway.

4. Mark Bradtke and Nicole Provis
Nicole Provis overlooked tennis for a life of looking up at her husband when she married Australian basketball star Mark Bradtke. Provis’s sister Natasha, however, maintained a tennis lineage when she married Todd Woodbridge.

5. Grant Kenny and Lisa Curry
Speaking of unions from different sports, there has been none in Australia to match the 1986 wedding of champion ironman Grant Kenny and world-class swimmer and businesswoman Lisa Curry. With their blond hair and golden suntans, the pair became unofficially known as ‘’Queensland’s Couple’’. As a Victorian who gets a bit tired of Queenslanders banging on about sun and surf, and anything to do with Bundaberg Rum or muesli, I ignored them.

6. Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones
No ignoring this couple. Tim Montgomery, at one stage the fastest man in the world, and Marion Jones, indisputably the fastest woman in the world, sent bloodline experts clambering for the records when they announced they were having a baby. Sure enough, the little sprinter, duly named Tim Montgomery junior, hinted at speedy things to come when he was born a few weeks early. Montgomery and Jones were thrilled with the arrival of their son, but less thrilled with the subsequent arrival of drug allegations.

7. Al Joyner and Florence Griffith
Mention must be made of the great track and field coupling of the 1980s, Al Joyner and Florence Griffith , better known as Flo-Jo. Joyner won the gold medal in the triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics and Flo-Jo won gold medals in the sprint events, in outrageously quick times, in Seoul. She also had long fingernails.

8. Alyson Annan and Carole Thate
Regarding Olympic couplings, few have been more controversial than the one between Australian women’s hockey captain Alyson Annan and Netherlands women’s hockey captain Carole Thate at the Sydney Olympics. No sooner had Annan, widely regarded as the world’s best player, led Australia to the gold medal than she announced she was leaving her husband, Argentinian hockey player Max Caldas, for a woman who wears orange. Rather than seeing red, most Australians seemed perplexed.

9. Ronaldo and Milene Domingues
After her marriage to Ronaldo, a former World Footballer of the Year, Milenes Domingues became peeved at references to her as Ronaldinha, or Mrs Ronaldo. And no wonder! After signing a Spanish record $80,000 transfer fee to play for Atletico Madrid (her husband plays for Real Madrid), Domingues believed she deserved respect as a player herself. At 17, during a planned record attempt, she kept a ball off the ground with 55,197 touches, over nine hours and six minutes, to claim the record. Sadly, the strain of trying to retrieve the family ball from one another took its toll and the couple split.

10. Chris Rawlinson and Jana Pitman
Expect to hear a bit more about this couple over the next year or so in the lead-up to Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games. Chris Rawlinson, a British hurdler, and Jana Pittman will both defend their titles in the 400-metre hurdles. In terms of attention, no other sporting couple is likely to get out of the blocks.

Jackie
02-12-2005, 11:38 PM
I guess I'm one of the few who think Kim is equally pretty with Bec. :) Kim, to me, is a very very pretty girl. She doesn't have the dance background or the experience at posing, so she's probably never going to photograph as well as Bec, but I think Kim is a very pretty and appealing girl.

I'm not going to state my opinion on this until I see photos of Bec with no make-up and no airbrush work

Jackie
02-12-2005, 11:52 PM
I'm really interested on how the Aus media are gonna take it because both articles are from Aus newspapers :p !

LOL, The Sunday Mail article can't even get the details of Lleyton's engagement right [the "bended knee" crap that Lleyton and Bec claim never happened], so what makes you think that they are going to be able to tell us anything about Kim, who is on the other side of the world? I can't believe they are reporting this now when it has been a widely known fact for a few months

Murkofan
02-12-2005, 11:53 PM
*snickers*

LG thinks her face is flat :p

star
02-13-2005, 05:07 AM
I'm not going to state my opinion on this until I see photos of Bec with no make-up and no airbrush work

I think you'll have to wait quite awhile for that! :lol:

Lisbeth
02-13-2005, 06:25 AM
I'm not going to state my opinion on this until I see photos of Bec with no make-up and no airbrush work

:haha:

... and preferably after two hours on court with Serena Williams ;)

Jackie
02-13-2005, 06:41 AM
I think you'll have to wait quite awhile for that! :lol:

I know. What is with this girl and make-up? You would think she would be sick of wearing it after all those years on Home and Away. If I worked on TV, the first thing I would do when I walk off the set would be to take all that crap off my face

Jackie
02-13-2005, 06:45 AM
:rolls: :haha:

... and preferably after two hours on court with Serena Williams ;) :rolls:

jeanie_sin
02-13-2005, 07:52 AM
I know. What is with this girl and make-up? You would think she would be sick of wearing it after all those years on Home and Away. If I worked on TV, the first thing I would do when I walk off the set would be to take all that crap off my face

she perpetually has a CAKE of makeup on her....and her makeup skills arent that great either :o :tape:

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 08:20 AM
I'm not going to state my opinion on this until I see photos of Bec with no make-up and no airbrush work

Here are just a few examples of celebs without make-up :devil: :

kim-fan
02-13-2005, 08:46 AM
some pics of luc and kim:
http://picture.belga.be/cgi-bin/belgapict/belgapicture.sh?ACTIE=DETAIL&FILE=/galleries/102148.html

kim-fan
02-13-2005, 08:48 AM
and pics of kim training

http://picture.belga.be/cgi-bin/belgapict/belgapicture.sh?ACTIE=DETAIL&FILE=/galleries/102107.html

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 10:09 AM
Thanx for the pics! I have to say that he really does look like Marat Safin in the first and fifth picture :drool: !

kim-fan
02-13-2005, 10:35 AM
and here is a nice interview with kim, (maybe someone can translate a bit ...)

Kim Clijsters klaar voor haar wederoptreden in Sportpaleis
,,Ik heb met plezier mijn valies gemaakt''

Het waren moeilijke maanden voor Kim Clijsters. De toptennisster had te kampen met blessure- en persoonlijke problemen. Na een klein jaar van ellende hoopt ze dat die periode nu eindelijk afgesloten wordt. Dinsdag maakt ze tegen Jelena Kostanic haar wederoptreden in Antwerpen. ,,Ik ben blij dat ik er opnieuw bij ben'', straalde Clijsters.

Met een onwennig lachje om de mond verscheen Kim Clijsters gisteren op de loting van de Proximus Diamond Games. Het was al een tijdje geleden dat de ex-nummer één van de wereld in het tenniscircuit te zien was. In Antwerpen hoopt ze eindelijk de polsproblemen naar het verleden te meppen. Ze lootte zichzelf uit tegen Jelena Kostanic, de Kroatische waar ze in april vorig jaar haar eerste comeback tegen waagde. Nu hoopt de Limburgse dat haar intussen derde rentree de goede is. ,,Ik kijk er in ieder geval naar uit. Ik voel me goed en ben blij dat ik hier al een aantal keer heb kunnen trainen op center court. Tot nog toe heb ik enkel in Bree getraind en aan zo'n groot stadion is het toch even wennen.''

Je straalt

,,Ik kijk er ook naar uit om terug te spelen. Ik klaag helemaal niet.''

Hoe voelt je pols nu aan?

,,Pijn heb ik niet, maar de stijfheid blijft. Dat is even wennen, maar dat word je wel gewoon. Het verschil met Hasselt is groot. Toen wist ik niet de of de pijn te wijten was aan de operatie of niet. Had ik toen geweten hoe ik me nu voel, dan zou ik er waarschijnlijk niet gespeeld hebben.''

Maar nu is alles in orde? Je kunt voluit je backhand gebruiken?

,,Sinds begin januari train ik opnieuw mijn backhand en stilaan begint die te draaien. De bedoeling is de rotatie van de pols minder te maken. Vroeger sloeg ik met een grote lus, nu probeer ik korter in de voorbereiding te beginnen. Aanvankelijk is het wennen. Die lus is een automatisme van jaren, maar de eerste weken heb ik heel goed gelet om het nu anders te doen.''

Kijk je je eerste wedstrijd met wat angst tegemoet?

,,De fase van angst ben ik voorbij. Dat stadium moet je al doorbreken op training. Want zo kan je niet aan een wedstrijd beginnen. Het zal wel altijd in mijn achterhoofd zitten, maar ik ga voluit de backhand gebruiken. Daar ga ik niet over inzitten. Ze mogen gerust mijn backhand viseren.''

Geduld hebben

Je start tegen Kostanic. Vorig jaar speelde je nog tegen haar in Bree.

,,Inderdaad, tijdens de Fed Cup. Toen was het wel op gravel. Het zal niet gemakkelijk gaan.''

Wat verwacht je eigenlijk?

,,Niets. Eerst en vooral hoop ik dat mijn pols het houdt. Na de wedstrijd zien we wel. Een paar rondes ver geraken zou al mooi zijn, maar op dit moment is mijn gezondheid het belangrijkst. Ik hoop mijn wedstrijden zonder pijn af te kunnen werken.''

