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01-31-2004 05:16 PM
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Re: 2004 Australian Open

Umpire in line of fire after crucial call cruels Clijsters

By Karen Lyon
February 1, 2004
The Sun-Herald

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Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters at the net after the match. Photo: Ray Kennedy

A disappointed Kim Clijsters said she was not prepared to blame a controversial line call late in the third set for her loss to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final of the Australian Open yesterday.

Clijsters was clearly upset with the call, which gave Henin-Hardenne the decisive break in the final set and allowed the top seed to serve for the title. At the time, the No.2 seed questioned the overruling by chair umpire Sandra De Jenken and later said the call had helped turn the tide of the final.

It was the third time in less than 12 months the 20-year-old has lost a grand slam final to her compatriot.

Afterwards Clijsters did not want the overruling to be seen as her excuse for losing the match. "I'm not the type of player that's gonna start complaining after matches," she said. "That's something at the moment [that is] very disappointing, I think.

"A few people have told me that it was in. So that's even more disappointing then. But I'm not going to blame the umpire or anything because everyone makes mistakes. But of course it's disappointing."

Late in the third set, the momentum was once more on the move when Clijsters grabbed the ascendancy. She had broken the serve of Henin-Hardenne twice to recover the two early breaks she had conceded and, at 40-30, appeared poised to level the set at 4-all.

Yet she squandered two game points, double-faulting on both occasions. When Clijsters pushed a backhand volley wide, Henin- Hardenne had the critical break point.

Clijsters and most of the crowd, which had thrown its support behind her, believed she had saved the break point when her drive forehand volley appeared to hit the baseline and skid away from Henin-Hardenne.

The No.1 seed immediately looked at the line judge, pointed to the offending line and appeared to tell the judge the ball was out.

It was then that De Jenken overruled the call and awarded the game to Henin-Hardenne. While Clijsters questioned the overruling, the crowd began to jeer the decision and continued while Henin-Hardenne prepared to serve for the match, which she eventually won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Asked whether she was annoyed that Henin- Hardenne had become involved in the line call, Clijsters said she did not want to enter into such a debate. "I'm not going to get into things like that. I don't want to start any trouble or anything," she said. "You know, things happen . . . so I don't really want to get into too much."

What Clijsters would say is that she believed the shot was a winner.

"You feel things when they come off the racquet," she said. "I've been playing for 12 years. Now, as soon as I hit the ball, I probably know if it's going in or out.

"I definitely had the feeling it was good but nothing I can do about it now."

Henin-Hardenne said the decision was crucial but was "pretty sure" the umpire got it right.

"It was important because it was a break," she said. "And I needed to take one game in this point after losing three games in a row. The umpire took her responsibilities and I think it was a very tough call, but I think it was just long."Umpire in line of fire after crucial call cruels Clijsters

By Karen Lyon
February 1, 2004
The Sun-Herald

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Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters at the net after the match. Photo: Ray Kennedy

A disappointed Kim Clijsters said she was not prepared to blame a controversial line call late in the third set for her loss to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final of the Australian Open yesterday.

Clijsters was clearly upset with the call, which gave Henin-Hardenne the decisive break in the final set and allowed the top seed to serve for the title. At the time, the No.2 seed questioned the overruling by chair umpire Sandra De Jenken and later said the call had helped turn the tide of the final.

It was the third time in less than 12 months the 20-year-old has lost a grand slam final to her compatriot.

Afterwards Clijsters did not want the overruling to be seen as her excuse for losing the match. "I'm not the type of player that's gonna start complaining after matches," she said. "That's something at the moment [that is] very disappointing, I think.

"A few people have told me that it was in. So that's even more disappointing then. But I'm not going to blame the umpire or anything because everyone makes mistakes. But of course it's disappointing."

Late in the third set, the momentum was once more on the move when Clijsters grabbed the ascendancy. She had broken the serve of Henin-Hardenne twice to recover the two early breaks she had conceded and, at 40-30, appeared poised to level the set at 4-all.

Yet she squandered two game points, double-faulting on both occasions. When Clijsters pushed a backhand volley wide, Henin- Hardenne had the critical break point.

Clijsters and most of the crowd, which had thrown its support behind her, believed she had saved the break point when her drive forehand volley appeared to hit the baseline and skid away from Henin-Hardenne.

The No.1 seed immediately looked at the line judge, pointed to the offending line and appeared to tell the judge the ball was out.

