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JustineTime
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:28 PM
I've been wanting to compose this thread for a long time, and I suppose now's as good a time as any. :shrug:

2000: Plagued with injuries, frail then-Justine Henin plays just 13 tourneys, reaching only 3 QF's and no better. :(

2001: A rejuvenated Justine Henin explodes onto the big Pro-Tennis stage, winning the first two tournaments of the year(Gold Coast and Canberra), losing in the fourth round in Melbourne to a then still-formidable Seles. After choking away that match, Justine also chokes away a chance to reach her dream final at Roland Garros, but seizes the day a few weeks later, dashing, crushing, obliterating Capriati's calendar-year slam hopes :woohoo: , before getting blown off the grass like a wispy leaf by then still-reigning Queen of England Venus in the Wimby final(but not before capturing my heart and lifting me out of my post-Steffi depression :tears: :bounce: ). Side note: also just happened to avenge her RG defeat at the hands of her compatriot to round out her 3 titles of '01 at Rosmalen. :yeah:

2002: Ekes out a victory over Serena in Berlin, loses a squeaker the following week in Rome to the same, and then, to the dismay of her fans, pays the heavy toll for her rigorous schedule by LITERALLY choking her way out the first round of RG with bronchitis. :sad: Manages to capture a second title late in the year, but '02 would nevertheless go down as more disappointing than victorious, at least for those of us her fans who knew what potential REALLY existed in what Mary Carillo had once dubbed "the pussy cat in the corner." :lol:

2003: VINDICATION, VICTORY, VALIDATION: Having thought Justine had completely lost her mind by retooling her serve during the short between-seasons layoff, Justine showed she and Carlos knew a smidgin more than this park-playing, unschooled Californian! :o Justine would play a whopping 83 matches, losing just 11 times. :bigclap: The REAL story, however, was 8 (count 'em! :cool: ) titles, including 2 Grand Slams :woohoo: :bounce:

2004 As the calendar clicked over to yet another even-numbered year, Justine's biological clock seemed to sense it: Despite winning in Melbourne to lack only Wimbledon for a career Slam and going through top 10 opponents like the Tasmanian Devil on her way to 4 WTA titles, Justine would once again remit a large chunk of her precious youth in payment for pushing the physical envelope. We all know the story, so I won't bother with the details. Nevertheless the Almighty almost seemed to smile down on Justine in sympathy, allowing her a brief shining moment to bask in the glow of Olympic Gold before succumbing to the only opponent Justine couldn't seem to overcome, a foe unbelievably smaller even than the diminutive figure of which I speak. :sad:

But what of 2005?

Well, as Tom Cruise would say: "Crashed and burned the first time..."

And the second? :hehehe:

I don't know, but it's looking pretty good so far...:yeah:

Thank God it's an odd-numbered year! :yeah: :cool:

RenaSlam.
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:33 PM
Nice post. It was interesting to read. ALthough I don't like Justine, I'll admit her game is pretty to watch and it's good for the game.

JustineTime
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:38 PM
Nice post. It was interesting to read. ALthough I don't like Justine, I'll admit her game is pretty to watch and it's good for the game.

Thanks! :)

Knizzle
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:45 PM
147 matches?

SJW
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:47 PM
she has a forum. :p

Lady
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:49 PM
147 matches?

Yes? Losing 17 times?? :scratch:

Lady
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:50 PM
she has a forum. :p

She does!
And one of the best here!
It's updated all the time with news,
but JT doesn't post there! ;)

JustineTime
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:53 PM
I got it from one of her sites...I must have misread it! :o

I THOUGHT that sounded a little high! :o

:bolt:

I'll go recheck it. Thanks for the correction! :)

Lady
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:54 PM
She lost 11 times, I know that from my head!
Won something around 80!

