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Rtael
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:45 AM
PARIS (Reuters) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne marked her 21st birthday by getting steamed up on and off court Sunday after losing a set to Swiss Patty Schnyder before reaching the French Open quarterfinals.

The Belgian fourth seed won 6-3 2-6 6-2 and then attacked Roland Garros organizers for refusing to apply the "heat rule," which allows a 10-minute break when temperatures get too hot.

"I've suffered from the heat in the past and I think it's a shame that they refused to apply the heat rule which allows for a 10-minute break after the second set," she said.

"It's a pity because it can lead to injuries," added Henin, in the last eight in Paris for the second time after being a semifinalist two years ago.

Henin, who has beaten the world's leading two players this season -- Serena Williams in Charleston and compatriot Kim Clijsters in Berlin -- said she felt relieved to progress from a very tricky fourth round meeting in 31-degree Celsius heat.

Very tough

"At this stage, I felt that Patty Schnyder was the most dangerous opponent.

"I knew that in this kind of situation, she could be very tough to beat," the Belgian said.

Ranked world No. 9 in 1999, Schnyder has struggled to return to that standard since. She reached the quarterfinals in Paris in 1998.

Henin said she felt a completely different tournament was beginning with the second week.

"Now everybody left in the tournament can go all the way," she said.

"The good thing is that I have not had to draw on my reserves so much in the first week and hopefully the heat should not be so bad next week," she said.

Henin, a Wimbledon finalist two years ago, said her birthday had put extra pressure on her before the match.

"I was a little more stressed than usual in the morning but (her husband) Pierre-Yves (Hardenne) woke up this morning not remembering what day it was and it helped me relax and take it easy.

"But I'm very happy to have won on my 21st birthday," she said.

Mercury Rising
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:47 AM
Yeah, it's a damn shame in such conditions :(

Rtael
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:49 AM
I posted the article more because I thought her husband was being a jackass....how do you forget your wife's birthday? *tsk tsk*

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:51 AM
maybe he suprised her afterwards;)

Mercury Rising
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:52 AM
lol, she said it took him 5 minutes to realise it, that's not a big deal, he was just awake. I takes me 5 minutes to realise it's MY birtday :)

i-girl
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:54 AM
how can they not apply the heat rule? it's, you know, THE RULE:confused: ... maybe the heat/humidity ratio wasn't high enough? or do they never allow a "heat" break no matter how hot it is?

theheninfan
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:54 AM
Maybe he didn't mention it to her before the match, so it wouldn't get her more nervous...Justine said so herself, "...it helped me relax and take it easy." So you can't be that hard on Pierre-Yves. :)

Schalckske
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:54 AM
I posted the article more because I thought her husband was being a jackass....how do you forget your wife's birthday? *tsk tsk*
:rolleyes:

from the roland garros site:
Q. Can you tell us what you thought when you woke up? I want to know exactly what happened, phone calls about your birthday, so on and so forth.
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Well, it started yesterday. I got very nice messages from yesterday. Very friendly people.
I woke up with the stress due to the match. By the same token, I also remembered it was my birthday. Pierre-Yves always wakes up after me. When he just woke up, he forget. It took him a few minutes before he realized, which eased my tension in a way, because I thought this was funny.
My main priority today was to win that match. During the warming up, I was a bit more tense, a bit more nervous than usual, because I think this is another turning point in the tournament, and I was aware of that.

i think it's completely normal , when you wake up, then you are still a bit tired, not thinking on such things, just, after a few moments, you remember this, i think every one has this :rolleyes:

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:58 AM
hopefully he bought her a nice gift:)

Aussie_Kim
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:14 PM
Yeah well guys aren't good with dates like birthdays & anniversaries. My dad doesn't remember his best friends birthday & they've been friends for like over 40 years :eek:

*JR*
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:14 PM
how can they not apply the heat rule? it's, you know, THE RULE:confused: ... maybe the heat/humidity ratio wasn't high enough? or do they never allow a "heat" break no matter how hot it is?
So THAT'S why your brain is fried, playing tennis in ISR! :p

Diya
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:17 PM
You can hardly call that "forgetting" :rolleyes:

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:17 PM
btw french people don't celebrate birthdays big right? I thought they had name days wich are more important?
do french speaking belgians do the same?

that might be another reason why he didn't remember right away

treufreund
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:30 PM
:rolleyes:

Greenout
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:33 PM
It could just be that they were both
having a love hang-over from a late night
bout.

skanky~skanketta
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:50 PM
well, GO JUSTINE!makbeat chanda in the QF tomorrow!

Fantastic
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:11 PM
Does it really matter if he momentarily forgot? It seems so silly that we're making a mini-issue out of this. LOL. He remembered. That's the most important thing. It could've taken him 23 hours and 59 minutes to remember. But the point is, he remembered.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:16 PM
lol, she said it took him 5 minutes to realise it, that's not a big deal, he was just awake. I takes me 5 minutes to realise it's MY birtday :)

Hahaha! That's great!