It was then that De Jenken overruled the call and awarded the game to Henin-Hardenne. While Clijsters questioned the overruling, the crowd began to jeer the decision and continued while Henin-Hardenne prepared to serve for the match, which she eventually won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Asked whether she was annoyed that Henin- Hardenne had become involved in the line call, Clijsters said she did not want to enter into such a debate. "I'm not going to get into things like that. I don't want to start any trouble or anything," she said. "You know, things happen . . . so I don't really want to get into too much."

What Clijsters would say is that she believed the shot was a winner.

"You feel things when they come off the racquet," she said. "I've been playing for 12 years. Now, as soon as I hit the ball, I probably know if it's going in or out.

"I definitely had the feeling it was good but nothing I can do about it now."

Henin-Hardenne said the decision was crucial but was "pretty sure" the umpire got it right.

"It was important because it was a break," she said. "And I needed to take one game in this point after losing three games in a row. The umpire took her responsibilities and I think it was a very tough call, but I think it was just long."
01-31-2004 04:50 PM
possie With WTA World down, I thought I'd just put this in here, if people want to see it. Sorry if its already been posted elsewhere.

Clijsters fights all the way
by Luke Buttigieg
Saturday, January 31, 2004

No.2 seed Kim Clijsters will leave Australia in the next few days without a maiden Grand Slam trophy, having gone down in three sets to fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Australian Open final, but she lost no admirers along the way.

Clijsters looked headed for a disappointing straight-sets defeat in her first final at Melbourne Park when she fell a set and 2-4 down, with Henin-Hardenne's untouchable serve and ability to force mistakes proving the difference.

But urged on by the fans - not only because they wanted to see a close match but also due to her strong local connection through her relationship with Australian Lleyton Hewitt - Clijsters fought back brilliantly.

Although she levelled the match at a set all and then also recovered from 0-4 down in the decider with two more breaks, Clijsters eventually fell short to Henin-Hardenne for a third time in as many major finals.

"I fought it really well to get back in that second set. Even in the beginning of the third set, she hardly missed any balls. She makes you go for so many shots which are not natural, I think, for a lot of players. She keeps bringing them back," Clijsters explained.

"You try to go closer to the lines and then you miss a few. That's I think where she made the biggest difference today. She brought so many balls back that made me go a little bit out of my comfort zone."

At 3-4 in the third set and facing a break point, her cause was also not helped by an overrule from the chair umpire that gave her opponent the critical break, even though replays indicated that the ball may have just clipped the baseline.

Clijsters refused to blame her defeat on the overrule, other than to admit her obvious disappointment.

"I'm not the type of player that's going to start complaining after matches," Clijsters added. "That's something at the moment, very disappointing I think. And a few people have told me that it was in."

"But I'm not going to blame the umpire or anything because everyone makes mistakes. But of course its disappointing. You feel things when they come off the racket, you get the experience."

"I've been playing for 12 years. As soon as I hit the ball I probably know if it's going in or out, I definitely had the feeling it was good, but nothing I can do about it now."

As for the fact that all three of her Grand Slam final defeats have come to Henin-Hardenne, Clijsters added that she believes she has simply been beaten by a better player on the day.

"I think it doesn't matter, how the score was," Clijsters said. "I mean, it's always tough to lose them. I definitely felt like today played a lot better than I did in the previous finals that I played against her."

"I don't think it's got anything to do with psychological at all. I think she played really well. I think she started really well. She didn't give me a lot of easy mistakes, and she was returning well at the crucial moments when she had to."

"Each one is very disappointing. I wouldn't say one more than the other. They're all disappointing. Like I said in my speech as well, I'm very lucky to have been out there as well. At least I gave myself a shot at it," she added of her ankle injury.

Clijsters will head home to Belgium for some practice and to try and give her ankle time to fully heal, and even though she finished runner-up, can do so in the knowledge that when her game is on she can compete with the best players in the world.

AO website.
01-31-2004 11:13 AM
NOMAD Line calls played a role

By Pam Shriver
Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- For the first set and a half of the Australian Open women's final, it really looked like more of the same from the dueling Belgians.


Justine Henin-Hardenne played as flawless as you can under pressure, while Clijsters hit too many unforced errors and not enough winners.


However, line calls also played a role in the match, which you hate to see in the final of any major. A couple went against Clijsters in the first set, and in the entire match, two of the four bad calls were on break points against her. Another came in the last game on a big-swinging forehand volley at a crucial point. The calls certainly factored into her loss.


Line calls aside, Clijsters' two double faults hurt her when she had a chance to level the third set at 4-all. When she got back in the match, she waffled again. Henin-Hardenne also blinked, though, when she was up one set and 4-2 in the second. She choked again when she was up two breaks in the third set and and lost them both. Still, in the end, Henin-Hardenne was the tougher player here as she won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.


