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plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Why Justine Henin is set for another massive year in 2008
Sun, Dec 16, 07 08:18Aasim Shaffi

Justine Henin: Brilliant and mentally tough.
The Belgian is on top of the world after enjoying a stunning season - and goes into the new year with a new-found mental toughness after seeing off the Williams sisters in the US Open.
'Henin's net play is bliss, she can do anything when she employs a volley' Justine Henin is recognised as one of the greats and rightly so, but what makes her so perfect? It is a combination of beauty, variety and elegance making all aspects of her game bullet-proof.

When taking into account her height, Justine’s serve is more then impressive. It can stretch both ways and packs a punch. Her backhand stood out when she was a youngster, the stunning one-handed swipe is all about consistency. The backhand may look the best side, but the forehand is more lethal when she uses it to launch herself into the ball and deliverer a mighty thump.

Both wings are also very good defences. She can use them to block and deflect balls with a decent amount of pace. The Henin slice can show up deep inside the baseline and at the net. And the pace of the slice can easily change the flow of rallies in the Belgian’s favour. Her net play is bliss, she can do anything when she employs a volley. Justine’s speed is key to her amazing defensive structure. Despite her height she covers the court extremely well and never leaves a short ball unpunished.

She does disappoint occasionally - an example was the Wimbledon semi-final against Marion Bartoli when her normally solid serve was a shambles on the day. Henin finished her 2007 season with five straight tournament wins. But she didn’t maintain her highest levels all the way through. She wasn’t too great in Toronto and Zurich, yet she did enough to win two tier 1s. So the Belgian doesn’t need to be at her best level to win big tournaments but when brilliance is called for, she comes up with the goods - the later stages of the US Open and Madrid final are examples.

Justine’s mental strength has been tested this year. She stated that she was scared of the Williams sisters, but after straight-sets consecutive victories over them in the US open, the fear dissipated. Following her divorce, she has built bridges with her family. It seems that Justine is finally opening up to her emotions on court. But there is no real worry about her mental strength, her seven Grand Slams are testament to this.

So how will Henin fare in 2008? The rivalry with Serena Williams is still alive and if the American can maintain her fitness then the two players should meet a few times. Venus Williams is also a big threat, but again, her fitness may be a factor.

Justine will be also be keeping an eye out for Amelie Mauresmo - she has said that playing someone with a similar style is tough. Mauresmo did stop Justine from winning Wimbledon and the French player will pose a big threat if she makes a comeback. Lindsay Davenport is almost certain to climb back to the top but Justine is too smart to underestimate the American. Maria Sharapova will also pitch big but when Justine is at her top form she is in control. The Serbians are along way from really challenging her.

So Justine Henin comes into 2008 at the top of her game. She will need to be at her best to repeat her stunning 2007 season. But one thing is for sure, she will always be among the elite and her Slam wins will roll into double digits.


Let the fun begin!!!!!:bounce::bounce:
Here's wishing you yet another GREAT year Justine!

serenus_2k8
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:47 PM
:rolleyes:

I love how 3 out of 8 paragraphs mention the WS :haha:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:48 PM
Go Justine!:yeah:

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:49 PM
:hearts: :hearts:

ALLEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:51 PM
:rolleyes:

:spit: Oh you crack me up - you are like an open book :haha:

A bit of advice - try not to show so much bitterness :tape::lol:

plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:56 PM
:rolleyes:

I love how 3 out of 8 paragraphs mention the WS :haha:

When considering the wording.......me too!:lol:

Paul.be
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:58 PM
I've got to find me one of those crystal balls like these guys seem to have.

Volcana
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:07 PM
So Justine Henin comes into 2008 at the top of her game. She will need to be at her best to repeat her stunning 2007 season. But one thing is for sure, she will always be among the elite and her Slam wins will roll into double digits.In order for her slam wins to 'roll into double digits', wouldn't that require her to win either three or four GS singles titles in 2008? Quite a step up from 2007.

LudwigDvorak
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:11 PM
Why plantman writes all of these "articles" about Justine Henin....:tape:

I think my thread shows just how NOT special her year was in comparison to many previous. She's "only" won two slams in a row in her career. Two out of four in a season twice. That's GREAT, don't get me wrong, but plenty others have done better and don't get the love Little JuJu does. (Yes, I am aware she was disliked prior to 2007. People are :shrug: ) She's the best in the world but this does not mean she's invincible, I mean damn.

Nemo_Kool
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:15 PM
power to her and fans but i severely beg to differ!

plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:17 PM
In order for her slam wins to 'roll into double digits', wouldn't that require her to win either three or four GS singles titles in 2008? Quite a step up from 2007.

