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March 13, 2001

Kim Clijsters


MODERATOR: Questions for Kim.

Q. Tell us how you saw the match today.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Before the match?

Q. How you saw the match.

KIM CLIJSTERS: I know that she's a good player. She beat a lot of good players this week. Well, she's got a great serve, as well. She hits the ball very hard. I knew that I had to be focused throughout the whole match. She has her ups and downs throughout the match. I knew she could start off really well, hit a lot of winners. I just kept focused, tried to keep the pressure on, and it worked.

Q. How does it feel at your age to be the more experienced one?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, well, I played a lot bigger tournaments than she did. I've come further than she has. She's a great player. I'm quite sure she will have a few more good results, yeah.

Q. You've had some very good results here this week. Where do you think your game stands right now?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I'm feeling very comfortable at the moment. I'm playing good. I could still play a little bit better, but I'm winning my matches. That's the most important thing, I think.

Q. You face a potential match-up with Martina. I don't think you've ever beaten her yet.

KIM CLIJSTERS: No. The last time we played -- I played her three times I think already. The first two times like it was close. The second set was always closer than the first set. Then in Sydney I played her this year. It was close. I mean, two sets, 6-4, 6-4, but I had some chances. I'm more experienced now than I was in the beginning of the year. Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to enjoy it. She's a great player. I've got nothing to lose.

Q. What do you think is the one thing you have to get over to beat Martina?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think I have to play my best tennis to beat her. I mean, she's a very talented player. I really admire her and everything she does. She's been No. 1 in the world for several years already now. She's probably the best player on the tour at the moment. But, yeah, I've got nothing to lose against her, like I said. I'm just going to go out there and enjoy it.

Q. When you're playing someone like Elena, she hits the ball very big, doesn't have a lot of experience, do you have any idea what she's going to do? Are you mentally prepared for anything?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Like I saw a few of her matches before, before this match. She's got her ups and downs. She can play very good tennis like one game and then she can hit like a lot of easy mistakes, a lot of unforced errors as well. I tried to get like a few balls in the court. Once I had the chance to hit the ball a little bit harder, to move around, that's what I was supposed to do today. I think I moved her around good enough. I served well enough. I think I returned good today, yeah.

Q. Do you feel you're starting to play your best tennis?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yes, I'm playing better and better every match.

Q. Can you come up with a strategy to beat Martina? What do you have to do?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I think you have to play aggressive enough to beat Martina. Once you start to play with her, she's too strong. She's got the touch, she's quick enough. I think I have to be aggressive from the first point until the last point.

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