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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 2002, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Justine Tells It Like It Is!

Tennis-Henin plays leading role in Williams' absence


ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Belgian Justine Henin admitted on Wednesday that the Williams sisters have left the rest of the WTA Tour doubting their own ability.

The 20-year-old world number eight cruised past Israel's Anna Smashnova as she progressed into the quarter-finals of the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich, and later admitted: "If the Williams sisters are not playing a tournament everyone smells a chance to win it. If they are playing it is different.

"It is hard to play against any player if Serena and Venus are not in the tournament because every player believes they have a chance."

Henin, who lost to Swiss hope Myriam Casanova in her opening match at Filderstadt last week, was given a bye into the second round of the Zurich tournament.

She showed no sign of rustiness, however, demolishing her more experienced opponent 6-3 6-1.

"I am very satisfied with my game," she said. "You always have to be patient against Smashnova and I feel I played very well."

The fourth seed, whose side of the draw includes top remaining seed and defending champion Lindsay Davenport, will now face either Russia's Anastasia Myskina or Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva.

Very candid and honest comments from Justine. Seems maybe the domination of Venus and Serena is having an effect on WTA players.

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Et voila.
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Nice comments. She makes it sound like you're screwed either way, either one of the Williamses is playing, or if not, everyone kills each other to win!

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Et voila.
You think something is hidden in Justine's meaning?

Beat'em down Ms Williams, beat'em down!
SERENA PRINCESS OF POWER

Victoria Duval - coming to a slam near you
Françoise Abanda definitely a future #1 --- Taylor Townsend devastation on the march
Venus and Serena ferocious grannies --- Kimiko Date Krumm great granny still doing her thing.
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Thats what I'm talking about at least Justine told it like it is when the williams is not in a tourament they don't have to look over their shoulder!!!
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As long as she is satisfied with her game that is all that matters. Jennifer claims "I wasn't even playing tennis in the first set". So Justine should do whatever Justine feels it takes to get to number one. (or whatever her goal is).

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Nice comments. Justine is a smart player.

All the best to Justine Henin-Hardenne!!


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Well said Justine!
Congrats on your victory today, and good luck in the next round!

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I just seem to like her more and more every day.

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Thr crazy-making thing about Justine, the Justine from Berlin and Rome would take this title easily. Since RG, she's been the Queen of Uncertainty.
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Her results are all over the place. They really have been all year. She's played in 20 tournaments. She's finished round-of-16 or worse seven times. Six times were on hard courts. Hard courts are about 40% of the tour. That's a big disadvantage.

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Well, I do think we know that the hard courts and carpet are not her best surfaces. She really needs to work on them.

Clay and Grass she has no problem.

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Justine's game is not suited to hardcourts or carpet, period! And as long as her game on grass and clay keeps improving I don't see why that should be a problem. Yes hardcourts are 40% of the tour and most players are comfortable on hardcourts but less players are on clay and grass. So it balances out, Justine will do very well in Roland Garros and Wimbledons of the future.
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Justine is speaking for herself imho because alot of girls I feel think they have a chance against Venus and Serena. I know they feel they have a chance against Justine Henin and imho that is what she should be focusing on. So basically she is saying that she can't win for trying no matter if V or S plays. lmao

Also I don't think Justine should speak for the entire WTA tour. Also I guess in her mind players don't fear her anymore either.

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LOL, Serena and Venus have really gotten inside some of the players' heads I like how intimindated some of them are now even before they step on the court

It is actually ironic, in a very humorous way when one recalls how a lot of people were UPSET that Venus and Serena even proclaimed they WILL be/were the best , LET ALONE saying that in doing that they will open up an OCEAN between themselves and the rest of the tour on most occations...
I just can't keep from smiling when I recall that Henin, two years ago around FO and Wimbledon time said, after defeating Venus on clay, and when asked in reference about venus : "I am not afraid of anyone".

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You think something is hidden in Justine's meaning?
I mean she is stating what has been so painfully or pleasantly obvious --- depending on how you look at it --- for quite a while.
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