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Forehand_Volley
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:39 PM
Do you? Or not?

ogc
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Well, question is incorrect. She is clay court specialist, but thats isn't all. I consider her as clay cuort specialist, but i dont consider her as clay court specialist ONLY

DragonFlame
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:57 PM
i consider her one of the most complete players of all time:angel:

scoobsuk
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:59 PM
How can a woman who has been to Wimbledon final twice, US Open final three times (now) winning one (so far), Australian champion and RG champ 4 times, be considered a clay specialist.

She doesn't specialise, though that is her best surface. She excels, though, on all surfaces.

vejh
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:00 PM
If 'clay court specialist' means someone who specializes, and does well only on clay, then clearly she's never been this.

Shepster
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:01 PM
Just look how long it is since she failed to make a semifinal on *any* surface...

IceSkaTennisFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:01 PM
How can a woman who has been to Wimbledon final twice, US Open final three times (now) winning one (so far), Australian champion and RG champ 4 times, be considered a clay specialist.

She doesn't specialise, though that is her best surface. She excels, though, on all surfaces.
Yeah, but she's won RG 4 times more than she's won any other major. She still specializes in clay court tennis, but she's also a well-rounded enough quality player that she can win other majors, just most likely not as many as RG titles.

The Daviator
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:04 PM
She's probably the #1 hardcourter in the world right now so no :lol:

scoobsuk
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:06 PM
The crucial word here is "specialise" - ie your energy is focused on one narrow area to the exclusion of others.

Now Justine does not play clay court tennis on hardcourts, really, does she - still less on grass, where she wants to get forward as much as she can.

DimaDinosaur
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:12 PM
A specialist means that you only excell on 1 surface with moderate results on the other surfaces.

Justine won 1 USO, made 2 USO finals so far; 2 Wimby finals, and won an Australian open and got to the semis there a couple of time. And she's won more titles on Hardcourt and Grass combined!

Justine is just abolutely greatness. ALLEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

IceSkaTennisFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:18 PM
You can specialize in one thing and be talented in many other areas. Just because Justine's challenging for other majors doesn't take away the fact that her career results and expertise are best on clay.

Patty Schnyder is revered as a "clay court specialist", but she's still won more titles on hard court and carpet as well as reaching the QFs of both USO and Australian Open and in fact had better results at the Australian Open than at the French Open.

Mephisto
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Look at Justine's career titles. She won 17 outdoor Hardcourts and if I'm not mistaken 11 on clay. Plus of course some on grass and Indoors. She's by no means only a claycourter. I think many people look at her Roland Garros history and forget her other results ...

Tarka
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:37 PM
Not only clay, she is a tennis specialist

sharapovarulz1
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:38 PM
Yes i think so!

Chrissie-fan
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:41 PM
She is a claycourt specialist in that she is head and shoulders above anyone else on that surface. But she's such a great player that she can win on any other surface also. In that sense I guess she's a bit like Chris Evert was.

tobi
Sep 8th, 2007, 12:04 AM
She is one of very few at top level tennis who knows how to play on red dirt.

But she is just about perfect at every surface.

Winston's Human
Sep 8th, 2007, 12:26 PM
No. I consider Henin an excellent player on all surfaces. Clay is simply the surface most natural to her style of play and where she has had the best results.

To me, a clay court specialist is someone who plays on clay nearly all year and only ventures on other surfaces when it is unavoidable. Plus, surface specialty seems more an ATP thing.

rottweily
Sep 8th, 2007, 12:31 PM
If your definition of a specialist is "only excel on a certain surface": No.
If your definition of a specialist is "excel on a certain surface": Yes.
Then of course she's also a hard court and grass specialist.
We should use the term "all court specialist" for Justine ;)

.Andrew.
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:04 PM
If your definition of a specialist is "only excel on a certain surface": No.
If your definition of a specialist is "excel on a certain surface": Yes.
Then of course she's also a hard court and grass specialist.
We should use the term "all court specialist" for Justine ;)

Agreed :lol:

She excels on all surfaces.

Shinjiro
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:11 PM
Yes! a clay court specialist able to win on every surface...

iPatty
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:13 PM
She's a clay court specialist in the sense that she's the only woman in the world who has a clue what to do on clay. But at this point, she's probably the best player in the world on every surface, except for grass. Venus takes the cake there.

fleemke³
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Well, question is incorrect. She is clay court specialist, but thats isn't all. I consider her as clay cuort specialist, but i dont consider her as clay court specialist ONLY



agree! She owns clay but is also extremely well at other surfaces!

shap_half
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:28 PM
Justine is able to tweak her game to accommodate the demands of every surface. She never plays the same way on all surfaces, instead using variety and style to win, whatever the surface is.

Calypso
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:31 PM
Yes.

She's a clay court specialist, but also a grass court specialist and hard court specialist (multi-specialist ;)).

Lunaris
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:34 PM
That's like saying that Fed is a grasscourt specialist.

flyingmachine
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:37 PM
She's a lot more than just clay court specialist.

Vlad Tepes
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:50 PM
Yes, clearly. However, she is at the same time a specialist on every other surface, just that she didn't have such good results at other slams compared to RG, so far.

Sefo
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:52 PM
Nadal is a clay court specialist ONLY, 'cause he sucks all rest of the year.

Shinjiro
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:58 PM
wimbledon runner-up and last 16 of the USO, well if thats what you call sucking...

Medina
Sep 8th, 2007, 02:45 PM
she isnt, a clay specialist maybe Medina Garrigues, Most spanish girls they struggle on grass and hard cournts, but when it comes to clay they get some awsome results..

Medina Garrigues :inlove:

goldenslam888
Sep 8th, 2007, 02:57 PM
yes. and a hardcourt specialist, and a carpet specialist, and soon to be a grass court specialist, too.

Drake1980
Sep 8th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Nope!