Zit je op hotel?

,,Sinds donderdag. Het was al van de US Open geleden. Fijn, dan moet ik niet meer opruimen. Ik kijk er echt naar uit weer in dat tennisritme te geraken. Het is toch een hele aanpassing. Eind 2003 was ik er een beetje op uitgekeken, terwijl ik nu heel veel zin had om mijn valiezen te maken. Ik ben blij dat ik er opnieuw bij ben.''

Je bent niets vergeten thuis?

,,Neen. Ik leg altijd eerst mijn tenniskleren klaar en dan de andere dingen.''

Je bent intussen weggezakt op de wereldranglijst. Zit je daar mee?

,,Met de ranking niet zo, maar ik hoop terug te komen tot het niveau dat ik had eind 2003. Daar train je voor en daar wil je nog voor spelen. Eerst moet het wedstrijdritme terugkomen. Dat zal niet vanaf het begin het geval zijn. Ik zal dus geduld moeten hebben. Maar hopelijk komt alles geleidelijk terug. Mijn grootste uitdaging is opnieuw mijn oude niveau halen.''

Ben je veranderd de laatste maanden?

,,Neen. Er zijn wel een aantal dingen gebeurd de laatste maanden, maar daar wil ik niet over babbelen. Het zal me wel veranderd hebben, maar ik heb niet de behoefte om er over te praten.''

Tijdens de Australian Open heb je wel nog voor Lleyton Hewitt gesupporterd.

,,Natuurlijk. No hard feelings.'' :)

Hij zit in Rotterdam nu. Heb je hem nog gezien?

,,Neen.''

www.sportwereld.be

Jackie
02-13-2005, 11:21 AM
Here are just a few examples of celebs without make-up :devil: :

LMAO. Are you telling me that they usually wear MORE make-up than that :rolleyes:...edited because I get it now. I only glanced at the pics the first time and saw make-up...but some of the "no make-up" pics still show light make-up

lilo
02-13-2005, 11:31 AM
Thanx for the pics! I have to say that he really does look like Marat Safin in the first and fifth picture :drool: !
Finally someone who agrees with me! :D :p

<em>
02-13-2005, 11:42 AM
i have only one thing to say:

GOOOOO KIM in Antwerp!!!
;)

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 11:45 AM
Can somebody please translate that interview that kim-fan posted!

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 11:48 AM
LMAO. Are you telling me that they usually wear MORE make-up than that :rolleyes:...edited because I get it now. I only glanced at the pics the first time and saw make-up...but some of the "no make-up" pics still show light make-up

I know! You can see some on Cameron Diaz :rolleyes: ! But seriously! My sister looks better than those girls without make-up :D !

Jackie
02-13-2005, 11:49 AM
Can somebody please translate that interview that kim-fan posted!

This was translated by Sarah<Kim-fan> at CCL:

here we are again. It wasn't easy, probably full of mistakes again, but anyway, hope you appreciate it...

Kim Clijsters ready for her comeback in Sportpaleis
"It was fun packing my suitcases again"

It were though months for Kim Clijsters. The toptennisplayer had to deal with injury and personal problems. After almost a whole year of misery she now hopes that there has finally come an end to that period. On Tuesday she’s making her comeback in Antwerp against Jelena Kostanic. "I’m happy to be part of it again" Clijsters said glowing.

With a smile on her lips that clearly showed she isn’t really feeling at home yet, Kim Clijsters appeared at the making of the draw of the Proximus Diamond Games yesterday. It had been a while since the ex-number one in the world was seen on the tennistour. In Antwerp she hopes that her wristproblems will finally be a problem of the past. She drawed herself against Jelena Kostanic, the Croatian against who she played in April last year when making her first comeback. Now the girl from Limburg hopes that her third comeback will be the good one. "I’m definitely looking forward to it. I feel good and I’m happy that I’ve already been able to train here on the centre court a couple of times. Until now I’ve only practised in Bree and you always have to get used to a big stadium like this."

You’re glowing…
"I’m also looking forward to be playing again. I’m not complaining at all"

How does your wrist feel now?
"I don’t have pain, but it’s still a bit stiff. It’s a bit strange at first, but you get used to that. The difference with Hasselt is very big. Back then I didn’t know if the pain was due to the surgery or not. If I would have known then how I feel know, then I probably wouldn’t have played."

But everything is ok now? You can use your backhand as much as you want?
"Since the beginning of January I’ve been training my backhand again and it’s starting to go well again. I’m trying to make the rotation of the wrist less. I used to hit with a big loop, now I try to start shorter in the preparation. At first it felt a bit strange. That loop is something you do automatically after all those years, but the first weeks I really focused on doing it different now."

(This is a difficult bit to translate, but I think that people who actually play tennis, will understand what Kim says… I do anyway )

Do you have a bit of fear for your first match?
"The stage of fear is over. You have to pass that stage on practice. Because you can’t start a match like that. Though it will always be there in the back of my head, but I’m going to use the backhand in full. I’m not going to be worried about that. They can aim at my backhand!


Being patient
You start your first match versus Kostanic. You played her last year in Bree.
"Yes, indeed, for the Fed Cup. It was on gravel then though. It won’t be easy."

What are you expecting actually?
"Nothing. First I hope my wrist will be ok. We’ll see then after the match. Winning a couple of matches would be nice already, but at the moment my health is the most important thing. I hope to finish my matches without pain."

You’re on hotel?
"Since Thursday. I hadn’t been on hotel since the US Open. It’s nice, I don’t have to clean anymore. I’m really looking forward to getting back in that tennis rhythm. It’s a whole adaptation. At the end of 2003, I didn’t really like it anymore, the difference now is that I was really happy to pack my suitcases again. I’m happy to be part of it again."

You didn’t forget anything at home?
"No. I always first put my tennis clothes ready and then the other things."

In the meantime, your ranking is much lower. Are you worried about that?
"Not so much about my ranking, but I hope to back at the level I have at the end of 2003 very soon. That’s what you’re training for and that’s what you still want to play for. First the match rhythm has to come back. That won’t be the case in the beginning. I’ll have to stay patient. But hopefully everything will come back gradually. My biggest challenge is to get my old level back.

Have you changed in the last couple of months?
"No. A couple of things have happened the last couple of months, but I don’t want to talk about that. It will have changed me, but I don’t feel the need to talk about that."


During the Australian Open you still cheered for Lleyton Hewitt.
,,Of course. No hard feelings.''

He’s in Rotterdam now. Have you seen him?
,,No.''

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Last edited by Sarah<Kim-fan> : Today at 10:31 PM.

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 11:55 AM
I just have to say something in defense of all these celebs and their ugly pictures. :o

It's their job to look a certain way for the camera and to project a certain image so, of course, they use cosmetics and enjoy the advantages of technology.

Your grad photos will likely be retouched too. Hey, you may even wear make-up. ;)

Constant travel, long hours, make-up and hair products often can leave models/actressses looking pretty fried when they aren't working. (Kind of like athletes). Cameron Diaz, in particular, has been up front about her acne and other skin problems. You can see even in that 'ugly' shot that she has incredible bone structure and that's what the camera sees.

The tabloids present these pics with the air of exposing some crime, but even a pretty woman can take a bad picture now and then. :o

pffff....

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 12:01 PM
Thanks for posting that translation from CCL...

He’s in Rotterdam now. Have you seen him?


erm...some good old-fashioned fact checking, anyone? :)

This is not true at all. He's not in Rotterdam; the reporter is right on the ball as usual...

I mean, I'd be happy if he were in Rotterdam, but I think it's best if he practises doubles back in Aus.

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 12:08 PM
Thanks for posting that translation from CCL...



erm...some good old-fashioned fact checking, anyone? :)

This is not true at all. He's not in Rotterdam; the reporter is right on the ball as usual...

I mean, I'd be happy if he were in Rotterdam, but I think it's best if he practises doubles back in Aus.

Thanx for the translation:kiss:! There were about a gazillion reports saying that he was gonna skip Rotterdam on account of how tired he was during and after the Aus Open :p ! He even said so in an interview :rolleyes: !

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 12:20 PM
I just have to say something in defense of all these celebs and their ugly pictures. :o

It's their job to look a certain way for the camera and to project a certain image so, of course, they use cosmetics and enjoy the advantages of technology.

Your grad photos will likely be retouched too. Hey, you may even wear make-up. ;)

Constant travel, long hours, make-up and hair products often can leave models/actressses looking pretty fried when they aren't working. (Kind of like athletes). Cameron Diaz, in particular, has been up front about her acne and other skin problems. You can see even in that 'ugly' shot that she has incredible bone structure and that's what the camera sees.

The tabloids present these pics with the air of exposing some crime, but even a pretty woman can take a bad picture now and then. :o

pffff....

