Tennis news 2022: Kim Clijsters offers to help Ons Jabeur after US Open final loss to Iga Swiatek
Former Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters has offered to help Ons Jabeur bounce back after the Tunisian was beaten in the US Open final by world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
Jabeur’s loss in the final at Flushing Meadows was her second this year, having lost in the Wimbledon final to Elena Rybakina.
Cljisters said she had sympathy for Jabeur, having endured her own struggles in Grand Slam finals before breaking through with the 2005 US Open title, the first of four majors she won.
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“I just told her team to let her call me,” she told Stan Sports. Daily Grand Slam.
“I lost four Grand Slam finals before winning my first, so it’s all about trying to hold on and working hard.
“She’s honestly doing the right things. She’s getting better, she’s getting better, she’s getting stronger, but it’s just a matter of giving herself the chances again and those opportunities to get to another final and maybe- to be better next time.”
Australian great Wally Masur implored the 28-year-old to let Clijsters lend a hand, reminiscing about her early interactions with Clijsters before she broke through for her first major.
“So, take that call,” he said.
“Kim used to show up a few times when we played against other teams (at the Davis Cup) and she was training with our guys.
“That was before she won a slam and you could see her high end was great, but she needed to do little things off the court, almost manage her day, to get to the point where she was ready to win. slams, and she did it.”
Masur said he was frustrated with a number of meltdowns from many established players on the women’s circuit throughout the US Open, and lamented that they passed up the opportunity to earn a major slide.
“All of these players have the ability to win slams, I think it’s actually pretty wide open,” he said.
“Undoubtedly on clay Swiatek is the dominant player, but on other surfaces there are a lot of great stories to tell.”
Masur said some of the young stars need to learn how to handle pressure situations more effectively.
“They all have a lot of people in their boxes (and) you have to fix that,” he said.
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“Is it (by) a sports psychologist? Is it an outside mentor? We saw Aranxta Sanchez Vicario in the box (of Jabeur). What role does she play?
“Technically when you’re in trouble you have to keep the pressure on the scoreboard, one way to do that is through your serve. Look at (Sam) Stosur, Ash Barty, Serena Williams, technically the sound is used to hold on.
“There were a lot of women at this event as they struggled to lose the second serve from a technical perspective. At some point, that has to be rectified and the coaches have to deal with it.
“Women’s football is in a really healthy place, but I want to see them perform at their best on the biggest stage, and I felt like we’ve been denied that many times.
“There are too many good players who don’t make the most of themselves on big occasions. They’re all top 10 players, so at some point someone has to grab them and be brutally honest. .”
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