Former Top 10 player Dominique Monami says she was impressive in her first match in more than seven years during her loss in the first round of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday and that the former World No.
1 can target the US Open. Speaking to Sporza, Monami says, "In the first set she looked for her rhythm, but she came more and more into the match and when the nerves were gone, she could play her best tennis. Her serve still needs to improve.
It was not hard and well-placed to hurt the opponent. But her play from the baseline was really good. Her forehand was impressive. I saw her last game at the US Open. She lost to Laura Robson in 2012. I found her level in Dubai much better than during the last game of her previous career.
She played an hour and a half yesterday. That wasn't a very long game and it wasn't long rallies against Garbine Muguruza. I now rate her at 75 percent. Earlier, I had doubts. But now she certainly didn't play slow."
Monami adds that Clijsters is an exceptional talent but it remains to be seen if she can play matches in a row without getting injured. "Can she play different matches in a row without injuries? You have to recuperate and that is not the same for a 25-year-old as for a 36-year-old.
I am not sure in that regard. Can Kim play a 3-hour match, win that match and be 100 percent fit the next day? However, she has not lost her game. We are only talking about Kim, who is an exceptional talent. Someone who was 50th on the WTA ranking and makes her comeback after a few years, will never be able to do this.
This is not the norm now. This is not how it works. This was her first game and she has proven that she can play against the best players in the world. But for the top 10 you have to have regularly and you have to play well all season.
You have to keep performing and reach the quarterfinals at least everywhere. " Finally, whether Clijsters will be able to win a Grand Slam, the former Belgian Fed Cup captain says, "That depends on the draw. A Grand Slam lasts two weeks.
Tennis is not a problem, the physical part can be difficult. Hardcourt is her favorite surface. If you look at her possible goals, I bet on the US Open. There she feels at home and that can be a target. "