I understand what you're saying ;) , but most of these celebs don't project good images! The problem with this is that teenagers (like myself) pick up on all the things that they do and wear! Girls my age wear so much make-up and skirts that are about 4 inches long with extremely low cut tops! It's actually quite pathetic :mad: ! Sometimes women get ***** because of the clothes/make-up that they wear! It might lead criminals to think that they are older than they look! Even if **** is wrong you could always send out the message that you wanna have sex when you don't just by the stuff you wear ;) !

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 12:34 PM
First of all, that croquet-playing hamster avatar is perhaps the cutest things ever but... :eek: :sad:

Raeesa, what you wrote scares me a little. There is only one criminal in a **** - the rapist. The act is his responsibility. Even if the victim is dressed in a fashion that is perceived as immodest, even if her behaviour is flirtatious, none of this makes a man not responsible for his actions.

**** happens equally to the modestly attired, to 80 plus yr old grandmothers, to small children...it's a crime about the rapist's need to dominate and humiliate his victim(s). That's why the crime becomes of epidemic proportions during war.

I think Pam Anderson is an unfortunate (Canadian :o) woman, but she and her implants have no responsibility for anyone's ****.

jeanie_sin
02-13-2005, 12:34 PM
Thanx for the translation:kiss:! There were about a gazillion reports saying that he was gonna skip Rotterdam on account of how tired he was during and after the Aus Open :p ! He even said so in an interview :rolleyes: !

he is not in the committment list for rotterdam becaue it was too close to his......*cough*wedding day*cough*. of course, the committment list came out before october

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 12:45 PM
He had plenty of time to get a wild card after the wedding was cancelled.

As defending champion, he is entitled to one, I believe. In any case, he certainly would have received one. With DC being rescheduled, he chose to stay in Australia and lose the points - not that these matter particularly.

It's too bad. I like Rotterdam. It seems like a great, well organized event. The website is good too. Here is the Lleytonless draw. Nice field...

http://www.abnamrowtt.nl/

raeesa301
02-13-2005, 12:55 PM
The two of them don't seem to remember that the wedding day was around this time! One of them is getting comfy with an underwear model while the other one is off planning weddings (date is 17 Dec 05, posted article in lleyton & Bec thread) :p !

I know you're right about the whole thing with the fashion Dagmar! But I've heard some really scarey stories about this kind of thing ;) !

jeanie_sin
02-13-2005, 01:12 PM
He had plenty of time to get a wild card after the wedding was cancelled.

As defending champion, he is entitled to one, I believe. In any case, he certainly would have received one. With DC being rescheduled, he chose to stay in Australia and lose the points - not that these matter particularly.

It's too bad. I like Rotterdam. It seems like a great, well organized event. The website is good too. Here is the Lleytonless draw. Nice field...

http://www.abnamrowtt.nl/

but that WAS his original reason for not committing to that event, as tournament director krajicek said

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 03:28 PM
The two of them don't seem to remember that the wedding day was around this time! One of them is getting comfy with an underwear model while the other one is off planning weddings (date is 17 Dec 05, posted article in lleyton & Bec thread) :p !

I know you're right about the whole thing with the fashion Dagmar! But I've heard some really scarey stories about this kind of thing ;) !

I'm sort of involved with this issue and I have strong feelings about it.

I totally agree with you that young girls shouldn't be wearing revealing clothing. In any case, I'm not a fan of extreme low-rise pants etc on anyone and am glad that they are out of style now.

For me, it's more of an aesthetic issue than a moral one though...I don't like seeing a lot of skin on most people, but if they (adults) want to dress like that, it's ok.

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 03:39 PM
but that WAS his original reason for not committing to that event, as tournament director krajicek said

Yes, I know. I never said it wasn't.

I'm not sure why you brought this up in the first place. I thought you meant that he might be in Rotterdam after all, like the interview says.

Evidently that's not what you meant, so that's that.

Murkofan
02-13-2005, 06:06 PM
:topic:

Goooooooooooo Kim! :bounce:

Yasmine
02-13-2005, 06:11 PM
Too right Marly! Go Kim!!! :woohoo:

Socket
02-13-2005, 07:40 PM
Lleyton did not commit to Rotterdam because of the planned wedding.

After that was cancelled, he could have asked for a WC if he had wanted one, and I'm sure that the tournament would have been delighted to give him one, but by then, he had decided to train very hard before the AO, and then take off a couple of weeks after the AO and before DC as his vacation.

I have read -- nothing official -- that he has enough points to stay at No. 2 for IW, so it won't hurt him not to defend Rotterdam, although the points between him and Roddick might be reduced.

Jackie
02-13-2005, 11:10 PM
Thanks for posting that translation from CCL...



erm...some good old-fashioned fact checking, anyone? :)

This is not true at all. He's not in Rotterdam; the reporter is right on the ball as usual...

I mean, I'd be happy if he were in Rotterdam, but I think it's best if he practises doubles back in Aus.

LOL. Even the people on Kim's board who claim to hate Lleyton knew he wasn't in Rotterdam. Stupid media, not doing their job AGAIN :rolleyes:

Jackie
02-13-2005, 11:12 PM
First of all, that croquet-playing hamster avatar is perhaps the cutest things ever but... :eek: :sad:

Raeesa, what you wrote scares me a little. There is only one criminal in a **** - the rapist. The act is his responsibility. Even if the victim is dressed in a fashion that is perceived as immodest, even if her behaviour is flirtatious, none of this makes a man not responsible for his actions.

**** happens equally to the modestly attired, to 80 plus yr old grandmothers, to small children...it's a crime about the rapist's need to dominate and humiliate his victim(s). That's why the crime becomes of epidemic proportions during war.

I think Pam Anderson is an unfortunate (Canadian :o) woman, but she and her implants have no responsibility for anyone's ****.

If a woman is lying in the middle of the street naked, **** is still ****

Jackie
02-13-2005, 11:16 PM
I understand what you're saying ;) , but most of these celebs don't project good images! The problem with this is that teenagers (like myself) pick up on all the things that they do and wear! Girls my age wear so much make-up and skirts that are about 4 inches long with extremely low cut tops! It's actually quite pathetic :mad: ! Sometimes women get ***** because of the clothes/make-up that they wear! It might lead criminals to think that they are older than they look! Even if **** is wrong you could always send out the message that you wanna have sex when you don't just by the stuff you wear ;) !

Do you really believe this? :unsure: I agree that 4 inch skirts and low cut tops are often innapropriate clothing, but that is not an excuse to **** them...and a 15 year old girl will always look like a 15 year old girl regardless of their clothing and make-up

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 01:16 AM
...and a 15 year old girl will always look like a 15 year old girl regardless of their clothing and make-up

That's not the case here.

Jackie
02-14-2005, 01:31 AM
That's not the case here.

Make-up makes me look younger. LOL

Lisbeth
02-14-2005, 01:56 AM
Getting excited and nervous about Kim's first match :yippee: I hope she's in form enough to get through :)

star
02-14-2005, 03:23 AM
Let the outrage over PDA begin. :lol: :lol:


http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,1658,417734,00.jpg

This is a little steamier than anything we've seen from Lleyton and Bec.

star
02-14-2005, 03:25 AM
http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,1658,417654,00.jpg

jeanie_sin
02-14-2005, 04:42 AM
there's nothing wrong with PDA. i think alot of people do it. there's something wrong with seeking publicity for your relationship

Angele
02-14-2005, 10:21 AM
I had replied to the earlier posts on impluse, but deleted them because I don't think we should get into this, again, in another thread. Christina, I'm pretty sure these pictures in relation to Lleyton and Bec have been discussed in one of the many threads that we already have for them. No use trying to stir up trouble in here. And Christina you're smart enough to know that posting those pictures, with those comments, can and probably will stir up trouble!

star
02-14-2005, 12:21 PM
awwww :angel:e :hug: :hug:

I was having some fun. I see nothing wrong with PDA, and yeah, I was thumbing my nose at people who have been outraged that Lleyton can't keep his hands off Bec. But, it's not weapons of mass destruction or anything like that. It's just keeping it all in perspective and having a bit of light hearted fun on an internet tennis fan site.

Apparently we don't find the same things funny. :lol:

tournesol
02-14-2005, 12:24 PM
oh my goodness!! :lol:

I was having some fun. I see nothing wrong with PDA, and yeah, I was thumbing my nose at people who have been outraged that Lleyton can't keep his hands off Bec. But, it's not weapons of mass destruction or anything like that. It's just keeping it all in perspective and having a bit of light hearted fun on an internet tennis fan site.

Apparently we don't find the same things funny. :lol:

i'm sure it was posted with valentine day in mind ;)

star
02-14-2005, 12:27 PM
But, hey. I'm gonna post pictures of Lleyton and of Kim. I'm a fan of both.

