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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 2007, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

Well, question is incorrect. She is clay court specialist, but thats isn't all. I consider her as clay cuort specialist, but i dont consider her as clay court specialist ONLY
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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

i consider her one of the most complete players of all time

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

How can a woman who has been to Wimbledon final twice, US Open final three times (now) winning one (so far), Australian champion and RG champ 4 times, be considered a clay specialist.

She doesn't specialise, though that is her best surface. She excels, though, on all surfaces.
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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

If 'clay court specialist' means someone who specializes, and does well only on clay, then clearly she's never been this.
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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

Just look how long it is since she failed to make a semifinal on *any* surface...

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

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How can a woman who has been to Wimbledon final twice, US Open final three times (now) winning one (so far), Australian champion and RG champ 4 times, be considered a clay specialist.

She doesn't specialise, though that is her best surface. She excels, though, on all surfaces.
Yeah, but she's won RG 4 times more than she's won any other major. She still specializes in clay court tennis, but she's also a well-rounded enough quality player that she can win other majors, just most likely not as many as RG titles.
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She's probably the #1 hardcourter in the world right now so no

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

The crucial word here is "specialise" - ie your energy is focused on one narrow area to the exclusion of others.

Now Justine does not play clay court tennis on hardcourts, really, does she - still less on grass, where she wants to get forward as much as she can.
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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

A specialist means that you only excell on 1 surface with moderate results on the other surfaces.

Justine won 1 USO, made 2 USO finals so far; 2 Wimby finals, and won an Australian open and got to the semis there a couple of time. And she's won more titles on Hardcourt and Grass combined!

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

You can specialize in one thing and be talented in many other areas. Just because Justine's challenging for other majors doesn't take away the fact that her career results and expertise are best on clay.

Patty Schnyder is revered as a "clay court specialist", but she's still won more titles on hard court and carpet as well as reaching the QFs of both USO and Australian Open and in fact had better results at the Australian Open than at the French Open.
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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

Look at Justine's career titles. She won 17 outdoor Hardcourts and if I'm not mistaken 11 on clay. Plus of course some on grass and Indoors. She's by no means only a claycourter. I think many people look at her Roland Garros history and forget her other results ...
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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

Not only clay, she is a tennis specialist

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

Yes i think so!

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Re: Do You Consider Henin A "Clay Court Specialist?"

She is a claycourt specialist in that she is head and shoulders above anyone else on that surface. But she's such a great player that she can win on any other surface also. In that sense I guess she's a bit like Chris Evert was.

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