JustineTime
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:57 PM
Oh, there it is:

I added her total W/L (72/11) to the two individuals, indoor and outdor, thereby DOUBLING it! :eek: :o

:lol:

:tape:

JustineTime
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:00 PM
How's that, Lady? :)

TF Chipmunk
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:02 PM
Great post, but I don't like how your theory would mean Justine will have an awful year next year :bigcry:

Lady
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:03 PM
How's that, Lady? :)

That seems about right! ;)

Angel_Mars
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:33 PM
I've been wanting to compose this thread for a long time, and I suppose now's as good a time as any. :shrug:

2000: Plagued with injuries, frail then-Justine Henin plays just 13 tourneys, reaching only 3 QF's and no better. :(

2001: A rejuvenated Justine Henin explodes onto the big Pro-Tennis stage, winning the first two tournaments of the year(Gold Coast and Canberra), losing in the fourth round in Melbourne to a then still-formidable Seles. After choking away that match, Justine also chokes away a chance to reach her dream final at Roland Garros, but seizes the day a few weeks later, dashing, crushing, obliterating Capriati's calendar-year slam hopes :woohoo: , before getting blown off the grass like a wispy leaf by then still-reigning Queen of England Venus in the Wimby final(but not before capturing my heart and lifting me out of my post-Steffi depression :tears: :bounce: ). Side note: also just happened to avenge her RG defeat at the hands of her compatriot to round out her 3 titles of '01 at Rosmalen. :yeah:

2002: Ekes out a victory over Serena in Berlin, loses a squeaker the following week in Rome to the same, and then, to the dismay of her fans, pays the heavy toll for her rigorous schedule by LITERALLY choking her way out the first round of RG with bronchitis. :sad: Manages to capture a second title late in the year, but '02 would nevertheless go down as more disappointing than victorious, at least for those of us her fans who knew what potential REALLY existed in what Mary Carillo had once dubbed "the pussy cat in the corner." :lol:

2003: VINDICATION, VICTORY, VALIDATION: Having thought Justine had completely lost her mind by retooling her serve during the short between-seasons layoff, Justine showed she and Carlos knew a smidgin more than this park-playing, unschooled Californian! :o Justine would play a whopping 83 matches, losing just 11 times. :bigclap: The REAL story, however, was 8 (count 'em! :cool: ) titles, including 2 Grand Slams :woohoo: :bounce:

2004 As the calendar clicked over to yet another even-numbered year, Justine's biological clock seemed to sense it: Despite winning in Melbourne to lack only Wimbledon for a career Slam and going through top 10 opponents like the Tasmanian Devil on her way to 4 WTA titles, Justine would once again remit a large chunk of her precious youth in payment for pushing the physical envelope. We all know the story, so I won't bother with the details. Nevertheless the Almighty almost seemed to smile down on Justine in sympathy, allowing her a brief shining moment to bask in the glow of Olympic Gold before succumbing to the only opponent Justine couldn't seem to overcome, a foe unbelievably smaller even than the diminutive figure of which I speak. :sad:

But what of 2005?

Well, as Tom Cruise would say: "Crashed and burned the first time..."

And the second? :hehehe:

I don't know, but it's looking pretty good so far...:yeah:

Thank God it's an odd-numbered year! :yeah: :cool:


Great post, very informative, thanks :)

kiekeboe
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:38 PM
Great post!

I've discussing with other fans this odd last year after RG ;)

JustineTime
Apr 17th, 2005, 11:55 PM
she has a forum. :p

:p yourself!

I was being my typical loving, giving self by not denying you non-Justine fans the benefit of my wonderful intellect! :angel:

:awww:

:o

:bolt:

PaulieM
Apr 17th, 2005, 11:58 PM
not a justine fan, but great post :D

1jackson2001
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:14 AM
Not really a Justine fan either but thanks! :cool:

shap_half
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:25 AM
yay JUSTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JustineTime
Apr 18th, 2005, 02:30 AM
Thanks, guys, for the nice comments, and esp. for the positive rep points. :yeah: :)

I need as much credit to my rep account as possible for when I post in non-tennis! :D

SJW
Apr 18th, 2005, 08:48 AM
:haha:

stay away from religion threads and you should be fine :p

syd
Apr 18th, 2005, 08:58 AM
interesting