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spiceboy
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:08 AM
Are these articles normal in the US or this journalist has just gone nuts? :rolleyes:

Looks like the article itself has been written by some Justine-hater from wtaworld :tape: :tape:

At least he (she?) doesn't deny the fact she's THE BEST :cool:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/today/s_527057.html

Like it or not, Henin best women's tennis has to offer

By Nafari Vanaski (nvanaski@tribweb.com)
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Women's tennis is in disarray. Look at the U.S. Open for a perfect example. The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth. Tatiana Golovin, of France, ranked 17th, is defeated in the first round by an American who's easily carrying an extra 15 pounds. By the conclusion of the Open, there was a lot of shuffling in the rankings, affecting all but one player.


Justine Henin's name might not stay the same, (she was recently divorced) but she's been at the top for a year. She quietly dominates almost every tournament she enters. Henin managed to enter Flushing Meadows as the top seed, but not favored to win. Yet, she easily dismantled two of the favorites, the Williams sisters, and still had enough in the engine to smoke Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. She didn't drop a set to anyone in the last two weeks.

As dominant as she is, Henin's aloof behavior has probably cost her fans and endorsement money. In particular, it's the final of the 2006 Australian Open that leaves a bad taste in many mouths. Amelie Mauresmo, seeking her first Grand Slam title, was pitted against Henin. Down a set and a break, Henin simply stopped. That's right. She retired, claiming an upset stomach. (And whose wouldn't be, after being whipped in the first set 6-1?) Not only did she look perfectly fine, but in the press conference afterwards, she offered little explanation in the way of her "injury." "I had no energy," she told reporters.
Then there was the 2003 French Open semifinal against Serena Williams. Williams was serving, and Henin raised a hand, a signal that she wasn't yet ready. However, Williams was already in her motion, and hit the serve anyway, knowing she'd get another first serve. Not. The umpire didn't see the hand, and Henin refused to acknowledge that she had done it, so Williams had to hit a second serve. Henin won that match, and Williams accused her of lying in her post-match conference, a statement easily backed up by the video.

Incidents like this prevent her from being an overwhelming fan favorite, no matter how good she gets. If she goes on a Roger Federer tear, there'll always be Paris for fans, or Australia. Like it or not, though, she's the best female tennis player right now, and she seems ready to be around for a long time.

Look at it this way: Henin hasn't pulled out of any finals lately. Well, she hasn't exactly been in any danger of losing, either.

Bruno71
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:12 AM
Reads more like an editorial than an article.

Emina.
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:15 AM
:awww:

Zweli
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:21 AM
Everything about the article it's true.

aussie
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:25 AM
I'm sure Justine isn't losing any sleep over this :o

Dinkie
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Women's tennis is in disarray. Look at the U.S. Open for a perfect example. The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth. Tatiana Golovin, of France, ranked 17th, is defeated in the first round by an American who's easily carrying an extra 15 pounds.

As dominant as she is, Henin's aloof behavior has probably cost her fans and endorsement money.

Women's tennis in disarray because the top players lose to relatively unknowns (unknowns if you're not a tennis fan)? Looks more of a display of depth in women's tennis to me. And what does a player's name or weight has got to do with it?

Aloof behaviour of Justine? Two 'incidents' on a 8 year long pro career where the first (AO 2006) was due to illness, not because she lost the first set, and the second was a umpire decision, as I recall, the umpire didn't ask Justine if she had raised her hand, anyway Serena still had a second serve.

A lame editorial imo.

The Crow
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:34 AM
Women's tennis is in disarray because Sharapova lost to someone with too many consonants in her name? :lol: :lol:

The Crow
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:35 AM
And the rest of the article can be summarized as "same old, same old".

eck
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:39 AM
Yes she must be so upset she can't pay bills now for not getting endorsement deals.

FrOzon
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:45 AM
The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth.

R-DW-NSK- 6 consonants
D-V-NP-RT 6 consonants

justine schnyder
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:52 AM
What a stupid article??
To me it's sounds that the writer was upset that Sharapova ar a Williams didn't won this.. that writer should be ashamed..

MistyGrey
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:54 AM
:lol: That was pretty lame....
Golovin losing to Rolle is a proof of women's tennis' decline! :lol:

minboy
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:04 AM
Not only did she look perfectly fine.