Clijsters continues to show what a great sportswoman she is in the way she shook the chair umpire's hand despite the bad calls and handled her postmatch press conference. For her sake, I hope she doesn't get discouraged by these losses but keeps fighting. Because when the Williams sisters get back the women's tour won't get any easier, and Clijsters is too good not to win one of these championships.


With three major titles, Henin-Hardenne has now won as many as Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati, and she's only 21 years old. She's got room to improve, and she's looking to do just that. She's trying to make her second serve bigger and her forehand into a greater weapon, and she's looking to stay in the best shape on the tour. People will have to reckon with her abilities and her hunger.


And Henin-Hardenne will not evaporate into thin air even when the Williams sisters get back. She choked at two points in this match and still managed to win. She never gets down. She fights hard even when she's fighting her demons. It's really admirable.


This was the most emotional, dramatic final we've had since Jennifer Capriati fought off four championship points two years ago. The Williams sisters finals were less than dramatic, and Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters two previous finals were terrible. So, after the poor field in this tournament, it was great to end it with a match that had you locked in.


This tournament will never be a classic, but the final will be memorable.


ESPN tennis analyst Pam Shriver won 21 singles and 112 doubles crowns, including 22 Grand Slam titles.
01-28-2004 09:31 PM
kit Yes, very nice!!!
01-28-2004 03:11 PM
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Re: 2004 Australian Open

Great article!!!
01-28-2004 02:19 PM
Jess
Re: 2004 Australian Open

Scary match

From Herald and Sun internet site.
Lleyton's turn to sweat in stands
Mark Stevens
29jan04

FOR once, the roles were reversed. This time it was Lleyton Hewitt's turn to fidget and sweat from a few rows back.

Kim Clijsters, front and square in the stands for Hewitt's Davis Cup heroics last year, took her turn to put her fiance through the wringer yesterday.
Her quarter-final against Russian Anastasia Myskina had all the drama of a Hewitt special: the comeback, the courage, the crowd involvement.

"I've seen a lot of Davis Cup matches and they have been nerve-racking for me. I thought I might give him back a couple," Clijsters joked afterwards.

The match seemed so predictable with Clijsters leading 5-0 in the first. And it still looked like the Belgian would inflict an early kill when she took the set 6-2.

Then it turned pear-shaped. In a blink, "our Kimmy" trailed 0-4. At 1-4, she called for the trainer. With her left ankle throbbing, Hewitt grabbed his mobile phone.

We'll never know who he was talking too. Maybe calling for help from above. At any rate, it worked.

After a 10-minute injury break and her ankle re-taped, Clijsters emerged re-energised. And it gave time for Myskina to think.

Time to ponder can be mighty dangerous for someone such as Myskina, who likes to hustle between points and play in overdrive.

As much as she denied it later, the Russian seemed to tighten with the sudden realisation that yes, she could win and yes, Clijsters was in trouble.

Suddenly, the ball was in her court to finish Clijsters off -- and quickly. Mentally, she just couldn't cut it.

"I think I lose the match -- this match -- before the match," Myskina conceded.

"I was kind of nervous because I thought I have a good chance to play at least three sets with Kim, maybe beat her."

It was a huge admission that she lost it above the shoulders.

So while Myskina was tightening, Clijsters did a brilliant job of showing she wasn't hurting.

Maybe her serve was affected as the left foot is her launching pad, but the world No. 2 was superb in chasing down the drop shots thrown in to test her.

As with Hewitt conjuring a comeback and riding with the crowd, there was a sense of inevitability that Clijsters would find a way home.

Myskina still managed to get to 5-3 before blowing three set points. She had her chances again to wrap it up in the tiebreak before Clijsters finished it off 11-9.

The second set lasted 64 minutes -- usually plenty of time for Clijsters to blow some poor soul away and be on the rubdown table.

Hewitt raced up the steps after the match and disappeared a relieved man -- maybe sunburnt for the first time watching his fiancee. This was a hard day at the office.

You would think Hewitt can keep the sunscreen at home today. Clijsters, crook ankle or not, should be in for a much easier time against Patty Schnyder.
01-28-2004 01:18 PM
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Injury could once more play a major role in determining the make-up of Saturday's women's singles final at the Australian Open, with No.2 seed Kim Clijsters admitting last night she would not know until an hour before today's semi-final with Patty Schnyder whether she will be fit to play.

