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petra martinnen
Feb 5th, 2010, 03:43 PM
My read on TC “The Comeback”:
Justine returned to the tour not the result of some whimsy or due to boredom and certainly NOT to be the bridesmaid in tournaments. I am concerned as a big fan of the Belgian’s that if she does not capture her beloved French or do well in London, this mother of all comebacks may end up as ill-fated as Hingis’.

The jury is out as it is early in the day, but not that early. I am worried and I imagine her camp is worried too despite all glowing praise about January results. Her 1st serve is real trouble now and she won’t win by out-hitting a Serena. Consider too that the last time she faced Serena in 2008 in Miami, she was destroyed with a love set, likewise versus Sharapova at the ’08 Aussie. A loss in the near future to Sharapova would be a major setback as well. So yes, I am worried for Justine.

Even in 2010, the first year back, she must win a few Premier events when big names appear for this comeback to be considered a success. Quarters, semis and finals are fine for an Azarenka or Wickmayer, or a Li Na but will not cut it for someone of Justine’s stature in the game.

Vaidisova Ruled
Feb 5th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Don't be such a drama queen
Few people believed that Justine could make the final with only 1 tournament played
And she will win the french open because most of the girls suck on it

thrust
Feb 5th, 2010, 04:01 PM
If she doesn't put too much pressure on herslef, plays within her physical limits, stays healthy by pacing herself, she will do fine. I doubt she will ever have another 2007 year, but winning a few torunaments and 1 Slam a year will be just fine with me. I am inclined to think that her comeback has something to do with money, so if she can make a couple million dollars a year she will be happy.

trufanjay
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:06 PM
I don't see what the big deal is. There is a 90% chance that she will win the French Open and she could win a few titles before then. We just have to wait and see.

If I were a Justine fan, I would be very worried if she lost at the French Open since she probably won't win anything else.

AcesHigh
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:12 PM
IIf I were a Justine fan, I would be very worried if she lost at the French Open since she probably won't win anything else.

:spit: as evidenced by 2003-2008

trufanjay
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:17 PM
:spit: as evidenced by 2003-2008
well....no. That obviously wouldn't support my claim since she has two US Open titles and one Australian Open title.

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:22 PM
My read on TC “The Comeback”:
Justine returned to the tour not the result of some whimsy or due to boredom and certainly NOT to be the bridesmaid in tournaments. I am concerned as a big fan of the Belgian’s that if she does not capture her beloved French or do well in London, this mother of all comebacks may end up as ill-fated as Hingis’.

The jury is out as it is early in the day, but not that early. I am worried and I imagine her camp is worried too despite all glowing praise about January results. Her 1st serve is real trouble now and she won’t win by out-hitting a Serena. Consider too that the last time she faced Serena in 2008 in Miami, she was destroyed with a love set, likewise versus Sharapova at the ’08 Aussie. A loss in the near future to Sharapova would be a major setback as well. So yes, I am worried for Justine.

Even in 2010, the first year back, she must win a few Premier events when big names appear for this comeback to be considered a success. Quarters, semis and finals are fine for an Azarenka or Wickmayer, or a Li Na but will not cut it for someone of Justine’s stature in the game.

Jeez. You really are a junior member.
Where have you been?
Justine's serve has always been a problem but she's won a majority of her slams with a first serve percentage at or around 50%.
For a few of her slams at Roland Garros, her first serve percentage was below 50% for the whole tourni.

She doesn't need to prove anything to anyone but herself, just like Serena.
If she doesn't want to win another tourni outside of the slams then that is up to her.
If she wants to use her new game at Roland Garros and win with it (which she will), that is up to her.

She is scheduling well and setting herself up for a good and consistent slam year, so I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the top 5 after the US Open.

AcesHigh
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:23 PM
well....no. That obviously wouldn't support my claim since she has two US Open titles and one Australian Open title.

like Serena and Kim, she's dangerous on all surfaces. If she loses the French, it's not like she has no chance at Wimbledon or US Open.

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:28 PM
like Serena and Kim, she's dangerous on all surfaces. If she loses the French, it's not like she has no chance at Wimbledon or US Open.

I don't really see anyone beating her at Roland Garros.
Kuzzie has a shot but she's never been the best with defending tournis.
Safina has a shot but it all depends on her back.

I think Petrova or Dementieva have the best shot to take it to her.
Serena would have to hope for another final showing because I think she isn't her best in the quarters of slams at times.

goldenlox
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:30 PM
This thread title can apply to almost any player on the tour.
It's hard to be great in pro sports.
For most of them, it's hard to just make a living.

sammy01
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:39 PM
what a load of rubbish, henin has been back 2 tournaments and has made 2 finals, both of them loses in 3 sets to the last 2 slam champions. shes not even got to play a tournament on her fave surface and hasn't even played enough tournaments to get a ranking and you are worried lmao.

if she has lost qtrs of brisbane and 2nd round of the oz open then worry away, but from what i saw in australia she will do just fine and id be shocked if she didn't win a slam this year and a couple of other titles.

trufanjay
Feb 5th, 2010, 05:41 PM
like Serena and Kim, she's dangerous on all surfaces. If she loses the French, it's not like she has no chance at Wimbledon or US Open.
Thats true but that doesn't mean she has a good chance to win on other surfaces. Maybe I phrased my statement wrong. Of course Justine can win any grand slam, but her chances are slimmer at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Serena can win the French Open but she most likely won't :lol:

miffedmax
Feb 5th, 2010, 06:03 PM
Jeez. You really are a junior member.
Where have you been?
Justine's serve has always been a problem but she's won a majority of her slams with a first serve percentage at or around 50%.
For a few of her slams at Roland Garros, her first serve percentage was below 50% for the whole tourni.

