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Elleke
Aug 15th, 2002, 04:49 PM
:wavey:
maybe a thread for new articles, interviews?
post them here :)

''Following her practice session with Justine Henin, No. 7 seed Amelie Mauresmo opted to cool down in the players’ lounge. Being a competitor on and off the court, Mauresmo spent almost an hour on the race car arcade, while Henin opted for a pool game with her coach of six-years Carlos Rodrigues.''

:):p:):p:):p:)

Elleke
Aug 15th, 2002, 08:40 PM
REPORTER: Jennifer, it looks like you will probably be facing Justine Henin in the next round. You lost to her last time in Rome, I think. Obviously, this is another chance to avenge a match. Can you talk about Justine and what you expect of her, if she gets through?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, it was Berlin, and I mean she still has to win, you know, the next match, and I can't really comment. I don't want to think I'm playing her and then, you know, she could lose or whatever. I think the way I'm playing I have just got to play my game and, you know, expect the best from my opponent and, you know, now I expect everyone to play really well against me because it's usually the case, so...

theheninfan
Aug 15th, 2002, 11:16 PM
I know this isn't about Justine, but I did love this article I saw today.

When I first saw the title, I got scared and thought Justine had to go to the hospital...but then I realized what the title really said...that is how I started reading it.

Mary's Visit to St-Justine's Hospital (http://www.tenniscanada.com/2002cup/english/news/news.php?newsid=1029428921)

Here is a photo from Mary's visit, and you can also download a video clip. This just warms my heart...:angel:
http://www.tenniscanada.com/db/news_photos/marypierce_hospital.jpg

Elleke
Aug 16th, 2002, 07:46 AM
Originally posted by theheninfan
When I first saw the title, I got scared and thought Justine had to go to the hospital...but then I realized what the title really said...that is how I started reading it.http://www.tenniscanada.com/db/news_photos/marypierce_hospital.jpg
:) :D phew .. :)
yeah it is :angel: ooh ..

Elleke
Aug 18th, 2002, 07:09 PM
Rogers AT&T Cup - Press Conferences
MATCH : JUSTINE HENIN vs. JENNIFER CAPRIATI

SCORE / RÉSULTAT: 6-4, 0-6, 2-6

FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 2002 / VENDREDI 16 AOÛT 2002


INTERVIEW WITH / ENTREVUE

JUSTINE HENIN





TOUR OFFICIAL: Start with French questions first, please.


REPORTER: Ca allait très bien. Au deuxième set, qu’est-ce qui s’est passé?


JUSTINE HENIN: Il y a d’abord eu un relâchement, c’est évident, après la fin du premier set qui a quand même été assez serre, assez important. C’est vrai qu’a ce moment-la, il y a eu un relâchement tout de suite dans les premiers jeux et elle m’a pas laisse l’occasion de revenir dans le match: elle a commence à très bien joue, a mieux servir, a beaucoup mieux retourner aussi. Les conditions de jeu n’étaient pas faciles. C’est vrai qu’a ce moment-la j’avais perdu mon agressivité, donc c’était très difficile de revenir dans le match.


REPORTER: Est-ce que la chaleur t’a accablée à un certain point?


JUSTINE HENIN: Non, plus que la chaleur, je pense que le vent était assez embêtant pour jouer. C’est vrai que c'était pour les deux joueuses. En premier, elle était la aussi. Je suis parvenue à faire abstraction dans le premier set mieux qu’après. C’est vrai qu’après c’était difficile de contrôler, mais comme je l’ai dit, c’était pour les deux joueuses. Elle a tout simplement mieux joue, elle a commence à mieux servir, elle a très bien retourne après. C’est vrai que moi, j’étais un peu moins offensive. C’était pas facile, dans ces conditions-la, de gagner.


REPORTER: Est-ce que c’est 2 fautes de pied?


JUSTINE HENIN: Une, je pense.


REPORTER: L’autre était une double-faute.


JUSTINE HENIN: Oui.


REPORTER: Quelle importance a la puissance et au physique dans un match comme ca?