It's a BIG step!!! A step I think she's ready and capable of taking.:)

plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Why plantman writes all of these "articles" about Justine Henin....:tape:

I think my thread shows just how NOT special her year was in comparison to many previous. She's "only" won two slams in a row in her career. Two out of four in a season twice. That's GREAT, don't get me wrong, but plenty others have done better and don't get the love Little JuJu does. (Yes, I am aware she was disliked prior to 2007. People are :shrug: ) She's the best in the world but this does not mean she's invincible, I mean damn.

:smash: Sorry dude to burst your bubble.....I didn't write said article! I mean damn......:lol:

Aasim Shaffi did...........

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Why plantman writes all of these "articles" about Justine Henin....:tape:

I think my thread shows just how NOT special her year was in comparison to many previous. She's "only" won two slams in a row in her career. Two out of four in a season twice. That's GREAT, don't get me wrong, but plenty others have done better and don't get the love Little JuJu does. (Yes, I am aware she was disliked prior to 2007. People are :shrug: ) She's the best in the world but this does not mean she's invincible, I mean damn.

Why shouldn't he? He's a fan isn't he? :p

:awww: still devastated about Lena's loss today huh? :hug:

Get back to me when the beautiful Lena D wins her 1st slam :tape:

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:23 PM
:smash: Sorry dude to burst your bubble.....I didn't write said article! I mean damn......:lol:

I can't believe LD thought you wrote the article :spit: The name of the author is there for all to see. :confused:

Give LD some lovin' - he's upset about the result today :tape:

serenus_2k8
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:26 PM
:spit: Oh you crack me up - you are like an open book :haha:

A bit of advice - try not to show so much bitterness :tape::lol:

Sorry I forgot you were a qualified psychologist. I'd like to see you write a book on : ':rolleyes:' that.

When considering the wording.......me too!:lol:

Yeah the wording says it all. Henin and Serena will meet a few times and Venus is a big threat. :) I totally agree.

plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:27 PM
I can't believe LD thought you wrote the article :spit: The name of the author is there for all to see. :confused:

Give LD some lovin' - he's upset about the result today :tape:

I hear you Ninny! It's laughable that someone wets their panties over an article they think I wrote!:lol:

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:33 PM
When considering the wording.......me too!:lol:

:lol::lol::lol:

plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:34 PM
Sorry I forgot you were a qualified psychologist. I'd like to see you write a book on : ':rolleyes:' that.



Yeah the wording says it all. Henin and Serena will meet a few times and Venus is a big threat. :) I totally agree.

But

The key word......:)

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2008, 07:38 PM
Did Justine really say that about Amelie?

Justine will be also be keeping an eye out for Amelie Mauresmo - she has said that playing someone with a similar style is tough

dya74
Jan 7th, 2008, 07:49 PM
here no need for Justine to keep an eye on Mauresmo, better keep both on Williams sister, they are preparing the big revenge (there's a try worth!)

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2008, 08:53 PM
The only player who beat Justine at a major in 2007 was Bartoli. But she lost to Amelie in 2 majors in 2006

hablo
Jan 7th, 2008, 09:32 PM
Amélie has to relearn how to win more than two matches in a row in Tier3s.

Till then she's not in the running for anything.

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Amélie has to relearn how to win more than two matches in a row in Tier3s.

Till then she's not in the running for anything.

It's sad to see to tell you the truth :sad:. I'm not a fan of Amelie, but it's awful seeing her like this. I hope she improves soon.

Aaron.
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:10 PM
Why shouldn't he? He's a fan isn't he? :p

:awww: Bstill devastated about Lena's loss today huh? :hug:

Get back to me when the beautiful Lena D wins her 1st slam :tape: I swear your the worst troll on here :smash:


Why are you making yourself seem better then Ludwig because you support a player whos more successful please grow up :help: :weirdo:

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:20 PM
I swear your the worst troll on here :smash:

Nah ... you win that title hands down :lol:


Why are you making yourself seem better then Ludwig because you support a player whos more successful please grow up :help: :weirdo:

Just because you think like that, doesn't mean everyone else does. :cuckoo:

Praise de Lord

Aaron.
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Nah ... you win that title hands down :lol:




Just because you think like that, doesn't mean everyone else does. :cuckoo:

Praise de Lord OMFG here we go again with the God thing :rolleyes:

Ninny you seriously need to grow up and stop being a troll.

:weirdo:

Ninny
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:44 PM
OMFG here we go again with the God thing :rolleyes:

Ninny you seriously need to grow up and stop being a troll.

