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Henin unfazed by Federer Comparisons

Henin unfazed by Federer comparisons

By Mark Ledsom

ZURICH, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Women's world number one Justine Henin shrugged off comparisons to male counterpart Roger Federer on Tuesday and said she was giving little thought to her place in sporting history.

Speaking to reporters on a free day after receiving a bye into the second round of the Zurich Open, the Belgian added that the defence of her 2004 Olympic title would be one of her main goals for 2008.

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"It's an honour to hear those kind of compliments," Henin said when asked about the sporting comparisons being made between her and Federer.

"But I never like to compare myself to anyone because I just like to do my job the best I can. I do it for myself, the people I love, my fans -- but I don't really run after being part of the history of the sport."

Henin, 25, has dominated the women's tour this year despite a turbulent off-court season that has included a split from her husband and a reunion with her previously estranged family.

Since skipping the Australian Open following the breakdown of her marriage, the Belgian has gone on to win eight titles so far this season, adding the 2007 French and U.S. Open titles to her total haul of seven Grand Slams.

UNBEATEN RUN

She also reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon -- the only Grand Slam title still to elude her -- and is unbeaten in 16 matches since then.

"I've been dominating the sport for the last few months, that's for sure but it's hard to stay at your top all the time," Henin said on Tuesday.

"I've been playing tennis for 20 years and giving everything for it, so I'm not going to stop now because I still have the feeling that there is a lot I want to do."

Unlike Federer, who is just two trophies away from equalling Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, Henin knows that the corresponding record in the women's game is probably far beyond even her agile reach.

Australia's Margaret Smith Court leads the way with a seemingly unassailable 24 Grand Slam singles title, 11 of which were won in the Open era.

More recently, Steffi Graf accumulated 22 Grand Slam singles titles with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova each collecting 18.

"When you see what the greatest girls in the sport, like Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, have achieved then you have to think that nobody is going to do that again in the women's game," Henin said.
GOLDEN SLAM

"It's a great feeling to be winning a lot of Grand Slams but my motivation is just that I love so much being on the court and competing at the highest level."

One achievement that Henin could still match is the "Golden Slam" requiring a player to win all four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal.

To do that in one year, as Graf did in 1988, Henin will have to defend her 2004 Olympic gold at next year's Beijing Olympics and finally add the Wimbledon title to her long list of victories.

"That's a tough, tough goal, so let's go one step at a time," grinned Henin. "I will definitely be at the Olympic Games which is one of my main goals for sure. My win in Athens was the most beautiful experience of my career.

"As for Wimbledon, I will do everything I can to win there. For a little girl who dreamed of winning Grand Slams it would be a great achievement if I could win the lot.

"But if I don't do it, I won't feel any less of a champion because there are a lot of great players who never managed to win all four."
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Wow, I thought her first RG win was the most beautiful experience of her career. But it's true that for every Olympic gold there are 16 Slams.. so I can see how that would mean the most to her.

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is there any doubt that she is not going to win the golden slam
i dont think so

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Allez Justine "Federer" Henin

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is there any doubt that she is not going to win the golden slam
i dont think so
Yes of course there is doubt

Until the umpire says Game Set Match Henin ..... then it's not over is it?
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i know asking for the golden slam next year is too much but im proud that juju is the defending champ of 3/5 of the titles...

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i like Justine... but she's no Roger...
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It would be amazing if Justine could do the Golden Slam. But I think it's a very long shot. The difference between her and Federer is that he's been able to avoid getting any really serious injuries so far in his career whereas Justine has at times struggled physically. That will always be a limitation on what she can achieve, especially when the pressure is so high and competition so tough.

She needs to work out a very forgiving schedule for next year so she can be her best at the big events, plus a little bit of luck of course.

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It would be amazing if Justine could do the Golden Slam. But I think it's a very long shot. The difference between her and Federer is that he's been able to avoid getting any really serious injuries so far in his career whereas Justine has at times struggled physically. That will always be a limitation on what she can achieve, especially when the pressure is so high and competition so tough.

She needs to work out a very forgiving schedule for next year so she can be her best at the big events, plus a little bit of luck of course.
pressure high yes
competition tough u gotta be kidding me
she could sleep walk through the draws these days given the level of play we have currently

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It would be amazing if Justine could do the Golden Slam. But I think it's a very long shot. The difference between her and Federer is that he's been able to avoid getting any really serious injuries so far in his career whereas Justine has at times struggled physically. That will always be a limitation on what she can achieve, especially when the pressure is so high and competition so tough.

She needs to work out a very forgiving schedule for next year so she can be her best at the big events, plus a little bit of luck of course.
She's figured that out! Her "08" year will be her best yet!
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pressure high yes
competition tough u gotta be kidding me
she could sleep walk through the draws these days given the level of play we have currently
I'm not talking about competition in the early rounds. I mean in the crunch rounds of Slams when the Top 5 will be playing one another.

I wouldn't count either of the Williams sisters out. You never know whether they'll turn up to a tournament in great form or not. Serena in particular will surely be desperate to take Justine down at her next opportunity. Plus Sharapova might fix herself in the off-season.

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Her competition is no less weak than Roger^s. Due to her size she is at more of a disadvantage than he is. What made her Olympic win so "Sweet" was that she came off her sick bed to do it and that it was the only Gold Medal Belgium won that year. Some players love winning for their Country, as well as for themselves. Justine is an exceptionally intelligent woman, that is one of the main reasons she is a great Champion.
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I'm not talking about competition in the early rounds. I mean in the crunch rounds of Slams when the Top 5 will be playing one another.

I wouldn't count either of the Williams sisters out. You never know whether they'll turn up to a tournament in great form or not. Serena in particular will surely be desperate to take Justine down at her next opportunity. Plus Sharapova might fix herself in the off-season.
the top 5 against henin is competitive ????? only maria gave her any competition and we all know what form maria is in right now
serena is in desperate shape not desperate to beat justine ya she can turn it around but will no longer be able to do it
venus rains down unforced error one after another and cannot win tier 3 tournaments
but the clincher is anna c ranked so high as she is that really speaks volumes of the level of tennis we have currently

yes losses can happen to anybody
she may also lose her mind like serena did against justine at FO 03 and someone can sneak a win but 99% probability says that unless venus serena maria or amelie step up their game she isn't losing

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