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Thumbs down time for Safina to step up-says Henin

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By Julien Pretot
PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) - Seven-times grand slam champion Justine Henin urged world number one Dinara Safina to stamp her mark on the game as women’s tennis desperately needs a leader.
Former world number one Henin, who quit tennis a year ago while ranked number one in the sport, was in Paris on Thursday to attend a ceremony where organisers temporarily named an alley in Roland Garros after her.
“I know some players have been number one without winning a grand slam, which I think is quite sad,” the 26-year-old Belgian told a news conference.
“I think for Safina, it’s maybe the time for her to go to the next step.
“With the respect I have for all these players, it’s true that it’s hard apparently in the women’s game now to really find a boss and someone that is at the top and that wins a lot of tournaments.”

Russian Safina, the hot favourite for the French Open title, is the fifth woman to top the WTA rankings since Henin called it quits in May 2008.
She and Serb Jelena Jankovic have both occupied Henin’s vacated throne without having won a grand slam.
“I think the tour needs someone, a leader. We don’t have this leader for now but I’m confident that young players are going to come on the tour and push the older ones,” Henin said.
The Belgian said, however, that uncertainty was making women’s tennis all the more interesting.
“It’s a new generation now and what is happening in the women’s game is strange,” she said.
“The fact that you never know what’s going to happen. It’s interesting.”
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are you kidding me? how disrespectful of Justine. Serena has won the last two slams, been in the final of the last three, if that's not a leader, i don't know what is.


i get what she's saying to a point, but i just think she's not giving credit to where it deserves.

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Exclamation Henin: "Sad when a #1 is Slamless ... time for Safina to step it up"

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By Julien Pretot
PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) - Seven-times grand slam champion Justine Henin urged world number one Dinara Safina to stamp her mark on the game as women’s tennis desperately needs a leader.
Former world number one Henin, who quit tennis a year ago while ranked number one in the sport, was in Paris on Thursday to attend a ceremony where organisers temporarily named an alley in Roland Garros after her.
“I know some players have been number one without winning a grand slam, which I think is quite sad,” the 26-year-old Belgian told a news conference.
“I think for Safina, it’s maybe the time for her to go to the next step.
“With the respect I have for all these players, it’s true that it’s hard apparently in the women’s game now to really find a boss and someone that is at the top and that wins a lot of tournaments.”

Russian Safina, the hot favourite for the French Open title, is the fifth woman to top the WTA rankings since Henin called it quits in May 2008.
She and Serb Jelena Jankovic have both occupied Henin’s vacated throne without having won a grand slam.
“I think the tour needs someone, a leader. We don’t have this leader for now but I’m confident that young players are going to come on the tour and push the older ones,” Henin said.
The Belgian said, however, that uncertainty was making women’s tennis all the more interesting.
“It’s a new generation now and what is happening in the women’s game is strange,” she said.
“The fact that you never know what’s going to happen. It’s interesting.”
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Re: time for Safina to step up-says Henin

Why cant Henin just go away Either play or stop commenting, its easy as that.

That said though, she looked great when she was presented her Alley earlier today

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Re: time for Safina to step up-says Henin

Justine has a lot of insight into women's tennis for someone who doesn't watch anymore and doesn't care. I smell comeback!!
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It's interesting that Justine has so much insight into women's tennis when she suposedly doesn't watch it and doesn't care! > I smell comeback!!

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It's interesting that Justine has so much insight into women's tennis when she suposedly doesn't watch it and doesn't care! > I smell comeback!!
Yeh the ''tell you the truth, I hardly watch tennis anymore'' article seems funny considering she is speaking out about the state of the womens game.

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I assume there's something lost in the translation, like she means new leader, or someone from the young crowd, leader of the pack kind of thing. Like it or not, V and S are "veterans" now and have always sort of done their own thing anyway.

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Translation: Women's tennis sucks. I was the kind of leader I'm talking about and tennis needs me

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It's interesting that Justine has so much insight into women's tennis when she suposedly doesn't watch it and doesn't care! > I smell comeback


So true!You know Justine watching.It's in Justine blood!Relax Justine,have fun.Enjoy yourself!
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I assume there's something lost in the translation, like she means new leader, or someone from the young crowd, leader of the pack kind of thing. Like it or not, V and S are "veterans" now and have always sort of done their own thing anyway.
This is exactly what Justine was talking about. You only need to read the whole interview.
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I thought she didn't follow tennis anymore.....

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Like ya Justine, but you said you didn't follow tennis anymore.

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isn't this what the majority of ppl has been saying? so what's the prob with Justine saying it?

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