JUSTINE HENIN: Aucune importance. Je pense que ça n’a pas du tout été un facteur aujourd’hui primordial dans le match, parce que dans le premier j’ai très bien domine cette puissance justement. Je suis parvenue à la contrer. Je dirais que dans l’ensemble, c’est pas ce qui me gêne contre ce genre de joueuse. Jennifer, je l’avais déjà battue deux fois, donc, je crois que son jeu en général ne me dérange pas trop, mais c’est vrai qu’aujourd’hui, dans le premier, j’ai très bien résiste et puis elle a commis quelques fautes en fin de set qui m’ont permis de gagner la première manche. Par rapport à la puissance, non, je pense pas que ce soit quelque chose d’important qui ait joue dans le match aujourd’hui.


REPORTER: Le manque de matchs a joue un rôle, a ton avis?


JUSTINE HENIN: Oui, c’est possible, mais de toute façon, c’est une préparation ici, je pense que c’est évident. J’ai du change ma préparation à cause de mon doigt. Maintenant, je vais aller à New Haven et encore essaye d’avoir des matchs avant le US Open. De toute façon, je pense que je me suis retrouvée à nouveau ici en quart de finale, en ayant battu des filles que je devais battre. Aujourd’hui, c’est dommage parce que j’avais la possibilité d’aller encore plus loin, parce que c’est vrai, dans le troisième, ça s’est fini 6-2, mais ça s’est finalement pas joue à grand-chose, parce que j’ai eu des balles de jeu dans pas mal de jeux. Ca s’est joue à rien a la fin du match.


REPORTER: Vous y croyez, quand c’était, dans le premier set, a 6-4, a vos chances?


JUSTINE HENIN: Bien sur, c’est évident Évidemment, qu’on y croit, quand on a gagne la première manche. Ca prouve bien qu’en tennis tout peut très vite changer.


REPORTER: Il y a eu une pause pour chaleur extrême a la fin des deux premières rondes. Après, les deux vous sembliez totalement out, il y a eu plein d’erreurs dans les trois premiers jeux. Ca aurait pas été mieux de continuer?


JUSTINE HENIN: Merci pour le commentaire!


REPORTER: Cela avait l’air difficile au retour, je sais pas…


JUSTINE HENIN: Ben disons qu’il fallait prendre le break de toute façon. Cela était évident que je devais pouvoir reprendre mes esprits. Les conditions de jeu étaient difficiles. Il faut se retrouver dans ce genre de situation, avec cette chaleur, pour se rendre compte réellement de ce que c’est, que de jouer à ce niveau-la par une chaleur pareille. Non, je pense qu’il fallait… c’était indispensable. D’ailleurs, en revenant sur le court, j’ai breake tout de suite, la preuve que c’est bénéfique. Après, j’ai pas pu conserver mon avantage, mais ça c’est autre chose.


REPORTER: Tu t’es entraînée pendant plusieurs jours avec Hingis en Floride. Est-ce que c’est une expérience que tu vas renouveler?


JUSTINE HENIN: Bien sur. Je me suis entraînée la-bas avec Hingis et c’est vrai que j’étais la-bas quinze jours et c’était des conditions idéales. Les infrastructures sont parfaites pour l’entraînement, c’est évident qu’a l’avenir, je vais renouveler l’expérience. Sûrement de plus en plus fréquemment a partir de l’année prochaine, en tout cas.


REPORTER: Qu’est-ce qui t’a donne l’idée de faire cela?


JUSTINE HENIN: On y est alle parce qu’on en avait beaucoup entendu parler, on est alle une première fois au mois d’avril. Ca nous a tout de suite beaucoup plu, les conditions étaient très bien, les gens, très accueillants. Je pense que c’est idéal avant d’aller jouer à la chaleur. Donc, je vais y aller encore au mois de decembre, avant l’Australie.


TOUR OFFICIAL: Okay. English, please.


REPORTER: Justine, what changed after the first set?


JUSTINE HENIN: I mean, I played well in the first set. It was very close and it was high intensity; but, for sure, after that, I had a little down at the beginning of the second, and she played more aggressive, no more mistakes and she started to serve better, returned good, and I couldn't come back into the match. I wasn't aggressive enough to come back. I mean, after that she didn't give me the opportunities; and, in the third set, it was very close, too, I had many chances and a few gains -- so, it's tennis.


REPORTER: How difficult is it to play in that wind?


JUSTINE HENIN: It was really difficult today. The wind was important, tough conditions, and I never knew from where the wind came, and it was very hard to play because it was turning all the time. It was for both players, I mean, we have to play both of us in these conditions; but, yeah, it was a tough situation.