Clijsters aggravated an already-bandaged left ankle early in the second set of her quarter-final victory over Anastasia Myskina. In what has effectively become a fitness test, the Belgian will take to the practice court later this morning to assess her movement and the state of her ankle.

"I'll probably hit around maybe 12pm or 11am, come out first here in the locker room [to] have it taped, see how I go moving around, sidesteps and stuff like this . . . Just little steps to see how it feels. And if that gets the all-clear, then I'll go out on court," Clijsters said after qualifying for a third consecutive semi-final at Melbourne Park.

A nervous Myskina capitulated to the power of Clijsters in the opening set but won the first two games of the second, breaking the 20-year-old's first service game. Clijsters was serving in the third game at 0-2 when she ran towards the net and appeared to stumble. She immediately began to adjust her shoe and called for the trainer at the end of the game.

During the change of ends, her ankle was re-taped, even tighter for additional support. Clijsters said she would ice the joint overnight, take painkillers and get as much rest as possible to give herself every chance of playing.

The Belgian originally suffered the injury during the Hopman Cup in Perth, coincidentally while playing Alicia Molik, who would later suffer a similar fate. Clijsters intended to play in Sydney in the lead-up to the open but decided not to risk aggravating the problem. She has a different attitude this time.

"I don't mind. I am going to have a week off anyway after this," she said. "I might as well go out there and give it my best shot. But on the other hand, if I can't walk tomorrow then it's stupid to go out there.

"But it's something that I'll have to see tomorrow. I'm going to come out here, get taped and see how it's feeling and test it."

Having trailed Myskina 0-4 in the second set, Clijsters was forced to defend two set points at 4-5. But the Russian failed to serve out and her brittle temperament got the better of her. Clijsters was able to take the set to tie-break - but even that had its drama.

Clijsters, desperate to get the match over with, hit out and missed a total of five match points before prevailing 6-2, 7-6 (11-9). Had the match gone to three sets, Clijsters is not sure her ankle would have withstood the extra time on court. It was "very important" to have won in straight sets, she admitted later.

"I think it would have been tough otherwise . . . [but] I'm sure that even if I would have gone through a third set, I would have tried as hard," she said. "I wouldn't do anything differently. I would have tried as hard as I did in that second set. If I had won in three sets, it probably would have aggravated [the injury] even more for tomorrow."

If she is forced to withdraw two hurdles away from a possible first title, it would be another cruel blow for Clijsters at the business end of the open. In last year's semi-final, she led 5-1 and had two match points at 5-2 against eventual champion Serena Williams.

In 2002, she also lost to the eventual winner, Jennifer Capriati, in three sets.

Clijsters leads her head-to-head battle with Schnyder 3-1, and if fully fit would be a warm favourite to progress through to her first final at Melbourne Park.

After several years in the wilderness, Schnyder is again returning to the form which saw her attain the No.8 ranking in 1999. A rare left-hander on the women's tour, Schnyder breezed past American veteran Lisa Raymond 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, another match affected by nerves.

The Clijsters-Schnyder match will be the second semi-final on court today, following top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne's clash with Colombian history-maker Fabiola Zuluaga, the first player from her country to make a grand slam quarter-final. The pair have met just once, in Hobart in 2000, the Belgian winning in three sets.
01-27-2004 05:06 PM
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Re: 2004 Australian Open

I loved that interview.

Pure class all the way.
01-27-2004 02:09 PM
dagmar7 *feelings of frustration and sadness*

Here's Lleyton's extremely gracious interview. I like the way he doesn't blame anything on the foot fault call. Another sort of up and down match. All those break chances....

. FEDERER/L. Hewitt

3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4

An interview with:


LLEYTON HEWITT


Q. Do you have any feeling about that foot fault?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's obviously disappointing when you hit an ace and you get a foot fault called on you on a game point, I guess.

But, yeah, I still wouldn't have won the match even if -- at that stage, anyway. I'm not going to take anything away from Roger's win. He was too good tonight.

But, you know, it was obviously, you know, a bit disappointing, the only foot fault I get the whole night, hit an ace off it.

Q. How long did you feel that that took the wind out of your sails? It was obviously just a few games there where...

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably only hurt me just that one game I think. I think Roger sort of felt a bit of a relief, I guess. Could have been 3-all in that set.

You know, instead, he came out, worked a couple of forehands. There really wasn't much I could do in the next two points.

So, you know, that was the one break for the set there. That sort of set the second set up for him, and, you know, I felt like I had a lot of chances out there tonight. I had a lot of love-30s, I had a lot of breakpoints, especially early in the second set there. I wasn't able to capitalize. Could have easily been up a set and a break. Had a breakpoint in the first game. Had some more later on as well, so...

