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Justine Henin

Any others starting to respect her?

In the past I've gone from hating her to grudgingly acknowledging her great play but I have to say I respect her now. I've never seen Serena spanked like she was for a set and a half, errors or not. I still think Serena is the best player in the world, but I, like Serena realize Henin is #1 for a reason.

Looking forward already to the next match between the two
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What's happening to the board? I had the popcorn ready, was all prepared to watch the mayhem unfold on the board, to see flame wars, but everyone's being so nice. Damn!

I think your feelings for Justine pretty much sum up my feelings for Serena.

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I'm looking forward to the next encounter too!
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I must say I really didn´t like Henin either but last year she started to grow on me. Her game is just awesome when she is on. Her fighting spirit as well.
I have come to like the way she dismantles one dimensional games of hardhitters. After this final I respect her game even more.
Serena was indeed playing awful in the first set but Henin was playing well.
I´m so happy that Serena won and to me she is the best player but Henin definitely right now is second best. I think we´re going to have a great clay season. Hopefully Venus and Mauresmo will be in the mix as well and Clijsters that would be great.
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I'm on the other way round. I always like Justine, but i used to hate Serena's game.
But now i like Serena, she is the best by far from the hard hitting players. Maybe she is not my favourite type of player but enjoy her game now.
I hope this was the beggining (or a restart) of a great rivaldry, because the contrast of the styles make even more interesting their matches
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Well, I think both women deserve respect after the match they played today. No one gave Justine much of a chance on hardcourt in Miami vs Serena (even some of Justine's her fans) and she proved she can be formidable on hardcourt, in spite of "the choke." Serena was down two matchpoints and fought her way back to a win after not playing her best tennis for a set and a half.

Both these women, almost equal in age, have a unique opportunity to become the rivalry of their generation. Its very obvious their games "match-up" well against one another and it should bring a great dynamic to the upcoming clay court season.
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I respect her, she's a great player! But I still don't like her.

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I can't see why people wouldn't respect her. She stands at 5,5 (a clear disadvantage) yet has worked EXTREMELY hard to get to the top of the game and stay there. Yes, there are incidents - but her skill, talent, fight... you have to respect that.

I was a little worried when she slipped in the third set, then took her time, and was running like a gazelle soon after. That was a dodgy incident to me, but... respect is still there and always will be. What she has done and still does in incredible!!!
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Any others starting to respect her?

In the past I've gone from hating her to grudgingly acknowledging her great play but I have to say I respect her now. I've never seen Serena spanked like she was for a set and a half, errors or not. I still think Serena is the best player in the world, but I, like Serena realize Henin is #1 for a reason.

Looking forward already to the next match between the two
Love her or hate her you've got to give Justine props. I really respect her game and feel that at her size she is truly amazing. Just a tough little fighter--and a deserved no. 1 & champion. That being said,














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]I must say I really didnt like Henin either but last year she started to grow on me. Her game is just awesome when she is on. Her fighting spirit as well.[/B]
I have come to like the way she dismantles one dimensional games of hardhitters. After this final I respect her game even more.
Serena was indeed playing awful in the first set but Henin was playing well.
Im so happy that Serena won and to me she is the best player but Henin definitely right now is second best. I think were going to have a great clay season. Hopefully Venus and Mauresmo will be in the mix as well and Clijsters that would be great.

Same here.

She's a great player with a fantastic game.
And she's so mentally tough and really doesn't have any weaknesses. So, on those merits alone, she deserves respect.

I didn't start to root for her until she was losing to boring ass Mauresmo.

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I respect her, she's a great player! But I still don't like her.
They are both great players..certainly Justine proved today she can "humble" one of the best in the game..she was aggressive, her backhand was "dead on" and showed great variety at the net and in her angles. She was the one serving for the match at 5-4....she was that close to victory....so you can give credit for Serena "hanging in there"but Justine definitely lowered her level of play in the 3rd set. Like or hate who you want but todays' tennis was all about skills and wills today!

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they could really bring the wta to life.....

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I can't see why people wouldn't respect her. She stands at 5,5 (a clear disadvantage) yet has worked EXTREMELY hard to get to the top of the game and stay there. Yes, there are incidents - but her skill, talent, fight... you have to respect that.

I was a little worried when she slipped in the third set, then took her time, and was running like a gazelle soon after. That was a dodgy incident to me, but... respect is still there and always will be. What she has done and still does in incredible!!!
While trying to keep the positive theme of this thread alive, her gamesmanship has been somewhat suspect at times IMO. She just rubbed me the wrong way. Now I'm not saying that I'm her biggest fan suddenly, but the gets major cool points for the way she almost thrashed Serena today.
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Re: Justine Henin

I always had a grudging respect for Justine, because her game is so fantastic and I appreciate short players, but in particular she's been more and more respectable since after the AO last year. She's never going to be one of my top ten favorites, but I always pull for good tennis, and she's very good.

I think it's easy to forget how young she was in 2003, and how unprepared she was to face scrutiny like that. The Williams (while never unfair) certainly made some errors in judgment back in their younger years. All really good players are polarizing in some way, and the interesting ones have volatile personalities.
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