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DOUBLEFIST
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:14 AM
Olive Branch Alert!

Okay, first, most around here know, I'm not the biggest Juju fan around here. One might even say I'm something of a hater, maybe even hater-in-chief, however...,

for someone to take that amount of time off, retool her game, make the finals of the first two tournaments back and take the UNDISPUTED WORLD #1 to 3 sets is a HELL of a job. She deserves credit for that.

I truly admired her courage for sticking to her new found aggression and believe that it will pay dividends for her later in the year.

So, well done Justine. Yes, of course, I'm glad she didn't win, but I must admit she's been impressive - scarily so at times.

flyingmachine
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:26 AM
Olive Branch Alert!

Okay, first, most around here know, I'm not the biggest Juju fan around here. One might even say I'm something of a hater, maybe even hater-in-chief, however...,

for someone to take that amount of time off, retool her game, make the finals of the first two tournaments back and take the UNDISPUTED WORLD #1 to 3 sets is a HELL of a job. She deserves credit for that.

I truly admired her courage for sticking to her new found aggression and believe that it will pay dividends for her later in the year.

So, well done Justine. Yes, of course, I'm glad she didn't win, but I must admit she's been impressive - scarily so at times.
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:

manu
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:29 AM
That's nice of you! Giving credit where it's due :yeah:

mdterp01
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Of course she did. She's a great champion and has proved that regardless of ranking, she's a top 3 player.

Olórin
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:30 AM
The way she played at the end of the 2nd is just amazing all-time great tennis. She's still got it.

I expect Justine to improve her overall level and I think Serena will need to solidify her game as well if she wants to push Justine on clay.

Arnian
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Thank you doublefist, both she and Serena showed class, style, and determination tonight. It's sad we couldn't have two winners.
Serena was incredibly gracious and they seemed to enjoy each others company.

tennisbear7
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:34 AM
:bowdown:

DOUBLEFIST
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:42 AM
The way she played at the end of the 2nd is just amazing all-time great tennis. She's still got it.

I expect Justine to improve her overall level and I think Serena will need to solidify her game as well if she wants to push Justine on clay.
Agreed. Serena can't rest on her laurels. She's gonna have to train smart over the next few months.

And yeah, Juju's form at the end of the 2nd beginning of the third had me shootin' up prayers FOR REAL!

If Juju can string together tennis like that over the course of a match, she's gonna be difficult, more so than tonight and even at Wimby. Now, Serena's level dropped during that particular time of match too, but part of it was due to the uptick in Juju's game.

Si_Hi
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:44 AM
she sure did

TSequoia01
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:48 AM
Olive Branch Alert!

Okay, first, most around here know, I'm not the biggest Juju fan around here. One might even say I'm something of a hater, maybe even hater-in-chief, however...,

for someone to take that amount of time off, retool her game, make the finals of the first two tournaments back and take the UNDISPUTED WORLD #1 to 3 sets is a HELL of a job. She deserves credit for that.

I truly admired her courage for sticking to her new found aggression and believe that it will pay dividends for her later in the year.

So, well done Justine. Yes, of course, I'm glad she didn't win, but I must admit she's been impressive - scarily so at times.

She was wasn't she. Justine's ability to exhibit all facets of tenns is amazing. Aside from her serve this night, she really dominated. Serena could emulate much of Henin's game..

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Thank you doublefist, both she and Serena showed class, style, and determination tonight. It's sad we couldn't have two winners.
Serena was incredibly gracious and they seemed to enjoy each others company.
I don't always agree with you, but I respect you as Justine fan... well most of the time.:lol:

Justine exceeded expectations from all tennis fans, not just Justine fans.

Of course there will more fights and non-sensical fighting threads aheas, but I just want to pause and take this moment to acknowledge and congratulate Justine fans.

barmaid
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Certainly Justine did play a very competitive match....all told she actually outhit Serena with her variety of shots and she also had an edge in movement....that being said...her erratic serving did her in and she has to work on that aspect of her game....the rest is just fine and its a real treat to see a player with her talent on the court once again. Congrats to both gals..let's hope we see a rematch soon!:worship:

Barmaid:wavey:

youizahoe
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Yeah she definitely reserved some respect/credit of me, but don't ask me to like her :lol:

eck
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:55 AM
:hug:

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:55 AM
:bowdown:
Just tell us how you must feel.