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:19 PM
Does it really matter if he momentarily forgot? It seems so silly that we're making a mini-issue out of this. LOL. He remembered. That's the most important thing. It could've taken him 23 hours and 59 minutes to remember. But the point is, he remembered.


this is wta world. we make a drama out of anything :angel:

Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:38 PM
btw french people don't celebrate birthdays big right? I thought they had name days wich are more important?
do french speaking belgians do the same?

that might be another reason why he didn't remember right away

We don't celebrate namedays in Belgium, not even in the french speaking part (at least i think not :confused: )

I thought namedays were more important in Greece and Cyprus, but i don't think they are in France.

Josh
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:44 PM
I do think that name days are somewhat important in France and Wallonia, maybe not as important as before but still. During the weather forecast on the Walloon channels they always mention the nameday and send their best wishes to everyone with that name. :)

irma
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:46 PM
I learnt that in french in school but that's already a decade ago of course

I am getting old :o

Mercury Rising
Jun 2nd, 2003, 01:52 PM
I do think that name days are somewhat important in France and Wallonia, maybe not as important as before but still. During the weather forecast on the Walloon channels they always mention the nameday and send their best wishes to everyone with that name. :)
Actually yesterday it was Justine's nameday, she's named after the saint Justinus (or something). So it's one and the same day.

Helen Lawson
Jun 2nd, 2003, 02:09 PM
I prefer a straight husband who forgets my birthday than a closet case who gives me flowers and a card, like Ted Casablanca did to Neely one year.

bis2806
Jun 2nd, 2003, 02:24 PM
i knew Pierre is 'planning something'.... if u know what i mean :rolleyes:

Giuliano
Jun 2nd, 2003, 03:27 PM
I'm French and every year I have to recall my family that it's my nameday, even my mother forgets it... ;) It's not important anymore and way less important than birthdays.

SerenaSlam
Jun 2nd, 2003, 04:04 PM
how can they not apply the heat rule? it's, you know, THE RULE:confused: ... maybe the heat/humidity ratio wasn't high enough? or do they never allow a "heat" break no matter how hot it is?
ITS THE RULE, but its THE ROLAND GARROS, and its not THE JUSTINE HENIN championships, so she doesn't have a say. besides, if you look at the big picture. justine was the only 1 out there complaining about the heat. so really she doesn't have shit to back up a reason to apply the rule :rolleyes:

SJW
Jun 2nd, 2003, 04:06 PM
you know, when i saw the first part of this title, i thought of something else ;)

made me laugh :D

minboy
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:00 PM
we don't celebrate namedays.
off course when it's your nameday, people use to say "bonne fête" ( = best wishes ), but it's very far from celebration. I don't even know the date of my nameday, and very few people do.

birthdays are way more important

Mercury Rising
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:22 PM
we don't celebrate namedays.
off course when it's your nameday, people use to say "bonne fête" ( = best wishes ), but it's very far from celebration. I don't even know the date of my nameday, and very few people do.

birthdays are way more important
But do you all HAVE a nameday? Is there for each name a day :confused:

Nicoleke
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:29 PM
btw french people don't celebrate birthdays big right? I thought they had name days wich are more important?
do french speaking belgians do the same?

that might be another reason why he didn't remember right away
Nope, birthdays are more important in France than " names days ". Name day, is just a " bonne fête " or a post card that' s all. For birthdays, we' ve got a cake and so on .....

Nicoleke
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:31 PM
My name day is the 6 th of december :) !!!!!

Filip!
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:42 PM
ITS THE RULE, but its THE ROLAND GARROS, and its not THE JUSTINE HENIN championships, so she doesn't have a say. besides, if you look at the big picture. justine was the only 1 out there complaining about the heat. so really she doesn't have shit to back up a reason to apply the rule :rolleyes:

SerenaSlam, I think you are very frustrated...

SJW
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:04 PM
can someone tell me WTF a name day is?? :confused:

is it just the day u were named?! :confused:

Astro Jetson
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:30 PM
can someone tell me WTF a name day is?? :confused:

is it just the day u were named?! :confused:


It's a christian thing. The saint whom your name comes from is celebrated on that day. So if your name is, let's say, Peter or Petra then your name day is the 21st of may, the day of Saint Petrus.

nicky
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:21 PM
My name day is the 6 th of december :) !!!!!

:D

And you always get toys then? ;) :p

selesfan87
Jun 2nd, 2003, 09:23 PM
It could just be that they were both
having a love hang-over from a late night
bout.
Its been proven that reduces your sporting ability the day after.

minboy
Jun 2nd, 2003, 10:34 PM
But do you all HAVE a nameday? Is there for each name a day :confused:


I think so. Maybe not every single name has a day, but most of them. Sometimes several different names are "celebrated" on the same day.

I have a pretty uncommun name by french and international standards ( well, at least it was uncommun when i was born , but it's getting more and more popular.....grrr!), but still have a day for my name.

jojoseph
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:13 PM
atleast he saved himself from a night on the couch. ;)