Kim Meets The Press in Marbella
Published April 06, 2010 12:00
MARBELLA, Spain - Fresh off her scintillating title run in Miami, Kim Clijsters arrived in Marbella for the Andalucía Tennis Experience. The former No.1 - who this week rose to No.10 in the world, the first Top 10 ranking of her comeback - answered questions from the press ahead of the start of her tournament...
How do you feel about your first opponent, Alexandra Dulgheru?
"This is my first clay court match in almost three years, so for me, that is going to be a tough opponent already. Alexandra is a very good, talented player. She hits the ball very smoothly and has good hands, so it's going to be tough. But I think the toughest part for me will be getting used to the clay courts again."
How does it feel to be back in the Top 10 again?
"It's obviously a nice achievement, but it's more special when you do it for the first time. I've been No.1 before, so the number isn't a goal anymore. You just want to do well each tournament, every week, and that's what I'll try to do here in Marbella as well. Whether it's here or at a Grand Slam, you always want to just play your best tennis and be the best player in that tournament."
Are you happy to see Conchita Martínez as Tournament Director here?
"She was always one of the nicest girls on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. I was a lot younger when she was at her best and I admired her very much. Obviously the win at Wimbledon was something I really admired - I was there, I watched it. I played singles against her a few times and practiced with her too. She was always fun in the locker room, definitely one of the fun girls to hang out with."
Clijsters plays her first round match against Dulgheru on Wednesday.