Suuuuuuuuuure :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: .
From the moment she entered the court, every Justine fan knew there was something wrong and that she would lose this match just by the look in her eyes. But yeah, it wasn't a broken bone or something visual so she must have been perfectly fine, right???


I just HATE it when journalists go beyond their attributions, forget about their responsability, and feel like it's OK to spread lies all over the place. Disgusting. Cause off course, saying Justine had a stomach ulcer is asking too much. Wouldn't fit with the editorialist's opinion so it doesn't count. Disgusting.

chill88
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:18 AM
R-DW-NSK- 6 consonants
D-V-NP-RT 6 consonants

CL-JST-RS - 7

and that's just 1 more than
W-LL--MS - 5
SH-R-P-V - 5

these have been discussed for the longest time, i'm afraid they will forever be attached to Justine's name, much more if she wins more GS.

still :rolleyes:

mankind
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:20 AM
Maybe he means the entire name?

-GN--SK- R-DW-NSK- = 10
L-NDS-Y D-V-NP-RT = 11

:haha:

Bruno71
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:23 AM
Maybe he means the entire name?

-GN--SK- R-DW-NSK- = 10
L-NDS-Y D-V-NP-RT = 11

:haha:

It's -GN--SZK- R-DW-NSK- = 11

jujufreak
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Women's tennis in disarray because the top players lose to relatively unknowns (unknowns if you're not a tennis fan)? Looks more of a display of depth in women's tennis to me. And what does a player's name or weight has got to do with it?

Aloof behaviour of Justine? Two 'incidents' on a 8 year long pro career where the first (AO 2006) was due to illness, not because she lost the first set, and the second was a umpire decision, as I recall, the umpire didn't ask Justine if she had raised her hand, anyway Serena still had a second serve.

A lame editorial imo.

couldn't agree with you more :)

Yasmine
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:29 AM
I'm no fan of JH, but I've never seen so much hatred, disrespect and bullshit than in this article. They shouldn't be allowed to call themselves journalists.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:29 AM
Incidents like this prevent her from being an overwhelming fan favorite, no matter how good she gets.

Who gives a shit about "being an overwhelming fan favourite?" :tape:

Justine does not. We fans don't too.

chill88
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:44 AM
It's -GN--SZK- R-DW-NSK- = 11

M-GH-NN SH--GHN-SSY = 13

:tape:


(or is the comparison only for those players who have beaten maria?)

miss molly
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:53 AM
I've read a lot of positive articles about her US Open title. This "journalist":rolleyes: is just pissed because WS or Pova didn't win but i think this article doesn't reflect the opinion of american media in general.

hale-bob
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:58 AM
WTAWorld.com should sue this guy. This is not just hate, this is true GM-style hateTM

Mikey B
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:00 AM
bitter much?

Helaena
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:05 AM
M-GH-NN SH--GHN-SSY = 13

:tape:


(or is the comparison only for those players who have beaten maria?)


lol :haha:

Freakan
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:19 AM
She looked perfectly fine during AO final? :o

DimaDinosaur
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:24 AM
ALLEZ 2007 USO CHAMP, JUSTINE!!!!!

:lol: It's over! Justine won the 2007 USO slam and there's nothing that the haters can do about it! So NEXT!!!

darice
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:25 AM
the writer is a total hater. :rolleyes: i know why some ppl don't like juju but c'mon as a reporter you could at least be objective.

LCS
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:30 AM
Who are these people. As a writer the articles have to reflect objectivism and seldom personal opinions, especially if on a disrespect note...as it is the case here. Jerk!

chloe-l
Sep 13th, 2007, 12:36 PM
couldn't agree with you more :)

Me too. :)

chloe-l
Sep 13th, 2007, 12:40 PM
ALLEZ 2007 USO CHAMP, JUSTINE!!!!!

:lol: It's over! Justine won the 2007 USO slam and there's nothing that the haters can do about it! So NEXT!!!

LOL DimaDinosaur........I'm not blind. :cool: :lol:

salima
Sep 13th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Tell me this is a joke. What cind of en editor would have let this rubbish through

Volcana
Sep 13th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Two part answer

Are these articles normal in the US or this journalist has just gone nuts? This article isn't 'normal', in the sense tha usually, they leave reporting about women's tennis to people who actually like it. Has the reporter gone nuts? No. The article actually reflects the attitude of mst people in the USA about women's tennis, and professional women's sports in general. Without a cover girl type to be the face of the sport, they don't care much for it. Women's tennis was great when Evert dominated, not great when Navratilova came along. Great again when Seles came along, not great after she got stabbed, then came the Golden Age (of Marketing) Hingis, then Venus, then Anna Kournikova then Serena then Maria Sharapova.