REPORTER: Justine, did both of you want to break after the second set or?


JUSTINE HENIN: I wanted the break. I don't know if she took it, but I wanted the break, so it was the most important thing for me. I had to take this break and I think it was better for me. If I have to do it again, I would do it again.


REPORTER: Was it because of the heat or you just wanted to break the rhythm?


JUSTINE HENIN: No. First, because of the heat, for sure, I think, but like I said it was high intensity, it wasn't so long but it was a good fight, so I mean I had to. And then also to, okay, to stop a little bit in the match and say, okay, I will just try to take my time and see what's going to happen.


REPORTER: Justine, you haven't had a lot of great results in North America. All your best results seem to be over in Europe. I'm wondering if there is a reason that you can highlight for that?


JUSTINE HENIN: It's easier for European player, I think, to play in Europe. I think that is the normal situation. I did my best results in Europe and I think it's normal. But, you know, last year, I was in Toronto and New Haven in the quarters, and this year I'm here in the quarters. So, okay, I will just try to improve my game and play better in the next tournament; but for sure it's easier for me to play in Europe.


REPORTER: Why exactly, conditions or the crowd?


JUSTINE HENIN: Conditions, mentality, I mean, it's normal, I think, it's easier for the American players to play at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. I mean that's normal.


TOUR OFFICIAL: Any more questions?


REPORTER: Did you -- I have it down here that you were broken every game in that third set, is that possible? I mean when has that ever happened to you before, or has it ever happened where you lost serve in every game?


JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, it's possible, I mean if I lost, then it's possible. No, I had chances to take my serve and I didn't serve as well like in the first set, but she started to return better and, like I said, I had my chances in a few games in the third set. So it's 6-2, it could be 6-4, it was very close. But I mean that's not the most important. I had to be more aggressive if I wanted to win the match, but she was playing very long and she didn't give me the time to organize my game in the third -- second and third sets.


TOUR OFFICIAL: Okay. Thank you.

Elleke
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:51 PM
Fourth seed Justine Henin was upset in her opening match at the New Haven Open on Wednesday, while the third seeded Jelena Dokic failed even to get on court.

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Henin slumped 7-5 6-2 against Russian Anastasia Myskina, and recent Canadian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo almost followed her out in another second round battle, before edging past Russian Elena Bovina 6-4 4-6 7-6.



But there were wins for fifth seed Martina Hingis, who overcame Alexandra Stevenson 7-5 6-4, and seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova, who rallied to beat Iva Majoli 4-6 6-4 6-1.



Henin found herself constantly on the defensive against Myskina, who recently reached two consecutive grass court finals.



After an early break, the Belgian was always struggling against her opponent's deep groundstrokes, and she ended by winning just one of the last eight points of the match.



"I'm disappointed for sure," Henin said. "I came here to play matches before the U.S. Open but that's not the reality now. But she played well and I didn't play my best tennis," she added.



"I was always behind her trying to come back. I didn't play aggressively, I was too far from my baseline because she was hitting so hard, and physically it was hard to play the match like this. I'm not strong enough to play that way."



Myskina resisted a strong challenge from Henin, especially when trying to hold on to a break in the second set.



Leading 3-2, Myskina held off seven break points before taking charge in the remainder for the match.



"I played aggressive today, and I tried to be focused for the whole match," Myskina said. "I tried to keep her on the baseline because she plays really good at the net. When she had the break points I breathed really deep and treated the important points as normal points, no big deal."

Elleke
Aug 27th, 2002, 11:28 AM
HENIN BEATS REEVES 6-1 6-2
http://www.eurosport.com/imgbk/TENNIS/ALL/MD-I86246.jpg
Eighth seed Justine Henin shrugged aside her recent indifferent form to thrash American Samantha Reeves 6-1 6-2 to reach the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday. The Belgian showed little signs of the finger fracture that hampered her build-up to the year's final grand slam event and gave the 23-year-old Reeves the run around on a sun-baked Arthur Ashe Court. Henin's one-handed backhand was in full flow as Reeves struggled to come up with the shots to put up any form of challenge. "Yeah, I'm pretty happy," smiled the Belgian after the moderate workout on a sun-baked court. "It is important to be fresh mentally and physically for the rest of the tournament."