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Double Grand Slam winner attends Leipzig Tournament with self-confidence. Henin-Hardenne: "It's well organised, professional and very relaxed "
Leipzig, 15 September 2003. For Belgian International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, the world's number one and two Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne are clear contenders for the first Belgian Tennis Gold Medals at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. But before playing in Athens, the two stars will be aiming their sights at the Sparkassen Cup between 20th and 28th September 2003 at Leipzig's Arena. In the interview below, double Grand Slam winner Justine Henin-Hardenne (21) offers a personal view of the 14th International Ladies' Tennis Grand Prix (www.sparkassencup.com
) in Leipzig, the Applicant City to host the Olympic Games in 2012.
You played at the Sparkassen Cup for the first time last year and made the semi-finals against the subsequent winner Serena Williams. Was there any doubt in your mind that you would come again in 2003?
Henin-Hardenne: "I think the Leipzig Tournament is very well-organised and run really professionally. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and it is especially nice for the players."
What are your goals for the Leipzig Tournament this year? Do you think you will have a little time to spare for sightseeing or shopping?
"I've played some incredible tennis these last months, and I hope that the audiences have enjoyed it. I always like to win and to give my very best at every tournament I enter. So I really don't have much time during tournaments for sightseeing or shopping, because training and preparation for the matches take a lot of time. This year, I hope to try out a few of the nice restaurants in the beautiful, historic part of Leipzig."
Number two in the world, winner of the French Open and the US Open - have any of your dreams come true?
"Winning the US Open was a great moment. I always thought that winning your first Grand Slam would be very special, but the sensation in New York was just fantastic, winning this remarkable match against Jennifer (Capriati) and then the Final against Kim (Clijsters), who is number one in the world. I am so very happy at the moment. I still cannot quite believe having won two Grand Slams in one year. I would have never believed that I could achieve this in one season - but then I felt much stronger than in the past. And, of course this gives me a lot of self-confidence - it's just great."