30 Jul 2012


(30 JULY) Kim is through to the London 2012 Olympics 3rd round after defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-3.

As a working mum it is little wonder Kim’s mind will wander from the job at hand occasionally, even if it is before the watchful eyes of an Olympic crowd.

Having secured the first set on her way to a relatively comfortable 6-3, 6-3 2nd round victory over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday, the Belgian strolled to the wrong end of the court ready to begin play again.

Realising her blunder, she quickly jogged to the opposite end, laughing off the matter and apologising to a crowd that cheered with approval once she had cottoned on.

It was one of few lapses for Kim during her one-hour 10-minute match on No.1 Court. She got her mind quickly back on the job to break Suarez Navarro in the opening game of the second set and fought back from 0-40 to consolidate the break for 2-0.

Consecutive double faults from the Spaniard’s racket handed Kim a buffer of a double break and just as well. After the Belgian held points for 5-0, Suarez Navarro lifted and Kim’s mind again wandered momentarily from the job.

She dropped serve after making a mess of a simple forehand volley put-away, allowing Suarez Navarro to take three games on the trot.

The revival was short-lived. Kim took the next two games to set up a 3rd round meeting with 11th seeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday. Their match will be played at 11.30 (local time) on Court 18.

'It will be a tough one. Ana is a good player, she's a good friend as well and we've been playing for many years', Kim said. 'Usually if I don't play her I root for her because I always want her to do well. We know each other pretty well and it's exciting to play each other in this kind of atmosphere. I'm going to enjoy this one.'

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