You are a fan of both.

Steff_forever
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:59 AM
:bowdown:
for the cooling words in an upheated atmosphere

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:59 AM
Olive Branch Alert!

Okay, first, most around here know, I'm not the biggest Juju fan around here. One might even say I'm something of a hater, maybe even hater-in-chief, however...,

for someone to take that amount of time off, retool her game, make the finals of the first two tournaments back and take the UNDISPUTED WORLD #1 to 3 sets is a HELL of a job. She deserves credit for that.

I truly admired her courage for sticking to her new found aggression and believe that it will pay dividends for her later in the year.

So, well done Justine. Yes, of course, I'm glad she didn't win, but I must admit she's been impressive - scarily so at times.
Good thread,DOUBLEFIST.

I am also glad that there was only one ressult thread( not the usual multitude that has been customary in such in recent past), which reflect both how the match went and the amount of respect fans have of Justine performance.

tennisbear7
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Just tell us how you must feel.

You are a fan of both.

I feel great and pumped up about both players and the great rivalry that will brew in the upcoming years.

Admittedly, I was going more for Justine this match. Why, I don't know. But Serena always wins my admiration for being such a mentally strong player, and someone who brings it when her back is facing the wall.

The extremist fans on both sides make it hard for me though, sometimes :help::help::help:

Matt01
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:03 PM
Justine did her herself proud. Serena did, too.

I'm looking forward to many more Slam finals between these two players.

DontGetItTwisted
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:04 PM
As a Serenafan, that is typically the kind of things you keep to yoursefl! :(

semi-joke.

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:05 PM
I feel great and pumped up about both players and the great rivalry that will brew in the upcoming years.

Admittedly, I was going more for Justine this match. Why, I don't know. But Serena always wins my admiration for being such a mentally strong player, and someone who brings it when her back is facing the wall.

The extremist fans on both sides make it hard for me though, sometimes :help::help::help:
Maybe you went for Justine because you saw her as the underdog and wanted to see if shee stil got it after 20 months absence.

Olórin
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:05 PM
As a Serenafan, that is typically the kind of things you keep to yoursefl! :(

semi-joke.

We can afford some generosity at the moment ;)
12!

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:08 PM
We can afford some generosity at the moment ;)
12!
I sincerely thinks it was nice gesture from DOUBBLEFIST part.

There is plenty of time ahead for silly fights.

DontGetItTwisted
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:08 PM
We can afford some generosity at the moment ;)
12!

Nope, he's a Venusfan too :sobbing::tape::lol:

The Crow
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:25 PM
Thanks.

And maybe I'm a bit bold here, but I think she would have won that match against everyone not named Serena Williams. So as a non-Serena fan, Serena earned my respect today as well.

Serena and Justine fans unite? :scared: :lol:

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:33 PM
Thanks.

And maybe I'm a bit bold here, but I think she would have won that match against everyone not named Serena Williams. So as a non-Serena fan, Serena earned my respect today as well.

Serena and Justine fans unite? :scared: :lol:

Well, it took a match to create a temporary "union". If they square off again in the next 3 Slams this year... maybe..peace treaty? :lol:

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:36 PM
Well, it took a match to create a temporary "union". If they square off again in the next 3 Slams this year... maybe..peace treaty? :lol:
Fear of mutual destruction can lead to unexpected forced peace.:lol:

Caralenko
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:57 PM
Definitely, and Serena for hanging tight in the third. :) Both are great champions and have what it takes to be the best in the sport.

Dandy_Warhol
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:59 PM
thanks DOUBLEFIST.

http://i46.tinypic.com/28ahiip.jpg

that was really nice of you to say. you gave credit to where it's also due.

eck
Jan 30th, 2010, 01:02 PM
Definitely, and Serena for hanging tight in the third. :) Both are great champions and have what it takes to be the best in the sport.

Those ANZ commercials have me really cracking up. :rolls:
Barbara :worship:

cogent53
Jan 30th, 2010, 01:06 PM
Thanks.

And maybe I'm a bit bold here, but I think she would have won that match against everyone not named Serena Williams.

Very very true I think! Lets face it, Serena and Justine have been the best 2 players of the last 10 years with Venus not far behind. (although I am sure some would put her up there too)

I don't think Henin fans like me can have too many complaints. No lucky shots, dirty tricks, over the top intimidation or controversy (apart from some diabolical line calling! Were the line judges in dark glasses??!)

