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SOA_MC
May 9th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Henin admits lack of confidence after Berlin loss

Reuters, Thursday May 8 2008 By Iain Rogers
BERLIN, May 8 (Reuters) - World number one Justine Henin said she was short on confidence after her surprise defeat by Dinara Safina in the German Open third round on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Belgian is still favourite to win a fifth French Open title next month but her early exit in Berlin, where she has won three times, has not helped her preparations.
"This tournament was important not only for the French Open," a subdued Henin told a news conference after her 5-7 6-3 6-1 loss. "It was important for me to get some confidence back and that's really what I miss right now."
Henin, who uncharacteristically served seven double faults against Safina, is due to play in Rome next week and will take a few days off before then to recuperate and take stock.
"It's not a problem with my tennis or a physical problem," she said. "I just lacked the courage to really grasp the opportunities and I have to work on that.
"I wish I could have had more matches but I also feel on the court that it's not enough and that's hard. But we'll see in the next few weeks."
With seven grand slam titles to her name, including two U.S. Opens and one at the Australian Open, Henin has already started cutting back her schedule and is planning for a retirement she said this week could come in the next two to five years.
The Belgian added that she was eyeing a future of leisurely travel and also planned to undertake some sort of study as a way of making the sacrifices required on the tour worthwhile.
Safina said she was sure Henin would return to top form once she had more tournaments under her belt.
"When you have everything it's sometimes hard to motivate," she told a news conference.
"In your mind you get tired. Maybe you take a little breather. I don't think it will affect Justine's tennis. Maybe she'll take a little break but then she'll be even more eager.
"I think it's not possible to be 100 percent every tournament, every week. I mean we are human beings."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7505327

Jakeev
May 9th, 2008, 04:22 AM
Henin admits lack of confidence after Berlin loss

Reuters, Thursday May 8 2008 By Iain Rogers
BERLIN, May 8 (Reuters) - World number one Justine Henin said she was short on confidence after her surprise defeat by Dinara Safina in the German Open third round on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Belgian is still favourite to win a fifth French Open title next month but her early exit in Berlin, where she has won three times, has not helped her preparations.
"This tournament was important not only for the French Open," a subdued Henin told a news conference after her 5-7 6-3 6-1 loss. "It was important for me to get some confidence back and that's really what I miss right now."
Henin, who uncharacteristically served seven double faults against Safina, is due to play in Rome next week and will take a few days off before then to recuperate and take stock.
"It's not a problem with my tennis or a physical problem," she said. "I just lacked the courage to really grasp the opportunities and I have to work on that.
"I wish I could have had more matches but I also feel on the court that it's not enough and that's hard. But we'll see in the next few weeks."
With seven grand slam titles to her name, including two U.S. Opens and one at the Australian Open, Henin has already started cutting back her schedule and is planning for a retirement she said this week could come in the next two to five years.
The Belgian added that she was eyeing a future of leisurely travel and also planned to undertake some sort of study as a way of making the sacrifices required on the tour worthwhile.
Safina said she was sure Henin would return to top form once she had more tournaments under her belt.
"When you have everything it's sometimes hard to motivate," she told a news conference.
"In your mind you get tired. Maybe you take a little breather. I don't think it will affect Justine's tennis. Maybe she'll take a little break but then she'll be even more eager.
"I think it's not possible to be 100 percent every tournament, every week. I mean we are human beings."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7505327

I think every player goes through some sort of woes and I think she will pull out of it. But I hope she doesn't take to long in doing so. I think a loss like this allows other players to start thinking they might have an equal shot at her so she should be on guard for the future while trying to get her kinks in check.

Chunchun
May 9th, 2008, 04:27 AM
She has said this several months ago. Confidence won't come by just saying "I Lack it". Do something please:rolleyes:

mal
May 9th, 2008, 04:51 AM
Realistically, does she believe she can beat Sharapova?

In The Zone
May 9th, 2008, 04:53 AM
Put her on the court where she has won 4 RG titles and she'll be confident. If Venus ever played Birmingham or Eastbourne, she'd have similar losses. But put them on Centre Court at their slam, confident is an understatement.

She is still the one to beat.

Kworb
May 9th, 2008, 04:56 AM
Henin, who uncharacteristically served seven double faults
:spit: Right, it's not like Justine to hit a double fault...

Anyway, Safina is so classy here. She has enormous respect for Justine. :eek:

SM
May 9th, 2008, 04:59 AM
Put her on the court where she has won 4 RG titles and she'll be confident. If Venus ever played Birmingham or Eastbourne, she'd have similar losses. But put them on Centre Court at their slam, confident is an understatement.

