I didn’t actually see the match, but from various reports, it wasn’t Marion Bartoli at her best. Even so, a straight sets win (64 63) over the Stanford champ is pretty impressive from Clijsters.
Since announcing her comeback, Clijsters has played a few exhibitions and won each of them. There seems to be a sense of renewed joy about her that was missing right before she retired.
Wasn’t a fan of her the first time round, but you know what they say about absence and fond hearts, if she keeps playing solid tennis like this, I might just hop on that bandwagon of niceness.
I guess the level of play, yes, it’s inside the top 10 already, I can tell you that. The way she was moving and hitting, and her physical strength after two years without playing, it’s just amazing.” – Marion Bartoli.
And talk about copycats: the recent rants in the media about the WTA’s “weak field” seem to have sparked a spate of comeback whispers.
As I posted last week, Alicia Molik has announced plans for a singles comeback. Evidently, Mary Pierce hasn’t given up on the idea of returning to tennis either. (Clickey)
“Playing professionally is something I still want to do and something that I think I still can do,” Pierce said. “I just love competing at the highest level.”
At 34 years old, Pierce still holds out hope of making a comeback, with grueling on- and off-court workouts a daily routine. Monitored by IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy’s Director of Tennis Performance, Yutaka Nakamura, Pierce still struggles agilitiy-wise at times with her surgically repaired left knee. Her tennis stroke, though, is still as pure as ever.
“I feel like I’m hitting it as well as I ever have,” she said.
Source: Nick’s Picks
All we need now is for Henin and Davenport to return. Then we can party like it’s 2005!