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View Poll Results: Would Justine still have done well this year if Kim didn't retire?
Justine still would have had a dominant year whether or not Kim was still playing! 55 60.44%
Part of the reason why she did well was because the pressure of her fellow Belgian wasn't there. 7 7.69%
The real reason why Justine did so well was because she dumped her husband 20 21.98%
Combination of both her husband and Kim gone 9 9.89%
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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 2007, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Henin's Great Year because...

No doubt about it...Justine had a great 07 topped off with winning every match since her loss to Bartoli at Wimbledon.

I was reading Roelc's poll on the "most touching moment of the year" and watched the video of Kim's farewell at Antwrep, it made me realize how loved Kim was in her home country. But it also made me wonder if Justine would have had such a good year if fellow Belgian Kim was still playing? No more pressure, right?

Or maybe not?

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

She's great not b/c of divorce or Kim's retirement or whatever. She's just great.

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

Kim was a very good player and she would have been a very tough opponent (if her mind was on the game). It definitely helps when another top player retires, but it's not like Justine had cakewalk draws and that any of her 10 titles are a fluke. Remember, she only plays tier II and above and with her form this year, I doubt Kim would have stopped her, maybe Justine would have 1 less title or something like that, nothing major.

I'm not going to comment on the other point, as I know nothing about it, but surely going through a divorce and missing the first GS was no blessing, with all the emotional turmoil that she experienced.




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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

She is good, that's why!

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

Kim wouldn't have defeated her once this year. Justine was the way better player since the beginning of 2006.
There was a time where I preferred Kim to Justine, but in my mind, Justine was always the better player.

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

this has nothing to do with kim!
divorce + bonding with her family will certainly have influenced her
one thing that we can clearly put is that because of her divorce (and not playing the beginning of the year) she was able to compete a whole year on top level, also at the end of the season (where other players started to get injured and tired)
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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

I actually felt Kim was a better player than Justine but mentally is where it counts in tennis and Kim couldn't hold it together during big matches.
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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

No serious injuries, good health, smart scheduling-except for Eastbourne-lol!! Hopefully, she will stay healthy next season.
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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

I think Kim has nothing to do with Justine's year.. 2006 was great for Justine and Kim was very much around.
I say it's because she dumped her gay husband

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

What's their H2H? Anyone know please?

Out of interest, what pressure do you think she was under with regard to Kim?

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

what does kim have to do with it?? why not that amelie, maria,etc were playing terribly also?
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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

the 2 players who were equal with her in 2006 sharapova & mauresmo had a sucky year i think its because lack of competitive players

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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

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I actually felt Kim was a better player than Justine but mentally is where it counts in tennis and Kim couldn't hold it together during big matches.
Kim really could've had a great career. She was the better of the two every year from 1999 to 2002. 2003 was close and both were injured in 2004. Kim was again better in 2005. Justine was only definitely better in 2006.

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Kim really could've had a great career. She was the better of the two every year from 1999 to 2002. 2003 was close and both were injured in 2004. Kim was again better in 2005. Justine was only definitely better in 2006.
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Re: Henin's Great Year because...

Justine's mind is free now that she is the top dog in Belgium. I mean what a burden to be the best player in the world, but not the most popular even in your own country. Getting rid of the dead weight husband I'm sure helped too.

All that said, Justine still would have had a killer year.

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