Originally Posted by Gowza
imo she has fulfilled her ful potential whereas i personally believe that the other players in the top 10 have more than potential than justine but justine is one of the few players who has gone has far as she can go.
You honestly believe that it's possible that a 20-year-old has gone as far as she can go? That's crazy, and it doesn't matter which player you're talking about when you say that.
Sorry guys, but love her or hate her, Henin-Hardenne hasn't gotten to number four in the world by accident. She works hard, she plays consistently, and so far this year, she has been beating some of the elite players on tour.
A lot of people talk about Capriati, Davenport, Seles, Mauresmo, etc., but if you look at their records against Venus, Serena, and Clijsters over the course of the past twelve months, you'll find that they're worse off than Henin-Hardenne is. Capriati is 1-2 against Henin-Hardenne, Davenport is 1-1, Seles is 0-2, and Mauresmo is 0-0. Capriati has no wins against the top three, Davenport has one, Seles has none, and Mauresmo has one. Henin-Hardenne has two. As for the other top ten players, Hantuchova is 1-1, Rubin is 0-1, and Dokic is 1-1 against Henin-Hardenne, and only one of them (Rubin) has a win over anyone in the top three. Myskina is 1-1 against Henin-Hardenne and also has just one win over the top three. That means that over the course of the past twelve months the players currently ranked 5-12 (That's 8 players.) are a combined 5-9 against Henin-Hardenne and have a combined five wins against the top three compared to her two. None of them have a winning record against the top four over the course of the past year.
What does that say to me? It says that regardless of what people think, Henin-Hardenne is the fourth best player in the world right now, and she will remain so unless her level of play drops off. She may not get much attention, but she deserves to be where she is, and there's no doubt in my mind about that.