:weirdo:

:spit:

Melly Flew Us
Jan 8th, 2008, 12:32 AM
:smash: Sorry dude to burst your bubble.....I didn't write said article! I mean damn......:lol:

Aasim Shaffi did...........
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/why_justine_henin_is_set/1001,6139
fan fiction is not the same as true journalistic endeavour; i suppose that is why you didn't cite the source. why do you think that people are dickheads?

for those not in the know sportingo is a site for fan analysis of sport.
http://www.sportingo.com/about_us/1001,4

how about this?
The Williams sisters will prevail over injury: With injuries plaguing their career, the Williams sisters will always have a big question mark stamped on them. But their mentality will once again prevail in 2008. As only one of them needs to be in great form to win Wimbledon. As there is no doubt that Venus is the best grasscourt player, followed up by Serena. Victories at the US Open and the Australian Open are foreseeable. Although they will need their best to beat the competition of Justine Henin, they should be able to at least claim one of them between the two.

http://www.ontennis.com/category/main/aasim-shaffi
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/tennis_2008_justine_henin_williams/1001,6267

Ninny
Jan 8th, 2008, 12:40 AM
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/why_justine_henin_is_set/1001,6139
fan fiction is not the same as true journalistic endeavour; i suppose that is why you didn't cite the source. why do you think that people are dickheads?

for those not in the know sportingo is a site for fan analysis of sport.
http://www.sportingo.com/about_us/1001,4

how about this?
The Williams sisters will prevail over injury: With injuries plaguing their career, the Williams sisters will always have a big question mark stamped on them. But their mentality will once again prevail in 2008. As only one of them needs to be in great form to win Wimbledon. As there is no doubt that Venus is the best grasscourt player, followed up by Serena. Victories at the US Open and the Australian Open are foreseeable. Although they will need their best to beat the competition of Justine Henin, they should be able to at least claim one of them between the two.

http://www.ontennis.com/category/main/aasim-shaffi
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/tennis_2008_justine_henin_williams/1001,6267

Yeah, there was an article about Venus & Serena on there recently, where the fans thought it was a fabulous article :tape: Strange that :confused:

Helaena
Jan 8th, 2008, 01:29 AM
Did Justine really say that about Amelie?

Justine will be also be keeping an eye out for Amelie Mauresmo - she has said that playing someone with a similar style is tough

i remember in eastbourne after there finals ju said it's always tough to play against amelie because they have similar kind of play....

Marshmallow
Jan 8th, 2008, 01:34 AM
Amélie has to relearn how to win more than two matches in a row in Tier3s.

Till then she's not in the running for anything.

Maybe. I haven't seen Amelie play recently, but she was pretty much in a slump from the FO onwards last year, yet in spite of this, she had a chance to serve out the match against Justine in eastbourne, though of course that is Amelie's best surface.

With respect to the topic at hand... I think people should hold off these kind of articles and predictions for a while longer. As Justine herself said, there are a number of players who can really challenge her, if they can stay fit, healthy and play more matches. Venus, Serena, Amelie, Maria (shudder) spring to mind. All of these were struggling with form / health while Justine was at her most 'dominant'.

Lets wait and see.

LudwigDvorak
Jan 8th, 2008, 01:35 AM
:weirdo: I never said plantman wrote the article. He posts all these articles about Justine, he might as well have written them.

And I wasn't upset about the result, surely you noticed this after your good rep to me in the result thread was for a post where I said I didn't even care. I don't have anything against Justine, and your potshot about beautiful Elena and her lack of slams is very classy. Defensive over nothing at all.

Praise the Lord, indeed.

moby
Jan 8th, 2008, 01:57 AM
Why plantman writes all of these "articles" about Justine Henin....:tape:

I think my thread shows just how NOT special her year was in comparison to many previous. She's "only" won two slams in a row in her career. Two out of four in a season twice. That's GREAT, don't get me wrong, but plenty others have done better and don't get the love Little JuJu does. (Yes, I am aware she was disliked prior to 2007. People are :shrug: ) She's the best in the world but this does not mean she's invincible, I mean damn.On the other hand, a tennis career is made up of a series of years, and not just a lone singular year. Naturally, your thread does not mention how she's won at least one slam every year for 5 consecutive years, which demonstrates a very impressive consistency and is perhaps a more accurate predictor of future success. Of course that's not to say your thread is irrelevant, or even misguided; it suited its purposes very well. It's just it cannot be taken as a final authority when most pundits are basing their opinions on Justine on so so much more than a dominant 2007.

Chris never won more than 2 slams in a calendar year, but when one wins at least one slam every year for 14 straight years... the slam total will turn out to be quite phenomenal.