But when the best player in the world is short, relatively plain-looking, flat-chested and European, suddenly life sucks in media land again.

Looks like the article itself has been written by some Justine-hater from wtaworld
Maybe now you're getting the idea that Henin's reputation among the sporting public is very much like her reputation among 'Justine-hater(s) from wtaworld'. Henin has earned a reputation for dishonest and unsportsmanlike. (Carlos Rodriguez, incidently, hasn't helped by confirming that he DOES coach her, and that by saying that, if she hadn't been playing Serena, Henin would have admitted she held up her hand to pause play in the 'Hand' incident.) Does reputation matter? Ask Barry Bonds. Ask Pete Rose.

Getting a bad reputation is actually not that easy in sports. People cut athletes an awful lot of slack. On top of that, with sports heroes, people really want proof. People will say all kinds of things about you, but it doesn't become a comment on the content of your character. Through all the adislike, everyone admitted Richard Williams was a great Dad. That is to say, people didn't like him, but they didn't think he was dishonest, unsportsmanlike or unethical. Conversely, Jim Pierce, or o lesser extent, Damir Dokic (who may have just been insane.)

Once upon a time, soiling your reputation was the ethical equivalent of selling your soul. It mattered to people. Not so much anymore. But a soiled reputation is hard to recoup. The only tennis player I know who did it was Andre Agassi, who managed to lose a reputation for being a dishonest, homophobic spoiled brat, and became universally respected in the sport.

jellybelly
Sep 13th, 2007, 01:34 PM
well it's not like the stuff there isn't true.

Apoorv
Sep 13th, 2007, 01:54 PM
its a williams troll from this board writing an article.

tennismaster8820
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:17 PM
Disgusting article! :o

thrust
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:19 PM
Justine is still #1 and has just won her 7th Slam, thats all that counts! The rest is just sour grapes by either a Williams, Sharapova, or American tennis player fan. Viva Regina Justina!!!

Corswandt
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:26 PM
The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth.

Yep... I've been saying that A. Radwanska looks like a toothless old hag for ages.

roarke
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Most of the articles I have read about Justine winning the USO has been very complimentary to Justine. Therefore saying that Justine is hated in the American media is a little bit of histrionics.

What you were probably looking forward to is for her to become the media darling after winning this tournament and especially after winning against Serena and then Venus. That won't happen even if she wins 15 slam titles unless she changes her image. Sports, any sports looks for heroes who they can make into stars. Justine's personality and her looks does not lend itself well to the role of a star. Sports coverage and the paychecks athletes receive survive on advertising dollars. The media wants stars that will get them ratings which will get them companies who want to advertise and pay top dollars and they want athletes who not only do well in their field but has that extra compelling edge that will enrapture audience members who will pay top dollar for seats and top dollar for products of the company they advertise.

In fact from what I have read everyone seem to be in awe of her performance and her achievements. This kind of reverence doesn't get you popularity and a huge fan base it does however get you a revered spot in history. Steffie Graff with her 22 slam titles has her revered spot she when she played she didn't presence needed to supercede tennis. Hardcore tennis fans will revere Justine because of her game but they are not the only ones the game / products are marketed to and advertisers and companies wants the "bang for their bucks". They will always be more favorable to players who not only offer them success on the courts but success in garnering market share for their products.

Also Justine doesn't give you that feel of an untarnished image. There seem to be a cloud of dishonesty (earned or not) hovering over her. If Justine and her camp had found some way to become Belgium's sports heroine and not just French speaking Belgium sports heroine then maybe the rest of the world would look at her differently. Venus and Serena have finally managed to overcome to a large degree being seen as only Africa American athletes. They are truly just American Athletes now and you could see this in the groundswell of support they both received at this year's open.

Athletes make a bargain when they pursue a sports career. They accept the deal that if they play the game well enough to be number one then the game expects something back from them. We are still waiting on Justine to take on the mantel of Tennis Superstardom..... (not just to hardcore tennis enthusiasts). Tennis needs that from her and she is not living up to the bargain.

