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nitsansh
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:48 PM
ROME -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne is doubtful for the Italian Open, and Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport have not entered next month's clay-court tournament.

Organizers did not say why Henin-Hardenne might miss the French Open tuneup on May 10-16.

The Belgian reached the Rome final in 2002 but withdrew before last year's event because of left knee tendinitis.

She skipped this week's Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., to prepare for the clay-court season and the defense of her French Open title.

Henin-Hardenne has won 22 of 23 matches this season and four titles, including the Australian Open. Her next appearances are at tournaments this month in Amelia Island, Fla., and Charleston, S.C.

Italian Open organizers said all of the top 50 ranked men had entered, led by No. 1 Roger Federer. Felix Mantilla, who beat Federer in last year's final, will defend his title.

Also, there will be a Tour of Champions event on May 8-11, featuring former stars John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash and Yannick Noah.


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udachi Elena
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:48 PM
This has already been posted I think.

for-sure
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:49 PM
WE KNOW! get over it!

nitsansh
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:54 PM
Sorry... I didn't see it...

Pureracket
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:58 PM
NItsansh,
Thanks for posting the information. I hadn't seen it either. (Sorry you got your head bitten off for trying to inform us. .. .LOL).

udachi Elena
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:59 PM
not biting off heads, just saying i thought i had been.

Rocketta
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:59 PM
NItsansh,
Thanks for posting the information. I hadn't seen it either. (Sorry you got your head bitten off for trying to inform us. .. .LOL).
didn't he get chewed out though..:lol:

Hulet
Apr 4th, 2004, 09:59 PM
Booooo @ Justine for skipping tourneys.

Actually, make that double Booooooooooooooo!

:lol:

A'DAM
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:01 PM
She can't play every tournament! :) She is just a human, she needs some rest before French Open! :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

Pureracket
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:02 PM
not biting off heads, just saying i thought i had been.Udachi,
There's an old addage that my uncles used to say, "A hit dog will holler.";)

udachi Elena
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:04 PM
Udachi,
There's an old addage that my uncles used to say, "A hit dog will holler.";)
Everything in here is a fight isn't it

Pureracket
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:05 PM
Everything in here is a fight isn't itI'm sorry if you think I'm trying to pick a fight. I'm not. Actually, I wasn't referring to you @ all about "biting your head off" comment.

nitsansh
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:14 PM
Are they trying to avoid a meeting with serena?

udachi Elena
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:16 PM
since they are both playing in AI i don't think so

for-sure
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:29 PM
Justine better miss every Event Serena enters...cause Serena never loses to people twice!

nitsansh
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:47 PM
since they are both playing in AI i don't think so
Different times, different surface...

Rome is the last tier 1 event before RG... it is traditionally considered the dress rehearsal for FO, and the winner there is usually the favorite for the clay major...

Amelia Island and Charleston are more than a month before FO, and are on green clay, not red dirt as in Paris...

Besides, when Justin commited to AI, she wasn't sure Serena will be there...

udachi Elena
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:50 PM
Different times, different surface...

Rome is the last tier 1 event before RG... it is traditionally considered the dress rehearsal for FO, and the winner there is usually the favorite for the clay major...

Amelia Island and Charleston are more than a month before FO, and are on green clay, not red dirt as in Paris...

Besides, when Justin commited to AI, she wasn't sure Serena will be there...
and she also wasn't committed to Miami before Serena had said whether she was going or not. I really don't think Justine is trying to avoid Serena. If she was she'd pull out of this tournament, not out of the red dirt ones b/c that is where she is successful.

RainyDays
Apr 4th, 2004, 10:59 PM
she needs rest for the French? Why? Serena's gonna kick her ass anyway.

Watch, now i'm gonna get bitched at for believing in my girl.

Cariaoke
Apr 4th, 2004, 11:05 PM
:wavey: Rainy :kiss:

Serena's not playing Berlin yet there's no articles about that. Does the AP not care? :sad:

Hulet
Apr 4th, 2004, 11:10 PM
Booooo @ Justine for skipping tourneys.

Actually, make that double Booooooooooooooo!

:lol:
What! No negative responses for this comment, yet?!? :shock: :awe: :eek:

I have to do the dirty work myself then: :sad:

"Eta Psi, you fat moron, stop posting your crappy ideas and start jogging outside."

That should put in my place then. :lol:

fammmmedspin
Apr 4th, 2004, 11:58 PM
Different times, different surface...

Rome is the last tier 1 event before RG... it is traditionally considered the dress rehearsal for FO, and the winner there is usually the favorite for the clay major...

Amelia Island and Charleston are more than a month before FO, and are on green clay, not red dirt as in Paris...

Besides, when Justin commited to AI, she wasn't sure Serena will be there...
I didn't check but I would be surprised if many FO winners had actually won Rome beforehand. Is it true?

alexusjonesfan
Apr 5th, 2004, 12:20 AM
I didn't check but I would be surprised if many FO winners had actually won Rome beforehand. Is it true? Serena was the last, and Monica before her ;)

Year - Rome Winner - Roland Garros Winner
03 - Kim - Justine
02 - Serena - Serena
01 - Jelena - JenCap
00 - Monica - Mary
99 - Venus - Steffi
98 - Martina - Arantxa
97 - Mary - Iva
96 - Conchita - Steffi
95 - Conchita - Steffi
94 - Conchita - Arantxa
93 - Conchita - Steffi
92 - Gaby - Monica
91 - Gaby - Monica
90 - Monica - Monica

The German Open has been at least as important a 'warmup' for the FO (in the same period as above, the winner of it has gone on to win the FO in '90, '93, '96, and '03--keep in mind that the first three were all Steffi)

edited,
thanks to jay_k, now I can read ;)

jay_k
Apr 5th, 2004, 12:22 AM
not in the past decade anyway. You have to go back to 1990 for the latest common winner ;)

Year - Rome Winner - Roland Garros Winner
03 - Kim - Justine
02 - Serena - Serena
01 - Jelena - JenCap
00 - Monica - Mary
99 - Venus - Steffi
98 - Martina - Arantxa
97 - Mary - Iva
96 - Conchita - Steffi
95 - Conchita - Steffi
94 - Conchita - Arantxa
93 - Conchita - Steffi
92 - Gaby - Monica
91 - Gaby - Monica
90 - Monica - Monica

Not to take anything away from the Italian Open of course, it's just that of late, the German Open has been at least as important a 'warmup' for the FO (in the same period as above, the winner of it has gone on to win the FO in '90, '93, '96, and of course last year)
you missed 02 ?

alexusjonesfan
Apr 5th, 2004, 12:23 AM
you missed 02 ? I'm an idiot :o...ok

*edits post*

Martian KC
Apr 5th, 2004, 06:08 AM
So Rome isn't that important.;)

Crazy Canuck
Apr 5th, 2004, 06:28 AM
What I want to know is why isn't Justine playing Estoril? Can't she be two places at once? Estoril is REALLY IMPORTANT, you know. I can't believe that the number 1 player is going to miss it! Or how about Casblanca? What, she can't be there and AI at the same time? There is just no excuse for Justine's behavior this year.