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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 2002, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Bob Larson on the Henin serve...

Justine Henin has probably the best first serve of any player her height.

That is not a good thing.

Henin has done an excellent job of building a truly forcing first serve. The problem is, because she's so short, she'd done that by creating a serve with no margin for error. It means her first serve misses a lot (50%, from the statistics we've seen, is a good first serve percentage for Henin). And because the first is so risky, she has had to produce completely different motion for her second serve.

And the second serve is your basic bunt: Nothing on it. On traditional surfaces, Henin can get away with that because she has so many tricks in her ground game. But indoors, where the returner can eat that serve, Henin is in trouble. Particularly since she's mentally fragile and doesn't have a real game plan.

When you added in nerves from playing countrywoman Kim Clijsters, the result was very ugly indeed. Especially since no one had much time to practice on the court. That surely helped Clijsters, the better indoor player. Or, rather, hurt her less; both players were sloppy, but Henin was terrible. And the score reflected it. For the second straight year, Clijsters made the Championships semifinal -- this time, by a score of 6-2 6-1.

At least Henin will have some extra time to get ready for her wedding.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 2002, 01:58 PM
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"and the second serve is your basic hunt : nothing on it"
....yeah, right!!! Actually, justine's second serves are FASTER than serena's or lindsay 's second serves ( from the us open statistics ).
bob larson sucks big time anywau. He always make bad predictions.
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Ridiculous. Justine's serve is just great. Her percentage in her first match against Dementieva was ver low, but all the percages were low. Jsutine has to take even more risks than the others (that also weren't able to practivse of the courts), it is a logical explenation. And there totally nothing wrong with her 2nd serve.

And another thing: Justine's first serve percentage in the match against Kim was even better than Kim's: 57% for JuJu and 56% for Kim.
Justine wasn't that nervous: she was just tired that day and had an off-day. Larson should have read her interview first, before he said those stupid things
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