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justenis
Dec 31st, 2001, 09:57 PM
I like everything about Justine...I so want these two to meet in the finals.

<br />Henin weighs up her next challenge<br />Paul Malone<br />01jan02<br />ELFIN Wimbledon runner-up Justine Henin has undertaken a weights program for the first time to fight back against the power and strength of the Williams sisters.

Coach Carlos Rodriguez yesterday revealed Henin had experimented with weights workouts over five weeks during the tour off-season after she had been overpowered three times by Venus and Serena Williams on fast surfaces in 2001. <br />Henin, who gives away 19cm and 16kg to Venus Williams, said the American had been "simply stronger" in the third set of their Wimbledon final.

But the classy Belgian 19-year-old insisted as she prepared to open the defence of her Australian Women's Hardcourt titles on the Gold Coast that she was not afraid her career would become a life sentence of helplessness on grass or fast hardcourts.

"I'm not afraid of this because I can move very fast on the court and have many, many things in my game," said Henin, who starts her Australian Open build-up today against Daniela Hantuchova, of Slovakia, at Royal Pines resort.

"It was good motivation for me to see Lleyton Hewitt, who is not very strong also, could do it (became No. 1).

"I proved at Wimbledon against (Jennifer) Capriati, who is very strong, that I was good on grass. I hope I can play Venus here in the final."

Rodriguez, Henin's coach of five years, said his slightly built 166cm charge would not know until her return to tournament play if weight training was good for her.

"She has some maturity now, but we can't push too much. We try to put more power in the shoulders and arms," Rodriguez said.

"We don't want to lose the touch and the relaxed, natural way of playing, but she has to gain a little power also. The top 10 players always have it. We have also changed the service.

"If she got to No. 7 in the world with this game and this body, I am convinced she can go further. She was physically and mentally tired after the US Open (where she lost 7-5, 6-0 to Serena Williams)."

Venus Williams said on Sunday she was proud her strength and athleticism had spurred tour rivals to improve their fitness and spend more time in weights rooms.

"Serena and I have a different style of game and God blessed us (with athleticism). Seeing we can do that, other players had to find something really special about themselves," she said.

Henin, ranked seventh in the world after kick-starting her year by winning her first two titles in Gold Coast and Canberra, wants to scatter the established order of women's tennis this year by making the top three.

"I have to have a little more experience. I don't want to put a lot of pressure on myself because I'm still young and I want to live my life," she said.

"Everything began for me here (Gold Coast) a year ago. I was (ranked) 50 when I came here last time."

Henin said Lindsay Davenport was a deserved year-end No. 1 even though she did not make a Grand Slam final last year.

"The ranking is the ranking. She proved she was the best player in the world this year in the last month (of the tour year)," said Henin, who underlined her versatility by making the semi-finals of the French Open on clay and winning the Fed Cup with Kim Clijsters, Belgium's world No. 5.

"If she (Venus Williams) plays more, maybe she is No. 1."

[ December 31, 2001: Message edited by: n2sWmS ]</p>

arn
Dec 31st, 2001, 10:04 PM
I like Justine, but I think top-3 would be a little too much, at least in 2002.

Her serve is much better tough she still has a first serve percentage under 50%.

I hope her dreams come through <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

per4ever
Dec 31st, 2001, 10:10 PM
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!

Dawn Marie
Dec 31st, 2001, 10:32 PM
Justine is a sweet gal. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> In my mind like Venus said also she has the goods to become #1 with the holder of many slams titles. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

cynicole
Dec 31st, 2001, 11:03 PM
Well, Venus used to say things about becoming a top player before she got there. (Of course, it didn't really take her long to get there.)

Nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself and your abilities. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

This is a player who was ranked 45 last year who announced that her goal was to reach the Top 10. And she made it.

[ December 31, 2001: Message edited by: cynicole ]</p>

Martian KC
Dec 31st, 2001, 11:21 PM
Very classy Justine indeed! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> Thanks!

Crazy Canuck
Jan 1st, 2002, 12:16 AM
I hope she gets everything that she hopes for <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Good luck to Justine in 2002 <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Tennisace
Jan 1st, 2002, 04:02 AM
I hope Henin doesn't lose her speed due to weights like Dementieva has!

Good Luck to Justine! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

TeeRexx
Jan 1st, 2002, 04:40 AM
I am glad Henin wants to improve, but she is making the classic mistake of opponets that VENUS defeats.

Concentrating on the athletic ability of VENUS and blinding yourself to her court strategy, heart and determination of VENUS is a sure fire way to be defeated by the older Williams.

But, we shall see what will transpire when little Justine gets her wish and meets the 4 time Grand Slam champion in an upcoming event.

TR <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

Justinator
Jan 1st, 2002, 05:15 AM
Thanks for the article, n2sWmS! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Scotso
Jan 1st, 2002, 05:44 AM
Justine is so cool <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Williams Rulez
Jan 1st, 2002, 06:21 AM
Great article! I am looking foward to another rematch, with the same results as the Wimbledon finals I hope <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Vanity
Jan 1st, 2002, 06:29 AM
I'd love to see Justine beat Venus 6-0, 6-0 but a three set win would be fine. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

thefreedesigner
Jan 1st, 2002, 10:27 AM
I wouldn't say that Justine is making a mistake in what she needs to to do against Venus (or any big hitting opponent).

She (and her coach) have said that she already has the tools; the ability and the speed on court. But unless Justine gets sturdier (as opposed to necessarily stronger she will burn out physically and mentally.

Justine is never going to be a big babe, so I think that 'experimenting' with weights and how they can improve her all-round game is a good thing.

I agree with Tee in that, if Justine were to make this her sole route for competing with Venus she'd be in for trouble. But that won't happen.

Jakeev
Jan 1st, 2002, 10:48 AM
Frankly I think Justine is and will become known as the strongest woman of her stature to play women's tennis.

What I really like though is her attitude. I think she is one player the big guns need to watch out for this year.

veryborednow
Jan 1st, 2002, 11:06 AM
Does anyone have any pics of the "new and improved" Justine?

TeeRexx
Jan 1st, 2002, 02:47 PM
From the Net:<br />---<br />Henin struggles to win in first match of 2002

January 1, 2002

<br />GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- Belgium's Justine Henin, voted the most improved player in women's tennis last year, had a shaky start to her 2002 season with a three-set win Tuesday over Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova.

The 19-year-old Henin, the second seed here behind American Venus Williams, beat Hantuchova 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 at the Australian women's hardcourt championships at Royal Pines.

Organizers are pinning their hopes on a Wimbledon final rematch between Henin and Williams, who was also given a first-round bye and faces Switzerland's Patty Schnyder on Wednesday.

``I am a little bit more nervous than I was last year because I had nothing to lose,'' Henin said Tuesday. ``I will need a little bit of time to understand this new player that I am.'' <br />---<br />Hmmm, an auspicious start for the self-proclaimed Venus Killer of Belgium. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

TR <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

[ January 01, 2002: Message edited by: TeeRexx ]</p>

gorecki
Jan 1st, 2002, 02:59 PM
<font color=purple>[b]<center> Allez JuJu!!!