Q. When he plays like that, does it get to a period where he's untouchable?

LLEYTON HEWITT: He goes through patches where he's pretty good. You got to try and weather the storm as much as possible. I felt like I came out and I was aggressive right from the start, I put a lot of pressure on him. You know, probably just went in my shell there for a couple of games and he was able to step it up and take advantage of that, I think.

Yeah, as I said before, I think I really had to try and get on top of him, you know, early in that second set after I got that first set in the bag. He came up were a couple of big serves, big forehands on those points.

And, yeah, there really wasn't much I could do probably on those breakpoints anyway. I needed to probably get a little bit of a look at a few more second serves, I'd say.

Q. Is this the best you saw him playing?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know about the best. You know, he played in patches tonight extremely well, yeah. I still felt like I had a lot of chances out there, though.

You know, I'm -- it's hard to say that, you know, I guess the semi and final of Wimbledon last year, that was probably as well as he's probably ever played, I'd say.

Q. Can't rewrite history, of course. Do you think with the experience...

LLEYTON HEWITT: Sorry?

Q. We can't rewrite history.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah.

Q. Sadly for you. But do you think that at the point 5-4, where you could have maybe broken back 5-5, with all the experience of the Davis Cup, that might have changed things?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, who knows, mate. If you're 5-all, you got a fighting chance anyway. I can't tell you one way or another.

You know, he made a couple of -- you know, didn't quite go for as much as normal, I think, or as he was earlier in the fourth set, in the third set. That's normal to get a little bit tight under those circumstances. He was playing down the tougher end as well, you know, trying to finish it off.

But to his credit, he came up with some pretty big, big points when he needed to.

Q. Both you and Mark came into this stage of the tournament playing fantastic tennis. Beaten in the fourth round. Hasn't been a happy hunting ground this fourth round of the Australian Open for Australian guys. Any idea what it is about this stage of the tournament that's been so unkind to our players recently, or how important it is putting this particular tournament in your career goals?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I don't know why but, you know, the years that I've made the fourth round, you know, I felt like tonight I gave it a good chance. I played a guy who was too good on the night. Last year was a little bit of a once off, I guess, playing El Aynaoui in the fourth round. I'd take that most times, playing El Aynaoui in a fourth round rather than Federer. But El Aynaoui played a hell of a match. Didn't break serve once.

The time before that, made the fourth round, it was 2000, something like that, it was against Magnus Norman. At that stage he was 3 or 4 in the world. I quite wasn't up to it.

In all those matches for me, personally, there's been reasons, I think, why I've probably lost in this round. But I don't think, you know -- Mark and I both played well, you know. I didn't see much of his match today, but he obviously didn't play as well as he probably could have today and has been playing. I ran into a guy who was too good for me tonight.

Q. How much of a distraction were the fireworks?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It was a little bit. We got told before we went on by Peter Bellinger there was gonna be fire works at about 9:15 for about 10 minutes. They tried to hold them off, but they weren't able to, or something.

It was a lot louder than I thought it was gonna be.

Q. Generally speaking, would you like to see the surface here any different-paced?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, apparently it didn't get resurfaced. Yeah, to me, it probably -- it felt like slower than it was in the September Davis Cup tie. Reasons for that, I don't know, whether it was because we laid a grass court on top of it, I really don't know.

Felt a lot rougher. Felt like the balls were fluffing up a lot more out there the last couple of weeks. You know, I think the disappointing thing is we can't get a surface, you know -- I practiced on Adelaide before I went to the Hopman Cup, then I played in the Hopman Cup, I played in Sydney, I played in Melbourne, and none of them are the same.

I think, you know, Sydney and Melbourne was the biggest difference of all-time. They're the two supreme tournaments in Australia, so...
01-26-2004 09:24 PM
kit Poor Lleyton...
He played not bad, Federer was too good today, I think.
Now he has some time to watch Kim.
01-26-2004 07:33 PM
loco_moskito
Re: 2004 Australian Open

That was not a good game... 6 - 0? But he won the first set, so that's something already...
01-26-2004 04:24 PM
Mr. Man
Re: 2004 Australian Open

pffffft at Lleyton getting bageled. Damn. Good Luck next time, man.
01-26-2004 11:34 AM
kim4eva
01-26-2004 06:31 AM
Danni
Re: 2004 Australian Open

Good Luck Lleyts
01-26-2004 03:43 AM
melody
Re: 2004 Australian Open

Come On Lleyton~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!
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