“I Still Need a Lot of Improvement” – Kim Clijsters Post Her Defeat at Monterrey Open 2020

Published 03/04/2020, 2:32 PM EST
Kim Clijsters


British number one tennis player Johanna Konta defeated the Belgian ace Kim Clijsters at Monterrey Open 2020. Despite her 6-3, 7-5 loss, the four-time major champion was contented with her performance. And she sounded optimistic in her post-match presser. 

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In Mexico, the un-ranked Clijsters’ 10 double faults from Dubai (against Garbine Muguruza) were curtailed to four, also she came up with nine aces against Konta. In other words, she played a good game on her serves. 

At the moment she feels there’s still room for improvement. Former World Number one Clijsters will be paying sheer attention towards the basics of her game. “I felt some things were better. Some things still need a lot of improvement. That’s why it’s good to play matches,” Clijsters said in Monterrey.

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Kim Clijsters and Johanna Konta

Kim Clijsters turned a professional in the year 1997. And over the course of two decades, the 36-year-old has played against numerous generations of the sport. She is very much capable of adjusting to the changes in the sport.

“I’ve been through different generations and played many players throughout my whole career. I’m still at a stage where I want to focus on what I’m doing and how I’m feeling, and also start reading my opponents,” she mentioned.

“It’s a process that I have to trust and keep working hard to improve in every match I play. I’d like to take big steps but I have to focus on small steps and improving day by day.”

I started and served much better than I did Dubai” – Kim Clijsters

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Before her match in Mexico, Clijsters stated she’s improving and plays a good level of tennis. However, she accepts that she has still not got into the ‘match rhythm’ and only time and practice can help her to sync once again with professional tennis.

Kim Clijsters

“In Dubai, I didn’t start well because I was overwhelmed, but today I started and served much better than I did there. Those are a few of the positive things, and the points that have to be better, I’ll work very hard to improve them for other matches,” Kim Clijsters shared after losing to Konta.

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Up next the second-seed Johanna Konta will play another mom on the WTA Tour, Tatjana Maria in the second-round of Abierto GNP Seguros 2020.

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