She doesn't need to prove anything to anyone but herself, just like Serena.
If she doesn't want to win another tourni outside of the slams then that is up to her.
If she wants to use her new game at Roland Garros and win with it (which she will), that is up to her.

She is scheduling well and setting herself up for a good and consistent slam year, so I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the top 5 after the US Open.

The difference between Justine's serve and, say, my beloved Lena D's pre-'07 serve is intent. Justine is going for winners on her serve, whereas Lena was being tentative. Justine's first serve percentage was low, but IF she got that first serve in she was very likely to win the point. It's a high-risk, high-reward strategy, as opposed to a "I know my serve sucks but please God just let it get over the net" prayer. Outside of slams, Lena's gone to the same approach as Justine. Her first serve approach in Sydney was pretty low, but she won.

The serve is the one area where Justine's average size puts her at a disadvantage against the bigger girls who dominate the Top 10. Even though a number of them (Wozniaki, Lena, Azarenka) actually would probably kill to have a serve as good as Justine's (or at least have it show up at majors).

DOUBLEFIST
Feb 5th, 2010, 06:13 PM
The OP's points are legit, as well as Truefanjay's. Of course everyone knows Jusine capable of winning slams other than RG, but the external pressure and speculation in the media and tennis insiders will become EXTREME. I mean simply, honestly close you eyes and imagine if Justine Henin DOESNT win Roland Garros this year! That's BIG. I don't care HOW you spin it. From that point, each slam becomes progressively more difficult, and if she were to NOT win Wimby..., well, aside from this board blowing up, doom and gloom and finger pointing surronding the governance and wisdom of her come back will reach deafeing levels n the press. She'll retire if she doesn't win the USO.

miffedmax
Feb 5th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Then I predict that there will be a huge surge of Henin fans praying for her to be on the opposite side of the draw from Dementieva this time...and for Lena to have a cakewalk route to the finals. Actually, I think most Henin fans would kill to see a Lena/Dinara collision in the semis.

tennisbum79
Feb 5th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Then I predict that there will be a huge surge of Henin fans praying for her to be on the opposite side of the draw from Dementieva this time...and for Lena to have a cakewalk route to the finals. Actually, I think most Henin fans would kill to see a Lena/Dinara collision in the semis.
I am not sure that Henin will win each time they meet.

Dementieva did not play a bad match, Justine was really on in that match.

If they meet deep in the draw, with Dementieva's consistent physical game and Justine diminishing
output from a tiring body, anything can happen.

Denise4925
Feb 5th, 2010, 10:48 PM
for god sake..try support someone like jelena dokic

:lol::lol::tape:

dscho99
Feb 5th, 2010, 10:53 PM
My read on TC “The Comeback”:
Justine returned to the tour not the result of some whimsy or due to boredom and certainly NOT to be the bridesmaid in tournaments. I am concerned as a big fan of the Belgian’s that if she does not capture her beloved French or do well in London, this mother of all comebacks may end up as ill-fated as Hingis’.

The jury is out as it is early in the day, but not that early. I am worried and I imagine her camp is worried too ...

Yes, returning after two years and then making only two finals in the first two tournaments, even losing to the #1 player in 3 sets, that's really worrysome ...

sorceress
Feb 6th, 2010, 02:45 AM
Oh dear, bit dramatic aren't we?
Bit early to cast such thoughts and as it is maybe I'm missing something but I think getting to the final in both tournaments she's played is pretty impressive.
I think her body's fine, she's looking after herself a lot more now and of course she's going to be tired at the AO when they were her first couple of tournaments back.
She'll be much fresher.

IF she loses the French then the worry can set in, but I don't think it'll matter in the scheme of things;
She wants Wimbledon.

Roookie
Feb 6th, 2010, 02:57 AM
I am concerned as a big fan of the Belgian’s
:bs:

if she does not capture her beloved French or do well in London, this mother of all comebacks may end up as ill-fated as Hingis’.


Its not the end of the world :lol:

hectopascal
Feb 6th, 2010, 03:05 AM
So far this year, Justine has been the best Belgium so you shouldn't be that worried for her.

Steff_forever
Feb 6th, 2010, 04:25 AM
what a load of rubbish, henin has been back 2 tournaments and has made 2 finals, both of them loses in 3 sets to the last 2 slam champions. shes not even got to play a tournament on her fave surface and hasn't even played enough tournaments to get a ranking and you are worried lmao.

if she has lost qtrs of brisbane and 2nd round of the oz open then worry away, but from what i saw in australia she will do just fine and id be shocked if she didn't win a slam this year and a couple of other titles.
:yeah:

I'm starting to wonder what Henin-fans really want from her after this long absence ?
Are two finals in 2 big tournaments not enough to call it a REAL COMEBACK ???? :confused:

Lindsayfan32
Feb 6th, 2010, 08:28 AM
You've got nothing to worry about. Justine making the final in the first slam she played in two years is heck of an achievement. Justine will get better with more the more tournaments she plays. She will win the French open as Serena sucks on clay. :)

Donny
Feb 6th, 2010, 08:35 AM
You've got nothing to worry about. Justine making the final in the first slam she played in two years is heck of an achievement. Justine will get better with more the more tournaments she plays. She will win the French open as Serena sucks on clay. :)

As someone who doesn't like Serena, you certainly mention her a lot. One would think you have a crush on her.