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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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The Mini-Henins

Who are the mini-Henins?

The most important criteria: players who Henin usually struggles against, but almost always finds a way to beat! They have a similar game to Henin - using craft and excellent footwork, but are also able to turn on the power when they need to.

Henin usually performs better against aggressive/UE players ranked similarly to the mini-Henins.

A mini-Henin must also have had some success on the tour, just nowhere near the same level of success as Henin. When they are on, they can dismantle a similarly ranked or lower ranked power player just like Henin can dismantle.

I would argue the mini-Henins are...

Francesca Schiavone
Jelena Jankovic
Patty Schnyder

NOT mini-Henins (that you might think they would be)
Agnieszka Radwanska (Henin has 2 easy wins over her)
Vera Zvonareva (her game is too far from Henin's style and Henin has 2 easy wins over her)
Amelie Mauresmo (Mauresmo has too many wins over Henin and too much success of her own to be considered a Mini-Henin)

Patty Schnyder (Henin leads 4-1, 3 of those heavily in Henin's favor)
Caroline Wozniacki (Has not played Henin)
Flavia Pennetta (Has played Henin once, winning)
Serena "Overweight" Williams (When Serena is out of shape, she plays more like a crafty player that Henin handles well... lol jk dont hate me)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (her game is more centered around power and wildness, but she still does have some interesting variety)
Anna Kournikova (including her for fun!) (2 tough wins, 1 extremely easy one, and 1 ok win for Henin...)

What do you guys think? Who are some other Mini-Henins? Who do you think could be or be similar to mini-Henins in the future (especially now cuz Henin's comin back!)?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 07:15 PM
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Re: The Mini-Henins

I'm not sure I'd be so quick to denounce Radwanska just yet... I've watched both of their two matches, and while they weren't extremely close, the 6-4 sets in both matches were close and both players had good, crafty points. This is one of the match-ups I most want to see again with Henin's return.
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Re: The Mini-Henins

To be a mini=Henin, they would also have to be 4ft. tall or less. Or about the same height as Lena's bangs.

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Re: The Mini-Henins

When I saw the title I immediately thought of A. Radwanska. I'd say Oudin also.
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Re: The Mini-Henins

Oudin is not a mini-Henin. People only made that comparison because they're both under 5"8.

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Re: The Mini-Henins

Originally Posted by miffedmax View Post
To be a mini=Henin, they would also have to be 4ft. tall or less. Or about the same height as Lena's bangs.
I myself was wondering how all the "mini-Henins" are taller than her. Surely there must be a better phrase that "mini-Henin"?

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Re: The Mini-Henins

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What do you guys think?
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 2009, 11:41 PM
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Re: The Mini-Henins

Henin is just leagues above ever player mentioned.

Radwanska, the elite's perennial body-bag has nowhere near the skill-set of Henin. Flattering to decieve really.

It's like the Hingis comparison all over again.
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Re: The Mini-Henins

Patty on the list twice?

I used to think Patty would give Justine some headaches (Dubai), but when Justine's in the mood she doesn't really mess around. (Berlin)

Also, Tamira Paszek (pre-slump ). She gave Justine a big scare in Dubai as well somewhat a scare in RG.

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Re: The Mini-Henins

Tamira is more a first strike kind of player so i dont think she really figures into what we're talking about. Now Kata S has also troubled JuJu in the past. I want t see there match up again .


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Re: The Mini-Henins

Daniela? She has two wins over Henin and has only lost comfortably against Justine once in 5 meetings. She doesn't rely on defensive skills, but her game revolves more around placement than pure power.

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Re: The Mini-Henins

I don't get this. Wouldn't a 'mini-Henin' be a player who resembled Henin's style of play?

This seems to only be talking about players who have played Justine a lot and aren't pure power players.

I'd never consider most of these players mini-Henins.
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Re: The Mini-Henins

Brianti = mini Henin
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