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Allez-H
Apr 19th, 2005, 07:51 PM
Tennis: The Belgians are both back New Feature

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The Associated Press, Reuters
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
BRUSSELS They were down, and considered as good as out, just a few months ago.
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Now, with injury and illness behind them, the former top-ranked Belgians Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters are raking in the titles again.
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"We're both back and this is very good for tennis," Henin-Hardenne said after she won the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday in only her second tournament since being sidelined for months.
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Henin-Hardenne's 7-5, 6-4 victory over the second-seeded Elena Dementieva came on the heels of consecutive tournament victories by Kim Clijsters.
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Clijsters missed most of 2004 with a wrist injury but has won two of her three tournaments this year, including last month's Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, generally considered the fifth major on the tour.
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She is already riding a 14-match unbeaten run.
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"During our absence, some said we were finished, burnt out, over the hill. We proved it was totally wrong," Henin-Hardenne told the Brussels daily Le Soir. "I'm very happy and proud about that, and Kim should be too."
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The two victories put Clijsters back up to 17th after dropping to below 100. On Monday, Henin-Hardenne went from No. 43 to No. 22 in the rankings.
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The Belgian press is quickly reverting to the days of 2003 and 2004, when the media routinely splashed the players on the front pages and on the top of the newscasts.
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For the last few weeks, broadcasters have rescheduled their programming, showing live coverage of the two as they upset the odds and kept on winning.
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Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters are not close friends off the court
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"We were almost born in the same place," Henin-Hardenne said. "We almost have the same age. We have a lot of things in common. But we have very different kinds of personality, so I think that's very good."
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Henin-Hardenne has used her enforced break to work on her game, including her serve.
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"I proved a lot of things - that I'm back, that my game improved so much," Henin-Hardenne said. "So I'm very happy about that."
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Both Belgians will play the J&S Cup in Warsaw next week to continue their preparations for the French Open.
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They faced each other in the final at Roland Garros in 2003, and Henin-Hardenne made it a Grand Slam double that year by adding the U.S. Open.
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In 2004, she won the Australian Open before she was hit with a blood disorder. She briefly came back to win gold at the Olympic Games , but was out for most of the rest of the year.
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JustineTime
Apr 19th, 2005, 08:24 PM
Just one question:

What off-his-rocker knucklehead even HINTED at either player being anything close to washed up?! :confused: :rolleyes:

thelittlestelf
Apr 19th, 2005, 08:51 PM
Just one question:

What off-his-rocker knucklehead even HINTED at either player being anything close to washed up?! :confused: :rolleyes:Well Kim was in danger of retirement...

Tennisaddict
Apr 19th, 2005, 09:27 PM
Henin's serve has definitely improved. It's awesome to see a 120 mph serve coming out of her player her height :yeah:.

Greenout
Apr 19th, 2005, 11:29 PM
Just one question:

What off-his-rocker knucklehead even HINTED at either player being anything close to washed up?! :confused: :rolleyes:


Well....I'm surprised?

So, this is how she improved her English?
GENERAL MESSAGES in Wtaworld.com?

:haha:

JustineTime
Apr 20th, 2005, 01:41 PM
Well....I'm surprised?

So, this is how she improved her English?
GENERAL MESSAGES in Wtaworld.com?

:haha:

What you tryin' ta say, Buddy? :mad:

rikvanlooy
Apr 20th, 2005, 02:05 PM
Just one question:

What off-his-rocker knucklehead even HINTED at either player being anything close to washed up?! :confused: :rolleyes:

Hans Van de Weghe in De Morgen. He said it clearly in one of his saturday editions. Justine and Kim would never return to the number one spot and they would never be the same players. At the time I was convinced he was not correct about Kim, but I was not sure about Justine, because Justine had a burn-out.

The fact that Kim was destroying everybody must have stung Justine, because there was already a lot of more fight in her during her last tournament. In Miami Justine only had one set of fighting in her against Maria (and then it was already enough to win that set), so I am not sure that Maria is going to outplay Justine if Justine is determined to fight from the start. I already saw that in the demonstration game that they played at the end of 2003. At the beginning of that match Justine didn't really want to fight too much, but Maria blew her off court. The public was amazed at what was happening. Justine was not at all amused and Justine became the fighter Justine and eventually Justine won that match.

rikvanlooy
Apr 20th, 2005, 02:07 PM
Henin's serve has definitely improved. It's awesome to see a 120 mph serve coming out of her player her height :yeah:.

Her serve didn't improve. :angel:

She plays with another racket that is lighter and stronger. :wavey:

Lady
Apr 20th, 2005, 03:33 PM
Her serve didn't improve. :angel:

She plays with another racket that is lighter and stronger. :wavey:

It improved!
If you were watching her serve in 2003 and 2004, you would notice that now she varies the direction more!!

