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So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

I can remember just 6 years ago when Martina Hingis began getting beaten up on by the bigger and stronger players that we thought that to be a great tennis player, you had to be taller.

Now all this time later, Justine Henin comes along at 5-5 and pretty much is changing the face of tennis all over again.

Her victory at the Open this year I think is HUGE. But what I am wondering, is she a fluke among tennis players her height or is she going to inspire other players to follow her lead and actually become a major challenger to the taller players?

If anything, Justine gives hope that you don't have to be 6-0 tall or higher to be a tennis champion.

Any players you can think of up and coming that could have a Justine-like career?
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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

Henin killed Big Babe tennis.
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She proved that it's not impossible to compete at the very highest level while not being a huge girl. But honestly, it takes a very, very special player to acheive that.
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Being short + no talent = Massacre

Being short + with talent - practice = Deadmeat

Being short + with talent + practice - good coach = Flawed product

Being short + with talent + practice + good coach = Justine Henin

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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

Henin showed against Venus that her small size can be an advantage. WHen Venus had to run so much in that match, her body and fitness started breaking down, while Justine's smaller and lighter frame served her well with all the running
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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

yeah she will... if every short tennis player bulks up to about twice the size in muscle of his or her opponent.
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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

Martina herself when she was beginning defeated players bigger and more athletic than her. before that Chris Evert, and of course no Justine.

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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

I remembered Jamea Jackson saying something along the way last year. That Justine was the one she looks up to because of her success and her height. That she gives her hope to make it to the top if she works hard. Jamea is 5'4"
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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

Justine is actually the poster girl for hard work, discipline, and technique.
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I hate it when people completely miss the topic starter's point especially one as clear as this one. Dayum.

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I hate it when people completely miss the topic starter's point especially one as clear as this one. Dayum.

And I hate it when people lay judgement without true understanding. Dayum.

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Re: So is Justine the new poster girl for shorter tennis players?

According to Billie Jean King, Justine is the poster girl for short younger players. As for bulking up, which Justine no longer does, noone is more bulked up than Serena.
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And I hate it when people lay judgement without true understanding. Dayum.

And I hate it when people post just to see themselves talk as opposed to addressing the actual question posed to them. Dayum.

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