Congenial Clijsters stays upbeat

Kim Clijsters warms up at the Rexall Centre in Toronto on August 7th, 2011. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

Kim Clijsters warms up at the Rexall Centre in Toronto on August 7th, 2011. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:27 PM ET

Hanging in the hallway under the centre court at Rexall Centre is a large action photo of Kim Clijsters with the caption "Miss Congeniality."

Maria Sharapova might win the tiara in the WTA pageant, but No. 2-ranked Clijsters would, hands-down, take the award for being open, engaging and thoughtful.

Both personalities were on display Monday during a media event featuring the top eight players in the world at the Rogers Cup.

Sharapova was relaxed but somewhat aloof as she fielded questions while Clijsters, well, she didn't seem in a big hurry to escape the media horde. Even after the session with a cluster of reporters ended and tournament staffers were trying to get her out the door, the Belgian continued to chatter.

No prima donna attitude here. Call it Clijsters being Clijsters.

"I don't like to get caught up in negative energy," she said. "It's a waste of time. When I was younger I used to be devastated if I would lose, and I still am frustrated when I lose but then I'm able to step aside ... and see the picture from an outsider's point of view.

"You see it everywhere, it's not just players. You see people getting mad at each other while they're driving, in the store or the supermarket lining up. That to me is stupid stuff."

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Russian on the hunt

Hey, it's not exactly hunting wild boars, but Galina Voskoboeva will have to be content with bagging ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli at the Rogers Cup.

Voskoboeva posted a 6-3, 6-3 win Monday over Bartoli, the tournament's first major upset, then turned her attention to pig-hunting, which her Wikipedia profile -- how's that for a reliable source -- lists among her hobbies, along with frisbee and "playing chess with her partner Aleksey."

"I found it not interesting anymore to go to the cinema or read books," the Moscow-born 26-year-old said with a straight face. "I just go hunting pigs. Why not?"

Only when the response prompted a follow-up question about the topic did a giggling Voskoboeva end the charade.

"It's a joke actually," she said. "It also says I like to play chess with Aleks. I don't know who Aleks is. And I like to play cards."

Too bad. A chess-playing, frisbee-throwing pig hunter would have made for an interesting story.


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