I'm happy they are both so clearly in love with their new partners. Kim was looking radiant in her press conference, and Lleyton glows when he's around Bec. It's great to see them both so happy and it makes me feel that the split was the right decision. Mutual or not. :)

star
02-14-2005, 12:28 PM
i'm sure it was posted with valentine day in mind ;)

Yeah. That too. :lol:

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 12:47 PM
Clijsters launches Antwerp comeback
From correspondents in Brussels
February 14, 2005

FORMER world No.1 Kim Clijsters makes her comeback from a serious wrist injury at the Antwerp Diamond Games this week.

Clijsters last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match against Russia's Elena Bovina.

That tournament in Belgium had been her first for five months.

"I don't expect great things, I am just happy to be able to play again," Clijsters said at the weekend. "I have practised several times on centre court to try and find my touch slowly.

"I have been training normally since January 4. I'm still stiff around my wrist but it's not painful any more."

Clijsters, 21, will play Croatia's Jelena Kostanic in the first round of the $US585,000 ($745,800) Antwerp tournament on Tuesday (1630 GMT), her first on-court appearance since splitting from fiance Lleyton Hewitt.

The Belgian was a victim of her own success – in 2003 she was the first women's player to contest more than 100 singles matches since Chris Evert in 1974.

She reached the Australian Open final in January 2004 before suffering wrist injuries that led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May.

Clijsters had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist – she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand – in June and had an abortive comeback in early October.peLater that month she and Hewitt announced their four-year romance was over, just five weeks after stating their intention to marry in Australia this month.

Australian Hewitt has since proposed to soap opera actress Bec Cartwright.

"Lots of things happened this winter but there's no point in talking about them," Clijsters said.

Reuters

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 12:49 PM
Clijsters plays down expectations

Kim Clijsters insists she does not expect to hit top form on her return from a four-month injury break at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp.
The Belgian has been out since October with what was thought to be a career-threatening wrist injury.

"I don't expect great things, I'm just happy to play again," said Clijsters. "I hope to get past one or two rounds.

"I have been training normally since 4 January. I'm still stiff around my wrist but it's not painful any more."

Clijsters faces a tough opening match against Jelena Kostanic on Tuesday.

After reaching the Australian Open final 12 months ago, the Belgian suffered a wrist injury which led to her pulling out during a tournament in Berlin in May.

She had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist in June but was forced to withdraw from her comeback event in October when playing Elena Bovina in the semi-finals

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 12:56 PM
I extracted this from the rest of the article!

Exclusive: Women's Preview, Week of February 14
Women's Look Forward: Antwerp, Memphis, Bogota

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=3629

The truly noteworthy unseeded player, though, is last year's champion Kim Clijsters. She's back, though she doesn't sound too confident about her fitness, but she officially wasn't out for six months (even though Antwerp 2004 was the last tournament she played while actually healthy). So she is not listed as having an injury ranking, and she certainly doesn't have a special ranking. That's particularly unfortunate here, since indoors is her best surface by a significant margin, and #8 seed Sprem is at her worst under a roof; if ever there were an event where the WTA should have given Clijsters a special seed, this is it!

star
02-14-2005, 01:03 PM
:kiss: :kiss:

Thanks for the article.

Kim will do fine without the special ranking. Men don't get it, and they make do. :)

star
02-14-2005, 01:05 PM
What really concerns me is that Kim has changed the technique on her backhand. That's tough to do at her level. It makes me nervous.

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 01:09 PM
I didn't know where to put this, so I put it in here as well as the Lleyton and Bec thread!

When love's in spotlight, romance flies out the window

February 15, 2005
LOVE is in the air, everywhere you look around. In the name of love a press release was issued in the middle of the night two weeks ago that ensured Australia woke to the news that Lleyton Hewitt and TV soap star Bec Cartwright were engaged.

Instead of reports of how the gallant Russian Marat Safin had kicked Hewitt's butt in the final of the Australian Open, that middle-of-the-night love letter ensured Lleyton, and not Marat, dominated the news the next day.

Instead of Safin being the toast of Melbourne, photographers were stalking the happy couple, Ley and Bec, and Hewitt's ever-visible parents as they went for a jog.

In the middle of the night on the other side of the world, the Queen and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair were also weighing strategy and timing in the name of love. At issue were the announcement of the British election, the wedding of Chuck and Camilla, and how one could overshadow the other to ensure C&C could safely get hitched without getting lynched.

It seems people can get away with just about anything in the name of love. They can steal a champion's glory. They can seduce a clueless teenage virgin, extract an heir and a spare, drop her like a stone in the Thames, then return to the mistress. Now the members of the Commonwealth are supposed to be happy that this right royal git is marrying his mistress while his discarded princess rots in her grave.

But having finally snared her man, the glowing Camilla may well like to ponder the old saying that when a man marries his mistress, he creates a vacancy.

It's all a bit hard to swallow when the streets are lined with roses, blow-up hearts and toy teddies - all in the name of love. (And whoever decided that a toy teddy, as opposed to a lace teddy, was a romantic present to give a grown woman on Valentine's Day should be stuffed and have buttons sewn over their eyes.)

Five months ago the huge black gates of Kensington Palace in London were also lined with teddies, roses and blow-up hearts. It wasn't of the same magnitude as the metre-deep carpet that lined the approach paths to the palace when Princess Diana died in 1997. Rather, the palace gates had been wallpapered with Diana memorabilia.

The occasion was the seventh anniversary of the death and burial of Princess Diana and on that hot September afternoon last year the wallpaper made for fascinating reading. There were poems, newspaper cutouts, handwritten notes, hearts and flowers all tied to the gates, where a robust black woman, a ruddy, rotund man with bad teeth and a studious young Indian man were having a raging argument about who killed the princess.

It would have been funny if they weren't all so serious. The young Indian was the dissenter, claiming Diana had brought it on herself. Her two English advocates were having none of it. "She was murdered," they howled at him.

The same who-done-it argument raged over dinner tables last night as couples met for their big night out on Valentine's Day. They were showing their love by adding to the national debt with an overpriced dinner in an overcrowded restaurant.

Why is it that our public displays of love can often look so very cheap? Lleyton took $200,000 out of his change drawer to demonstrate his love for Bec with a Tiffany ring. Come on, Lleyton. Love's gotta hurt, just a little. Maybe the tennis player, who has made $US15 million ($19million) just in prizemoney, is still a little love-shy. After all, his wedding to his old fiancee, Kim Clijsters, was supposed to have been held last weekend.

Chuck didn't dig into his own massive wealth at all. Instead he got Mumsie to do his bidding, as usual. He got the Queen to root around in the family vault to find a nice little trinket to demonstrate his devotion for his mistress.

Where's the love, Chuck?

May they live happily never after.

star
02-14-2005, 01:17 PM
"the glowing Camilla" :haha: :haha: :haha:

Knockers LaBroad
02-14-2005, 01:23 PM
What really concerns me is that Kim has changed the technique on her backhand. That's tough to do at her level. It makes me nervous.

Marat did it too after his injury.
It's a little adjustment, a less extreme grip.
Kim's wayyyyyy too flexible...:o:p

tournesol
02-14-2005, 01:56 PM
Marat did it too after his injury.
It's a little adjustment, a less extreme grip.
Kim's wayyyyyy too flexible...:o:p

:wavey: ladies,

time to catch on on productivity

elke: have a great time in antwerpen

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 02:12 PM
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,1658,417734,00.jpg

This is a little steamier than anything we've seen from Lleyton and Bec.

Yes, because most of theirs are posed :p

star
02-14-2005, 02:24 PM
Nah. I've seen plenty of unposed pictures of them.

One of the things that strikes me about that picture is the difference in their skin tones. Luc is quite ruddy compared to Kim. Anyway, her hair is still to die for. I love that wave around her face.

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 03:17 PM
Luc is still bloody hot though :drool: ! The one thing that strikes me about the pics of the two of them together is that it seems so natural and it's as if they really have some real good chemistry going on :p !

Lleyton and Bec do have chemistry but by they don't look as natural and comforatable as Luc and Kim :) ! I can't imagine Lleyton lying on top of any girl in public the way Luc is doing with Kim! He seems a tad bit uptight for that :p .

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 03:29 PM
Twinkle of diamonds brings Venus back to tournament
Associated Press
Brussels, Belgium, February 14, 2005

Venus Williams adores diamonds and the attraction of winning a euro1-million (US$1.3 million) racket studded with them has brought her back to the Diamond Games tournament this week.

Former top-ranked Kim Clijsters hopes to revel in the cheers of a home crowd again as she resumes her career following a lost year because of a wrist injury.

The US$585,000 WTA tournament opening Monday in northern Antwerp has France's Amelie Mauresmo as the No. 1 seed and boasts three more top-10 players - Anastasia Myskina, Williams and Alicia Molik. Williams is the only player though who will have a shot at winning the diamond-encrusted trophy this time around. It goes to the first player who wins the tournament three times in any five-year span and she won the first two editions of the Diamond Games before she had to skip last year's edition with a knee injury. The American fashion student with her own interior design company has never hidden her love of gems and there was never any doubt she would come back for a shot at a third title _ and the trophy. After two injury-marred seasons, Williams is trying to recover her form of old and reached the final 16 of the Australian Open last month before falling to Molik, a potential opponent in the Antwerp final.

