OK – she’s got our vote: Kim Clijsters wants Andy Murray to win a second Wimbledon title (you can never have too many Murray mentions at Wimbledon). Scotland’s finest got his campaign off to a fine start with a straight sets win over David Goffin on the opening day of The Championships but the much-missed Kim was not in SW19 to watch that particular match.
As open, chatty and normal as she ever was when she was playing, Kim is in town as Yanina Wickmayer’s coach and she loved every minute of her charge’s 6-3, 6-4 win over Sam Stosur in the first round. And then she popped into the Live@Wimbledon studio to talk to the two terrors, Annabel Croft and Mats Wilander (lovely people both but they do have a wicked sense of humour, even if the TV producers try and keep it in check at all times).
Anyway, Kim talked at length about tennis, Wimbledon, pressure and how she is trying to teach Yanina to believe in her own abilities. It took Kim a long time – and one stint of retirement – to realise that she could beat anyone on any court to win the big titles and now she is teaching Yanina exactly how it is done.