Shooter
Apr 20th, 2005, 04:49 PM
Why aren't either of them playing Fed Cup?

tfannis
Apr 20th, 2005, 05:44 PM
Why aren't either of them playing Fed Cup?

Justine decided last year never to play Fed Cup again.

Kim wants a lighter schedule this year.

DA FOREHAND
Apr 20th, 2005, 05:47 PM
Why aren't either of them playing Fed Cup?


It's really a shame because they've always been touted as these two major stars on the tour from a tiny nation, and they both decline to answer the call to play for thier country!

tfannis
Apr 20th, 2005, 06:04 PM
It's really a shame because they've always been touted as these two major stars on the tour from a tiny nation, and they both decline to answer the call to play for thier country!

After the year they had it's already fantastic to have them playing tournaments again...Fed Cup isn't that prestigious anyway...As a Kimfan I'm happy she isn't playing this weekend; as a Belgian I couldn't care less; as a tennisfan it's a pitty I don't get to see Belgians vs. Lindsay/Williams...but I'm sure that if they all stay healthy we'll have many of these matches at the Slams :)

Justeenium
Apr 20th, 2005, 06:39 PM
Well....I'm surprised?

So, this is how she improved her English?
GENERAL MESSAGES in Wtaworld.com?

:haha:
what the hell are you talking about :confused:

Lemonskin.
Apr 20th, 2005, 09:03 PM
Tennis: The Belgians are both black.
:eek: :p :bolt:

Smackie
Apr 20th, 2005, 09:20 PM
Major mis-communication crisis among Justine's fans at the moment.

Very confused.

Tennisaddict
Apr 20th, 2005, 09:49 PM
Her serve didn't improve. :angel:

She plays with another racket that is lighter and stronger. :wavey:

Saying that Henin's serve hasn't improved is the same as saying she hasn't suffered from burn-out :rolleyes:. Who are you trying to fool here?
Not only has her serve improved in terms of power, pace and placement but her forehand has also improved. She's hitting more winners with it now combine that with her lethal backhand and any opponent is in for a lot of work.

Henin is not one of my faves but I admire her game and it's definitely good for the tour that she's back together with Kim. It should provide some good match-ups with the other top players :yeah:.

alexusjonesfan
Apr 20th, 2005, 10:17 PM
Her serve didn't improve. :angel:

She plays with another racket that is lighter and stronger. :wavey:

wow everyone should switch to that racquet if it makes you serve 7mph faster and gives you lots more spin and kick :p

JustineTime
Apr 21st, 2005, 05:05 AM
:wavey: tfannis! :)

tennischick
Apr 21st, 2005, 05:11 AM
bottom-line: this is terrific for women's tennis ;)

fifiricci
Apr 21st, 2005, 07:23 AM
Major mis-communication crisis among Justine's fans at the moment.

Very confused.

So tell us something we don't know! ;)

rikvanlooy
Apr 21st, 2005, 08:33 AM
Saying that Henin's serve hasn't improved is the same as saying she hasn't suffered from burn-out :rolleyes:. Who are you trying to fool here?
Not only has her serve improved in terms of power, pace and placement but her forehand has also improved. She's hitting more winners with it now combine that with her lethal backhand and any opponent is in for a lot of work.

Henin is not one of my faves but I admire her game and it's definitely good for the tour that she's back together with Kim. It should provide some good match-ups with the other top players :yeah:.

What are you talking about ? With which Justine are you comparing ?

Justine was playing a lot better in 2003 than at the moment.

jenny161185
Apr 21st, 2005, 12:43 PM
its great to see them back hope they comtinue to do well and that Kim wins the French Open then Justine can complete the career slam at wimbledon!

lilly
Apr 21st, 2005, 12:52 PM
Major mis-communication crisis among Justine's fans at the moment.

Very confused.:confused:

[time for a Care Bear Stare imo]

moby
Apr 21st, 2005, 01:08 PM
*on cue*

CARE BEAR STARE

Btw should I get JHH's new racket? :confused:

cheo23
Apr 21st, 2005, 01:20 PM
My SIgnature Provides Why KIMMIE IS Not Playin FED CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JustineTime
Apr 21st, 2005, 01:50 PM
What are you talking about ? With which Justine are you comparing ?

Justine was playing a lot better in 2003 than at the moment.

You are correct that Justine is by no means playing with the consistency she had in 2003, but to suggest a whopping 6-9 mph added to her serve can be attributed merely to the weight of her racquet is absurd, IMO.

Again, IMO, Justine's just a little rusty from lack of competitive play, nothing more. A few more matches on the dirt should shake that right off! ;)