On her side, Williams has never been beaten in Antwerp. Clijsters also has fond memories of Antwerp, a city just a few dozen kilometers from her home. She reached the final two years ago before winning the tournament last year in front of a crowd of 15,000 at the Sports Palace.

It was her last hurrah before her left wrist wreaked havoc with her career. It needed surgery over the summer and even afterward, one hesitant return in October was proof enough recovery needed more time.

"I am happy to be back," she said in the run-up to the tournament, although she stressed victory was still outside her grasp. "I hope to get past one or two rounds."

From ranked No. 1 in 2003, she has fallen to 49th ahead of Monday's weekly update and no longer enjoys any protection in the seedings.

Her first-round opponent, Jelena Kostanic, already has climbed 15 places ahead of her and if Clijsters makes it into the second round, she will face Russian Nadia Petrova, No. 12. She then would play Williams in Friday's quarterfinals.

The top four seeds have a bye in the first round.

Socket
02-14-2005, 04:39 PM
I can't imagine Lleyton lying on top of any girl in public the way Luc is doing with Kim! He seems a tad bit uptight for that :p .
Thank God for small favors.

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 04:42 PM
I'm actually a fan of PDAs :) ! Obviously not to lovey-dovey or something that would make me puke, but I really don't mind people getting affectionate with each other :p ! Just so long as the limits :devil: !

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 04:51 PM
I can't imagine Lleyton lying on top of any girl in public the way Luc is doing with Kim!

Lleyki Ll, no. Llecca Ll, yes.

star
02-14-2005, 06:04 PM
So what are Luc and Kim? Lucki?

:lol:

Kiluc.

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 06:07 PM
We've decided on Lucki ;)

Angele
02-14-2005, 06:13 PM
awwww :angel:e :hug: :hug:

I was having some fun. I see nothing wrong with PDA, and yeah, I was thumbing my nose at people who have been outraged that Lleyton can't keep his hands off Bec. But, it's not weapons of mass destruction or anything like that. It's just keeping it all in perspective and having a bit of light hearted fun on an internet tennis fan site.

Apparently we don't find the same things funny. :lol:

If trying to stir up trouble is funny well then no, I guess we don't find the same things funny :shrug: Also I think you would be better advised to ignore the one or two people who are outraged that Lleyton can't keep his hands off Bec, but were ok with it when it was Kim, and actually address the people who have an issue with inviting photographers to dates and selling your story to a magazine/tv channel but were ok with the whole kissing your gf after you've won the biggest tournament of your life thing. In any case, the whole point of my original post to you was to not stir up trouble in another thread. If you were just having some fun, fine, do whatever you want, but I'm pretty sure you're smart enough to know that backhanded comments like that can cause trouble so your fun would have been better placed in a thread that already had crap in it, no need to bring it to a whole new thread.

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 06:31 PM
Here's a novel idea: how about simply not responding to things you find irritating?

In any case, this is all :topic:

Goooooooooooo Kim! :bounce:

Socket
02-14-2005, 06:56 PM
I'm actually a fan of PDAs :) ! Obviously not to lovey-dovey or something that would make me puke, but I really don't mind people getting affectionate with each other :p ! Just so long as the limits :devil: !
I'm OK with showing affection, but Kim and Luc looks very high-schoolish, IMO.

Chesty Larue
02-14-2005, 06:57 PM
We've decided on Lucki ;)

Lucki!! :D :bounce:

raeesa301
02-14-2005, 07:00 PM
Lucki!! :D :bounce:

Is that Brad Pitt in your avatar? Sorry just curious!

sprinterluck
02-14-2005, 07:15 PM
We've decided on Lucki ;)

People on CCL are using Lucki. :D That's the best name for the pair IMO. I like Kim's new white Fila warm-up outfit and Luc's rugged look. :D He's a good looking guy. Some girls have all the luck huh? First Lleyton and now Luc. Kim's really got game. :p

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 07:15 PM
Nope, it's T'Pol and Trip, our couple from Enterprise :bounce: No Brad Pitt :p

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 07:18 PM
People on CCL are using Lucki. :D That's the best name for the pair IMO.

Indeed :D

I love that first pic of jazzercize!Kim :rolls:

sprinterluck
02-14-2005, 07:32 PM
Indeed :D

I love that first pic of jazzercize!Kim :rolls:

:lol:

Let's get physical, physical
I wanna get physical
Let's get into physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk
Let me hear your body talk
--Olivia Newton-John

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 07:56 PM
Oh Lord, that has to be one of the worst songs ever recorded :rolls:

Angele
02-14-2005, 07:56 PM
Fine, for the greater good of this thread/forum, I'll shut up but that by no mean implies that I agree with what's going on here.

thelma
02-14-2005, 08:00 PM
Oh Lord, that has to be one of the worst songs ever recorded :rolls:
:lol: Agreed :p

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 08:02 PM
Objection(s) duly noted ;)

Filched from CCL: "I saw Kim in the players' lounge and said: 'You're trying it again?' She looks to be fit. I am enormously looking forward to her comeback. I hope the best for her."

Source: De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, Feb. 14, 2005
by Freddy Carremans, translation Ingrid

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 08:11 PM
:lol: Agreed :p

Not to mention one of the worst music videos :p

Chesty Larue
02-14-2005, 08:27 PM
Nope, it's T'Pol and Trip, our couple from Enterprise :bounce: No Brad Pitt :p

Yeah no Brad Pitt :p Connor Trinneer (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v483/Lleyki528/trinner_013.jpg) is the dude :p

What the hell is Kim doing in the white jogging suit? :unsure:

sprinterluck
02-14-2005, 08:31 PM
Not to mention one of the worst music videos :p

You're really giving away you're age by admitting you've seen the video. :p ;) "Physical" was a perfect 80s song to go with the Jane Fonda aerobics craze. I just recently looked up the lyrics (never knew the verses) and was surprised to see how it's implicitly sexual. :o All these years I thought it was about working out in the gym. :o

Chesty Larue
02-14-2005, 08:32 PM
You're really giving away you're age by admitting you've seen the video. :p ;) "Physical" was a perfect 80s song to go with the Jane Fonda aerobics craze. I just recently looked up the lyrics (never knew the verses) and was surprised to see how it's implicitly sexual. :o All these years I thought it was about working out in the gym. :o

:lol: :lol:

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 08:33 PM
I don't turn 20 until Thursday :p But I have an older sister, and I enjoy watching VHI Classic :p

Murkofan
02-14-2005, 08:42 PM
Christina, you should shut up. Really. Truly. Never speak again.

Jackie
02-14-2005, 11:59 PM
Hi everyone. I just noticed the bitching on the last page. Why are people taking these comments so seriously? Just relax and enjoy the board

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 12:27 AM
I suspect we're all just :timebomb:s waiting to go :crazy:

:p

Socket
02-15-2005, 12:29 AM
Oh, we're doing the GM thing again!!!!!!!!!!

:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 12:30 AM
There there Marlene :kiss: You're not a Kim fan, so you needn't be subjected to it, at least in this thread :p

Jackie
02-15-2005, 12:32 AM
Oh, we're doing the GM thing again!!!!!!!!!!

:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

It looked like the same argument continuing between the same people

Socket
02-15-2005, 12:33 AM
I just don't want fighting here. I shouldn't have to flee to GM for a little peace and quiet -- especially when they're bashing Lleyton over there!

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 12:35 AM
It's de rigeur atm :p It'll pass, don't worry :p

Jackie
02-15-2005, 12:50 AM
I just don't want fighting here. I shouldn't have to flee to GM for a little peace and quiet -- especially when they're bashing Lleyton over there!

LOL. You go to GM for peace and quiet? :eek:. There is SERIOUS Lleyton bashing over there. At least here most of it is intended as a joke [we have to amuse ourselves somehow :p]

sprinterluck
02-15-2005, 02:06 AM
I don't turn 20 until Thursday :p But I have an older sister, and I enjoy watching VHI Classic :p

:D Ahh, VH1 Classic; bridging the generation gap.

thelma
02-15-2005, 12:15 PM
Good luck Kim! :bounce:

I'm nervous!

http://slam.canoe.ca/StatsTEN/BC-TEN-LGNS-ANTWERPTENNIS-R.html

TENNIS NOTE
Monday, February 14, 3:38 PM

(UPDATING)

*Former No. 1 Clijsters returns at Belgium tennis*
--------------------------------------------------

ANTWERP, Belgium (Ticker) - Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters of
Belgium makes her long-anticipated return this week at the
Proximus Diamond Games.

The defending champion here, Clijsters has not played since
retiring during a semifinal match at Hasselt in October as a
wrist injury limited her to only 22 matches in 2004.

