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Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

As you all know, Wimbledon is the hallmark of "great" tennis players. No matter where in the world, if you are a professional (or not so professional) tennis player, people are gonna ask you, "Have you ever won Wimbledon?". Now, Justine needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" tennis player. She's 25 now and I'll give her 2 years to accomplish it, if she ever could. Thoughts?
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As you all know, Wimbledon is the hallmark of "great" tennis players. No matter where in the world, if you are a professional (or not so professional) tennis player, people are gonna ask you, "Have you ever won Wimbledon?". Now, Justine needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" tennis player. She's 25 now and I'll give her 2 years to accomplish it, if she ever could. Thoughts?
I disagree..... I do think Justine needs to win Wimbledon to at least attempt to be "remmebered" as she will be 1 of a few who has won all 4 majors..... But shes won the french 4 times so technically shes a great "clay courter"...

At this point for me Henin needs to do more than just win Wimbledon once.... she needs to win another major other than the french at least twice to improve on her status... Much like Venus needs to win a couple more other than wimbledon. At this point them winning there again is great.... but they are already known for winning those titles....
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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

I think Monica Seles and her fans would disagree.
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She already is a great player.
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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

She already is a great player. Winning Wimbledon is nice but it's a surface that's barely played on. It's like winning a tournament on a court made of sand. It doesn't mean as much as the other Slams.

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Seles isn't considered a great player?

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She already is a great player. Winning Wimbledon is nice but it's a surface that's barely played on. It's like winning a tournament on a court made of sand. It doesn't mean as much as the other Slams.
Let's not kid ourselves, Wimbledon is still VERY important. However, Justine is still a great player without it. And it's not like she is useless on it. She still get to semis and finals, she just hasn't broke through and won it.

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Let's not kid ourselves, Wimbledon is still VERY important. However, Justine is still a great player without it. And it's not like she is useless on it. She still get to semis and finals, she just hasn't broke through and won it.
I think she will win it eventually. In terms of Seles, she is a legend, regardless of her lack of a Wimbledon title. Although it's pointless to debate, I really think she would have won the '93 Wimbledon.

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I think she will win it eventually. In terms of Seles, she is a legend, regardless of her lack of a Wimbledon title. Although it's pointless to debate, I really think she would have won the '93 Wimbledon.
If not '93, then '94 for sure. With Graf out, Seles was winning the damn thing! Hell or high water.

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IDK about having to WIN Wimbledon to be considered "great". But she does have to win all four to be great. That's the only reason why I agree with this. If she had won every GS except the AO then is would still be the same IMO. I do think she has it in her though. She can definitely pull it out if she keeps up this phenomenal form.


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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

While I think "not winning Wimbledon" is the biggest black eye you can have on your record, if you win enough of the other events (not just a whole bunch of one of them) greatness is inherent.
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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

nooooo

She already is
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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

I guess that means Roger Federer is not a great player yet.

I'm sorry, I don't see how Wimbledon is the most prestigious other than being the oldest tournament. Everything else says that Wimbledon = Other Grand Slams

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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

Novotna won Wimbledon once, is she a "great" player?? Or she is, and Justine is not???
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Re: Justine Henin needs to win Wimbledon to become a "great" player

In the entire history of women's tennis, only 20 players have won six GS singles titles. In the Open Era, only ten. It's actually a pretty good measure of who actually IS a great player. At least who's a great singles player. It's also pretty cold. By this measure, Martina Hingis and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario AREN'T great singles players.

And if you think they are/were great singles players, you have to concede Henin is as well.

Who's won MORE than six GS singles titles in the Open Era?

Graf, Navratilova, Evert, Court, King, Seles, Goolagong and Serena.

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