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Kim Meets The Parisian Press

Ahead of her quest to regain the No.1 ranking at the Open GDF SUEZ, Kim Clijsters met the press.

Published February 08, 2011 12:00

Kim Meets The Parisian Press
Kim Clijsters

PARIS, France - World No.2 Kim Clijsters has a shot at rising to No.1 this week, needing to reach the semifinals of the Open GDF SUEZ. She spoke to the press after arriving in the French capital. Here's a taste of what she said...

On her time since winning the Australian Open...
It's been very busy these last few weeks. I think I'm still going on with the same kind of intensity a I was during my three or four weeks in Australia. I'm looking forward to having a few days off when I'm done this tournament.

On Paris...
To be in Paris at this time of year is a lot of fun. It's close to home. We drove here. Some of my family members will come this week, maybe when I play my first round. It's very convenient. That's the main reason I chose to play here. And I've done well here before. To come back to a place you've only been to once but done well, it's nice to see how things have changed.

On being the No.1 seed and favorite for the Open GDF SUEZ...
I have to focus on my matches, obviously one match at a time. There are a lot of good players in this draw. When the tournament hasn't even started for me, I don't even think I might win the tournament. Not at all. I don't think like that.

On whether No.1 is on her mind this week...
I'm not going to sit here and say it doesn't affect me. It would be a nice accomplishment. But I'm not going to be disappointed if I don't make it. I would like to focus on a few more goals this season, which are a couple of the bigger tournaments. But if I can become No.1 now or maybe in the future, it would be a nice thing to have accomplished now that I'm in my second career.

On the first time she became No.1, in 2003...
Back then, I felt like it was a big achievement. I was a lot younger and playing in an era when there were a lot of big names out there. Lindsay Davenport, the Williams sisters... I was in a very similar situation to Caroline Wozniacki is in now. I hadn't won a Grand Slam, I was playing a lot of tournaments, but I was doing well in a lot of tournaments. I can compare the situation a little bit with hers. Everything for the first time is special. When I became No.1 that first time, it was a special feeling. But the next week, you play your next tournament. And it's nice when they announce you as the No.1, but once you're playing, you don't think like that. You don't get any advantages or anything!

On Amélie Mauresmo being Co-Tournament Director in Paris...
It's fun, in a way, to see an ex-player and a friend still involved in tennis, and still having such a big impact in the sport here in France. Last night we played a little bit during the charity event. When I see her, I don't look at her as the tournament director; I look at her as a tennis player and a friend. She has always been very professional off-court and on-court. I think she'll bring that knowledge and experience as a player. It's definitely a big bonus to have that when you're building and trying to promote your tournament.

On Justine Henin's retirement two weeks ago...
When I first got the news it was obviously a shock. I thought she was planning to keep going until the Olympics, and maybe we were going to play doubles together. I was surprised in that sense. When I saw her at Fed Cup it was just emotional, because all of a sudden you see it's such a long period of our lives we've shared together. And to see her finish is in a way sad, but also exciting. Life is not over! She's going to have a lot of fun and she's going to be able to do a lot of things without having to think about tennis. I think she has a lot of good things to look forward to and find a good guy and start a family, and hopefully those kinds of things will come in her path pretty soon. That's what life is about.

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