Clijsters, who is unseeded here, had wrist surgery midway
through the year, but started feeling pain again and needed more
time to let the injury heal.

Before suffering the injury, Clijsters captured a pair of titles
in 2004, also winning the Paris Indoors. She faces Jelena
Kostanic of Croatia in the first round here.

Standing in Clijsters' way in the quarterfinals could be
third-seeded Venus Williams of the United States, the only
player to win multiple titles here with back-to-back triumphs in
2002.

The top-four seeds - France's Amelie Mauresmo, Russia's
Anastasia Myskina, Williams and Australia's Alicia Molik -
received first-round byes.

Mauresmo was upset by Russia's Dinara Safina, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3,
Sunday in the final of the Open Gaz de France tournament.

The Proximus Diamond Games got under Monday with just a pair of
matches. No. 7 seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland defeated
Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5, while
Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva ousted Italian Tathiana Garbin,
6-4, 6-4.

st 02-14-05 15:33 et


_______________________________________

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/sport/articles/16615086

Clijsters on comeback trail
15 February 2005

Kim Clijsters did not expect to hit top form on her return from a four-month injury break at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp today.

The Belgian former world No1 has been out since October with what was thought to be a career-threatening wrist injury.

"I don't expect great things. I'm just happy to play again," she said. "I hope to get past one or two rounds. I have been training normally since the beginning of January. I'm still stiff around my wrist but it's not painful any more."

Clijsters faces a tough opening match against Jelena Kostanic of Croatia.

_____________________________

http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/050215/2/93j6.html

Clijsters launches comeback in Antwerp
Tue 15 Feb, 9:15 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Former world number one Kim Clijsters makes her comeback from a serious wrist injury at the Antwerp Diamond Games today.

Clijsters last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match against Russia's Elena Bovina. That tournament in Belgium had been her first for five months.

"I don't expect great things, I am just happy to be able to play again," Clijsters told reporters at the weekend. "I have practised several times on centre court to try and find my touch slowly.

"I have been training normally since January 4. I'm still stiff around my wrist but it's not painful any more."

Clijsters, 21, will play Croatia's Jelena Kostanic in the first round of the $585,000 (309,700 pound) Antwerp tournament on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. British time), her first on-court appearance since splitting from fiance Lleyton Hewitt.

The Belgian was a victim of her own success -- in 2003 she was the first women's player to contest more than 100 singles matches since Chris Evert in 1974.

She reached the Australian Open final in January/February 2004 before suffering wrist injuries which led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May.

Clijsters had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist -- she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand -- in June and had an abortive comeback in early October.

Later that month she and Hewitt announced their four-year romance was over, just five weeks after stating their intention to marry in Australia this month.

Australian Hewitt has since proposed to soap opera actress Bec Cartwright.

"Lots of things happened this winter but there's no point in talking about them," Clijsters said at the weekend.

_______________________________

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200502/s1302702.htm

Last Update: Tuesday, February 15, 2005. 7:38am AEDT

Clijsters launches comeback

http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200401/r14896_36559.jpg

Former world number one Kim Clijsters makes her comeback from a serious wrist injury at the Antwerp Diamond Games this week.

Clijsters last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match against Russia's Elena Bovina. That tournament in Belgium had been her first for five months.

"I don't expect great things, I am just happy to be able to play again," Clijsters told reporters at the weekend. "I have practised several times on centre court to try and find my touch slowly.

"I have been training normally since January 4. I'm still stiff around my wrist but it's not painful any more."

Clijsters, 21, will play Croatia's Jelena Kostanic in the first round tonight in her first on-court appearance since splitting from fiance Lleyton Hewitt.

The Belgian was a victim of her own success - in 2003 she was the first women's player to contest more than 100 singles matches since Chris Evert in 1974.

She reached the Australian Open final in January/February 2004 before suffering wrist injuries which led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May.

Clijsters had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist - she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand - in June, and had an abortive comeback in early October.

Later that month she and Hewitt announced their four-year romance was over, just five weeks after stating their intention to marry in Australia.

Hewitt has since proposed to soap opera actress Bec Cartwright.

"Lots of things happened this winter but there's no point in talking about them," Clijsters said at the weekend.

-Reuters

star
02-15-2005, 12:19 PM
Clijsters braced for tough return to the spotlight
By Mark Hodgkinson*
(Filed: 15/02/2005)



It will be an emotional Kim Clijsters on court in Antwerp today, and not just because this is her comeback match from a wrist injury that has hampered her career for so many long, frustrating months. She will also be making her first appearance since her very sudden, very public break-up with fiancé Lleyton Hewitt.


*

Kim Clijsters: in danger of slipping out of the top bracket

Clijsters, you could say, is doubly fortunate. The calendar has allowed her to return in Belgium just a few miles from home, and she is scheduled to play today rather than yesterday, when she would have been asked after her match to discuss, on Valentine's Day, her recent torturous romantic history. All she would say at the weekend was that "lots of things happened over the winter".


What must be disturbing for the 21-year-old, one of the sport's most engaging characters, is that she is constantly referred back to her past, to what she used to be. The former world No 1, the former consort of Hewitt, the girl who was one half of the sport's most celebrated couple. Do her ambitions and outlook appear a little dulled?


If you discount one tournament in October - an abortive comeback from the same injury - then Clijsters has not played a game of competitive tennis since last May. The injury prevented her from hitting her double-handed backhand, and it was thought for a while that the complaint would end her career.


Clijsters was at No 87 in the weekly rankings list released yesterday, a drop of 38 places from the previous Monday. The tournament in Antwerp was one of only two titles she won last year, so she has plenty of ranking points to defend. A defeat in the early rounds, and she would continue to slip and slide towards the sport's underclass.


A few more months on the physiotherapist's treatment table and Clijsters really would have felt like the forgotten woman of tennis. She managed just 22 matches last season, and like all players returning from injury will discover the sport has moved on. Another top-10 residency will not be so simple.


If Clijsters is to compete with the Russians, and American Serena Williams, who re-launched herself at last month's Australian Open, then she will need to regain the confidence and sustained baseline ferocity that took her to three Grand Slam finals (she lost all three).


It is to be hoped the off-court drama with Hewitt will not distract Clijsters from the business of playing tennis. She did not sound too confident before her first-round match against the Croatian, Jelena Kostanic. "I don't expect great things," she said.


Clijsters and Hewitt had been due to marry in a Belgian castle this month, but she ended their four-year relationship over the telephone in October. Hewitt reacted to his defeat in the Australian Open final by proposing to his girlfriend of a few weeks, a soap- opera actress, with "a big diamond" (though he was apparently too tired to go down on bended knee).


Over the weekend Clijsters allowed herself to be photographed with a new boyfriend, a Belgian underwear model. Clijsters and Hewitt will probably see each other again for the first time next month, at Indian Wells in the Californian desert. Hewitt has said he is "no longer interested in women's tennis". The meeting may not be entirely civil

dagmar7
02-15-2005, 12:23 PM
Thanks Christina.

Another article salivating over a possible scene in IW. I really think that they are going to be disappointed when nothing happens. :sad:

:devil:

star
02-15-2005, 12:23 PM
Kim doesn't play til much later today. I guess I won't even be around to watch the scoreboard. :sad:

star
02-15-2005, 12:25 PM
Thanks Christina.

Another article salivating over a possible scene in IW. I really think that they are going to be disappointed when nothing happens. :sad:

:devil:

Honestly.

I do think that if there is any tension it won't come from Kim herself. She seems to have moved on and is even self assured enough to say she wished Lleyton well at the AO. Of course, it is always easier for the dumper than the dumpee. There's that wounded pride thing. :D

dagmar7
02-15-2005, 12:27 PM
Me neither. I do think she can take down Kostanic, who is good but I don't think up to beating KC on home turf in front of a rapturous crowd.

Petrova, on the other hand, is a bit scary. She hits the ball hard and while she isn't exactly Miss Mental Toughness, she seems like she might relish the role of the spoiler.

star
02-15-2005, 12:27 PM
Oh, and Marly. :nerner:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I shut up for an afternoon. I think that's enough don't you? :p :) :angel:

dagmar7
02-15-2005, 12:33 PM
Honestly.

I do think that if there is any tension it won't come from Kim herself. She seems to have moved on and is even self assured enough to say she wished Lleyton well at the AO. Of course, it is always easier for the dumper than the dumpee. There's that wounded pride thing. :D

The 'dumper' - terrible word by anyway - often wants to be friends. I can speak from experience, having been both.

The 'dumper' can look back nostalgically at the good times, especially if (she) had emotionally distanced herself some time ago.

As I said, I think Lleyton's too well protected to make any sort of scene. If anything, I think, she will want to be friends and he won't want any part of it, which I totally understand. Some can manage this, but I haaate when my exes want to be friends. I hate it so much. Did I mention I hate it...

dagmar7
02-15-2005, 12:39 PM
I thought that the purpose of this thread was to post sordid relationship gossip not think of cute nicknames...

