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How J. Henin Quietly Became The Best Player in The WTA since '03 (Updated)

The Henin Era
(c. 2003-present)


I was asked by three people to start a thread about Henin's career since her ascent in 2003. She has been YE #1 for 3 of the past 5 years and her career stats since the year she won her first major explain why.

This thread is intended on celebrating Henin's accomplishments since her ascent in the WTA began in 2003. She's often overlooked for her accomplishments when compared to today's power players, but her numbers tell how she's surpassed her more powerful peers during this time period.

No one in the WTA has collectively been better than Henin the past five years. I looked at Clijsters, Davenport, Sharapova and the Williams Sisters numbers as well. I posted Clijsters and Davenports numbers in another thread because they were closest to Henin.

Henin has won more tournaments, won more single majors, made it to more semifinals and finals...and the list goes on. Her H-2-H record against today's top 20 since the year she won her first major really tells why she's been so great the past five years. Henin doesn't have a losing record to anyone in the top 20.

She's reached the semifinals 55 times of the 63 tournaments she's played since 2003.

She's reached the finals 42 times of the 63 tournaments she's played since 2003.

She won 33 of the 42 times she reached the finals in tournaments she's played since 2003.


Let's look at the numbers year-by-year:

2007 (FO Champion, USO Champion, #1 Ranking, YEC Winner)
Tournaments Played (14)
Semifinals (14)
Finals (12)


2006 (#1 YE Ranking, FO Champion, YEC Winner)
Tournaments Played (13)
Semifinals (12)
Finals (10)

2005 (FO Champion)

Tournaments Played (9)
Semifinals (5)
Finals (5)

2004 (Olympic Champion, AO Champion)
Tournaments Played (9)
Semifinals (7)
Finals (5)

2003 (#1 YE Ranking, French and USO Champion)
Tournaments Played (18)
Semifinals (17)
Finals (11)



Grand Slam Singles Victories since Henin's Ascent in 2003:

J. Henin (7) Olympic Gold (1)
S. Williams (4)
V. Williams (2)
M. Sharapova (2)
A. Mauresmo (2)
A. Myskina (1)
S. Kuznetsova (1)
K. Clijsters (1)



Weeks at Number One since Henin's Ascent in 2003:

J. Henin (96+)
L. Davenport (60)
A. Mauresmo (39)
S. Williams (35)
K. Clijsters (19)
M. Sharapova (14)


Tournament Wins since Henin's Ascent in 2003:

J. Henin (34)
K. Clijsters (24)
A. Mauresmo (16)
M. Sharapova (16)
L. Davenport (14)



There seems to be an overwhelming perception that Justine is only a clay court player. However, her hardcourt results would surprise many since the year she won her first grand slam title in 2003. Henin has won more tournaments on hardcourt than she has clay :


Henin Hardcourt Record and tournament wins since 2003:

139-19 (88%)

17 out of Henin's 29 tournament wins since her ascent in 2003 have been on hardcourt.


Henin Claycourt Record since 2003:

75-6 (93%)

10 out of Henin's 31 tournament wins since her ascent in 2003 have been on clay.



Henin vs Today's Top 20 Since Her Ascent in 2003 (91-18):

Henin has a winning record against every player in the today's top 20 and one tie since 2003.

Henin v 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova (14-2)
Henin v 3 Jelena Jankovic (9-0)
Henin v 4 Ana Ivanovic (3-0)
Henin v 5 Maria Sharapova (6-2)
Henin v 6 Serena Williams (5-2)
Henin v 7 Anna Chakvetadze (3-0)
Henin v 8 Venus Williams (1-1)
Henin v 9 Daniela Hantuchova (1-0)
Henin v 10 Elena Dementieva (4-2)
Henin v 11 Marion Bartoli (3-1)
Henin v 12 Nadia Petrova (10-2)
Henin v 13 Amelie Mauresmo (8-5)
Henin v 14 Dinara Safina (4-0)
Henin v 15 Nicole Vaidisova (4-0)
Henin v 16 Shahar Peer (1-0)
Henin v 17 Patty Schnyder (6-1)
Henin v 18 Tatiana Golovin (3-0)
Henin v 19 Martina Hingis (2-0)
Henin v 20 Agnes Szavay (0-0)


Not Included (since Henin's ascent in 2003):

Henin v K. Clijsters (8-5)
Henin v L. Davenport (8-0)
Henin v J. Capriati (3-0)
Henin v M. Seles (2-0)
Henin v M. Pierce (4-1)

Henin Wins Olympic Gold (2004) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTz_V3xbjEA
No Strings: Henin (Part I of III) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWVt...elated&search=
No Strings: Henin (Part II of III) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AErEl...elated&search=
No Strings: Henin (Part III of III) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwjcWZawsqk




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in the absence of the Williamses
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This fantastic and clearly puts everything into perspective. I do agree that at times Justine's greatness and dominance is overlooked but I get the feeling that Justine likes it that way. She wants the titles and top ranking without a lot of the attention that comes with it.

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yay Justine!!! keep going! keep going!
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in the absence of the Williamses
Being fit and able to play is all part of being a tennis player too

Amazing stats

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what an awesome thread

I think I'll come and read here every day

Justine, you're amazing
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Allez Justine! The best player of this generation!
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in the absence of the Williamses
No.

Both Serena And Venus Williams was playing tennis in every year from 2003 and 2007. Injuries curtailed their participation at times, but over a five year period, its tough to discredit Henin's accomplishments. When you consider Henin's lengthy absence in 2004, all of these women in the WTA dealt with their own personal illness and injury over the past five years.

Serena and Venus each won (9) tournaments since the year Henin won her first major title, which has been five years.

Injury has become so woven in the fabric of the WTA, that in my opinion, it can't be used to discredit other players accomplishments over a five year period. Over a two year period, yes. But not five years.

Serena and Venus are two of the greatest of All-Time in my opinion. But Henin is proving herself to be as well. And that doesn't take away from Serena and Venus' accomplishments. Give credit where credit is due.

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Absent for the whole time from 2003 till now?
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Re: How J. Henin Quietly Became The Best Player in The WTA For The Past Five Years

when they played a lot they beat her.
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Being fit and able to play is all part of being a tennis player too

Amazing stats
That's what makes Justine's domainance even more incredible. When she first turned pro she was injured so often. There was no way to predict that she would turn things around and have this great career! And she's not done yet!!

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Amazing feet.

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but of course not if they played four tournaments a year
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Impressive stats by Henin!
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You guys can sit here and come up with little technicalities and lies all you want but the truth is... Serena is the best player of the past decade.
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