Kim Clijsters confident of US Open title defence
Defending US Open champion Kim Clijsters has vowed to approach this year’s tournament with exactly the same attitude that propelled her to glory at Flushing Meadows last year.
Clijsters, who won her second New York title after her return to the sport last year, is the second seed at this year’s final Grand Slam and insists she is not feeling under any more pressure than usual.
The 27-year-old had taken a break from tennis following the birth of her daughter Jada, but completed a remarkable comeback in New York as she became the first mother to win a major since 1980 – when Evonne Goolagong Cawley beat Chris Evert to win Wimbledon.
“My attitude is not any different compared to last year,” Clijsters said.
“Obviously last year had a few more unanswered questions but I think this year I know what I have to do if I want to try to do as well as I did last year.
“I don’t feel any more pressure…pressure is a good thing. Pressure is a sign they’re putting you in the spot of maybe being one of the favourites. So I’m excited to be back to defend my title.
“The little details you kind of forget about but once you come back it’s the little details that freshen everything up a little.”
Clijsters also praised No1 seed Caroline Wozniacki after the 20-year-old Dane sealed her second title of the week in New Haven.
“She’s a great player, you don’t get there by luck or by a wild card or anything,” said Clijsters. “She definitely deserves to be up there. Her consistency is one of her strengths. I think she moves well, anticipates well. She can read a game, an opponent’s game, really well.
“I think that’s something that, for such a young girl and for someone who hasn’t had so many experiences yet, she does really well.
“She’s still young but can handle the long matches and playing a lot of tournaments. I always thought if she could just be a little more aggressive once in a while and go for a few more winners, that will definitely take a lot of pressure off her physique in the long run.”