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Bruno71
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:24 PM
Every time in 2006 and 2007 that Justine Henin has entered (and won) a tournament the week before a slam, she did not win that slam. This year she didn't play New Haven and won the US Open.

Will she skip Eastbourne next year?

HenryMag.
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:26 PM
I think she will play there again.

cecilija
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:28 PM
Hopefully yes :unsure:

Conor
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:29 PM
I dont know, she needs some sort of preparation for Wimbledon... we'll see...

miss molly
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Couldn't she play only in doubles to get used to the surface? Is a top player allowed to do that? Does anyone know?:confused:
If she can play only doubles in Eastbourne, she would play few rounds without pressure and would be less tired for wimby, it could be interesting to try that.

Beny
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:42 PM
I think she said sth like if it doesn't help her win Wimby,she won't play
She said that after this year's Wimby i think(read it here,some poster wrote), so she's very likely not to play there

But I chose the wrong option of course, i thought the question was 'Will she play E. next year?

felipe2004
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:43 PM
i think she will, but i don't think she should.

Bruno71
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:45 PM
I think she said sth like if it doesn't help her win Wimby,she won't play
She said that after this year's Wimby i think(read it here,some poster wrote), so she's very likely not to play there

But I chose the wrong option of course, i thought the question was 'Will she play E. next year?

Oops, that was my bad...I reversed the question in the title and the poll. :rolleyes:

DownTheLine21
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:46 PM
Yes. I think she will skip it. It could hurt her, but I think she realizes that it hasn't led to a win in the last two years.

Beny
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:50 PM
Yes. I think she will skip it. It could hurt her, but I think she realizes that it hasn't led to a win in the last two years.

I also think she realizes it...
but I'm not sure if it's right.If she hadn't played the last two years, she probably wouldn't have won anyway. She lost the two matches when her opponents (Amelie and Marion) played their very best (IMO). I don't think it was lack of energy that cost her the title (the energy she used in eastbourne)maybe yes. But win in Eastbourne was important for her confidence..
it's difficult to say which option is better..play E. or not :shrug:

Mightymirza
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:51 PM
hopefullly..:scared:

Bruno71
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:53 PM
She could also consider playing Birmingham instead. It would suck to have to move from Roland Garros directly to Birmingham the following week, especially if she's in the finals of RG, but the week off before Wimbledon could prove to be important to her chances in that tournament too. It's such a rough time of year for the players to transition.

.Andrew.
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:56 PM
Well the answer can go both ways.

If she goes, she can have some sort of grass preparation before Wimbledon most likely making it far in the tournament. On the downside, she might be tired for Wimbledon and in superstition she won't win when she plays a week before a slam.

If she doesn't go, she'll be fresh and fit for Wimbledon. On the downside, she won't have any grass preparation.

IMO, she shouldn't play in Eastbourne. :shrug: Maybe switch it up for Birmingham so she will have a week's rest. But the downside of that is that she has to go from Paris to Birmingham. (And it is likely Justine will be there on the final Sunday)

Juju4ever
Sep 9th, 2007, 07:05 PM
I hope she will. Usually she's going all the way at the French, and playing a major on clay it's so tough, she needs the recovery. She can take a brake after RG, go to England to practice on the grass, and because the earlier rounds are easy, she can build up her form gradually.

Filip!
Sep 9th, 2007, 07:09 PM
She wil skip it.

Helaena
Sep 9th, 2007, 07:24 PM
yes, she's skipping it...she told me..kidding..but yeah, i think she learned her lesson well...this year she wasn't suppose to come, but she decided to come at the last minute...which gave her confidence for the grass, but at the same time pulled too much energy from her...her body is not fit enough to play 3 straight weeks...we know her health history...and aside from that, it may also drain her emotionally...so my guess is that she's skipping it...:wavey:

Martian KC
Sep 10th, 2007, 03:05 PM
I say, play it and tank the quarterfinal match.:angel:

ZeroSOFInfinity
Sep 10th, 2007, 03:15 PM
Skip Eastbourne, play Birmingham. It's a curse I tell ya... a curse to win Eastbourne! :scared:

Drake1980
Sep 10th, 2007, 03:16 PM
Is Eastbourne being played next year?

Apoleb
Sep 10th, 2007, 03:28 PM
She should and hopefully she will.

I don't think she needs to play it to be properly prepared for Wimbledon. It's just a problem of confidence for her. I think by now she should be confident enough to realize that she doesn't need match practise on grass to be good enough.

Not to mention that Eastbourne isn't really a good preparation. There was a staggering difference between the courts this year. Eastbourne was much, much faster than Wimbledon this year and looked like the real grass. She commented on that too. It's better if she goes early to Wimbledon and practise on the courts to get her rhythm going.

eck
Sep 10th, 2007, 04:41 PM
I think I will bring some banners to AO that says "DON'T GO TO EASTBOURNE". :o

thrust
Sep 10th, 2007, 05:32 PM
Hopefully, she will.

ChelseaElsie
Sep 10th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Justine will Golden Grand Slam next year. And Eastbourne will not play a part of it. Sad for us who can get to Eastbourne. But I'd rather Justine GGS than win at Eastbourne.

Ceri
Sep 10th, 2007, 05:56 PM
I think she should play a grass tournie, but maybe not Eastbourne - I hope she comes to Birmingham :)