(3 JAN.) In a battle between two former world No. 1s Kim fought back from the brink of defeat to get past Ana IVANOVIC (6-1 1-6 6-3) and reach the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International Open.
It all began in quite a comfortable fashion for Kim as she stormed through the 1st set in just 22 minutes, displaying some great tennis while Ivanovic was unable to really get into the match.
The 2nd set was much different; unforced errors started to creep into Kim's game as Ivanovic became more patient yet more aggressive when needed.
The Serbian evened the match up at one set apiece and kept the momentum going in the deciding set as Kim quickly found herself 0-3 down and facing a breakpoint for 0-4.
This is when the Belgian picked herself up and fought her way back into the game, winning the next six games to win the match and maintain her perfect record against the Serbian.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH:
'I knew that if I could just give myself the opportunity to get back into the match and rally for it and not give her anything for free, she really had to go for the winners and dictate the points', Kim said.
'Maybe there was a chance that she would kind of be in the same situation as in Miami where she started to make more unforced errors and her serve wasn’t quite as precise as it had been in the second, up until the middle of the third. I was able to get a better look on her second serve and try to dictate the point from there and really try to be aggressive into her backhand, which was kind of the plan before I went out there.'
In the quarterfinals Kim will face the Czech Iveta BENESOVA. Their match is scheduled at 7pm, local time on Pat Rafter arena.