Here's some (typically) loose talk from Tennis-X. I think this is 2-12 so sorry if it's old news. I will never understand the bizarre way the break-up was dealt with but anyway...

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Nice coverage by The Tennis Channel on Saturday, with a replay of the Gaston Gaudio-Rafael "The Prodigy" Nadal quarterfinal at 10 a.m., followed by both Buenos Aires semifinals live...Are there two more Masters of the Obvious in tennis commentating than Fox Sports' Leif Shiras and Barry MacKay? And how bad was the "interview" with skater Kristi Yamaguchi, when Leif asks her to start analyzing points? Geez that was bad, that dragged on forever -- just say hi and get her the hell out of the booth. "Kristi, if you played on the tour, would you play more like Tommy Haas or more like Andy Roddick?" What the F? You guys are AWFUL...Ballerina and model Caroline Rocher, Boris Becker's girlfriend, is posing in the March issue of the German edition of Playboy magazine. Nicely done...Feliciano "F-Lo" Lopez might get the Davis Cup singles call for Spain on the fast hardcourts against Slovakia with Carlos Moya announcing he won't be playing...According to The Sunday Mail, Kim Clijsters' father Leo cancelled the reservation on the wedding hall days before Clijsters broke the news to Lleyton Hewitt.

star
02-15-2005, 12:41 PM
Yeah.... I've been on both ends of that stick too. Much much easier to be the one who ends the relationship even though that has it's share of unease and turmoil too. At least once you've done it, it's over and you start feeling good almost immediately. :lol:

But, to be given walking papers is much more difficult and involves a lot more tears.

It's totally difficult to be "friends" after a break up. I had an old boyfriend who did that admirably for years. He remained in contact, but didn't call to often to raise my suspicions that he wanted back and never acted bitter. But we never became like real friends. Just more like friendly acquaintances.

Anyway, Lleyton and Kim have to see each other sometime. Best to get it over with and go on. I expect there will be some coolness. I can't see Lleyton greeting her with a big smile and hug. :lol:

dagmar7
02-15-2005, 12:52 PM
:lol: The thread title, Christina... I am quietly in hysterics at the moment. Do we have to call you sparky now or something like that?

You can have the cute nickname of your choice.

star
02-15-2005, 01:19 PM
:lol:

star
02-15-2005, 01:19 PM
I choose "KLUC"

:lol:

thelma
02-15-2005, 01:41 PM
:lol: the new title

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 04:48 PM
Oh, and Marly. :nerner:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I shut up for an afternoon. I think that's enough don't you? :p :) :angel:

You are a rock star :worship: :kiss: :p

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 04:50 PM
I can't see Lleyton greeting her with a big smile and hug. :lol:

He really should, though. If not for Kim giving him the boot, they'd be married, and he wouldn't be engaged to the woman he's really supposed to be with :p

I think he at least owes Kim a thank-you card :p

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 05:13 PM
:D Ahh, VH1 Classic; bridging the generation gap.

VH1 Classic is :worship:

Yasmine
02-15-2005, 05:28 PM
He really should, though. If not for Kim giving him the boot, they'd be married, and he wouldn't be engaged to the woman he's really supposed to be with :p

I think he at least owes Kim a thank-you card :p
:haha: Marly you're a star too ;) yeah good on Kim for allowing him to find his soul mate uh? :devil:

thelma
02-15-2005, 06:47 PM
:woohoo: Kim won her 1st rond match 6-2 6-3 :yeah: :banana: :dance:

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 06:48 PM
You're a star as well, Yas :kiss:

Kim won! :D :bounce: :woohoo:

kim-fan
02-15-2005, 06:49 PM
:woohoo:
kim is back! :banana:

kim-fan
02-15-2005, 06:50 PM
kim was playing really agressive, putting pressure on Kostanic. she looked really focused, pumping her fist all the time (well, not all the time, but quite a lot) and her backhand looked just fine!

I'm so glad she's back :D

thelma
02-15-2005, 07:11 PM
:banana:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050215/sp_nm/atp_belgium_clijsters_dc_1

Clijsters Makes Light Work of Comeback Match in Antwerp

21 minutes ago

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Former world number one Kim Clijsters (news) wasted little time in her comeback from a serious wrist injury, easing past Croatia's Jelena Kostanic (news) 6-2, 6-3, in the Antwerp Open first round Tuesday.



Champion Clijsters, who last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match against Russia's Elena Bovina (news), produced superb form and moved freely as she sealed victory in just over an hour.

Dominating her 35th-ranked opponent from the baseline, the Belgian broke Kostanic in the first and fifth games before taking the opening set in 30 minutes.

She broke the Croatian's serve again in the third game of the second set before wrapping up the match when Kostanic sent a forehand long on the first match point.

Clijsters, 21, reached last year's Australian Open (news - web sites) final before suffering wrist injuries which led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May 2004.

She had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist -- she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand -- in June before making an abortive comeback in Belgium in early October, her first tournament for five months.

Yasmine
02-15-2005, 07:17 PM
You're a star as well, Yas :kiss:

Yeah we're all so popular :lol: :bounce: :yippee:

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 07:39 PM
From Diamond Games website!

Kim is back 15-02-2005 :worship: :bounce: :bigclap:

Kim Clijsters has easily reached the second round of the Antwerp Proximus Diamond Games. Jelena Kostanic was not exactly a match and she got beaten in two sets.

Without any problems, Kim Clijsters started her first match in months. Jelena Kostanic tried, but had to undergo the match. Clijsters quickly ran into a 4-1 advantage with some astonishing tennis. Kostanic could hardly put up an answer against Clijsters' service. Only at times Kostanic was able to have Clijsters cornered, but still, both players were not exactly well-matched. After half an hour, the second set was already over with 6-2.

The second set was pretty similar. Clijsters was pretty untouchable on her service game. Kostanic tried to hang on, but Clijsters played very varied and deep. Kostanic was put under constant pressure and she had to let go all hope. Clijsters also took the second set, this time with 6-3. In the next round Nadia Petrova awaits, most likely a different match.

Pics from match:

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 07:47 PM
Enjoy! :p

thelma
02-15-2005, 07:54 PM
.....

Defending champion Clijsters, 21, last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match against Russia's Elena Bovina.

But the Belgian produced superb form and moved freely as she sealed victory over Kostanic in just over an hour.

Clijsters dominated her 35th-ranked opponent from the baseline.

The Belgian broke Kostanic in the first and fifth games before taking the opening set in 30 minutes.

She broke the Croatian's serve again in the third game of the second set before wrapping up the match when Kostanic sent a forehand long on the first match point.

"I wanted to play again so badly and I am really surprised everything went so well," Clijsters said afterwards.

"Physically, I was 100% and I did not have to hold back at all out there. My backhand is not yet technically perfect but it is getting better and better."

In other first-round matches in Antwerp on Tuesday, Nathalie Dechy of France and Croatia's Karolina Sprem suffered surprise defeats.

Dechy, the world number 13 and semi-finalist in last month's Australian Open, lost 7-6 6-4 to Czech Klara Koukalova.

World number 17 Sprem was beaten 7-5 6-3 by Russian qualifier Anna Chakvetadze who won the first five games of the match.

Camille Pin of France beat Spain's Marta Marrero 6-1 6-2, and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia defeated Italian Maria Elena Camerin 3-6 6-2 6-4.

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:01 PM
Clijsters return turns into stroll
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 Posted: 2050 GMT (0450 HKT)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters returned from a serious wrist injury with a 6-2 6-3 win over Croatia's Jelena Kostanic in the Antwerp Open first round on Tuesday.

Champion Clijsters, who last played in early October, produced superb form and moved freely as she sealed victory in an hour.

Dominating her 35th-ranked opponent from the baseline, the Belgian broke Kostanic in the first and fifth games before taking the opening set in 30 minutes.

She broke the Croatian's serve again in the third game of the second set before wrapping up the match with another break when Kostanic sent a forehand long on the first match point.

"I wanted to play again so badly and I am really surprised everything went so well," Clijsters told reporters.

"Physically, I was 100 percent and I did not have to hold back at all out there.

"My backhand is not yet technically perfect but it is getting better and better."

Clijsters, 21, reached last year's Australian Open final before suffering wrist injuries which led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May 2004.

She had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist -- she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand -- in June before making an abortive comeback in Belgium in early October, her first tournament for five months.

The Belgian will meet fifth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova in the Antwerp Open second round. Petrova beat Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4 6-1 on Tuesday.

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:04 PM
Winning Clijsters comeback
From correspondents in Antwerp
February 16, 2005

FORMER world No.1 Kim Clijsters made a winning comeback in the first round of the Antwerp Open this morning (AEDT).

In her first outing since a serious wrist injury, Clijsters eased past Croatia's Jelena Kostanic 6-2 6-3.

