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June 27, 2000

Kim Clijsters


MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Kim Clijsters.

Q. How did it affect you, that line decision in the second set?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, it was a tough call. I mean, I tried to get myself over it, but it was not very easy. I lost my concentration there a little bit maybe. I lost my serve game. Yeah, I started to like focus really well at the beginning of the third set, so that was good.

Q. How did you feel when you saw your draw, that you had to play Tauziat first round?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, playing Tauziat on grass especially is always a tough draw. But I've made some good results on grass. If I would have played good tennis, I mean, everything is possible. I mean, it's not that she's not beatable. She's a normal person. She's beatable, as well, yeah.

Q. After losing early at Roland Garros, were you able to pick your confidence back up coming into this tournament?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, well, it was a little bit tough here for me. I've had some tough draws this year already. You have to beat them in the first round or maybe later. You just go for it, yeah.

Q. What are your expectations now for the tournament? Obviously people know who you are, you did well here last year.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I'm just focusing match by match, then we'll see. I mean, I don't know who I'm playing. One of the opponents are still playing. It might be Laurence Courtois, or Myskina from Russia. Every match is tough. Yeah, I've beat a seeded player now, but it doesn't mean anything. I'll just focus on every match and then we'll see.

Q. How well did you play today? At what level are you playing?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I was really happy with my level today, especially for not really the second set, but the first set. Then the third set, I played really well. I served well in the first and the second. I was returning quite well. She started to serve a little better in the second set. Yeah, it was okay. I'm quite satisfied with my match today, yeah.

Q. I guess a lot has been made about Nathalie's book. Have you heard about it? Has there been any reaction to it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Not really. Not that I know of. I've been reading a little bit about it in the newspapers. I haven't read it yet. Maybe I'll read it, yeah.

Q. Have you heard of any reaction to it in the locker room?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Not really. Maybe in the top players or something. Maybe they will talk about it. But I don't know.

Q. Is Wimbledon getting to be a fairytale for you?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I love to play here. I've been playing well since I've been playing Juniors here. I really like the grass. I like the atmosphere here at Wimbledon, the people and everything. Yeah, we'll see what happens.

Q. Is Lleyton a support during this tournament? Are you dissecting each other's matches or will you be?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah. Well, not today because he's playing at the moment. It's a little bit tough.

Q. Are you a bit sad that you can't watch it?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, I'm trying to hurry up (laughter). It's good support to have him here, and helps me a lot.

Q. Are you going out in the evening in Wimbledon and having fun or are you being very good and staying in?

KIM CLIJSTERS: It's not easy because, like yesterday with the rain, he was scheduled late. I don't know, he got called off at seven o'clock or something. I just had dinner already. It's quite tough with two tennis players. Yeah, it's going well.

Q. Are you staying together at the moment?


Q. Are you staying in a hotel or a private house?

KIM CLIJSTERS: An apartment.

Q. Same as last year?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Last year I stayed in a hotel.

Q. What made the difference in this match?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I think that one of the big -- I sort of think that I believe more that I could win than her. The crowd was behind me, so that helped me a lot. That helped me through the match, as well. I think at the exact moments, I was returning really well. I think that's what made a big difference.

Q. After the second set, what came through your mind?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Nothing. Just start all over again, just try to focus on the first game, try to win it, then you're already a step ahead if you win the first game.

Q. Did you find any weak points in her game?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, I mean, one of the big advantages against her is if you can let her run. I think that's quite a good thing to do. If you're playing everything to her, she can come to the net, I mean, she comes with the slice, deep slice through the middle, and you can't pass her. It's hard to pass her when she's coming to the net, to interlope her. I'm trying some dropshots, but I'm seeing she was running very fast today.

Q. How far can you go now?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I don't know. I don't know.

Q. Better than last year?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I mean, I'm in the second round now. I have to focus on the second round. I'm not really focusing on that at the moment.

Q. Do you worry about your ranking?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Not really, no.

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