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Arrow Let's go to Leipzig

Justine is playing there so I hope she will win Winner of the tournament wins 200 points + extra


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."

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Eurosport is sowing this tourny!!
Hope to see you on TV (*winning the title*)

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Keep inching towards numero uno, Justine!

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nice, nice... let us hope that Justine crushes Kim in the final... again

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nice, nice... let us hope that Justine crushes Kim in the final... again
Why????

I just hope for good matches
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Good luck tomorrow, Justine!!

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Good luck Justine

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Henin-Hardenne, Clijsters win first matches since Open

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and runner-up Kim Clijsters easily won their first matches since that Grand Slam event to reach the Sparkassen Cup quarterfinals Thursday.

The No. 1-ranked Clijsters, the 2000-01 champion here, beat Jelena Dokic 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 Henin-Hardenne won 11 straight games during her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Denisa Chladkova.

``This is a good start. The first match indoors is not easy, especially after a big win. It's difficult to find your rhythm,'' Henin-Hardenne said.

She beat Clijsters 7-5, 6-1 on Sept. 6 to win the U.S. Open. Henin-Hardenne also defeated Clijsters in the French Open final.

The two Belgians are in a tight race to end the season ranked No. 1.

``I'm sure she's going to get there. And she's going to deserve it,'' Clijsters said. ``If it was Justine, it would be great.''

Clijsters' quarterfinal opponent Friday is Patty Schnyder, while Henin-Hardenne will meet Els Callens, who knocked off Alexandra Stevenson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Also, sixth-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and plays Anatasia Myskina in the quarterfinals.

Qualifiers Maria Vento-Kabchi and Sandra Kleinova face off in the other quarterfinal.

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Belgians through

French and U.S. Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne strengthened her bid to take the world number one ranking from her compatriot Kim Clijsters with a 6-1 6-2 demolition of Denisa Chladkova on Thursday.


The second seed showed no hint of the exhaustion or back problems she suffered before beating Clijsters in the Flushing Meadow final 18 days ago, overcoming the Czech in less than an hour to reach the last eight of the $585,000 Leipzig Grand Prix.

It was her first match since taking the U.S. Open title and proved a fine start on the indoor carpet surface, on which Henin has been least successful.

"I have a chance tomorrow to play better," Henin-Hardenne said ominously for Els Callens, another Belgian compatriot and here opponent on Friday.

"Of course I want to reach the top but I don't want to live too much in the future or the past," added Henin. "I want to stay focused on the now: it's too simple to dream of being number one."

Top-seeded Clijsters, who should earn the chance of revenge over Henin on Sunday, began with a 6-3 6-4 win over Jelena Dokic, the former top 10 player from Yugoslavia.

Clijsters, who arrived from Australia only two days ago, did not look entirely convincing.

She began with a double fault, dropped her opening service game and went 0-3 down in the second set.

But Dokic, who is still getting over the disruption caused by a break with her father and moving home, was neither consistent nor confident enough to take advantage of the favourite's shortcomings.

Earlier Anna-Lena Groeneveld, the latest teenager making a push to become a main tour regular, was near to landing her first top-20 victim before narrowly failing to reach her first quarter-final.

The 18-year-old U.S.-based German lost 3-6 6-1 6-4 to Nadia Petrova, the sixth-seeded French Open semi-finalist from Russia, but provided her home crowd with glimpses of an encouraging future.

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It was her first match since taking the U.S. Open title and proved a fine start on the indoor carpet surface, on which Henin has been least successful.
I thought she was "least successful" on the US hardcourts?

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GREAT first set

Good luck tomorrow and take care of your shoulder!!!!!

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Talking

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Justine is a really potent threat in the women's game, outlined by today's excellence. Well Done to Els, you were by no means embarrassed and played well.
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The only problem now is to stay focussed against someone who plays a few levels lower than Justine... that means: against almost everybody

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What constitutes a great player is the ability to win those lesser games.
The infuriating thing about being in sport is to go out and beat the best but lose to mediocre the following week. Time and again, Justine has, in my opinion, proven to be excellent at overcoming these "banana-skins".
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