She is still the one to beat.
yup juju owns roland garros :worship:

austennis
May 9th, 2008, 05:02 AM
Safina always says such nice comments bout other players.. she is one of the nicer girls on tour for sure

Tennisstar86
May 9th, 2008, 05:08 AM
Put her on the court where she has won 4 RG titles and she'll be confident. If Venus ever played Birmingham or Eastbourne, she'd have similar losses. But put them on Centre Court at their slam, confident is an understatement.

She is still the one to beat.

I dont know about that. I for one wont be surprised if she loses early at RG this year either.....

anyways, what Henin is going through is actually a pretty common thing. Its got a term for it (I cant think of it right now) where basically someone whose reached their peak completely forgets how to do it for awhile. Happens to althetes.. Musicians.. etc... But i think Justine just needs time off....so either she'll take it during th eyear of 08 could just be pitiful for her until the fall break....

treufreund
May 9th, 2008, 05:38 AM
Very nice from Dinara. :)

new-york
May 9th, 2008, 07:51 AM
Deena's cool.:cool:

Buitenzorg
May 9th, 2008, 07:56 AM
Henin, please do something about it, I really want to see win another RG title ;)

justine schnyder
May 9th, 2008, 09:06 AM
Nothing new sadly.
But I think she shouldn't say all this, it'll just give more confidence to her rivals knowing that.. I've never heard Serena saying something like that..

kasia_q
May 9th, 2008, 09:18 AM
Nothing new sadly.
But I think she shouldn't say all this, it'll just give more confidence to her rivals knowing that.. I've never heard Serena saying something like that..
And you probably never will :) Even if Serena loses she still says she's the best, just not today or that the rival made some "lucky shots" ;)

justine schnyder
May 9th, 2008, 09:31 AM
And you probably never will :) Even if Serena loses she still says she's the best, just not today or that the rival made some "lucky shots" ;)

Yep, that's what I meant, and that's why she hurts herself even more by saying this.. If she lacks confidence, which she is, she should say this to all the players..That won't help for sure..

Renalicious
May 9th, 2008, 10:14 AM
Dinara :)

Miranda
May 9th, 2008, 10:17 AM
its strange, if i were her, winning 7 slams, i certainly will go on, wanting to win at least 5 more, and not retiring 2 years later, after all, she is still not 30 after 2 years :confused:

Martian Jeza
May 9th, 2008, 10:25 AM
A few weeks ago she lacked courage, now it's confidence, what's next in Henin's excuses book ? :rolleyes:

VRee_Willario
May 9th, 2008, 10:27 AM
Maybe something in her personal life is bothering her again :unsure:

Steffica Greles
May 9th, 2008, 10:43 AM
I think she has the right attitude.

Form changes like the wind. When it's blowing against you, you just have to struggle on as best as you can. That is what Justine intends to do. Eventually the wind will change.

The one thing which worries me is that she's talking of retirement in possibly two years! That's not long to wait.

debby
May 9th, 2008, 10:48 AM
Realistically, does she believe she can beat Sharapova?

Henin leads Sharapova 6-3 in H2H :rolleyes: :rolleyes: She is not obsessed by Sharapova :o When she will back to her greatest form, she will beat Maria, maybe even in straights. Henin is afraid of Serena and Venus, not of Maria.

A few weeks ago she lacked courage, now it's confidence, what's next in Henin's excuses book ? :rolleyes:

Do you call her statements as excuses ? :tape: It is the truth :rolleyes: Geez, she is not at her normal form, go check her seasons 2006 and 2007 , she wasn't in a slump like this. She beat everybody, she won 3 majors in two last years (about 18 titles also :tape: )...

She doesn't believe anymore on her shots on the court, she is late on the balls, her tactical sense has disappeared, SHE LACKS OF CONFIDENCE.
She is just tired of tennis. Whatever, why did she speaks a lot of retirement ? A lot of her family? Her future ? She has only been defeated four times last year (so in 12 months) and NOW she has 4 defeats in 5 months. After such a great season, players are often tired mentally...
Justine herself doesn't want to make excuses by speaking about her knee injury, she said that her knee was fine, and she didn't have some physical problems or other...

:worship: Dinara. She is very nice and classy.

frontier
May 9th, 2008, 12:19 PM
Every athelete goes through these moments but that doesnt mean her ability is totally diminished.She will recover after losing to a number of nobodies,she still has players she can beat with one hand like Jankovic and Ana so she is not that worse off.:p