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Updated ESPN Serena/Justine Article..

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Serena Williams is capable of losing, and everyone on the WTA Tour can thank Justine Henin-Hardenne for reminding them.


The Belgian emphatically ended Williams' 21-0 start to the season by beating the world's No. 1 player 6-3, 6-4 Sunday for the Family Circle Cup title.


"This doesn't change anything about the great champion that Serena is. But it means that today we could see that we can do these things against her, and she can be frustrated, too,'' Henin-Hardenne said. "I think it's good for the other players that we can see that.''


Williams' last loss came against another Belgian, Kim Clijsters, in the 2002 season-ending Tour Championship in November.


She issued a bit of a warning to future opponents.


"Sometimes you need to lose,'' Williams said. "I'm so motivated now. I can just feel it coming on again. So you've got to watch out.''


What was perhaps most stunning about Sunday's final at the clay-court event was the way the momentum turned after Williams won the first three games.


All of a sudden, her fourth-ranked opponent won six games in a row, taking 23 of the last 26 points in the first set. With Henin-Hardenne's smooth strokes right on target, she also overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second set.


"My whole game was like 9,000 notches down,'' Williams said. "I didn't serve well, I didn't return well, I didn't hit well. You know, it's just one of those days.''


The Belgian entered the match with a 1-4 career mark against Williams, who won a so-called Serena Slam by winning the last four major tournaments in a row: the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open last year, and the Australian Open in January.


That streak led to talk on tour that Williams might be able to get through 2003 without a loss. But she repeatedly has said a perfect season was a lofty goal she never expected to reach.


"I think you guys dwelled on it more than I did,'' she said Sunday.


Williams showed some shakiness in the semifinals against former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, blowing a big second-set lead.


Henin-Hardenne made Williams pay for errors, running down shots into the corners and forcing the American to go deeper into points than she wanted.


"I was a little bit nervous at the first,'' said Henin-Hardenne, who lost to Williams' older sister Venus in the 2001 Wimbledon final. "But then she began to make some mistakes.''


It's Henin-Hardenne's second title of the year and improved her match record to 21-4. She won a tournament on hard courts at Dubai in February, beating Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles in consecutive matches.


On Sunday, Williams dropped her racket in frustration after putting a forehand into the net at 3-3 in the second set. She hit long two points later to fall behind 4-3. In the final game, Williams hit a lazy backhand approach into the net to end it.


The clay might have dulled her serve a bit, giving the swift Henin-Hardenne more of a chance to get to balls. Williams had nine aces against Davenport, zero Sunday.


Henin-Hardenne's plan was to keep Williams moving, changing pace on her shots the way a baseball pitcher changes speeds.


It worked perfectly.


"You ask yourself, 'Why did she have all these mistakes?''' Henin-Hardenne said. "Maybe it's because all these balls were coming back at her, she was running all over the court and she didn't have any solutions to her problems.''

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The clay might have dulled her serve a bit, giving the swift Henin-Hardenne more of a chance to get to balls. Williams had nine aces against Davenport, zero Sunday.
What the Davenport/Williams match was played on a different surface than the match today? lol

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wow now justine is taking credit for peoples unforced errors

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wow now justine is taking credit for peoples unforced errors
What? Where did she say that? She just said that she was nervous at first and then Serena starting making some mistakes after winning the first three games.

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Serena always has a ton of unforced errors.

I've always questioned how they keep track of unforced errors. When someone has been run to death on a point and tries to go for a winner to end the point, but makes an error.... is that truly unforced?
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that's what happens is Venus and Serena's matches but people still consider that as unforced errors.


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"My whole game was like 9,000 notches down,'' Williams said. "I didn't serve well, I didn't return well, I didn't hit well. You know, it's just one of those days.''

wow so Serena once again finds a way to blame her loss on something and not the fact that her opponent beat her.

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wow so Serena once again finds a way to blame her loss on something and not the fact that her opponent beat her.
Because Serena realizes that she beat herself today with her horrible play. Yes, Justine won and Serena gave her credit for playing a great match, but Justine had a lot of errors too. Justine didn't play the match of her life today and she realized it too. Remember, Serena beat her last year at the Italian Open in straight sets while injured and I think Justine played better that day than she did today.
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Naldo is right. Serena does sound rather ungracious here. Of course, it may not properly reflect the whole interview (*joui hedges his bets*).

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Serena is always a not so gracious loser... sure she says the other person played well or deserved to win or whatever but a positive comment followed by some sort of I played like crap comment isn't really something that I like to hear from players, even if it is true... A little I was below my best or my form was off comment might be acceptable but Serena tends to wanna go further than that...I'd rather just have a player say congrats, good play and leave it at that but ah well, Serena's not like that... I don't expect anybody was suprised by her comment today right??

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Serena is always a not so gracious loser... sure she says the other person played well or deserved to win or whatever but a positive comment followed by some sort of I played like crap comment isn't really something that I like to hear from players, even if it is true... A little I was below my best or my form was off comment might be acceptable but Serena tends to wanna go further than that...I'd rather just have a player say congrats, good play and leave it at that but ah well, Serena's not like that... I don't expect anybody was suprised by her comment today right??

And people wonder why I don't like her.. She's so arrogant it makes me want to hurl...

Never once did she congratulate Justine during her interview after the match.. It was just "I had a bad day".. It's typical.

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And people wonder why I don't like her.. She's so arrogant it makes me want to hurl...

Never once did she congratulate Justine during her interview after the match.. It was just "I had a bad day".. It's typical.
When Serena won the Nasdaq-100 two weeks ago, did Jennifer congradulate her? I am just asking because I know when Venus beat Jennifer two years ago at the same event, no congraduations came from Jennifer.
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