Re: Does anyone else find it odd that Justine has never...
Greenout told me:
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.