Bijoux0021
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:45 PM
Like it or not, Henin best women's tennis has to offer

By Nafari Vanaski
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Women's tennis is in disarray. Look at the U.S. Open for a perfect example. The second seed, Maria Sharapova, loses in the third round to a girl who has more consonants in her name than she has teeth. Tatiana Golovin, of France, ranked 17th, is defeated in the first round by an American who's easily carrying an extra 15 pounds. By the conclusion of the Open, there was a lot of shuffling in the rankings, affecting all but one player.

Justine Henin's name might not stay the same, (she was recently divorced) but she's been at the top for a year. She quietly dominates almost every tournament she enters. Henin managed to enter Flushing Meadows as the top seed, but not favored to win. Yet, she easily dismantled two of the favorites, the Williams sisters, and still had enough in the engine to smoke Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. She didn't drop a set to anyone in the last two weeks.

As dominant as she is, Henin's aloof behavior has probably cost her fans and endorsement money. In particular, it's the final of the 2006 Australian Open that leaves a bad taste in many mouths. Amelie Mauresmo, seeking her first Grand Slam title, was pitted against Henin. Down a set and a break, Henin simply stopped. That's right. She retired, claiming an upset stomach. (And whose wouldn't be, after being whipped in the first set 6-1?) Not only did she look perfectly fine, but in the press conference afterwards, she offered little explanation in the way of her "injury." "I had no energy," she told reporters.

Then there was the 2003 French Open semifinal against Serena Williams. Williams was serving, and Henin raised a hand, a signal that she wasn't yet ready. However, Williams was already in her motion, and hit the serve anyway, knowing she'd get another first serve. Not. The umpire didn't see the hand, and Henin refused to acknowledge that she had done it, so Williams had to hit a second serve. Henin won that match, and Williams accused her of lying in her post-match conference, a statement easily backed up by the video.

Incidents like this prevent her from being an overwhelming fan favorite, no matter how good she gets. If she goes on a Roger Federer tear, there'll always be Paris for fans, or Australia. Like it or not, though, she's the best female tennis player right now, and she seems ready to be around for a long time.
Look at it this way: Henin hasn't pulled out of any finals lately. Well, she hasn't exactly been in any danger of losing, either.

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:
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Great article! Everything about it is the TRUTH!

Chrissie-fan
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:48 PM
FO champion 2007: Justine Henin
USO champion 2007: Justine Henin
No.1 player for 2007: Justine Henin

Those are the things that matter. The rest is BS from people that can't write two sentences about tennis without using the word sportsmanship, but seldom if ever show any of it themselves.

athake
Sep 13th, 2007, 02:51 PM
The only truth is that tiny Belgian's keeps on showing how US brainless ballbashing Tennis's so desperate, this's why all these manipulation, disinformation on Justine by sore loser US tennis media. I wish Bollettieri Tennis Academy products more fabricated having no gameplan ballbasher victims till Justine retires and hope Aga'll take this job after Justine ;)

Jakeev
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:05 PM
I'm sure Justine isn't losing any sleep over this :o


I agree. She may not be a American household name but she is internationally famous, most of course in Europe.

Not sure what kind of endorsements she has, but I doubt she is living on prizemoney alone.

Onyxangel
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:06 PM
Western society is infatuated with image, particularly aestetic... Justine doesn't have much of one... If Ju looked like Anna K, nobody would give a crap about the 'hand' incident (except WS fans) or any of that crap... they would market her shamlessly and she would be a superstar with little effort. Cases in point, Anna K and Danica Patrick... both of whom get marketed to death, neither of whom own any significant titles.

Apoleb
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:15 PM
Western society is infatuated with image, particularly aestetic... Justine doesn't have much of one... If Ju looked like Anna K, nobody would give a crap about the 'hand' incident (except WS fans) or any of that crap... they would market her shamlessly and she would be a superstar with little effort. Cases in point, Anna K and Danica Patrick... both of whom get marketed to death, neither of whom own any significant titles.

Agreed and very good point. Much as I like Masha's personality, she has already displayed unsoportsmanship and I can bet that most "negative" things she will do will go unnoticed.

It isn't just because Justine doesn't have "it" to be a media darling. It also in the media's interest to portray her as bad: if they can generate public interest by making them love a certain person, they can also do the same thing by making them hate a player.

