Clijsters tuckered out

BILL HARRIS and MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

If Kim Clijsters was telling the truth on her own website, she would have preferred to skip Toronto this week.

Clijsters, who was referred to as "Miss Congeniality" in Rogers Cup advertising and is the seventh seed, provided this entry on Aug. 10 in the diary section at kimclijsters.com:

"I'm getting tired. These three weeks in the U.S. have been quite exhausting. And it isn't over yet. I only just arrived in L.A., and will be off to Toronto next week. I didn't want to play that tournament, but every year the WTA obliges us to play one specific tournament and this year it will be in Canada for me. I could have done with a week of rest right before the U.S. Open."

Clijsters did not back away from that statement last night, although she said she is not unhappy to be in Toronto.

"I remember two years ago that I came here tired," the Belgian said after defeating Virginie Razzano of France 6-3, 6-0. "So when I signed my commitment form at the start of this year, obviously I wasn't going to play (in Toronto). My doctors said it was best that I didn't play four tournaments in a row. But then I got hard-designated (to play in Toronto) and I have no problem with it. I'm here and I'm happy to be here."

SEED-WATCHING

Besides Clijsters, five other seeded players won their matches yesterday: No. 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, No. 6 Nadia Petrova of Russia, No. 9 Anastasia Myskina of Russia, No. 12 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and No. 14 Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Notably, Pennetta goes right through to the quarter-finals because the withdrawal of Serena Williams.

DIVING DIVA?

Before Williams left Toronto, Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie offered to teach her how to dive. In exchange, Despatie asked for tennis lessons.

"You can teach me how to dive because I want to do the flips, but I don't want to do a belly-flop," said a laughing Williams, who appeared with Despatie at Ronald McDonald House in downtown Toronto yesterday. "I think I'll belly-flop for sure."

Williams has had an interest in diving for some time.

"I used to do gymnastics, so sometimes when I would go to the pool, I would go to the diving board," Williams said. "But I was always too scared to jump off."


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