Henin fans can be proud of the level our favourite has come back playing, but you can't deny Serena's class. Game on for the rest of 2010!:)

StephenUK
Jan 30th, 2010, 01:33 PM
I think Justine did amazingly well considering it is only her second tournament back. I think that we have a mouthwatering 2010 in prospect if Serena and Justine meet in some more GS finals. It just shows what we have been missing in the periods when both of them were out of the game. They and Venus are the class players of this generation and tennis won today. If Kim and Maria regain some form, even better!!

Well done to both Serena and Justine!!!:worship:

barmaid
Jan 30th, 2010, 03:00 PM
Yeah she definitely reserved some respect/credit of me, but don't ask me to like her :lol:

Don't you mean "deserved" ? Yeah, and that last quote works both ways too:rolleyes:

Barmaid:wavey:

Helen Lawson
Jan 30th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Fantastic match, I had some doubts about the success Justine would experience in her comeback given her size, glad I was wrong. Only downside is Justine's probably bitter as hell Kim got a slam after her return immediately and Justine fell one match short. Justine looks amazing, at least someone with a good game who is not a choke-artist will take it to Serena this year, some good matches this year I think!

moby
Jan 30th, 2010, 03:40 PM
Can we have only slam finals between them please? :crying2:

Please retire, rest of the tour.

mdterp01
Jan 30th, 2010, 03:42 PM
The x factor going forward is going to be the serve. Justine really exposes Serena in side to side movement by opening up the court. However, I think as wad discussed by some of the commentators, she tried going for too much early on and maybe should've been more patient in constructing the point and waiting for her moment. Not converting those early breaks I think was a huge factor in this match. The serve though is key for Serena, especially in the big moments. Thats what won the match for her and going forward Justine is going to have to improve that serve consistency if she has ANY shot at winning Wimbledon.

mure
Jan 30th, 2010, 04:50 PM
She did nothin special.She was on a 2 years long hiatus,then was preparing for 6 months and eventually failed
I'm no fan of Serena bit i'm glad she won the tournament.Belgians' tactics of takin two years off,refillin their batteries while other girls have to play full tiresome seasons and then attemting a "come back" fresh as ever shouldn't be rewarded for the second time.Clijsters win at Usa was enough of a tragedy allready.

Matt01
Jan 30th, 2010, 04:54 PM
She did nothin special.She was on a 2 years long hiatus,then was preparing for 6 months and eventually failed
I'm no fan of Serena bit i'm glad she won the tournament.Belgians' tactics of takin two years off,refillin their batteries while other girls have to play full tiresome seasons and then attemting a "come back" fresh as ever shouldn't be rewarded for the second time.Clijsters win at Usa was enough of a tragedy allready.


:rolleyes: You're making it really hard for me to not comment on the headcase in your avatar.

tennisbum79
Jan 30th, 2010, 04:58 PM
Can we have only slam finals between them please? :crying2:

Please retire, rest of the tour.
The other fans base of the other contenders would not appreciate it
Sharapova, Ana, Safina, Kussy, KIm, Venus, Dementieva, JJ, etc..

moby
Jan 30th, 2010, 04:59 PM
The other fans base of the other contenders would not appreciate it
Sharapova, Ana, Safina, Kussy, KIm, Venus, Dementieva, JJ, etc..They're all useless, except Venus at Wimbledon, Kim at the US Open, and Maria if she's playing well, but she's not.

franklinbouvier
Jan 30th, 2010, 05:16 PM
I really enjoyed today's match.
I've always felt they had a very healthy respect for each other and the nervousness they showed in those first few games was evidence of that.
Justine really needs to work on her serve. Though I was impressed by both their shot-making.
I think both Justine and Serena realised they were in the presence of greatness today.
*group hug*

youizahoe
Jan 30th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Don't you mean "deserved" ? Yeah, and that last quote works both ways too:rolleyes:

Barmaid:wavey:

Yeah deserved. I was tired :sobbing:

DOUBLEFIST
Jan 30th, 2010, 06:33 PM
She did nothin special.She was on a 2 years long hiatus,then was preparing for 6 months and eventually failed
I'm no fan of Serena bit i'm glad she won the tournament.Belgians' tactics of takin two years off,refillin their batteries while other girls have to play full tiresome seasons and then attemting a "come back" fresh as ever shouldn't be rewarded for the second time.Clijsters win at Usa was enough of a tragedy allready.
I've often thought that "fresh legs" "low mileage" theory held water, but I don't think that was the intent behind the "retirements." It's easy enough to for them to get the rest they need simply by scheduling fewer tournaments, being more judicious about their rest. Also, the risk of taking so much time off can't be understated.