Anyway, that article is mostly bs, mainly because of the presumptions the author makes about Justine's conditions. It was obvious she looked pale and physically weak from the very first point in that match.

harloo
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:18 PM
I guess this is the part where everyone is supposed to take out their Kleenex and shed a tear for Henin. :sad: Call me jaded but this is actually the first negative article I've read in regards to her winning the US Open. If anything most of the American journalists are elated that she defeated both the Williams sisters because if you read some of their articles you would think Justine is American.:tape: Get back to me when she's under constant attack from the US media (like her rivals)then maybe I'll take the old box of Kleenex out.:sad:

friendsita
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:25 PM
So True!

Donny
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:27 PM
HAHAHA.

Hilarious.

Ninety percent of the people in here insulting or bashing the writer were in full agreement with the dozens of articles about Serena's "classless" press comments.

How is this article any worse than those?

Oh wait, you don't agree with this article, so he's a "hater".

Mightymirza
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:30 PM
:bs:

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2007, 03:30 PM
About time the journalists hated on someone other than a williams for a change.

DA FOREHAND
Sep 13th, 2007, 04:32 PM
Women's tennis in disarray because the top players lose to relatively unknowns (unknowns if you're not a tennis fan)? Looks more of a display of depth in women's tennis to me. And what does a player's name or weight has got to do with it?

Aloof behaviour of Justine? Two 'incidents' on a 8 year long pro career where the first (AO 2006) was due to illness, not because she lost the first set, and the second was a umpire decision, as I recall, the umpire didn't ask Justine if she had raised her hand, anyway Serena still had a second serve.

A lame editorial imo.

The umpire did ask and Justine shrugged like she didn't know what Serena was referring to.

Now I understand why her fans don't have a problem w/her lies, and cheating they too are liars!

Craigy
Sep 13th, 2007, 04:33 PM
:lol: That was pretty lame....
Golovin losing to Rolle is a proof of women's tennis' decline! :lol:

Oh come on, some of us are trying to forget that. :sobbing:

DA FOREHAND
Sep 13th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Two part answer

This article isn't 'normal', in the sense tha usually, they leave reporting about women's tennis to people who actually like it. Has the reporter gone nuts? No. The article actually reflects the attitude of mst people in the USA about women's tennis, and professional women's sports in general. Without a cover girl type to be the face of the sport, they don't care much for it. Women's tennis was great when Evert dominated, not great when Navratilova came along. Great again when Seles came along, not great after she got stabbed, then came the Golden Age (of Marketing) Hingis, then Venus, then Anna Kournikova then Serena then Maria Sharapova.

But when the best player in the world is short, relatively plain-looking, flat-chested and European, suddenly life sucks in media land again.


Maybe now you're getting the idea that Henin's reputation among the sporting public is very much like her reputation among 'Justine-hater(s) from wtaworld'. Henin has earned a reputation for dishonest and unsportsmanlike. (Carlos Rodriguez, incidently, hasn't helped by confirming that he DOES coach her, and that by saying that, if she hadn't been playing Serena, Henin would have admitted she held up her hand to pause play in the 'Hand' incident.) Does reputation matter? Ask Barry Bonds. Ask Pete Rose.

Getting a bad reputation is actually not that easy in sports. People cut athletes an awful lot of slack. On top of that, with sports heroes, people really want proof. People will say all kinds of things about you, but it doesn't become a comment on the content of your character. Through all the adislike, everyone admitted Richard Williams was a great Dad. That is to say, people didn't like him, but they didn't think he was dishonest, unsportsmanlike or unethical. Conversely, Jim Pierce, or o lesser extent, Damir Dokic (who may have just been insane.)

Once upon a time, soiling your reputation was the ethical equivalent of selling your soul. It mattered to people. Not so much anymore. But a soiled reputation is hard to recoup. The only tennis player I know who did it was Andre Agassi, who managed to lose a reputation for being a dishonest, homophobic spoiled brat, and became universally respected in the sport.:worship: :worship: :worship:



Justine is the only person responsible for her negative reputation. Own up to it already and move on.