Clijsters, who last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match with Russia's Elena Bovina, produced superb form and moved freely as she sealed victory in an hour.

Dominating her 35th-ranked opponent from the baseline, the Belgian broke Kostanic in the first and fifth games before taking the opening set in 30 minutes.

She broke the Croatian's serve again in the third game of the second set before wrapping up the match with another break when Kostanic sent a forehand long on the first match point.

"I wanted to play again so badly and I am really surprised everything went so well," said Clijsters.

"Physically, I was 100 per cent and I did not have to hold back at all out there.

"My backhand is not yet technically perfect but it is getting better and better."

Clijsters, 21, reached last year's Australian Open final before sustaining wrist injuries which led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May.

She had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist - she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand - in June before making an abortive comeback in Belgium in early October, her first tournament for five months.

The Belgian will meet fifth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova in the second round. Petrova beat Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4 6-1 overnight.

Reuters

thelma
02-15-2005, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the articles and pics... :kiss:

Clijsters makes light work of comeback match in Antwerp
2005-02-15 19:42:10 GMT (Reuters)

BRUSSELS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Former world number one Kim Clijsters wasted little time in her comeback from a serious wrist injury, easing past Croatia's Jelena Kostanic 6-2 6-3 in the Antwerp Open first round on Tuesday.

Champion Clijsters, who last played in early October when she retired in the second set of a match against Russia's Elena Bovina, produced superb form and moved freely as she sealed victory in just over an hour.

Dominating her 35th-ranked opponent from the baseline, the Belgian broke Kostanic in the first and fifth games before taking the opening set in 30 minutes.

She broke the Croatian's serve again in the third game of the second set before wrapping up the match when Kostanic sent a forehand long on the first match point.

Clijsters, 21, reached last year's Australian Open final before suffering wrist injuries which led to her pulling out midway through a tournament in Berlin in May 2004.

She had surgery to remove a cyst on her left wrist -- she is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand -- in June before making an abortive comeback in Belgium in early October, her first tournament for five months.

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-02-15T200821Z_01_ANT06D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-02-15T200722Z_01_ANT05D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-02-15T200349Z_01_ANT04D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-02-15T193158Z_01_ANT03D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-02-15T192457Z_01_ANT02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:06 PM
Clijsters wins comeback match on home turf
Associated Press
Posted: 25 minutes ago

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) - Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters beat Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3 in the Diamond Games on Tuesday in her first match in four months.

Clijsters said her problematic left wrist, which kept her off the WTA Tour for most of the past year, did not bother her during the opening match in defense of her hometown title.
"So far so good," Clijsters told more than 10,000 fans in a packed Sports Palace. "I had good backhands, not always perfect ones, but that is to be expected at this point. I hope all will go better now."

The Belgian star smiled often on court, and played with ease. However, she expected a tougher match against fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova on Wednesday in the second round.

"She is a much different player, and Petrova serves very well and moves quicker, too," said Clijsters.

Petrova opened her account with a routine 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-4, 6-1, but two other seeds fell: Sixth-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France and No. 8 Karolina Sprem of Croatia.

Dechy, a semifinalist at the Australian Open, was ousted by Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Sprem lost to Anna Chakvetadze ofd Russia 7-5, 6-3.

Chakvetadze led 5-0, Sprem fought back to 5-5 and a break point for 6-5, but the Russian gathered her nerve to hold and break Sprem.

In other first-round matches, Camille Pin of France defeated Marta Marrero of Spain 6-1, 6-2, Virginie Razzano of France downed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia-Montenegro 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia beat Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:16 PM
Pics of training!

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:22 PM
Pics at press conferense after draw was anounced!

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 08:28 PM
Kim :hearts: :worship:

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:30 PM
Clijsters enjoys triumphant return on home soil

Antwerp, Belgium (Sports Network) - Playing her first WTA Tour match since early October, Belgian star Kim Clijsters returned a winner in Tuesday's opening-round action at the $585,000 Proximus Diamond Games.

The unseeded former world No. 1 Clijsters blew past Croat Jelena Kostanic 6-2, 6-3 on the indoor surface at Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

This marked only Clijsters' second match in nine months, as she'd been sidelined by a left wrist injury that required surgery last season. She was limited to a mere 22 matches in 2004.

The two-time French Open and one-time U.S. Open runner-up Clijsters is the reigning Diamond Games titlist, having beaten Italian Silvia Farina Elia in last year's finale here.

Up next for the amicable star from Bree will be fifth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova, an easy 6-4, 6-1 winner against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues on Day 2.

French star Mary Pierce moved on with a 6-2, 6-1 dismantling of Czech Iveta Benesova. The two-time Grand Slam champion Pierce will battle top-seeded fellow Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo in the second round. Mauresmo routed Pierce in a second-rounder at the Open Gaz de France in Paris last week.

A pair of upsets occurred when Czech Klara Koukalova dismissed sixth-seeded Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy, an Australian Open semifinalist last month, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 and Russian qualifier Anna Chakvetadze erased eighth-seeded Croat Karolina Sprem 7-5, 6-3.

Other first-round wins came for French qualifier Camille Pin and wild card Virginie Razzano and Slovenian qualifier Katarina Srebotnik.



02/15 16:13:52 ET

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:32 PM
Clijsters makes successful return

Sports Ticker

2/15/2005

ANTWERP, Belgium (Ticker) - Kim Clijsters got her comeback off to a good start at the Proximus Diamond Games.


A former world No. 1, Clijsters routed Croatia's Jelena Kostanic, 6-2, 6-3, Tuesday in her long-anticipated return to the WTA Tour.


The defending champion here, the Belgian had not played since retiring during a semifinal match at Hasselt in October as a wrist injury limited her to only 22 matches in 2004.



Clijsters, who is unseeded here this year, had wrist surgery midway through the year, but started feeling pain again and needed more time to let the injury heal. Before suffering the injury, she captured a pair of titles in 2004, also winning the Paris Indoors.



Fifth seed Nadia Petrova of Russia dispatched Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-4, 6-1, and will face Clijsters in the next round.



If Clijsters gets past her second-round match, she could run into third seed Venus Williams of the United States in the quarterfinals. Williams is the only player to win multiple titles here, accomplishing the feat with back-to-back triumphs in 2002 and 2003.


Williams is making her first appearance since a fourth-round loss to Australia's Alicia Molik at the Australian Open.


The top-four seeds - France's Amelie Mauresmo, Russia's Anastasia Myskina, Williams and Australia's Alicia Molik - received first-round byes.


Mauresmo was upset by Russia's Dinara Safina, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, Sunday in the final of the Open Gaz de France tournament.


A pair of seeds were upset Tuesday as Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic defeated No. 6 Nathalie Dechy of France, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, and Russian Anna Chakvetadze ousted No. 8 Karolina Sprem of Croatia, 7-5, 6-3.


In other results, France's Virginie Razzano toppled Ana Ivanovic of Serbia & Montenegro, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, Katarina Srebotnik of the Czech Republic downed Italian Maria Elena Camerin, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, and France's Camille Pin routed Spain's Marta Marrero, 6-1, 6-2.

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:37 PM
Clijsters cruises in comeback match

The Associated Press Updated: 4:21 p.m. ET Feb. 15, 2005ANTWERP, Belgium -

Former No. 1 sweeps past Kostanic in Antwerp Open

Belgium's Kim Clijsters had not played since retiring during a semifinal match at Hasselt in October as a wrist injury limited her to only 22 matches in 2004.

Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters beat Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3 in the Diamond Games on Tuesday in her first match in four months.

Clijsters said the left wrist injury that sidelined her in 2004 did not bother her as she opened the defense of her hometown title.

“So far, so good,” Clijsters told the crowd of more than 10,000. “I had good backhands, not always perfect ones, but that is to be expected at this point. I hope all will go better now.”

The Belgian star expects a tougher match against fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova on Wednesday.

“Petrova serves very well and moves quicker, too,” Clijsters said.

Petrova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-4, 6-1 in the first round, but two other seeded players were eliminated. No. 6 Nathalie Dechy, a semifinalist at the Australian Open, lost to Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4, while No. 8 Karolina Sprem was beaten by Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 7-5, 6-3.

In other first-round matches, Camille Pin of France defeated Marta Marrero of Spain 6-1, 6-2, Virginie Razzano of France downed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia-Montenegro 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia beat Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Murkofan
02-15-2005, 08:42 PM
Raeesa :worship:

thelma
02-15-2005, 08:44 PM
Raeesa :worship:
:yeah: :worship:

:lol: your avatar, Marly! ;) :yeah:

kim-fan
02-15-2005, 08:45 PM
thank you raeesa! :kiss:

raeesa301
02-15-2005, 08:50 PM
No problem guys! Can't find anymore pix or articles :p ! Btw those pics of Kim are great Thelma :worship: ! School tomorrow and it's nearly 12:55 down here, so I think I'm gonna hit the sack ;) !