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... played Antwerp? Is it because she's a Walloon? I heard that the tournament director doesn't like her and stuff. Is this true?

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Justine played Antwerp in 2003. She lost to Kim in the semis.
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She won her first ever title in Antwerp when it was played on clay in 1999. She reached the final in 2002, and SF in 2003.
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Ok ok... so I'm wrong but I just feels like she's never played there because she's hardly played there.

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I hope she does play again next year though, the tournament needs her!

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She has some issues with the tournament director.
And besides, she prefers playing in Dubai. It's just a little challenging to fly from Belgium to Qatar.

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Ok ok... so I'm wrong but I just feels like she's never played there because she's hardly played there.
Where'd you get your facts? LOL

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She has some issues with the tournament director.
And besides, she prefers playing in Dubai. It's just a little challenging to fly from Belgium to Qatar.
What issues? I've always thought it was because it's a flemish tournament and she's a walloon. I was wondering if things were that bad there.

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No, I think she once wanted to withdraw from Antwerp in 2004 because of an injury, but Verkeck or whatever accused her of withdrawing because she wanted to go to Dubai and defend her title, and since then she hasn't gone to Antwerp or the other tournament where Verkeck is the director. She didn't even attend the award ceremony where she won sportswoman of the year because Verkeck was in charge.

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No, I think she once wanted to withdraw from Antwerp in 2004 because of an injury, but Verkeck or whatever accused her of withdrawing because she wanted to go to Dubai and defend her title, and since then she hasn't gone to Antwerp or the other tournament where Verkeck is the director. She didn't even attend the award ceremony where she won sportswoman of the year because Verkeck was in charge.
Wow! That's news to me. Thanks.

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I could be wrong, but that's how I thought it was.

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It was one of those seasons when everyone was injured right after the Australian Open, and were pulled/pulling out of Tokyo, and Paris. Off course, if they can't do Tokyo and Paris - Antwerp was to have the same fate for weak draws.

The usually reliables didn't even bother to land in Antwerp. Venus phoned in her excuse from London (but seen shopping with Naomi Campbell that week in the media), Ai Sugiyama didn't even get to Belgium, Elena Dementieva showed up and practiced then pulled out of the event..

Hey, when Ai Sugiyama phones, and doesn't even land in Belgium, and Elena Dementieva splits before her first match, you have to wonder about the relationship between the guest players and the event management.


Justine actually arrived, and did the press conference and childrens clinic, but was too ill. You can see photos of her from that event and she didn't look good at all. Her voice was froggy too. We all know what happenned to Justine a few months later, and for the rest of the year with her illness. Her appearance at the PDG was sort of a clue about her health condition.

Justine didn't play her first match because she was way too ill.


Bob went public and since Elena, Ai and Venus were already gone or never arrived in Belgium he lashed out on Justine and blamed her for being selfish, unprofessional etc... Said she ruined his event and doesn't care about Belgium, blah,blah blah there should be a fine for players like her blah, blah, blah.

Justine went to Dubai (obviously because the weather is better) then Bob went public again and accused Justine of not only being unprofessional but GREEDY and taking money from Dubai rather than think of her Belgian public like Kim does.



There were four LL (Lucky losers) placed in the draw to cover for Venus, Justine, Elena and Ai at PDG in 2004. Elena and Ai didn't bother to sign up for the PDG in 2005, but Venus did since she's on the brink of winning the Diamond raqcuet.

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It was one of those seasons when everyone was injured right after the Australian Open, and were pulled/pulling out of Tokyo, and Paris. Off course, if they can't do Tokyo and Paris - Antwerp was to have the same fate for weak draws.

The usually reliables didn't even bother to land in Antwerp. Venus phoned in her excuse from London (but seen shopping with Naomi Campbell that week in the media), Ai Sugiyama didn't even get to Belgium, Elena Dementieva showed up and practiced then pulled out of the event..

Hey, when Ai Sugiyama phones, and doesn't even land in Belgium, and Elena Dementieva splits before her first match, you have to wonder about the relationship between the guest players and the event management.


Justine actually arrived, and did the press conference and childrens clinic, but was too ill. You can see photos of her from that event and she didn't look good at all. Her voice was froggy too. We all know what happenned to Justine a few months later, and for the rest of the year with her illness. Her appearance at the PDG was sort of a clue about her health condition.

Justine didn't play her first match because she was way too ill.


Bob went public and since Elena, Ai and Venus were already gone or never arrived in Belgium he lashed out on Justine and blamed her for being selfish, unprofessional etc... Said she ruined his event and doesn't care about Belgium, blah,blah blah there should be a fine for players like her blah, blah, blah.

Justine went to Dubai (obviously because the weather is better) then Bob went public again and accused Justine of not only being unprofessional but GREEDY and taking money from Dubai rather than think of her Belgian public like Kim does.



There were four LL (Lucky losers) placed in the draw to cover for Venus, Justine, Elena and Ai at PDG in 2004. Elena and Ai didn't bother to sign up for the PDG in 2005, but Venus did since she's on the brink of winning the Diamond raqcuet.
What a stupid businessman ...Justine is more important to the success of his business than he is. Therefore, he deals with it when she has to pull out, even if it is for some stupid reason, so that she will come back the next year. Durrrrrr!

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Yeah, Bob Verbeek bet all of his money on Kim and none of it on Justine. He's reaping what he sowed. Justine really liked playing Antwerp because she won her first tournament there, and she loves playing in front of her native Belgians. However, since Verbeek mistreated her at that tournament, she really has had nothing to do with either him or the tournament, which is a shame.
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And I think 1 or his tournaments will close down next year because of Kim not playing? I'm not 100% sure.

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