Serena, took some hits on her rep. w/her distasteful interview.

clementine
Sep 13th, 2007, 05:03 PM
I would say that one paragraph from a small local (not national) newspaper is hardly indicative of what the entire US (or its media) thinks of Henin. She has her fans and she has her detractors in every country. I'm sure that there are some Belgians who aren't fond of her for the same reasons the writer had pointed out.

nhissan
Sep 13th, 2007, 05:37 PM
its a williams troll from this board writing an article.

grow up :rolleyes:

ToeTag
Sep 13th, 2007, 06:11 PM
Oh, meow. I like the way Justine plays, and I wish more of the other women played like her. This guy is doing more thinking with his little head than his big head. If Justine were babealicious, or american, he would love her.

she's the best female tennis player right now, and she seems ready to be around for a long time. Good.

dwynn10
Sep 13th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Women's tennis in disarray because the top players lose to relatively unknowns (unknowns if you're not a tennis fan)? Looks more of a display of depth in women's tennis to me. And what does a player's name or weight has got to do with it?

I'm not sure women's tennis is in disarray, but it's certainly not enjoying a shining moment: too many of the matches are lop-sided (blink and you miss them, which makes the 2/3 winning margin and demands for equal pay less and less defensible), out-of-shape players, sore-loser comments, injuries galore (real or unreal), gamesmanship (i.e. injury time-outs and on-court coaching), no true rivalries, etc. Compounding the problem, you have a #1 player, great as her play is, with a personality like that of a piece of frozen farm snapper and whose sportsmanship is less than spotless.

sharapovarulz1
Sep 13th, 2007, 07:58 PM
Was this guy on the old 'Sniff' when he wrote this? lol

sharapovarulz1
Sep 13th, 2007, 08:01 PM
About time the journalists hated on someone other than a williams for a change.

I actually agree!

sharapovarulz1
Sep 13th, 2007, 08:02 PM
About time the journalists hated on someone other than a williams for a change.

I actually agree!

rottweily
Sep 13th, 2007, 08:03 PM
HAHAHA, mailbomb this fuckwit with 2007 USOpen title pictures :D

thrust
Sep 13th, 2007, 08:28 PM
In a way Justine is a Lady with just about half a country. True, she is Belgian, but Belgium is about 60% Dutch-40% French and Justine is from the French part. Despite her superiority I think that Kim, being Dutch, was problbly the Belgians favorite tennis player. If one reads or listens to Justine, it is obvious that she is much more than a tennis player. She is very intelligent and mature. She is involved with her cancer children and UNICEF. She probably was not picked for the UNICEF position because of her popularity primarilh, but because of her intelligence and sensitivity for children in need.

Pleasantville
Sep 13th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Justine is a bitch and she is also the best tennis player. This article pretty sums it up. Good read.

Bruno71
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:09 PM
M-GH-NN SH--GHN-SSY = 13

:tape:


(or is the comparison only for those players who have beaten maria?)

M-R-- J-S- M-RT-N-Z S-NCH-Z = 14 ;)

Forehand_Volley
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:24 PM
Does anyone really read or care about anything coming from Pittsburgh??

Unknown author from an unknown news source = not a big deal.:help:

Anyone that writes that negatively is looking to make a name for themselves. I wouldn't give the nobody the satisfaction. Odds are that two weeks from now we'll all remember the name Henin and will never again remember who authored this article.

sharapovarulz1
Sep 13th, 2007, 09:26 PM
Does anyone really read or care about anything coming from Pittsburgh??

Unknown author from an unknown news source = not a big deal.:help:

Anyone that writes that negatively is looking to make a name for themselves. I wouldn't give the nobody the satisfaction. Odds are that two weeks from now we'll all remember the name Henin and will never again remember who authored this article.

It would be pretty weird if we didn't remember Henin's name 2 weeks from now :lol:

supergrunt
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:03 PM
how many articles came out about Serena? that weren't very nice? :tape: American journalists in generela are just bitchy.

Donny
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:21 PM
Does anyone really read or care about anything coming from Pittsburgh??

Unknown author from an unknown news source = not a big deal.:help:



People from Pittsburgh and the surrounding Penn. area do.

My father's half of the family lived in a town near Pittsburgh.

So please, try to keep the condescending attitude towards major American cities down to a minimum.

Ntour
Sep 14th, 2007, 01:42 AM
but seriously sharapova has been in involved in more gamesmanship than juju, but of course nobody cares because she didn't snap serena gs streak and because she is practically american and the poster gril of the WTA

DONGMEI
Sep 14th, 2007, 03:44 AM
She looked perfectly fine during AO final? :o

to your eyes, if you have them.