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Talking Justine is now aiming for a career golden grand slam...

All she needs is now Wimbledon and she'll have all four slams and an Olympic gold medal.



That's almost as special as the "Serena Slam".

Steffi Graf is the only other player to have all 4 slams and an Olympic gold medal (which she obviously did in the same year). And Agassi the only man to have a career golden grand slam.

Serena needs an Olympic gold medal in 2008.

And Venus needs Australian and French Opens.

All doable, but right now my money's on Justine to take Wimbledon in one of the upcoming years and complete it first.
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When did she announce this? I haven't heard this before?

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I'm afraid to qualify for a "golden grand slam" all five must be won in the same year.
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I'm afraid to qualify for a "golden grand slam" all five must be won in the same year.
"career golden grand slam"

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"career golden grand slam"

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"career grand slam"

agree.

a difference on "calendar" & "career"

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I'm afraid to qualify for a "golden grand slam" all five must be won in the same year.
Quite, and I doubt whether even Roger Federer could achieve that!

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I don't know about Justine and Steffi, but I have the "Golden Grand Slam" of Hollywood. I won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Golden Globe Best Actress in a Drama, and the Best Actress Oscar for the same film. That's the Golden Grand Slam of Hollywood, folks, and I did it!
Charlize did it this last year. It's more common in Hollywood than it is in tennis.

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I don't know about Justine and Steffi, but I have the "Golden Grand Slam" of Hollywood. I won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Golden Globe Best Actress in a Drama, and the Best Actress Oscar for the same film. That's the Golden Grand Slam of Hollywood, folks, and I did it!
Charlize did it this last year. It's more common in Hollywood than it is in tennis.
NO, it isn't.

The golden grand slam of Hollywood is Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony.

And you don't have that Helen.

I know someone who does though: Helen Hayes.
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About M. Navratilova tennis became an Olympic event in 1988. Players like her, Court etc could have won the 4 slams and the Olympics. Comparisons aren't at his place you can't discuss the only player ever to have won the 4 slams and the Olympics
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Well I can only say .. I hope she does

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NO, it isn't.

The golden grand slam of Hollywood is Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony.

And you don't have that Helen.

I know someone who does though: Helen Hayes.
Tony is Broadway, not Hollywood, and an Emmy is like a Tier I, and Grammys don't count anymore because anyone can win one now.

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go VENUS AND SERENA!

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i seriously think grass is not her surface though... maria and williams sisters are better grasscourt players imo.

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Some people won't agree with me but I really think that Justine's best surface isn't clay but grass.

I think that Justine needs to convince herself that she can win a big event on grass.

Her game, like Roger's is especially suited for grass, she has a good serve (when it lands in). One advantage is that on grass you don't need to hit a 115 mph serve to win free points, the surface helps, so she can take pace off and increase her percentage. At the US Open, despite her terrible form the serve seems to have improved, maybe because she practiced it more during her off time because it requires less (physical) effort.

She has the volleys, she has the slice, the one-handed crosscourt backhand can be lethal on grass because of the angles (ask Jennifer).

Said that, the problem with grass is that there are not enough grass touranments, sure all players face the same problem but some adapt their game quicker than others. Serena for example doesn't need to change her game too much, her serves and groundstrokes are good enough, same for Maria, Justine on the other hand needs to hits more slice and come to the net more, she needs to take pace off and go for the angles and attack the net.

That's about Wimbledon, that's about completing the career GS. I know the media talks about the "golden slam" but I really don't care about it, even though Justine would achieve a career golden slam by winning Wimbledon. I do not think the Olympics can be considered in the mix, best proof are Justine's own words, she played freely at the Olympics but felt the pressure at the US Open, even though she had already won it, even though there are four slams and every year.

Put it this way, if Justine wins Wimbledon next year, she will have won all 4 slams (career gs) and the Olympics (career golden slam) while Serena will have won a career gs but not the golden one, despite that I would still consider Serena's career to be better only because she has won more GS titles (of course unless Justine wins also the Australian Open or RG or both)
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i will have to disagree with you there Fingon...Henin has improved so much on grass in the past few years but still her backswings are quite long and when faced with an aggressive player who's playing half decent (Serena 03, Venus 02 and 01) she mistimes the ball so much. of course, recently you dont necessarily have to go through a williams to win a slam title, but i think with the emergence with all these short-backswing-hard-hitting Russians, she'll find it harder to win Wimbledon now than before they got their heads together. not to say that she wont...just that her chances have not improved.
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