LudwigDvorak
Jan 8th, 2008, 02:35 AM
That is a great, well thought out post and I commend you for that. My main point is that 2007 is undoubtedly her best year, and it's not even one of the best seasons a top player has had, which is why I find it hard to believe she'll do EVEN better in 2008. But it can happen, of course.

I knew before I posted that that there are other variables for why so many are predicting Justine to dominate further--but I just do not trust her physicality to win more than one or two slams in 2008. Almost surely she'll get a slam in 2008, that's almost a "duh," but even by going on her past years nothing is to say she's going to dominate further. Federer, on comparison, got Wimbledon in 2003, then won 11 more slams over the course of four seasons. Justine doesn't have anything close to that level of dominance at slams, although you know she's going to do well and semifinal or better more often than not. The trajectory isn't the same at all, look at Lendl for another good example of that.

But at that critical stage, she can get nervous, tired, or get simply outplayed. Not all the time, no, she's a champion, and has overcome all of those enough times in her career, but golden slam this, dominating all competition for seasons to come...I just don't see it. It CAN happen, of course, but I'll have to see it to believe it. If she does, that's wonderful for her and her fans, I wish them all the best.

Tennisation
Jan 8th, 2008, 02:41 AM
lets hope it's not another massive diarrhea at the AO like in 06:tape:

plantman
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:25 AM
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/why_justine_henin_is_set/1001,6139
fan fiction is not the same as true journalistic endeavour; i suppose that is why you didn't cite the source. why do you think that people are dickheads?

for those not in the know sportingo is a site for fan analysis of sport.
http://www.sportingo.com/about_us/1001,4

how about this?
The Williams sisters will prevail over injury: With injuries plaguing their career, the Williams sisters will always have a big question mark stamped on them. But their mentality will once again prevail in 2008. As only one of them needs to be in great form to win Wimbledon. As there is no doubt that Venus is the best grasscourt player, followed up by Serena. Victories at the US Open and the Australian Open are foreseeable. Although they will need their best to beat the competition of Justine Henin, they should be able to at least claim one of them between the two.

http://www.ontennis.com/category/main/aasim-shaffi
http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/tennis_2008_justine_henin_williams/1001,6267

Take a closer look at my thread. I did post the source.....
:confused:

plantman
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:28 AM
[QUOTE=LudwigDvorak;12254341]:weirdo: I never said plantman wrote the article. He posts all these articles about Justine, he might as well have written them.

Originally Posted by LudwigDvorak
Why plantman writes all of these "articles" about Justine Henin....

Sure you didn't...:lol::lol::(

Junex
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:29 AM
That is a great, well thought out post and I commend you for that. My main point is that 2007 is undoubtedly her best year, and it's not even one of the best seasons a top player has had, which is why I find it hard to believe she'll do EVEN better in 2008. But it can happen, of course.

I knew before I posted that that there are other variables for why so many are predicting Justine to dominate further--but I just do not trust her physicality to win more than one or two slams in 2008. Almost surely she'll get a slam in 2008, that's almost a "duh," but even by going on her past years nothing is to say she's going to dominate further. Federer, on comparison, got Wimbledon in 2003, then won 11 more slams over the course of four seasons. Justine doesn't have anything close to that level of dominance at slams, although you know she's going to do well and semifinal or better more often than not. The trajectory isn't the same at all, look at Lendl for another good example of that.

But at that critical stage, she can get nervous, tired, or get simply outplayed. Not all the time, no, she's a champion, and has overcome all of those enough times in her career, but golden slam this, dominating all competition for seasons to come...I just don't see it. It CAN happen, of course, but I'll have to see it to believe it. If she does, that's wonderful for her and her fans, I wish them all the best.



I don't know but there is a certain what if factor here...
though its not intelligent but its a logical question.
Justine was poised to dominate the tour prior to CMV, then the unfortunate happen....:sad:

Ninny
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:37 AM
On the other hand, a tennis career is made up of a series of years, and not just a lone singular year. Naturally, your thread does not mention how she's won at least one slam every year for 5 consecutive years, which demonstrates a very impressive consistency and is perhaps a more accurate predictor of future success. Of course that's not to say your thread is irrelevant, or even misguided; it suited its purposes very well. It's just it cannot be taken as a final authority when most pundits are basing their opinions on Justine on so so much more than a dominant 2007.

Chris never won more than 2 slams in a calendar year, but when one wins at least one slam every year for 14 straight years... the slam total will turn out to be quite phenomenal.

:worship:

hectopascal
Jan 8th, 2008, 05:48 AM
:rolleyes:

I love how 3 out of 8 paragraphs mention the WS :haha:

It's funny how that article on Serena mentions Henin a couple of times too :rolleyes: Let the rivalry begin for 2008!