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Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

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LONDON (AFP) - Justine Henin, who rocked tennis by her shock decision to quit on the eve of the French Open, admitted on Wednesday that failure to win Wimbledon was her biggest regret.

The Belgian was runner-up at the All England Club in 2001 and 2006 losing to Venus Williams and Amelie Mauresmo respectively, leaving a major gap in her portfolio which boasted four Roland Garros titles, two US Opens and one win at the Australian Open.

"Not winning Wimbledon has been the big disappointment of my career. It's a great tradition. I love it but my game wasn't quite good enough and I probably wasn't confident enough to win on the grass," said Henin.

"I keep thinking that Venus Williams is the best player on grass. She's big and tall so, for me, she's the favourite this year."

Henin quit just before her 26th birthday, but hasn't ruled out a return to the tour although she admitted a change of mind was unlikely.

"I would never say for sure that I won't be back but for me and the people who know me they know that I do something 200 percent and when I decide it's over, it's over," said Justine Henin, speaking on www.laureus.com.

"Lots of people understood the decision. They are sad for me and for the game of tennis but maybe I can give something else now and that's really important too."
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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

Yeah it was. She won everything there is (AO, FO, USO, Gold Medal, YEC), except this.

Sigh... why did you quit, Justine? Why?

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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

Regret and disappointment are not the same thing.
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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

Well she acknowledged the chance of a return a fraction more than she did a couple of months ago. I know it's still REALLLLLY unlikely but at least she kinda admits that she doesn't know how she will feel in the future. She doesn't expect to feel differently but she doesn't know for sure.

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Great she finally said it

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How come she lost to Bartoli last year

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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

Okay I am getting so sick of the "Venus is big and tall that is hwy she is good on grass". That does not even make sense.
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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

Still think she'll be back ...
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How come she lost to Bartoli last year
She had a 'bad' day. Mentally or physically.

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How come she lost to Bartoli last year
IMO Bartoli totally outplayed her in every way and she should have no regrets for that match.
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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

You know - when she retired didn't she cite one of her reasons was she'd achieved everything in tennis. But that never made sense when she never got the Wimbledon title.

Still - that was her decision to retire.

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Okay I am getting so sick of the "Venus is big and tall that is hwy she is good on grass". That does not even make sense.
Big and tall= Power and reach which are a big advantage on grass. That, and being a great athlete, helps make Venus great on grass. There is a pic somewhere in WTA World of the awards ceremony at the 2001 Wimbledon. Seeing scrawny little Justine with Venus is almost funny. Justine looks like a 12 YO kid next to Venus. Talk about David VS Goliath! Justine^s loss to Amelie in 2006 was my most heartbreaking loss by Justine. I guess Wimbledon was never meant to be for her. Hopefully though she will come back at least as a part time player. Rankings should be of little importance for her when she gets into the top 10. She should be like the Williams Sisters and concentrate on Slams and a few other important tournaments.
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Re: Henin : "0 Wimbledon is my biggest failure."

She's probably kicking herself - with all the seeds coming crashing down, this year would have been her best stab at the title. Obviously, she still would have had the WS to contend with, but she could have cruised to the semis. I'm glad she's at least acknowledging the possibility of comeback now - handing over that RG trophy to a girl she spanked there last year and had a 5-0 H2H against probably wasn't a nice feeling. I'm holding out hope that Jankovic is going to win an upcoming Slam and Justine will be sitting at home, watching it and thinking "Huh, I guess winning Slams isn't as hard as I remember. Maybe I should give it another go."
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You know - when she retired didn't she cite one of her reasons was she'd achieved everything in tennis. But that never made sense when she never got the Wimbledon title.

Still - that was her decision to retire.
I think she meant she had achieved everything she thought she could have, when she started. I do not think she ever thought she would win Wimbledon back then. The FO was always her biggest goal, the USO and AO were somewhat unexpected wins for her. She overachieved in both her and most others expectations of her carrer.
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