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Hating towards Henin in the US media?

Are these articles normal in the US or this journalist has just gone nuts?

Looks like the article itself has been written by some Justine-hater from wtaworld

At least he (she?) doesn't deny the fact she's THE BEST

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_527057.html

Like it or not, Henin best women's tennis has to offer

By Nafari Vanaski
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Women's tennis is in disarray. Look at the U.S. Open for a perfect example. The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth. Tatiana Golovin, of France, ranked 17th, is defeated in the first round by an American who's easily carrying an extra 15 pounds. By the conclusion of the Open, there was a lot of shuffling in the rankings, affecting all but one player.


Justine Henin's name might not stay the same, (she was recently divorced) but she's been at the top for a year. She quietly dominates almost every tournament she enters. Henin managed to enter Flushing Meadows as the top seed, but not favored to win. Yet, she easily dismantled two of the favorites, the Williams sisters, and still had enough in the engine to smoke Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. She didn't drop a set to anyone in the last two weeks.

As dominant as she is, Henin's aloof behavior has probably cost her fans and endorsement money. In particular, it's the final of the 2006 Australian Open that leaves a bad taste in many mouths. Amelie Mauresmo, seeking her first Grand Slam title, was pitted against Henin. Down a set and a break, Henin simply stopped. That's right. She retired, claiming an upset stomach. (And whose wouldn't be, after being whipped in the first set 6-1?) Not only did she look perfectly fine, but in the press conference afterwards, she offered little explanation in the way of her "injury." "I had no energy," she told reporters.
Then there was the 2003 French Open semifinal against Serena Williams. Williams was serving, and Henin raised a hand, a signal that she wasn't yet ready. However, Williams was already in her motion, and hit the serve anyway, knowing she'd get another first serve. Not. The umpire didn't see the hand, and Henin refused to acknowledge that she had done it, so Williams had to hit a second serve. Henin won that match, and Williams accused her of lying in her post-match conference, a statement easily backed up by the video.

Incidents like this prevent her from being an overwhelming fan favorite, no matter how good she gets. If she goes on a Roger Federer tear, there'll always be Paris for fans, or Australia. Like it or not, though, she's the best female tennis player right now, and she seems ready to be around for a long time.

Look at it this way: Henin hasn't pulled out of any finals lately. Well, she hasn't exactly been in any danger of losing, either.

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Reads more like an editorial than an article.

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Everything about the article it's true.
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I'm sure Justine isn't losing any sleep over this
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Re: Hating towards Henin in the US media?

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Women's tennis is in disarray. Look at the U.S. Open for a perfect example. The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth. Tatiana Golovin, of France, ranked 17th, is defeated in the first round by an American who's easily carrying an extra 15 pounds.

As dominant as she is, Henin's aloof behavior has probably cost her fans and endorsement money.
Women's tennis in disarray because the top players lose to relatively unknowns (unknowns if you're not a tennis fan)? Looks more of a display of depth in women's tennis to me. And what does a player's name or weight has got to do with it?

Aloof behaviour of Justine? Two 'incidents' on a 8 year long pro career where the first (AO 2006) was due to illness, not because she lost the first set, and the second was a umpire decision, as I recall, the umpire didn't ask Justine if she had raised her hand, anyway Serena still had a second serve.

A lame editorial imo.
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Re: Hating towards Henin in the US media?

Women's tennis is in disarray because Sharapova lost to someone with too many consonants in her name?

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And the rest of the article can be summarized as "same old, same old".

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Yes she must be so upset she can't pay bills now for not getting endorsement deals.

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The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth.
R-DW-NSK- 6 consonants
D-V-NP-RT 6 consonants
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Re: Hating towards Henin in the US media?

What a stupid article??
To me it's sounds that the writer was upset that Sharapova ar a Williams didn't won this.. that writer should be ashamed..

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That was pretty lame....
Golovin losing to Rolle is a proof of women's tennis' decline!

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Not only did she look perfectly fine.
Suuuuuuuuuure .
From the moment she entered the court, every Justine fan knew there was something wrong and that she would lose this match just by the look in her eyes. But yeah, it wasn't a broken bone or something visual so she must have been perfectly fine, right???


I just HATE it when journalists go beyond their attributions, forget about their responsability, and feel like it's OK to spread lies all over the place. Disgusting. Cause off course, saying Justine had a stomach ulcer is asking too much. Wouldn't fit with the editorialist's opinion so it doesn't count. Disgusting.

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R-DW-NSK- 6 consonants
D-V-NP-RT 6 consonants
CL-JST-RS - 7

and that's just 1 more than
W-LL--MS - 5
SH-R-P-V - 5

these have been discussed for the longest time, i'm afraid they will forever be attached to Justine's name, much more if she wins more GS.

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Re: Hating towards Henin in the US media?

Maybe he means the entire name?

-GN--SK- R-DW-NSK- = 10
L-NDS-Y D-V-NP-RT = 11

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