Most admirable to me was the fact that Juju actually retooled her game and played courageously throughout, never retreating from her new found style of play.

hurricanejeanne
Jan 30th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Justine did her herself proud. Serena did, too.

I'm looking forward to many more Slam finals between these two players.

Exactly my thoughts. :D

debby
Jan 30th, 2010, 07:37 PM
The x factor going forward is going to be the serve. Justine really exposes Serena in side to side movement by opening up the court. However, I think as wad discussed by some of the commentators, she tried going for too much early on and maybe should've been more patient in constructing the point and waiting for her moment. Not converting those early breaks I think was a huge factor in this match. The serve though is key for Serena, especially in the big moments. Thats what won the match for her and going forward Justine is going to have to improve that serve consistency if she has ANY shot at winning Wimbledon.

This.:worship::worship:

BTW, great thread. Sorry for my post in the result threads, but that was just after the match and I was bitter as hell :sobbing: Honestly, Serena is one of all-time greats, and Justine is her greatest rival IMO, such a shame they don't meet more often in Slam finals, I hope Justine will climb fastly the rankings to get a high ranking :D

IMO the only thing Justine should work on is her serve, because she will fix these shots when she will play more matchs. ;)

LOL @mure :rolls:

Ryan
Jan 30th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Good start to 2010, Serena's serve is the most impressive shot in the history of tennis to me. :worship:

DOUBLEFIST
Jan 30th, 2010, 07:58 PM
The x factor going forward is going to be the serve. Justine really exposes Serena in side to side movement by opening up the court. However, I think as wad discussed by some of the commentators, she tried going for too much early on and maybe should've been more patient in constructing the point and waiting for her moment. Not converting those early breaks I think was a huge factor in this match. The serve though is key for Serena, especially in the big moments. Thats what won the match for her and going forward Justine is going to have to improve that serve consistency if she has ANY shot at winning Wimbledon.
I agree with everything except the "in side to side movement." Overall, I thought Serena defended well. When she was ran side to side, it was more a result of her not being able to gather herself together when in directly at in the middle of the court, resulting in a weak reply THEN she was moved side to side. So, the REAL issue, as ever with Serena, was FOOTWORK in the middle of the court.

I thought Justine did a good job exposing that. The only other time I've seen that tactic implemented as well was in the 2000 USO semi (or was 1/4) against Davenport.

Ju's backhand
Jan 30th, 2010, 08:54 PM
I love her :awww:

VishaalMaria
Jan 30th, 2010, 09:06 PM
I think her effort in this slam was commendable. From the very start she had to be on her game, playing a tight match against Elena who had previously won a major tournament. Justine had her struggles, but over came them, fighting and fighting hard. Sure, for her fans, it would have been a fairy-tale ending had she won the tournament but I think it's going to make Justine work extremely harder and therefore I think she'll be too tough to beat at Roland Garros.

Her grand slam chances are never far away so she shouldn't be disappointed about her past two weeks.

Marshmallow
Jan 30th, 2010, 09:26 PM
I think so too. Can ask for more than a final really, considering the eventual winner is ... just better. A proven all time great, the best player of the generation and most dominant player of the generation... coming back into dominant form.

Serena's also won a slam in 3 decades now. :cheer:

Yeah... she's just so great.

Julian
Jan 31st, 2010, 01:01 AM
I think her effort in this slam was commendable. From the very start she had to be on her game, playing a tight match against Elena who had previously won a major tournament. Justine had her struggles, but over came them, fighting and fighting hard. Sure, for her fans, it would have been a fairy-tale ending had she won the tournament but I think it's going to make Justine work extremely harder and therefore I think she'll be too tough to beat at Roland Garros.

Her grand slam chances are never far away so she shouldn't be disappointed about her past two weeks.

:worship::worship::wavey::bounce: