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ns_Henin
Aug 5th, 2003, 01:56 PM
If u have any good comments about Justine came from other professional player, ATP or WTA, or other sports, please post it here.
I think i dont have a complete comment from other player, but I know that John McEnroe was spoke some good comments about Justine ;)
Thanks 4 ur replies :wavey:

fleemke³
Aug 5th, 2003, 03:27 PM
John :D
"Justine has the best backhand in the world".

Venus Williams (after losing to Justine in Berlin in 2001): "She’s got everything it takes to become the world’s number one". :worship:

Marquis
Aug 5th, 2003, 05:30 PM
Martina Hingis: "Im so glad a player like Justine won Roland Garros!"

Brαm
Aug 5th, 2003, 05:46 PM
Andre Agassi: "Hey there, champion!" when seeing her on a practise court, a couple of weeks after Roland Garros! :)

ns_Henin
Aug 6th, 2003, 01:07 AM
Andre Agassi: "Hey there, champion!"

what kind of words thats it? teasing words or honest comments?
LOL :lol:

fleemke³
Aug 6th, 2003, 02:43 PM
Andre spoke to Justine the first time ever at Wimbledon to congratulate her for her victory :D

she's with the big ones now :D

minboy
Aug 6th, 2003, 03:59 PM
Andre didn't speak to justine for the first time at wimbledon. At rg 2001, she congratulate her after her 1/4 and said " it's great to see you play like that"

anyway,

navratilova: " it's the biggest shot in tennis today" ( about her.....guess what)
venus : " she's an artist on the court"
Henry Leconte and Guy forget couldn't stop saying how they love justine's game during this year's FO. Right before the final, Leconte said he thought kim will win but said also he wish it was justine because it would be "great for the game"
Seles : " justine is an amazing player" ( after their 1/8 match in AO 2001 )
Wayna arthurs ( i know it's only wayne arthurs but, hey, he's a player after all ) : " i love watching justine henin playing coz it's great to see what she can achieve against physically stronger player "


and i guess whe could quote john mac a thousand times here!

Juju_fan
Aug 6th, 2003, 06:59 PM
John :D
"Justine has the best backhand in the world".

Venus Williams (after losing to Justine in Berlin in 2002): "She’s got everything it takes to become the world’s number one". :worship:
Justine defeated Serena, not Venus, in Berlin 2002 ;)

But Venus was ousted in straight sets by Justine in Berlin 2001 :angel:

fleemke³
Aug 6th, 2003, 07:10 PM
Justine defeated Serena, not Venus, in Berlin 2002 ;)

But Venus was ousted in straight sets by Justine in Berlin 2001 :angel:


wooooooops :o ;)

Hingiswinsthis
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:42 AM
nice quotes guys:D i like the andre one;)

I HOPE Justine will do Arthur Ashe Kids Day b4 the US Open. Wouldn't that be a treat to the fans? (especially coz i live an hour away from Flushing Meadow;))

fleemke³
Aug 7th, 2003, 12:21 PM
"Justine is really talented. She has a formidable stroke which allows her to use the racket in a way I can't," Williams said,
describing the famed Henin backhand in an interview with La Derniere Heure newspaper.

("As for Kim Clijsters, she's very solid. She's not afraid of anything.) Both of them have the undeniable potential to become
number one in the world," she added.

Marquis
Aug 7th, 2003, 02:29 PM
:secret: Kim Clijsters= Justine is the best Clay Court player in the world.

You don't have to be a genius to figure that out, though :lol:

minboy
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:10 PM
john mac : "......and how i LOVE that girl!!!! ( during 1/8 AO 2003)

caseyl45
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:35 PM
"This girl is very good. My coach watched her a few days ago and warned me she was good. She was really dictating play."
Lindsay Davenport after beating Justine at the 1999 French Open

"It's true that Justine has the best technique, but the men hit so much harder. Nevertheless, if you see her hitting a backhand cross-court, all you can do is admire the replay."
Sabine Appelmans on Justine's backhand

"She'll be back for sure. She's a real talent."
Martina Navratilova after Justine lost the Wimbledon final in 2001

"It's pretty amazing how we started at the same thing and ended sort of always around the same ranking. I'm really happy for her. With everything she's been through in her private life already, I'm happy it all went her way."
Kim Clijsters on Justine

fleemke³
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:40 PM
I like this topic :D

ANNA KOURNIKOVA after her 6-0 6-1 loss at the AO2003): Well, we were both on the court. [...] It was -- Justine played really, really well. She didn't give me any opportunities or any chances. [... ] She started off playing really, really well. Every single point, she was fighting for it. I was always on the defense, and she was always a step ahead of me. She was being -- she was playing aggressive.

minboy
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:00 PM
J CAP, asked if she had ever seen such a 'lethal backhand' : "she's always had that backhand......but today it was everything!!" ( after wimby 1/2 2001 )

S.testud : " it's gonna take some time until the top-players find some weaknesses in her game" ( after gold coast final 2001 )

minboy
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:03 PM
guy forget : " ...that backhand, this is gold in tablets" ( well i don't know how to translate it, but in french there is an expression which says " c'est de l'or en barre", which means this is 'pure gold' or something)

pigam
Aug 9th, 2003, 09:09 AM
Serena Williams :eek: , after she won (that explains a lot ;) ) her semi-final match against Justine at Wimbledon "I think she's a good player, I think she's nice person :) "

Elleke
Aug 9th, 2003, 02:11 PM
:hearts: @ this thread!
great idea :D
it's good to see even ATP players giving nice comments about Justine :angel:

ns_Henin
Aug 10th, 2003, 12:32 AM
Martina Hingis: "Im so glad a player like Justine won Roland Garros!"

I think at the beginning of this season, Martina said that the one and only player who will stop the williams sisters is Kim. But she's not Kim, she's our Justine :hearts:
Justine ends Serena's 21 winning streak, Justine ends Serena's Slams streak, and Amazingly she's one of the most titlist this year with 5 titles :D C'mon JUsTinE, take the US open title to your bracket ;)

Marquis
Aug 13th, 2003, 07:40 AM
Kim Clijsters: "Justine will become the number 1 in the world too"

fleemke³
Aug 29th, 2003, 04:09 PM
At her press conference Martina was asked which player she would like to coach. On the man's side she said Roger Federer: "That would be easy. He has got it all already" and on the woman's side she chose Justine: "I like the way she uses the court and exploit it further. She would be the most fun to coach with her ability and the way she plays already"

:D Thx Deuce ;)

minboy
Aug 29th, 2003, 04:20 PM
Which press conference?

fleemke³
Aug 29th, 2003, 05:46 PM
You can see it on the site from the usopen :)

minboy
Aug 29th, 2003, 05:56 PM
Tx, i thought you were talkin' about martina hingis

fleemke³
Sep 7th, 2003, 09:20 PM
"She is sort of a Martina Hingis with power," Martina Navratilova noted Friday.

:worship:

xin
Sep 10th, 2003, 05:22 AM
wow, a great read. Thanks a lot!!!

Lady
Sep 10th, 2003, 09:35 PM
:d

pigam
Sep 11th, 2003, 11:07 AM
Andy Roddick told the press he was inspired by Justine's great match against Capriati, to fight of a match point against Nalbandian...
(I don't really like Roddick and would have preferred to see Nalbandian winning, but hey ;) it's a nice comment from andy. Now Justine is even inspiiring to the nr 4 in Men's tennis, how great is she!! :worship: !!!)

Marquis
Sep 23rd, 2003, 04:33 PM
Martina Navratilova at the US open:
-Justine took tennis to another dimension
-I've never seen anyone fight that hard, man or woman

You say it best, Martina! :hearts:

Marquis
Sep 23rd, 2003, 04:35 PM
Andy Roddick told the press he was inspired by Justine's great match against Capriati, to fight of a match point against Nalbandian...
(I don't really like Roddick and would have preferred to see Nalbandian winning, but hey ;) it's a nice comment from andy. Now Justine is even inspiiring to the nr 4 in Men's tennis, how great is she!! :worship: !!!)


She inspires the number 2 too (= Ferrero), Pigam. He's a big fan of her game.

fleemke³
Sep 23rd, 2003, 05:46 PM
:bounce:

minboy
Sep 23rd, 2003, 09:28 PM
Martina Navratilova at the US open:
-Justine took tennis to another dimension
-I've never seen anyone fight that hard, man or woman

You say it best, Martina! :hearts:

when you read the whole transcript of m. navratilova's last interview at the us open, she's like :bowdown: :bowdown: about justine!!!

2 or 3 comments heard on eurosport france the last few weeks:
-from sarah pitkowski : " looking for the us champ ? Don't look any further, her she is !!! ( she said that during toronto )
-still pitkowski : " 3 matches to go for justine to be the NY queen" ( right after the safina match )
well, pitkowski was the first ever victim of justine ( antwerpen 1999 ), so she knew what she was talking about!!

-arnaud boetsch, commentating the us final, said about a million time "what a HUGE heart she's got" ( and that man won a thrilling 5 sets last match in the davis cup final in 1996, saving 8 or 9 match points on the way )

And there is also that man commentating RG on french television, Jean pol Lothe ( i'm sure nobody has ever heard of him here ). He's the former captain of french davis cup team ( in the 80's ), he's very very respected in france, but he's also , and mostly, the man who DISCOVERED justine when she was 7 ! He was doing scouting job for the AFT , and discovered our idol. He didn't say it by himself, it's an other commentator who once said" don't be so modest, if she( justine ) is there, it is partly because of you. "
well, back to the topic, i hope you guys will have the chance to hear his comments during a match of justine because he's like :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: about her!!! i've watched the rg final a thousand times just to hear him talk about justine!

minboy
Sep 23rd, 2003, 09:33 PM
She inspires the number 2 too (= Ferrero), Pigam. He's a big fan of her game.

really?
where did you learn that? ( just curious )

Marquis
Sep 24th, 2003, 08:23 AM
really?
where did you learn that? ( just curious )

Ferrero even attended Justines final against Kim at the US Open. (and I believe he did so too in Roland Garros but I'm not a 100% sure)

ns_Henin
Sep 24th, 2003, 01:03 PM
And Justine attended roddick-ferrero final ;) :hearts: :)

Lady
Sep 24th, 2003, 05:43 PM
I remember Justine talking about Ferrero during Dubai this year ;) I guess they have huge respect for each other :D They are King & Quenn of clay courts :worship:

Allez-H
Oct 11th, 2003, 02:42 PM
Just asking did Juan-Carlos ever said something about Justine in public?If he did what did he say?

schris
Oct 11th, 2003, 11:05 PM
any comments about Justine came from Steffi Graf - her idol ????

Hingiswinsthis
Oct 12th, 2003, 05:33 AM
yes, I was watching the men's final and I was very happy to see Justine and Pierre Yves supporting the boys. I'm also interested about Steffi Graf's quotes on JuJu:D

greg²
Oct 13th, 2003, 12:33 PM
"Justine is the best of the world, nobody can beat her when she plays like this" (Myself :p)

fleemke³
Oct 17th, 2003, 02:16 PM
Greg Rusedski was asked "which player do you love to watch?" his answer: JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE "I love watching her play"

Ok from now one I hate Rusedski just a little bit less :angel:

Allez-H
Oct 17th, 2003, 04:41 PM
When did Greg say that

Lady
Oct 18th, 2003, 10:31 AM
Greg Rusedski was asked "which player do you love to watch?" his answer: JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE "I love watching her play"

Ok from now one I hate Rusedski just a little bit less :angel:

Exactly, fleemke!! :kiss: :D Now I don't like Greg a little bit less too :angel: :p :D

greg²
Oct 18th, 2003, 10:43 AM
thx Lady :p Like you too :p

Lady
Oct 18th, 2003, 04:29 PM
thx Lady :p Like you too :p

:haha: :lol:

I really like YOU, greg! :kiss: :hearts:

ns_Henin
Oct 19th, 2003, 01:17 AM
Momo said Justine deserves the sanex trophy :D
Kim said Justine probably the most improved player of the tour :)
Come on Justine!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

fleemke³
Oct 19th, 2003, 06:04 PM
"She has played consistently and won two grand slams this year so she definitely deserves it. Kim has played very consistently too but maybe Justine deserves a little bit more than Kim," said Dokic

:)

Lady
Oct 25th, 2003, 11:32 AM
“I knew that Justine would reach the highest level. She made her dream come true, that’s fabulous. And also well-deserved. Justine is a real ambassadrice for women’s tennis, she’s very passionate, a real example. That’s exactly what women’s tennis and sports in general need.”

Nathalie Tauziat, "marraine tennistique" of Justine since her debut on the court.

Lady
Oct 25th, 2003, 11:33 AM
"You filled me with great joy when you accepted me to write a book about your life, but I never imagined you would have reached the top so quickly. I did know that you had what it takes to realize your dream. When you beat Serena Williams in the semis at Roland Garros, that’s when I knew that this year would be exceptional. You deserve that number one place, because you managed to overcome all those obstacles and you have worked hard. And ofcourse, you had faith in Carlos and Pierre-Yves. Congratulations for this logic and well-deserved result!"
Not a player, but still...
Patrick Haumont, Co-author of the book « Le bonheur au bout du court » in Luc Pire editions.

caseyl45
Oct 25th, 2003, 09:16 PM
"Thank you, Justine Henin-Hardenne, for making me eat my words."
Chris Evert in Tennis Magazine

Allez-H
Oct 26th, 2003, 02:46 PM
"Thank you, Justine Henin-Hardenne, for making me eat my words."
Chris Evert in Tennis Magazine
WHAT WORDS!!!!!

Lady
Oct 26th, 2003, 03:02 PM
"Thank you, Justine Henin-Hardenne, for making me eat my words."
Chris Evert in Tennis Magazine

:haha:

Princess Fiona
Oct 26th, 2003, 04:17 PM
Greg Rusedski was asked "which player do you love to watch?" his answer: JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE "I love watching her play"

Ok from now one I hate Rusedski just a little bit less :angel:

Greg Rusedski said that? Wowwww...

Go Greg!! :) ;)

ns_Henin
Oct 26th, 2003, 09:51 PM
:wavey: Hi Princess Fiona :kiss:

Princess Fiona
Oct 28th, 2003, 07:13 PM
:wavey: Hi Princess Fiona :kiss:

Hi!! :kiss: Greetings to you... :) :wavey:

fleemke³
Dec 1st, 2003, 07:48 PM
Kim Clijsters:"I sure hope that Justine takes gold in Athens and that the others take a lot of medals as well."

caseyl45
Dec 9th, 2003, 12:12 AM
"On the women's side, I like the way Justine Henin-Hardenne hits the one-handed backhand because that's becoming such a rare shot now."
Stefan Edberg, talking about which current players he likes. (On the men's side, he picked Federer.)

fleemke³
Dec 9th, 2003, 01:04 PM
this is by far one of the best topics in Justine time :worship: I love it :D

ok I also loved the 'countdown to winning Roland Garros' lol :D

The Crow
Dec 9th, 2003, 01:10 PM
"On the women's side, I like the way Justine Henin-Hardenne hits the one-handed backhand because that's becoming such a rare shot now."
Stefan Edberg, talking about which current players he likes. (On the men's side, he picked Federer.)

Stefan :D :bounce: :clap2:

Allez-H
Dec 9th, 2003, 01:12 PM
"On the women's side, I like the way Justine Henin-Hardenne hits the one-handed backhand because that's becoming such a rare shot now."
Stefan Edberg, talking about which current players he likes. (On the men's side, he picked Federer.)
Justine fan of Stefan -Stefan fan of Justine ;)

caseyl45
Dec 11th, 2003, 04:13 PM
Justine (Henin-Hardenne), she had a great year and she's also an adidas girl. I think that she was one of the small players and I'm very happy to her see, still, competing against the tall girls. And I thought it was great to see her win those two Grand Slams and she deserved the No. 1 ranking at the end of the year.
Martina Hingis, talking about which active players she likes (Justine and Kim Clijsters are her favorites.)

fleemke³
Dec 11th, 2003, 05:47 PM
:D

kosmikgroove
Dec 11th, 2003, 11:03 PM
WHAT WORDS!!!!!

"Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. Two years ago I declared that we had seen the last of the 5-foot-6 Grand Slam champion. Martina Hingis was buckling under the power and size of the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport, and Jennifer Capriati, and I thought that a player would need height as much as a big forehand to be successful.

Well, thank you, Justine Henin-Hardenne, who’s not quite 5-foot-6, for making me eat my words."

You can read the fulll article here: http://www.tennis.com/ProGame/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=45447&itype=1296

Allez-H
Dec 12th, 2003, 01:09 PM
"Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. Two years ago I declared that we had seen the last of the 5-foot-6 Grand Slam champion. Martina Hingis was buckling under the power and size of the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport, and Jennifer Capriati, and I thought that a player would need height as much as a big forehand to be successful.

Well, thank you, Justine Henin-Hardenne, who’s not quite 5-foot-6, for making me eat my words."

You can read the fulll article here: http://www.tennis.com/ProGame/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=45447&itype=1296
Thanks for the info,eventhough I already had figured it out.

But still :kiss:

Crazy_Fool
Dec 12th, 2003, 02:11 PM
Yes Justine certainly keeps proving ppl wrong! And i love it!

Power aint everything :bounce:

ns_Henin
Dec 13th, 2003, 01:54 PM
Justine :bounce:

fleemke³
Dec 13th, 2003, 10:32 PM
It feels great to support the right girl :cool:

Greenout
Dec 15th, 2003, 06:20 AM
Where's the comments from 2003? lol.

I heard about Greg's comment from the Brit
commentators Sam Smith on EuroSport. Someone
asked him what he thought of Roddick and Greg
said that he loves watching Justine Henin play; and not
the young guys on the ATP. lol.

Wojtek
Dec 20th, 2003, 08:02 AM
http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/FrenchGroup050702.jpg

This pic is from last year Berlin event. Great pic.

Come-on-kim
Dec 20th, 2003, 08:34 AM
"I'd like also to congratulate Justine for her Sportwoman of the year title. She really deserves it, she's been without any doubts the best this year." Kim Clijsters

Lady
Dec 20th, 2003, 02:15 PM
Thank you, Come-on-Kim :kiss:

lilly
Dec 20th, 2003, 04:56 PM
Serena Williams :eek: , after she won (that explains a lot ;) ) her semi-final match against Justine at Wimbledon "I think she's a good player, I think she's nice person :) "

She really said that after RG? That's nice to hear, cause with her fans going on and on about it on this board you ould think something else. Made me think about on how Serena defended her feelings towards justine in every pressconference in Wimbledon, but then again: we don't know what she really thinks.

Lady
Jan 6th, 2004, 11:57 AM
"I congratulate Justine on her number one spot and on the two fantastic victories in Paris and New York.
It’s the first time that a Belgian player wins two Grand Slams. That makes a nice signboard for Belgian tennis.
She played a beautiful tennis season, keep up the good work!"

Els Callens.

Lady
Jan 6th, 2004, 11:58 AM
Dear Justine,
A fabulous 2003 has made at least two of your childhood dreams come true. They were dreams you had for a very long time and I got to know them thanks to our encounters. But they weren’t just any dreams! To win Roland Garros and to become the number one was a dream and a long shot. You realised them beautifully and good. I know you would give everything for your sport, but above all I know you achieved this by hard work and an extraordinary willpower. That’s what I admire so much in you. Awaiting to see you on the courts in 2004, I wish you, Pierre-Yves and Carlos happy holidays.

Sincerely,

André STEIN
President A.F.T.
Vice-president F.R.B.T.
Treasure keeper C.O.I.B.

Lady
Jan 6th, 2004, 11:58 AM
"I have already had the opportunity to congratulate Justine with her wonderful season and with her number one spot. What she did in 2003 is fantastic. I think this will give us all more strenght to work hard…"
Amélie Mauresmo

Lady
Jan 6th, 2004, 11:59 AM
"A few days ago, they asked me to describe Justine in short. It’s rather a series of images that cross my mind.

It starts (not so well!) with a first encounter in the semi finals of the Junior tournament of Roland Garros… after that (much better!!) our title of Champion of France with the Racing CF team, Justine’s early entrance in the WTA circuit in Australia, her encounter with Pierre-Yves and her marriage, her collaboration with her genious coach Carlos and her climb to the top.

Justine is to me an example of willpower, work and courage.
In the end, if I would have to summarize it in one sentence, I would say that I’m very happy to be friends with Ju."

Nathalie Dechy

Lady
Jan 6th, 2004, 12:03 PM
"Justine has a great heart, great poise under pressure - especially in her match against Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open - she's a deserving number one."

Martina Navratilova

fleemke³
Jan 6th, 2004, 02:59 PM
thx Lady :)

fleemke³
Jan 7th, 2004, 12:33 PM
The president of the WTA-Tour in Europe, emphasized the WTA’s appreciation for Justine. He called her: “someone with a big heart, as well on as off the tennis court” and donated the first check to Justine's Winners' Circle.

Lady
Jan 7th, 2004, 12:40 PM
thx Fleemke :D

Justineladivine
Jan 11th, 2004, 03:08 PM
Still from Navratilova, here is something I've picked up today off the net, about the upcoming Australian Open:
"Of course Serena and Venus didn't play after Wimbledon, but there is still a feeling that if Serena had played the rest of the year then she would have been number one.
"But I think Justine has caught up."
"Justine has a great heart, great poise under pressure - especially in her match against Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open - she's a deserving number one."
A TIP FOR DOWN UNDER
But it is Henin-Hardenne who the 59-time Grand Slam champion tips to win the Australian Open, beginning on 19th January.
"Justine is coming off a great year and will be as hungry as anyone. I think it'll be difficult for Serena because she's been away for so long.

(Then I just learned of Serena's announcement she had to pull out of AO and Venus being kicked up to 3rd seed by McNamee despite Mauresmo's protest)

cynicole
Jan 18th, 2004, 01:37 AM
Evonne Goolagong's analytical praise in The Observer (http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,10069,1125821,00.html):

'I was lucky to play in an era where we had myself and Margaret Court [who won 24 grand- slam singles], in the same way that Belgium now has Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne,' says Goolagong. 'Thirty per cent of the girls in the Getting Started Program have continued playing, and from that group, we hope to see a new Australian female champion in the future.' Goolagong says that Henin-Hardenne is the one she admires most among the present generation of female players.
'Justine has excellent timing and her serve-volley game is mixed well with her ground strokes. I always tell young players that, even in the modern era, to be the best they must learn to serve and volley. The top players have a good all round game and can't only rely on their ground strokes.'

Rub
Jan 18th, 2004, 03:25 AM
this is a great thread!

Lady
Jan 18th, 2004, 01:08 PM
Thank you, cynicole!!
Evonne :hearts:

fleemke³
Jan 19th, 2004, 08:09 PM
Mats Wilander at AO 2003

She's got such a fluid game. With her, it was just physical and mental strength that was in question. She obviously has the game, she obviously has the mental strength, and it appears that she has improved her physical strength in the past year, too. The longer she goes in the tournament, the better she will play.

fleemke³
Jan 27th, 2004, 01:03 PM
Davenport after loosing in the quaterfinals from the AO:
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I mean, I think she's, you know, definitely improved aspects of her game. I really feel like today sometimes it was more me than her. I mean, she has improved her forehand. I think she has a lot more confidence in herself and in her game because of the victories she's had.

And she's a great athlete. I mean, she gets a lot of balls back. She's obviously worked very hard at that. And, you know, athleticism certainly helps her.

caseyl45
Mar 1st, 2004, 10:36 PM
This thread needed an update, so here's a quote from Monica Seles that was a part of a short interview she did with Jon Wertheim:

"I like watching her play, I really do. You know I played her last year at the Amelia Island (S.C.) tournament and I could tell she was really confident, a different player."

fleemke³
Mar 2nd, 2004, 02:06 PM
thx Caseyl45 :D I was thinking the same last week but couldn't find a quote to bump ;)

cynicole
Mar 12th, 2004, 01:53 PM
Lloyd reports this on another JHH board:

In the latest "Australian Tennis", Margaret Court, one of the all-time greats (24 slams, one of only three women to win Grand Slam), finds women's tennis to be far too lacking in variety these days - with one exception. Guess who?

She admires our gal, describing her as " a very good timer of the ball and very gutsy". She says: " She's very fast. She doesn't let her relative shortness worry her at all. But its her timing that stands out. I don't care whether you are tall or short, it's your timing, your sharpness that's most important, and that's why Justine is not overpowered by the bigger women".

fleemke³
Mar 12th, 2004, 01:54 PM
:eek: I was just about posting the same lol ;)

Lady
Mar 12th, 2004, 05:32 PM
It's 3 of us then ;)

MarySeles
Mar 12th, 2004, 05:35 PM
Did JC Ferrero say anything good about her? :)

Lady
Mar 13th, 2004, 03:35 PM
New quote from Lindsay Davenport!! :banana:

Q. You mentioned a minute ago about working harder than you ever have. What sort of things are you doing and why the big push?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I just -- after I had my foot surgery, you know, I was just deciding really what I wanted to do about this year. Last year was really disappointing. So I think as you get older, you definitely want to spend less time on the court. We've spent so many hours standing on the baseline, I thought, I'm going to try to work harder off the court to really keep the time on my court to a useful hour and a half a day, whatever. I hired a great new trainer. He's been making me do things I never thought I'd do before.

I was pretty inspired last year actually by Justine. I think that she had a very good tennis game, obviously, but knew that she was not going to make it, and you could just see physically how hard she was working. And really that was the reason, I think, last year she had as good of a year she did.
Now I work out four or five times a week for a number of hours every day on speed and stuff I've never done before.

bubbliscious
Mar 16th, 2004, 03:04 PM
Still from Lindsay ...

Q. A couple years ago it seemed like the shift was very much towards power in the women's game, it seemed like the dominating women were going to be power players. With Justine at the top of the game now, does that say something about there's room still for finesse-type players? Is that really just as much a matter of circumstance, the fact that the Williams sisters aren't around as much?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I think it's a couple things. One, I think she has more power than people kind of give her credit for because she has a one-handed backhand and slices a few, people look at her as a finesse player. She's a pretty powerful player, as well. I mean, she's not just, you know, getting balls back in. I think she hits the ball harder than Martina used to hit it and serves a lot better and a lot more powerful.
I think it's also a reflection of Serena being out of the game. Serena was pretty dominant, No. 1. By virtue of her not playing and also Venus, it's allowed her to be 1.
Who knows what would have happened if they were both playing. Maybe she'd still be No. 1, I have no idea. But I think it made the path for her a little bit easier with them not playing the last eight months or so.

minboy
Mar 16th, 2004, 05:54 PM
Boris Becker, member of the Laureus Academy, about Justine's nomination in Best sportwoman category :

" What she has done is fantastic. Winning 3 GS in a year is exceptionnal"

( dutch speakers : does "uitzonderlijk" means "exceptionnal", or am i wrong on this? )

pigam
Mar 17th, 2004, 07:34 AM
Boris Becker, member of the Laureus Academy, about Justine's nomination in Best sportwoman category :

" What she has done is fantastic. Winning 3 GS in a year is exceptionnal"

( dutch speakers : does "uitzonderlijk" means "exceptionnal", or am i wrong on this? )
c'est tout à fait correct :)

The Crow
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Not sure if this belongs here, since it's not from current players, but might be interesting.

Tennis reporter Leighton Ginn asked Coachella Valley’s top tennis experts about the strengths and weaknesses of some of the top players at the Pacific Life Open

Rosie Casals (WTA Hall of Famer): What I appreciate most is her variety. She keeps up with anyone, she can execute at the net and she can change pace. I’m impressed with how in a power game, she is able to win tournaments, Grand Slams and be No. 1. Obviously she’s trained hard with weights physically. Her stature might be small, but she’s strong.

Peggy Michel (Wimbledon doubles winner): Whenever she goes out there to play, she has a game plan and I think it sets her apart. She has a game plan that day, and she knows how to play her opponent. When she gets down, she seems to be able to get back and that’s something you don’t see with other players today. When other players lose the first set, they go down the drain. She seems to get more determined.

Charlie Pasarell (Former ATP player, Open tournament director): I remember watching her, I think it was three years ago. I remember this little girl hitting backhands and I said ‘wow’. No one knew Justine Henin. I asked someone what was her name and I've been keeping tabs on her for some time, so I’m not surprised where she is today. I truly expected her to be here. She’s fast, talented and has a great backhand. … She’s one of the girls who can play the Williams (sisters) tough. She can play them toe-to-toe.

Jose Higueras (Former player, world-renowned coach): I think she’s made the most improvement in the last year. I think she’s stronger than she was a year-and-a-half ago. She not only moves better, but she moves better with power and hits with a better pace. Together with her improvements on the technical parts, these have made a big difference. She’s an exciting player to watch. She plays a pretty classic style, she can do pretty much anything. For her size, I think she’s a very good player and exciting to watch.

Mark Woodforde (Former top doubles player): She made some changes, and committed to becoming stronger, and realized to contend for No. 1, she had to make some changes, and she committed herself to an off-court regime. It has taken off. She’sadjusted to the extra work. You would say her past vulnerability was the forehand and the second serve, and those two shorts have become weapons. They’re not weaknesses at all. Once she played the likes of the Williams sisters, Clijsters, Davenport, Seles, (she) realized if she wanted to beat them, she had to make changes.

The Crow
Mar 19th, 2004, 01:57 PM
Oh yeah and I forgot to add I took it from a GM thread ;)

Lady
Mar 19th, 2004, 05:30 PM
It surely belongs here! :banana:

Allez-H
Mar 20th, 2004, 11:17 AM
Q.Myskina said yesterday that you had the best serve on the tour with Venus and Serena off.You played Justine recently.Is she right up there now,first and second serve,with everybody else?

Davenport:I think she has a phenomenal serve,especially given her height.It's funny ,Martina HIngis was about her height and said she was at a disadvantage because she wasn't so tall.Justine proved that no matter what size you are,you can have a good serve.I think that improving her serve and forehand are the main reasons why she was able to win the Grand Slams and get to the top.I'm going to do my best to try and attack it.But,you know,hopefully she won't have the best serving day.

.......

Q.Does Justine have the most complete game right now?
Davenport:I would say so.I mean.I think she's improved her net game quite a bit.She's always had pretty solid volleys.You know,she's a beautiful player to watch.

Q.What did you learn about yourself and Justine the last time you played eachother?
Davenport:Well,In Australia,I just started the match great.I think I was up 4-love or so.We had about three games that went to deuce a few times.I just wasn't able to win those games.I mean you have to be able to win the games that are a little bit longer and the deuce games.You've got to be able to pull some of those out.
But I coud defenitly see some areas in her game that had improved,like I said her forehand and her serve,that had previously broken down.You know,players that have all of a sudden Grand Slams under their belt certainly have a lot more confidence when they're down or big points, and she defently showed that.


:hearts:

malaye
Mar 22nd, 2004, 11:02 AM
"There are only a few players that can play me the way she did". Lindsay Davenport

LadySamurai
Mar 23rd, 2004, 06:45 AM
Sweet. :kiss: Now I know where to go if I suffer a JHH related anxiety attack.

caseyl45
Mar 29th, 2004, 01:17 AM
Here's one from Vera Zvonareva during Indian Wells:

"She has a great game. She has a great serve
and great backhand, even if it's a one-handed backhand, and then
she moves really good on the court. I think she just has lots of
confidence because she played lots of tough matches with top 10
players and she was winning those matches."

Allez-H
Mar 29th, 2004, 12:20 PM
Here's one from Vera Zvonareva during Indian Wells:

"She has a great game. She has a great serve
and great backhand, even if it's a one-handed backhand, and then
she moves really good on the court. I think she just has lots of
confidence because she played lots of tough matches with top 10
players and she was winning those matches."
Ow Vera my other fav :kiss:
LOve you babe,now take some lessons of Justine's confidence and attitude on court and you'll be a biggie too.

lauryn
Apr 17th, 2004, 11:22 PM
Jelena Kostanic asked about how to play against the Williams:

I think that some players are pretty limited playing against them because they cannot change the way they play because they play maybe the same, but the sisters are much quicker and their balls are more powerful. They anticipate better.

So I think those players, it's really tough for them to beat them or they can't even do it. But I think Henin is like a cure for them because she can play basically. She's such a talented girl. She can play whatever she needs to play, and she knows that if she mixes it up, and she's so fast on the court, she can cope with them, and I think if they both play best tennis, it's a great match. They cannot blow her away, that's for sure.

Greenout
Apr 17th, 2004, 11:49 PM
Did she end her interview with ..."For Sure". It's highly contageous. ;)

Lady
Apr 18th, 2004, 12:00 PM
Wow!! Jelena was not asked about JuJu, and she still say all those great things!!
Ilike you girl, now! I'll root for you! (And I saw her on TV yesterday, really cute girl!) ;)

kiekeboe
Apr 18th, 2004, 02:18 PM
Really nice :)

space_eef03
Apr 18th, 2004, 02:19 PM
Jelena Kostanic asked about how to play against the Williams:

She's such a talented girl. She can play whatever she needs to play, and she knows that if she mixes it up, and she's so fast on the court, she can cope with them, and I think if they both play best tennis, it's a great match. They cannot blow her away, that's for sure.[/b]
Totally agree with Jelena! Justine is the most talented player for the moment and the only one who can stop the Williams sisters. :cool:

justine&coria
Apr 18th, 2004, 02:23 PM
Totally agree with Jelena! Justine is the most talented player for the moment and the only one who can stop the Williams sisters. :cool:
so are the Williams still the reference ? :confused: ;)

space_eef03
Apr 18th, 2004, 03:30 PM
so are the Williams still the reference ? :confused: ;)
I think so. For the moment there not back on track but when they are...
Just hope Juju will play again soon (2 weeks rest they say, hope that that's really true). :)
:wavey:

saki
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:17 PM
The Greatest One :worship: :worship: on the Great One :worship: ;)

Fantastic to hear such positive comments on my current favourite player from my retired favourite player!

----


"I'm impressed with what (Henin-Hardenne) has achieved the last few years, and I love her game. She's the only one that I haven't played kind of, so maybe I'll pick her," Graf said when asked to pick her favorite player. First of all, she has a one-handed backhand and that's not around much anymore."

In addition to the one-handed backhand, both Graf and Henin-Hardenne are adidas and Wilson players who both earned respect for their work-ethic and intensity.

"She's somebody that really, she works physically hard, she's very committed to the sport," Graf said of Henin-Hardenne. "She tried different aspects to make herself better. She maybe doesn't have the physical stature; she's not as tall as other players, but she'll make it up with speed, with working out a little more, and you can see it. I find little similarity in that sense in how I approach the game, and I guess that that's where I look at her and say, well, it's great to have the desire, and then obviously, there's a passion in how she plays and the dedication."

In the home of the Magic Kingdom — Orlando, Florida — tennis royalty met as the former No. 1 came face-to-face with the woman who now wears the crown last month.

"We were both there for a big convention for Adidas, and we were kind of waiting for our parts, basically, in that event," Graf said. "So we were just sitting around and so I just came up and said hello. We got to talk a little bit and I was asking how she's enjoying the game, and I thanked her because she did mention before that she was looking up to me as a player when she grew up. She mentioned that she was in the same airplane in Australia but she didn't feel like she wanted to intrude. I'm like, please, you can always come up and talk to me. I hope that I'm always approachable.
So we had a nice conversation, and I was just telling her that, you know, I've been watching her and been really impressed in what she has achieved."

lauryn
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:27 PM
thanks Saki! :)

love these comments from Steffi, it's great they finally met and talked

flyingmachine
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:33 PM
:yeah:

kiekeboe
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:56 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :hearts:

Lady
Apr 29th, 2004, 02:54 PM
OMG!!! I'm so happy for Justine!! :) :worship: Steffi :hearts:

Smackie
Apr 29th, 2004, 02:59 PM
I can just imagine how shy Justine would be when Steffi went up to her.

At least the greatest appreciates her talent.

Allez-H
Apr 29th, 2004, 03:58 PM
I left for school so happily this morning just because of these comments and the 'meeting' they had.I'm so happy for Justine and I'm sure she was as impressed as when Andre said:"Hi,champ" to her... :)

Greenout
Apr 29th, 2004, 03:59 PM
That's just such a great story, it made me so happy for Justine.
Finally meeting Steffi, and then being named as Steffi's favorite
player! :lol: Wow. See, everyone- Steffi understands the beauty
and appreciates all the good things about Juju that we all talk about,
yet others refuse to behold.

Fantastic story. She likes Justine's 3 grand slam efforts. No taint,
no tarnish- just superb tennis from the young champion on the rise.

minboy
Apr 29th, 2004, 04:55 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:



:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

cynicole
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Does anyone find the reports and transcript (especially the transcript) a bit wonky? The comments don't exactly match. They also couldn't bother to spell Justine's name correctly yet they get :tape: right :confused: Also, in it it sounds like Steffi doesn't recall playing Kim at all yet all the articles written about the press conference/teleconference call don't report it that way but the right way.

Also, in the transcript, someone keeps "bugging" Steffi to talk about "The Great One." Eleanor Preston, is that you?

cynicole
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:12 PM
Anyways, the same Steffi Graf comments from the "transcript" - spelling errors and all. Interesting to see how the questions were framed:
http://www.tennisfame.com/PressCenter/grafTranscript.html


Q. Is there a WTA player today whom you would really like to have gotten to play in your career, and do you see yourself in any of today's players?

STEFFI GRAF: There are not many players that I haven't played. But, you know, watching today, I got to play the Williams' sisters, and Kim Clijsters is the only one I didn't actually play, and Hardin -- I got to meet her a few weeks ago. I have to say I'm impressed with what she has achieved the last few years, and I love her game. She's another one that I haven't played, so maybe I'll pick her.

Q. With everything that the Williams' have accomplished, we are not seeing very much of them right now, whether it's a physical burnout or a mental burnout; what are your thoughts on them? And who does intrigue you, I know you mentioned Justine; I want to hear your thoughts a little bit more about her game and what you like about her?

STEFFI GRAF: First of all, she has a one handed backhand and that's not around much anymore. She's somebody that really works physically hard, she's very committed to the sport. She tried different aspects to make herself better. She maybe doesn't have the physical stature; she's not as tall as other players, but she'll make it up with speed, with working out a little more, and you can see it -- that's where I look at her and say, well, it's great to have that desire, and then there's a passion in how she plays and the dedication.

[...]

Q. You said you met Justine a few weeks ago, where was that, what was the occasion and what did you say to her?

STEFFI GRAF: We saw each other in Orlando. We were both there for a big convention for Adidas, and we were kind of waiting for our parts, basically, in that event. So we were just sitting around and so I just came up and said hello. We got to talk a little bit and I was asking how she's enjoying the game, and I thanked her because she did mention that she looked up to me as a player while she grew up. So we had a nice conversation, and I was just telling her that, you know, I've been watching her and been really impressed in what she has achieved.

pigam
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:31 PM
Thanks cynic-ole :)
Always nice to know 'the facts' ;)

Greenout
Apr 30th, 2004, 12:12 AM
Does anyone find the reports and transcript (especially the transcript) a bit wonky? The comments don't exactly match. They also couldn't bother to spell Justine's name correctly yet they get :tape: right :confused: Also, in it it sounds like Steffi doesn't recall playing Kim at all yet all the articles written about the press conference/teleconference call don't report it that way but the right way.

Also, in the transcript, someone keeps "bugging" Steffi to talk about "The Great One." Eleanor Preston, is that you?

Yes, I think it was Preston. Who else would it be? :lol: Well, at least
she got Steffi to name Justine as her "favorite player" of the moment.
Juju needs some sort of compliment from a bigger name than (ahem)
John McEnroe or Margret Court because the American press still
don't see it the way we do. It doesn't bother me that Preston asked
the 2nd JHH question because - the :tape: sisters answers were sort
of probed in 2nd questions too. (Selena Roberts was that you? )

I just get the feeling from the tone of the Q&A/article that Steffi thinks
the :tape: are lazy, and don't give it much of an effort nor see any
real "love of the game". Thank you...glad to see someone else
besides Hingis say the same thing, in a more diplomatic way. ;)

cynicole
Apr 30th, 2004, 01:32 AM
Yes, I think it was Preston. Who else would it be? :lol: Well, at least
she got Steffi to name Justine as her "favorite player" of the moment.
But that's not what she was asked. She was asked which of today's players she would have liked to have played and Steffi answers JHH because she had never played against her.


I just get the feeling from the tone of the Q&A/article that Steffi thinks
the :tape: are lazy, and don't give it much of an effort nor see any
real "love of the game". Thank you...glad to see someone else
besides Hingis say the same thing, in a more diplomatic way. ;)
I got that sense too. Given the way the players get portrayed in the media today though I don't know what is better. I mean Wx2 and others get praised for having interests other than tennis but then get blasted for not showing up so much and being self-promoting. Then you have JHH who is like their polar opposite who gets blasted for being "tennis obsessed" but then also praised for trying so hard.

I also got the sense that the person asking the questions should have just asked one question at a time rather than all these "double questions." Steffi often answered just half and either didn't touch on the other subject or had to be reminded.

ns_Henin
May 2nd, 2004, 07:40 AM
Justine & Steffi :hearts:

Greenout
May 2nd, 2004, 08:07 AM
Justine & Steffi :hearts:


Quite hilarious if you really think about it because alot of
hardcore Steffi fans, and others were choking on their
bagette's and scoffing at the mere mention of Steffi's name
and (integrity?) Justine's together in the same sentence! :rolls:

Ok- Cynicole. She didn't say that Justine was her favorite
player; but WTF we'll take whatever baited reply she was
saying. Yes, Steffi said Justine's name because if she dared to
mention someone which she played. All hell would break lose
when everyone starts to consider the implications of..

["What? she played me 20 times, and she didn't even respect
nor liked me, my game, my choking?, and I use to give her
my extra towels in the dressing rooms back in the early
1990's etc.....!" - famous WTA player X that use to play
Steffi and win half of their matches at grand slams, tier 1's.]


I do say that I'm positive that she knows about the RG 2003
incident, and could hardly call the Great One in the wrong about
that silly semi final incident against :tape:. Hey, RG 1999's final
was by far weirder, and wilder. Besides, I do think the Steffi
would be on the side of the arguement in "hey...if the crowd
reacts to your opponent in such a way that they lose
concentration and a grand slam match- too B.A.D". Right?
I dunno maybe, all those babies mellowed her out; but the Steffi
I remember was an absolute killer SHARK!.

LadySamurai
May 3rd, 2004, 09:34 AM
Well this is one Hardcore Steffi fan that is absolutely

:bigclap: :dance: :bounce: :yippee: with this comments.

I wonder how Justine felt during the conversation. I hope she fared better than her meeting with Agassi. SO happy for her :)

fleemke³
May 3rd, 2004, 06:52 PM
Thanx for posting it :worship:

ns_Henin
May 5th, 2004, 01:55 PM
Get well soon Justine :sad:
We really need you.........

fleemke³
Jun 14th, 2004, 08:18 PM
It's good to read some nice things other players said about The Boss :) So . . .


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: BUMP :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Allez-H
Jun 16th, 2004, 12:24 PM
I read all the comments again and they made me both :) and :sad:
:) because it's so nice to see how many players and legends appreciate her game,and to read all these nice comments.
:sad: because it really makes me miss her even more.I must say that until up now I've coped pretty well with her time off the Tour,but I'm really starting to miss her now.When I read that Steffi-part,I swear a whiped away a tear.I just miss her like hell,tennis isn't the same without her :sad:
I'm really hoping she'll be back by the Olympics and hopefully take a medal.It doesn't have t be the golden one,heck it doesn't have to be any medal.I just wan't to see her on court again :sad:
It's even more difficult now,because we're in a total blur (I'm sure the Justine-clan is too);We barely get any news about her.But like they say:no news means good news...Let's just hope that she's recovering very well and is taking a good long-deserved rest....We miss you girl... :hug:

Greenout
Jun 16th, 2004, 02:04 PM
I know he's not a tennis player; but can someone post those great
quotes that Eddy Merckx said about the BOSS? There was an interview
where he mentioned the great joy of watching her win.

pigam
Jun 17th, 2004, 08:36 PM
I don't know where to find that greenout :shrug:

I did hear Bjorn Borg saying something about Justine (and Kim ;) ) yesterday.
He said they are both great players and last but not least.
they have meant already very much to women's tennis


and I tend to agree with him.
Al propps to the WS for lifting the game to another level 'power and fitness wise'
but you gotta hand it to Justine and Kim for adding 'an extra dimension', and bringind
women's tennis closer to men's tennis with their technique and on court sense.
Of course that's just my humble chauvinistic opinion, but I'm happy someone like Borg is
agreeing with me :p

Greenout
Jun 18th, 2004, 01:08 AM
I don't know where to find that greenout :shrug:

I did hear Bjorn Borg saying something about Justine (and Kim ;) ) yesterday.
He said they are both great players and last but not least.
they have meant already very much to women's tennis


and I tend to agree with him.
Al propps to the WS for lifting the game to another level 'power and fitness wise'
but you gotta hand it to Justine and Kim for adding 'an extra dimension', and bringind
women's tennis closer to men's tennis with their technique and on court sense.
Of course that's just my humble chauvinistic opinion, but I'm happy someone like Borg is
agreeing with me :p

It's kind of interesting that you mention this about the BOSS and
Kimmy's technique being closer to their male counterparts, because
I feel the same way. I think we can include Amelie into this too
with her hitting style being less about arm, and lots of shoulder
rotation.

alexusjonesfan
Jun 18th, 2004, 07:46 AM
. I think we can include Amelie into this too
with her hitting style being less about arm, and lots of shoulder
rotation.
that is, when her shoulders are relaxed enough to be rotating ;)

flyingmachine
Jun 19th, 2004, 09:04 AM
I don't know where to find that greenout :shrug:

I did hear Bjorn Borg saying something about Justine (and Kim ;) ) yesterday.
He said they are both great players and last but not least.
they have meant already very much to women's tennis


and I tend to agree with him.
Al propps to the WS for lifting the game to another level 'power and fitness wise'
but you gotta hand it to Justine and Kim for adding 'an extra dimension', and bringind
women's tennis closer to men's tennis with their technique and on court sense.
Of course that's just my humble chauvinistic opinion, but I'm happy someone like Borg is
agreeing with me :p

I miss Justine. :sad: I miss her a lot. :sad: I do agree with you that Justine's game is a more closer to the men's game. Especailly when it comes to net play and technique. I hope she will be back soon cos the GM is getting boring. :yawn: Hope there is life again in the GM when Wimbeldon comes.

Allez-H
Jun 19th, 2004, 09:12 AM
I miss Justine too :sad:
I really,really hope she'll back to play the Olympics :sad:

rue
Jun 19th, 2004, 08:56 PM
I really miss her alot
She really is needed in tennis and we all await for her return

Lady
Jul 1st, 2004, 12:43 PM
Ok, after Steffi Graf, another Ju's idol - Stefan Edberg - have said nice things about Justine:

Which men and women players today do you most like to watch?

Federer because he has all the weapons and moves well. The Williams sisters have brought lots of attention to the sport of tennis. The women have had lots of personalities in recent years, which is good for tennis. It’s always good to watch the top-ranked girls. Henin-Hardenne plays the best way. She has a one-handed backhand, which is nice to see. It’s quite an unusual shot. And she is a very good athlete.

pigam
Jul 2nd, 2004, 08:01 AM
:bounce:
She will be so happy about this quote (if she ever sees it, but I think she will ;) )
Thanx Lady! :)

Lady
Aug 29th, 2004, 11:11 AM
Ok, I know that's probably Lindsay's usual nice comments to the jornalists, but it's still nice things said about Juju, so we can bump this great thread! :D

Lindsay Davenport, before US Open 2004

The 28-year-old is more interested in the new Olympic champion, Justine Henin-Hardenne, the world number one, who won the gold medal in Athens.

“I think the amount of respect I had for her on the court grew even more, by seeing that she was able to come back and be able to win such a big title,” Davenport told reporters at Flushing Meadow.

“Even though she has been off for a little while, realistically, she probably has to be the favourite.”

Greenout
Aug 29th, 2004, 11:18 AM
What no Pat Cash? :tape:

cynicole
Aug 29th, 2004, 02:39 PM
Lindsay Davenport, before US Open 2004

“I think the amount of respect I had for her on the court grew even more, by seeing that she was able to come back and be able to win such a big title,” Davenport told reporters at Flushing Meadow. As opposed to "off the court." :tape:

No, actually there was an interview with Lindsay the D-port-er where she was asked to describe her fellow top top players. When Justine was brought up, Lindsay had a one-word answer:

"Quiet."

The Boss apparently doesn't really talk with anyone other than Dechy and Momo.

Greenout
Aug 29th, 2004, 03:06 PM
Lindsay is a notorious gossip monger. :tape:
I use to be a huge supporter in the late 1990's. I've heard
tons of stories. She wields a very wide net, and knows
all the crap about everybody. If the BOSS told her something
everyone at her training club would know, her tour friends
would know, everyone at IMG in the tennis dept. would know.

cynicole
Aug 29th, 2004, 03:14 PM
Here's the context:

Davenport sat down with tr.net Matthew Cronin at Wimbledon, where she lost in the semis to fellow Robert Lansdorp student, Maria Sharapova. Davenport is the second seed at this week's Bank of the West Classic.

tr.net: I'm going to throw out some familiar names. Give me a quick description. Graf.
Lindsay Davenport: Extremely even-keeled, regardless of what's happening. Tough opponent who I was lucky enough to have great matches with. Fun to watch.

tr.net: Monica.
LD: Gritty on-court, goofy off-court. She's funny.

tr.net: Hingis.
LD: Perplexing. We've always had a good relationship, but I've never been able to figure her out. No one has to be able to walk away like she did. And the things she said - I'd just sit there and scratch my head and say, "You can't say that." But she'd say it anyway.

tr.net: Venus.
LD: Funny and ever-changing.

tr.net: Serena.
LD: Outgoing, in-your-face.

tr.net: Justine.
LD: Ah, quiet.

tr.net: Kim.
LD: Feisty, competitive, nice.

tr.net: Corina Morariu.
LD: My best friend, extremely strong.

cynicole
Aug 29th, 2004, 03:16 PM
Lindsay is a notorious gossip monger. :tape:
I use to be a huge supporter in the late 1990's. I've heard
tons of stories. She wields a very wide net, and knows
all the crap about everybody. If the BOSS told her something
everyone at her training club would know, her tour friends
would know, everyone at IMG in the tennis dept. would know.
For all we know, maybe she's gotten all her info about the Boss from Kim. ;)

Greenout
Aug 29th, 2004, 03:21 PM
Here's the context:

Davenport sat down with tr.net Matthew Cronin at Wimbledon, where she lost in the semis to fellow Robert Lansdorp student, Maria Sharapova. Davenport is the second seed at this week's Bank of the West Classic.

tr.net: I'm going to throw out some familiar names. Give me a quick description. Graf.
Lindsay Davenport: Extremely even-keeled, regardless of what's happening. Tough opponent who I was lucky enough to have great matches with. Fun to watch.

tr.net: Monica.
LD: Gritty on-court, goofy off-court. She's funny.

tr.net: Hingis.
LD: Perplexing. We've always had a good relationship, but I've never been able to figure her out. No one has to be able to walk away like she did. And the things she said - I'd just sit there and scratch my head and say, "You can't say that." But she'd say it anyway.

tr.net: Venus.
LD: Funny and ever-changing.

tr.net: Serena.
LD: Outgoing, in-your-face.

tr.net: Justine.
LD: Ah, quiet.

tr.net: Kim.
LD: Feisty, competitive, nice.

tr.net: Corina Morariu.
LD: My best friend, extremely strong.


:haha:

Really, she's very sly, and does it in her "ambassador" role.

In fact here's how you can get her to dish some gossip. If you
meet her in person, bring up a specific incident, not topic, and
name "names"- and talk about it. You'll hear stuff alright.
Don't be vague or shy, just ask away as if you already know
80% of the details yourself. Lindsay will answer, and keep her
embarrasing moment or detail out of it.

Try it folks! :)

Greenout
Aug 30th, 2004, 03:48 AM
He's not a tennis player, but rather a big sports player of sorts.

Dr. Jacques Rogge in his closing remarks of the 2004 Athens Olympics
at the Stadium calling himself a "Belgian Chauvinist" and brought up
the Gold Medal of tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne

"She refused to give up!"

He said with visible pride. :)




Wow. What an honour for the BOSS. To be mentioned in his closing
remarks at the Athens Olympics.

cynicole
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:11 AM
Was it mentioned 'coz I didn't hear it. (Then again, we had Mary C. and some dude I'd never heard of before talk over it.)

I saw the quote in an article by George Vescey. He writes some pretty good tennis articles through the year, wrote some cycling as well (dropped JHH's name in one of those too) and, of course, the Martina Nav. bio.

Greenout
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:38 AM
Was it mentioned 'coz I didn't hear it. (Then again, we had Mary C. and some dude I'd never heard of before talk over it.)

I saw the quote in an article by George Vescey. He writes some pretty good tennis articles through the year, wrote some cycling as well (dropped JHH's name in one of those too) and, of course, the Martina Nav. bio.

It was on at 3:30am in the morning. I didn't watch the ceremony; but
if George Vescey is using it as a quote than Rogge must've said it.
Agreed Vescey writes very good articles. Nice to see him
say something nice as oppose to the "evil foreigner" trumpet
blower Selena Roberts in her article about the "It girl" writing
that the BOSS's reaction in her gold medal win was very
unlike the "queen of glum". Roberts really is hung up about
the moody european image isn't she? She refuses to see her
in any other light. :rollseye:

cynicole
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:45 AM
It was on at 3:30am in the morning. I didn't watch the ceremony; but
if George Vescey is using it as a quote than Rogge must've said it.
Agreed Vescey writes very good articles. Nice to see him
say something nice as oppose to the "evil foreigner" trumpet
blower Selena Roberts in her article about the "It girl" writing
that the BOSS's reaction in her gold medal win was very
unlike the "queen of glum". Roberts really is hung up about
the moody european image isn't she? She refuses to see her
in any other light. :rollseye:
:eek: Wherefore is the Selena "Slander" Roberts article?

The Vescey article also takes quotes from a Q&A Rogge had with journalists. It's very unclear in the article which quotes came from the closing ceremonies and which came from the press conferences...though some are more obvious than others. (i.e. comments about Paul Hamm.)

cynicole
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:47 AM
No bother. I found the article. What a bitch!

Henin-Hardenne vanished for months with a viral infection. Upon her return at the Athens Games, she appeared giddy even for the queen of glum, as if she were returning to an old flame, not a laborious job.


I wonder what Roberts looks like.

:boxing:

The Crow
Aug 30th, 2004, 09:30 AM
Yep Rogge said it in his closing press-conference. He's such a great IOC-president!

cynicole
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:34 PM
Yep Rogge said it in his closing press-conference. He's such a great IOC-president! Selena Roberts thinks he's horrible:
I.O.C. Leadership Is Lacking a Pulse. Is There a Doctor in the House?
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/29/sports/olympics/29roberts.html



What else did you expect? ;)

pigam
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:39 PM
My got that Selena woman... I would love to see her ;) :hearts:
This article seems so paranoid :s or didn't I understand what it is all about :s

cynicole
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:51 PM
My got that Selena woman... I would love to see her ;) :hearts:
This article seems so paranoid :s or didn't I understand what it is all about :s It's fairly typical for a Selena Roberts article. You should have seen the Svetlana Khorkina article that was posted to non-tennis and the reaction it got. Roberts is a scandal-monger and writes articles around her own biases. It's a pity she writes for the New York Times. I shudder at the thought of all of America reading her drivel.

Too bad she couldn't get her facts straight. Rogge did make a decision in the Paul Hamm case: the results are final and Paul Hamm should keep his medal and that he will be having discussions with sports' governing bodies to prevent such bungling.

Greenout
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:56 PM
It's fairly typical for a Selena Roberts article. You should have seen the Svetlana Khorkina article that was posted to non-tennis and the reaction it got. Roberts is a scandal-monger and writes articles around her own biases. It's a pity she writes for the New York Times. I shudder at the thought of all of America reading her drivel.

Too bad she couldn't get her facts straight. Rogge did make a decision in the Paul Hamm case: the results are final and Paul Hamm should keep his medal and that he will be having discussions with sports' governing bodies to prevent such bungling.

It's odd that they let her vent venom in the New York Times, her
style of writing is more Los Angeles Times or Washington Post,
bitchy with an agenda.

Well..if the BOSS wins the US OPEN again, we can at least
enjoy a gloat on her behalf. ;)

The Crow
Aug 30th, 2004, 02:50 PM
Can't read that article (and don't want to go through that whole register procedure). Maybe it's chauvinism, but I think Rogge makes a great IOC-president. He seems to be a very fair man, but doesn't avoid the difficult issues. I don't think it's a coincidence that there are so many druggies catched in this Olympics....

Truthwillout
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:10 PM
Can't read that article (and don't want to go through that whole register procedure). Maybe it's chauvinism, but I think Rogge makes a great IOC-president. He seems to be a very fair man, but doesn't avoid the difficult issues. I don't think it's a coincidence that there are so many druggies catched in this Olympics....

There's never been so many before, actually. Check the stats. When they started out testing athletes back in Mexico they only caught one at the time :lol: :lol:
Rogge is right. A crackdown was necessary and we got just that thanks to him. Rogge rocks.

fleemke³
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:20 AM
Anastasia Myskina: "Henin is a topugh one. She will battle through. Justine has more caracter than I have, 'she will be ok'".

Allez-H
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:13 AM
Anastasia Myskina: "Henin is a topugh one. She will battle through. Justine has more caracter than I have, 'she will be ok'".
Anastacia :worship:
I must say that I really started to respect her more since the OG.She's very gracefull in defeat and extremely honest about her feelings.I hope she can battle trough these though moments and have a great indoorseason :yeah:

Greenout
Sep 27th, 2004, 10:50 AM
Ok- Here's the full quote's from Martina Hingis from La Libre 9/27/2004.
(thanks to Pigam for helping me out)

Q: You really appreciate Justine's game, don't you?

Martina Hingis: "Yes, that's right. I especially admire her
professionalism. Her entourage is very involved, that's undeniable;
it seems to play an important role in all of her successes.
It's unbelieveable! She was able to win the win the GOLD MEDAL in
Athens after so little match practice. Justine is a breathtaking player!".

fleemke³
Jan 12th, 2005, 03:03 PM
«Justine Henin était largement au-dessus des autres lors des trois premiers mois de 2004. Puis, elle s'est blessée. Pour moi, elle est la meilleure. "

Miss Davenport :)

Lady
Jan 12th, 2005, 07:10 PM
Hmm, some translation? ;)

Allez-H
Jan 12th, 2005, 07:21 PM
"Justina was largely above the others while the first 3 months of 2004.Then she injured herself...For me,she's the best"
Classy Linds :worship:

lilly
Jan 13th, 2005, 08:01 AM
found this elsewhere in the BBB On Dirk Gerlo's (journalist working for VRT radio - sports and Knack btw) question whether Kim and Justine will be able to reclaim their top spots soon:

Els Callens: :cool: "I think that their achievements were at such a high level that they will be able to keep up with the absolute top again within a month or two. They don't have to be afraid of it. :yeah: They already had the highest level and there isn't so much room for improvement anymore though. People didn't start playing a much better level of tennis during their absence."
Je hebt in al die jaren tegen alles en iedereen gespeeld. Wie heeft de grootste indruk op jou gemaakt?
CALLENS: Steffi Graf. Ze was enorm professioneel, gedreven. Ze reserveerde al een trainingsbaan om 07.00 uur 's ochtends. Dat zie ik de Williamsen niet doen. Ze was ook altijd correct, geen overdreven show, geen gezever. En technisch was ze erg sterk. Ik heb altijd genoten van haar ongelooflijke benenspel. Natuurlijk zat ze met haar back-hand, maar ze had een geweldige slice. Nu vind ik Justine Henin compleet. De zwakke punten gaan er in het tennis van tegenwoordig bijna allemaal uit.
-During all those years you've played against everything and everyone. Who has made the biggest impression?
Callens: Steffi Graf. She was truly professional, driven. She booked a training court at 7 AM. I don't see the Williams' sisters do that. She was also always correct, no exaggerated show, no bullshit. And technical she was very strong. I've always enjoyed her amazing footwork. Of course she had that backhand against her, but she had a great slice. Now I think Justine is complete. Almost all the weak point are disappearing in tennis nowadays.

fleemke³
Jan 13th, 2005, 05:55 PM
els :D :worship: :D

Allez-H
Feb 10th, 2005, 12:31 PM
I was reading an article on the net and I came across this comment by Mardy Fish:It’s crazy to say that Roger’s all about finesse. He has one of the biggest forehands in the world, one of the scariest. I just try to hit away from it every time,” says Mardy Fish, the American male who’ll rank among the most dangerous long shots when Wimbledon gets under way. He adds, “That’s true for Justine too. She hits the ball extremely hard; she hits a big ball from the back. And her backhand, it’s one of the best in the game, period.”

:worship:

Lady
Feb 10th, 2005, 02:06 PM
:eek:
Thanks for that, Nora!!

pigam
Feb 10th, 2005, 02:24 PM
yeah thanks "what's your (new nick)name ;)
Really nice comment
somehow I rate it a little higher when it comes from a male player :shrug:

Lady
Feb 10th, 2005, 06:00 PM
Especially when he wasn't asked about it ;)
He was asked about Roger's finesse, and he himself added Justine (also refering to her as a finesse player who is not only finesse, you know ;) )

komorli
Feb 10th, 2005, 06:47 PM
:worship:

Spunky83
Feb 11th, 2005, 07:08 AM
I was reading an article on the net and I came across this comment by Mardy Fish:It’s crazy to say that Roger’s all about finesse. He has one of the biggest forehands in the world, one of the scariest. I just try to hit away from it every time,” says Mardy Fish, the American male who’ll rank among the most dangerous long shots when Wimbledon gets under way. He adds, “That’s true for Justine too. She hits the ball extremely hard; she hits a big ball from the back. And her backhand, it’s one of the best in the game, period.”

:worship:

Cool...always liked that guy...ever since he screamed like a woman in a doubles match at Halle´04, that was fun;)

Spunky83
Feb 11th, 2005, 07:10 AM
Anastasia Myskina: "Henin is a topugh one. She will battle through. Justine has more caracter than I have, 'she will be ok'".

Justine must be some kind of miracle for Nastya...she´s way too nice that girl ;)

Greenout
Feb 11th, 2005, 09:21 AM
I guess we now have to like Mardy Fish. :lol:

pigam
Feb 11th, 2005, 09:24 AM
I guess we now have to like Mardy Fish. :lol:
I also read that he trains with Pat in Saddlebrook.
Maybe this is why it's easy for him to appreciate the BOSS.
o man :(
Now you ruined it :( ;)

Greenout
Feb 11th, 2005, 09:27 AM
Justine must be some kind of miracle for Nastya...she´s way too nice that girl ;)

Come on! Get real. We know Vampire loves to give as
well as receive. Loves to abuse Jens, and enjoys getting beatdowns
from the BOSS. Moscow Masochist! :p

lilly
Feb 11th, 2005, 12:21 PM
I guess we now have to like Mardy Fish. :lol::bolt:

mango
Feb 11th, 2005, 07:14 PM
I think ju is the most popular player amongst all the elite male players. I dont hear such great words of praise for other WTA women players from ATP players. You know in Britain ,Greg Rusedski said justine was the player he liked watching the most!

Her tennis is like a Turner work of Art! We really miss you justine, please come back! I'm fed up of seeing mediorce tennis from the likes of the russians, momo, walrus!

Greenout
Feb 17th, 2005, 01:00 AM
And from a X-Files type moment of weirdness... Don't let
your GM fans know about this one Serena! :eek:

Serena's quote from last February 2004 an American
publication SPORTS NETWORK in an interview from Philadelphia, PA.


SERENA: I think Justine is a great player. She's doing awesome--amazing.

:bolt: Hide everyone!



*Here's the article if nobody believes me and thinks I'm stoned
and smoking fumes!

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/misc/at_the_net/at_the_net_032204.htm

kosmikgroove
Feb 25th, 2005, 06:38 PM
Tracy Austin: "Justine is rarely tired these days" (during her '03 match against Dinara Safina)

i find it amusing in retrospect to where Justine is physically today, but was so true at the time!

komorli
Mar 5th, 2005, 04:40 AM
Here's what tennis magazine said about Justine, if any of you were wondering:

"Celine Dion is one of her favorite singers, but don't let that fool you. Pound for pound, the 5-foot 6 Justine Henin-Hardenne is more hard rock than easy listening. Oh, early in her career people called Henin-Hardenne mentally fragile, a choker, you name it. But the lithe native of Belgium adopted a grueling fitness regimen that fueled her confidence and put the final touch on her transformation into one of the toughest competitors since jimmy Connors.

Henin-Hardenne showed her moxie at the 2003 US Open. In the semifinals, she battled Jennifer Capriati for 3-plus hours before winning 7-6(4) in the third. Less than 24 hours and one IV drip later, she returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium and beat her compatriot Kim Clijsters for the title.

But it would be a mistake to think Henin-Hardenne is just a gutsy fighter. she's also an artist on the court: Her footwork ballistic and fluid, her inside-out forehand is as potent as any women's, and no less an authority than john McEnroe has called her backhand the best in the business. that combination of killer instinct beautiful shot-making is what sets Henin-Hardenne apart."


from TENNIS Magazine April 2005

Oh! i found out who no. 32 was. it's Tracy Austin!

Lady
Mar 5th, 2005, 09:57 AM
Thanks, komorli!! :hearts:

Allez-H
Mar 21st, 2005, 12:38 PM
From Linzi again :worship: It's actually about Justine and Kim ;)

Q. How sick are you of playing Belgians here in the finals?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I know, God, these girls, I thought for sure I could turn it around here (smiling). I mean, these two are really good players and really, really great athletes. You know, I'll keep trying and hopefully get another chance in another good final. But, you know, they both have been beset with injuries, but they both are great players.

Allez-H
Mar 21st, 2005, 12:39 PM
It's from after the IW-final BTW ;)

fleemke³
Mar 21st, 2005, 03:07 PM
I hope people will praise our Queen again soon :cool:

minboy
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:48 AM
"she does everything perfect" Elena Dementieva.

I think that desreved to be in this thread, which was down for too long!

fleemke³
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:31 PM
I loved this one too ... it was before yesterday's final :)

Elena Dementieva: "I just lost to Kim twice in a row, and I was like so happy not to see her playing this tournament, but there is another Belgian here."

Kim in her diary:
I'll be going to Poland at the end of this week and I am quite curious about it as I have never played there before. I have heard some positive notes though. The field of contenders is pretty strong as well: Mauresmo, Kuznetsova and Justine. Yesterday, I've seen a part of her final at the Charleston tournament and she was playing very well: on clay she remains difficult to beat . ;)

Greenout
May 6th, 2005, 10:06 AM
I've got one courtesy of our friend Macha at the h2hqlj site.

"I just adore watching Justine play"- *Kimiko Date


*Apparently Kimiko's a huge fan; and I suppose being an infamous
WTA player that did tons of 3 setters in which she lost the first set,
started to play at 0-2 down into the second and forcing tiebreakers
in the 3rd or endless 3rd sets to the likes of Steffi which finally
stopped at 10-8. She would enjoy Justine. :p

fleemke³
May 7th, 2005, 08:17 PM
She is like a great champion. If this is the way she is playing she is going to win all matches," said Schnyder:cool:

kiekeboe
May 8th, 2005, 08:05 PM
She is like a great champion. If this is the way she is playing she is going to win all matches," said Schnyder:cool:

:cool: :cool:

saima
May 9th, 2005, 03:04 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

shap_half
May 14th, 2005, 06:05 AM
I loved this one too ... it was before yesterday's final :)

Elena Dementieva: "I just lost to Kim twice in a row, and I was like so happy not to see her playing this tournament, but there is another Belgian here."

Kim in her diary:
I'll be going to Poland at the end of this week and I am quite curious about it as I have never played there before. I have heard some positive notes though. The field of contenders is pretty strong as well: Mauresmo, Kuznetsova and Justine. Yesterday, I've seen a part of her final at the Charleston tournament and she was playing very well: on clay she remains difficult to beat . ;)

oh kim. an green cow with no eyes could have said exactly that.

Greenout
May 16th, 2005, 10:28 AM
oh kim. an green cow with no eyes could have said exactly that.


"Justine Henin Hardenne wins alot. Moo!"- Mr. Cow
http://myxo.css.msu.edu/danimal/quiz/cow_picture.png
;)

shap_half
May 17th, 2005, 03:01 PM
:) :haha:

fleemke³
May 19th, 2005, 06:28 PM
"She reminds me in her work ethic of Lendl," ESPN analyst Patrick McEnroe said in a conference call with the media today to promote the network's French Open coverage. "Ivan had trouble with choking and when Lendl got himself so strong and fit that really enabled him to overcome the nerves. I spent some time down in Florida watching Justine work out a couple of years ago and she's just a war horse. She works so hard."

"She's somebody that really, she works physically hard, she's very committed to the sport," Graf said of Henin-Hardenne. "She tried different aspects to make herself better. She maybe doesn't have the physical stature; she's not as tall as other players, but she'll make it up with speed, with working out a little more, and you can see it. I find little similarity in that sense in how I approach the game, and I guess that that's where I look at her and say, well, it's great to have the desire, and then obviously, there's a passion in how she plays and the dedication."
:hearts:

komorli
May 19th, 2005, 08:04 PM
:worship: to get a comment like that from steffi graf is like :hearts: :bowdown:

Lady
May 20th, 2005, 07:51 AM
This belongs here (even if Pirette is not a tennis player). ;)

She’s a lime diamond, a water pearl, a paper cathedral. A giant sequoia strong as a poppy, a blotting-paper raft braving its way across the Atlantic, a crystal pickaxe chipping at granite.
If I hadn’t had the luck of already having a younger sister, I’d beg my parents to adopt her.
I could, I think, tell you about her without misrepresenting her, make you love her if you still had doubts you did.
But I won’t flout her modesty and won’t say anything which may impair the dignity of her silences, or go against her so often misunderstood choice of keeping aloof. Those so often misinterpreted silences which are but her own will to protect herself from risking yet another disappointment, yet another letdown.
What I want to tell you about her is that she has a life which has been broken all over, a heart covered with bandages, she has patched-up memories, enough pain for six lives, inconsolable moments of solitude, and she loves life with no hard feelings, no strings attached. She’s passionately Justine. I sometimes tell her she is like a character from a novel. One of these novels we indulge in thinking how good it would be if it could be true. Except that it can’t be. It’s just too much, too improbable… it must have been made up. And yet everything is true. On the day when Justine put her bag down in the hall of our house, it was altogether Pocahontas, Cinderella, Wonder Woman, Edith Piaf and Natalie Wood who walked into our lifes.
And ever since that time, we’ve just been wondering about the great joy and privilege of being in a position to accompany a living legend as she’s wending her way to an unbelievable destiny.
How about that destiny?
How could a little girl ever imagine becoming the most famous Belgian citizen in the last 175 years, without having to marry an heir to the throne that is? Being the one that made her country known for something else than a seedy criminal affair. The one that restored hope and pride to a whole generation. And some would dare blame her for moving away? Justine is the best example of our country’s inability to sincerely rejoice over her children’s success, of her embarrassing refusal to continue loving them unreservedly as they rise to the highest reaches, and most of all of her total lack of indulgence towards them at the first threat of weakness.
Are we in Belgium so prone to absolve the unworthy rather than forgive our heroes? Or have we just resigned ourselves to living in so dull a country that when one of us dazzles us with so many insolent achievements we can’t help finding them suspicious, or even despicable? For mercy’s sake let us not spit our jalousy on the flickering flames of fragile beacons such as Justine, Emilie, Amelie, Marie and all the others, for should they ever go out, our lives would suddenly grow very murky again.
Oh, I was about to forget. Justine is 22 years old. 22! How about us? Who were we? Where were we? What had we achieved… when we were 22?

minboy
May 22nd, 2005, 10:18 PM
Ok, this thread is up and for a reason!! I mean, the kind of things that actually defines what I would call " a pretty damn good reason!!". :bounce:

Be ready.











Wait, first sit down and relax!









take a deep breathe











a VERY deep breathe!!!



First, Steffi Graf said on France 2 that Justine was her "sportive" and sentimental favorite for the RG title, especially since she had serious health problem last year. Also said that Justine was her favorite current player,....all that we know already.:drool:

The :eek: part follows :

At the Adidas press conférence with Steffi and Justine, someone asked her about her record 22 GS titles. Steffi responded that it wasn't an unbreakable record, and that Justine was one of the players that could eventually break it in the future!!!!:eek: :bounce: :worship:
To be honest, she didn't say it as clearly as I make it out to be, but it did mean what I wrote! for real!!!
I don't think even the most hardcore Ju fan would even dream of it, and Steffi says it OUT LOUD!!! How cool is that exactly??:p

Ps : better not say that at GM, cause there could be some cases of sudden death among the members :devil:

Lady
May 24th, 2005, 12:56 PM
But GM needs it!! Really! ;)

ellehcar
May 24th, 2005, 01:26 PM
jhh def. martinez 6-0,4-6,6-4
but espn didnt show the entire game they started showing it at the second round where the score is 6-0,3-3

kiekeboe
May 24th, 2005, 08:41 PM
Ok, this thread is up and for a reason!! I mean, the kind of things that actually defines what I would call " a pretty damn good reason!!". :bounce:

Be ready.











Wait, first sit down and relax!









take a deep breathe











a VERY deep breathe!!!



First, Steffi Graf said on France 2 that Justine was her "sportive" and sentimental favorite for the RG title, especially since she had serious health problem last year. Also said that Justine was her favorite current player,....all that we know already.:drool:

The :eek: part follows :

At the Adidas press conférence with Steffi and Justine, someone asked her about her record 22 GS titles. Steffi responded that it wasn't an unbreakable record, and that Justine was one of the players that could eventually break it in the future!!!!:eek: :bounce: :worship:
To be honest, she didn't say it as clearly as I make it out to be, but it did mean what I wrote! for real!!!
I don't think even the most hardcore Ju fan would even dream of it, and Steffi says it OUT LOUD!!! How cool is that exactly??:p

Ps : better not say that at GM, cause there could be some cases of sudden death among the members :devil:


I saw and heard it too :bounce: :angel:

shap_half
May 30th, 2005, 08:51 PM
OMG. How am I getting badrepped in the Justine forum?

pigam
May 31st, 2005, 08:56 AM
OMG. How am I getting badrepped in the Justine forum?
:eek:

Greenout
May 31st, 2005, 09:56 AM
OMG. How am I getting badrepped in the Justine forum?

Spanish tennis fans visiting? :p




*I just gave you a "good" rep. Hope it helps. :)

Spunky83
May 31st, 2005, 03:46 PM
Q. You've been through a lot in your life, you've been through a lot of places. Justine has been through a lot the past couple years. Can you talk about her journey and the kind of respect you have for what she's done.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. I don't know the exact details. But in the past, I mean, she was out for so long and obviously really sick. So, I mean, when you're ‑‑ tennis, of course, is a very important part in life. But when you realize when, you know, someone is sick and someone thinks that they don't have a chance of getting back on the court again, they feel really bad.

I mean, and being able to achieve what she's achieved after that is absolutely an ‑‑ it's really incredible and really amazing. So a lot of respect for that. I mean, it's ‑‑ it's easy saying it in a press conference just sitting here. But I think, you know, once you get through it, and just in life in general as well, when you're younger and when you, you know, get through tough times, you know, in those situations where she was.

But those situations make you stronger, and these moments for her, you know, winning, are going to mean more. Because, I mean, I've been through a lot when I was younger and she's been through a lot. You know, it's an amazing, amazing achievement for her.

Although I don´t really like her, she´s so smart in interviews...nice to say that, on the other side, what the heck did the interviewer want?

**Jelica**
May 31st, 2005, 04:02 PM
Although I don´t really like her, she´s so smart in interviews...nice to say that, on the other side, what the heck did the interviewer want?
Nice comments by Maria :yeah:

shap_half
May 31st, 2005, 04:46 PM
Thanks for the people who gave me green points. I didn't really care about the red ones. I just found it weird that even in the H2HQ I would be hounded.

Lady
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:04 AM
Although I don´t really like her, she´s so smart in interviews...nice to say that, on the other side, what the heck did the interviewer want?

I was soooo :rolls: :haha: when i read this question! The interviewer was almost pushing her to say how much she respects Justine! :lol: And Maria (I think) was not even sure what was ALL these problems that happenned to Justine.

Lady
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:05 AM
Ok, this one surely is sincere! ;) Mary :hearts:

What does it mean, what does it say about the heart of a champion, whether it's you or Justine, what she's overcome, what you've gone through? What does it say about that that go beyond the numbers?>

MARY PIERCE: Well, I think it's a beautiful story. I think it's a great thing, you know. Look at what Justine has been through, you know. She's awesome. Like, you know, I really appreciate her and admire as a person and also as a player. She's accomplished so many things in her career and she's a great woman off the court as well.

malaye
Jun 3rd, 2005, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the people who gave me green points. I didn't really care about the red ones. I just found it weird that even in the H2HQ I would be hounded.
"You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to shap_half again" Sorry Sharp.

I ventured in GM and I've been peppered with red dots as well. And I don't even know why :confused: H2HQ should at least be a safe heaven where you can lick your wounds ;)
Very nice quotes from Mary. There is definitely a lot of respect between these two.

Greenout
Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:38 PM
Ok, this one surely is sincere! ;) Mary :hearts:

What does it mean, what does it say about the heart of a champion, whether it's you or Justine, what she's overcome, what you've gone through? What does it say about that that go beyond the numbers?>

MARY PIERCE: Well, I think it's a beautiful story. I think it's a great thing, you know. Look at what Justine has been through, you know. She's awesome. Like, you know, I really appreciate her and admire as a person and also as a player. She's accomplished so many things in her career and she's a great woman off the court as well.


I love this quote. And Mary even dare's to say the unbelieveable,
"she's a great woman off the court as well". But, you know
what? People will not want to remember or believe this. They
are so hung up and stuck with this 1 image of BOSSY, and that's
it.

It makes me laugh that people think BOSSY will ge booed by
the crowd today. What will happen is that both players will
get a standing ovation regardless who wins. Boy, are some
people going to be disappointed- this match will be a nothing,
but adoring cheers. :lol:

Spunky83
Jun 19th, 2005, 05:30 PM
Somehow I am always quoting Sharapova here (my absolute fave player;))...but I thought this was really interesting what she told THE OBSERVER in Birmingham about her loss to Justine in the French:

"I thought I did fight, but look at my face when it's three-all and look at hers. That's the difference."

Yep, she got the "point";)

komorli
Jun 19th, 2005, 07:03 PM
Amen, Maria!! :worship: (I never thought I'd do this...:o)

Hingiswinsthis
Jun 21st, 2005, 05:22 AM
I honestly believe Justine does not care much for that loss in Miami to Sharapova. I like Cliff Drysdale's comment. He was speaking as though he was Maria and he said, "okay Justine I know you were number but when you were gone, I'm the girl to beat." LOL. I really think Justine looks forward to meet Sharapova on grass....so she can dethrone her and be queen of Wimbledon :-)

kiekeboe
Jun 21st, 2005, 11:03 AM
I honestly believe Justine does not care much for that loss in Miami to Sharapova. I like Cliff Drysdale's comment. He was speaking as though he was Maria and he said, "okay Justine I know you were number but when you were gone, I'm the girl to beat." LOL. I really think Justine looks forward to meet Sharapova on grass....so she can dethrone her and be queen of Wimbledon :-)

:bounce: :bounce:

fleemke³
Jul 30th, 2005, 03:14 PM
Tis one belongs here :cool:


Quotes from Jana Novotna:

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/12084243.htm (http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/12084243.htm)

Do you wish more women today played a serve-and-volley game like yours? I don't know. It's the style of the new generation. Little by little, I think, it will come back in time if we have more players like Justine Henin[-Hardenne], who are just all-around players and have nice variety. But, when I watch women's tennis, if I see somebody come to the net, I'm jumping in front of the television. I say, "Yes! That's the way to go!"

moby
Aug 1st, 2005, 02:52 AM
If he had to choose one player of either gender to play for his life, Ted Schroeder said he would select Justine Henin-Hardenne. "Does she have guts!" he marveled.

I've been saying much the same myself, though I'd probably die of a heart attack watching her squander several matchpoints first. :p I also like how she'll stop at nothing to make sure she wins - no Miss Congeniality, please. :devil:

pigam
Aug 1st, 2005, 07:45 AM
cool quote :yeah:

minboy
Aug 1st, 2005, 10:07 AM
Who's Ted Schroeder?

moby
Aug 1st, 2005, 11:17 AM
http://www.tennisfame.com/enshrinees/ted_schroeder.html

He was a Wimbledon and US Open Champion, known as "Lucky Ted" for his escape in final sets (sounds like someone we know :p), Davis cup hero, was no. 2 in the unofficial rankings from 1946-1949. That was about as much as I gleaned from the website.

minboy
Aug 1st, 2005, 11:36 AM
Many Thanx

Lady
Aug 21st, 2005, 12:44 PM
I think it suits here:

KIM CLIJSTERS

Q. Looking ahead to tomorrow's final, talk about what you need to do against both these players, if you look ahead, not who you'd rather play, but how you need to play?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, if Justine wins, I mean, Justine , you know, she's probably the best defending player out there at the moment. She's very fit. You know, she just has this incredible touch, you know, with her hands, especially with her slice. I mean, she can just keep getting those balls back. They're very low, as well. It's not like they float up. You have to be always there expecting every ball back against her.

You know, she's improved a lot on her strength as well. She hits the ball harder than what she used to maybe two years ago. You always have to -- you know, always have to refocus and always have to -- if I compare, I think Justine is a little bit more aggressive player than Amélie , I think. Amélie is more of a player who plays with more spin I think on both shots. Amélie probably has a little bit of a better serve, I'd say.


Q. You said Justine is such a good defensive player. Are you not too bad yourself?

KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, I didn't say that.

Q. You said she's the best, though.

KIM CLIJSTERS: Well, you know, she's got the natural touch. I think I have -- I don't know. With her it just looks a little more natural, I think. I feel like I have to just put so much more effort into it.

No, she's got the slice, which I don't really use that much. She's got the great hands. She's always had the great hands, you know, with her volleys. She's just naturally a lot of touch in her game.

Nemesis
Oct 7th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Well, I didn't know where to put it, so I'll put in in here. It's not exactly a good comment, but it's rather a comment that 's VERY interesting about how the Flemish press works:

In this week's Humo (3364/40), a Belgian magazine, there's an interview about the results of a poll for young people about politics and religion. Three famous young people comment the results of the poll in a chat with the journalist.

There was a part about the relation Flanders-Wallonia. Jean-Jacques De Gucht, the son of the Belgian minister of foreign politics Karel De Gucht (BTW: my mother was kind of a friend of his wife Mireille and she went to their marriage :D ) said that he hates the fact that every match between Justine and Kim is portraited by the newspapers and tv as a "communautair" clash. He said that Henin is only our Justine when she wins or when she's not playing Kim.

Then Elodie Ouedraogo, team member of the Belgian 4x100 estafette team that reached the Athens Olympic final, said that during the Olympics, a couple of journalists wanted to let her (and others) say that Justine is only playing the Olympics to get a better image in the media. Elodie said: "Jezus, she just acted normal like the rest of us".

This is just typical :rolleyes: A confirmation of what Flemish Justine fans feel. Kim fans say: "oh, you're just pathetic. they threat her equal. you're really getting schizo". Well, it seems like we were not :rolleyes: I bet that some of those journalists were elated with her refusing to play the Fed Cup (and then going down hard like wednesday). Well, in any way, they'd try to bash her: if she participates, she's a hypocrite; if she doesn't, she's selfish.

I've already said a million of times: Flanders desperately needs some GOOD and OBJECTIVE journalists, also specialised in non-Flemish/Belgian tennis. These quotes just prove it.

Lady
Oct 7th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Well, I didn't know where to put it, so I'll put in in here. It's not exactly a good comment, but it's rather a comment that 's VERY interesting about how the Flemish press works:

In this week's Humo (3364/40), a Belgian magazine, there's an interview about the results of a poll for young people about politics and religion. Three famous young people comment the results of the poll in a chat with the journalist.

There was a part about the relation Flanders-Wallonia. Jean-Jacques De Gucht, the son of the Belgian minister of foreign politics Karel De Gucht (BTW: my mother was kind of a friend of his wife Mireille and she went to their marriage :D ) said that he hates the fact that every match between Justine and Kim is portraited by the newspapers and tv as a "communautair" clash. He said that Henin is only our Justine when she wins or when she's not playing Kim.

Then Elodie Ouedraogo, team member of the Belgian 4x100 estafette team that reached the Athens Olympic final, said that during the Olympics, a couple of journalists wanted to let her (and other) say that Justine is only playing the Olympics to get a better image in the media. Elodie said: "Jezus, she just acted normal like the rest of us".

This is just typical :rolleyes: A confirmation of what Flemish Justine fans feel. Kim fans say: "oh, you're just pathetic. they threat her equal. you're really getting schizo". Well, it seems like we were not :rolleyes: I bet that some of those journalists were elated with her refusing to play the Fed Cup (and then going down hard like wednesday). Well, in any way, they'd try to bash her: if she participates, she's a hypocrite; if she doesn't, she's selfish.

I've already said a million of times: Flanders desperately needs some GOOD and OBJECTIVE, also specialised in non-Flemish/Belgian tennis, journalists. These quotes just prove it.

Thanks, Nemesis.
This attutude from media is simply disgusting! :fiery: :mad:

cynicole
Oct 7th, 2005, 04:44 PM
It's very interesting (and disheartening), Nemesis.

Thanks for posting.

The Crow
Oct 10th, 2005, 10:44 AM
It's the media peeps. They want to sell as much as possible and that's it these days. It's disheartening I agree but I'm not surprised...

Allez-H
Oct 10th, 2005, 11:05 AM
Elodie and Jean-Jacques pretty much summed it up. It was fantastic that Justine won Gold for Belgium and everybody was so proud of our lil' Justine and proud to be a Belgian. But moments later everybody talks about how she just played it to work on her image and that Kim doesn't need that rubbish cuz she's already angelic. The whole Belgian team who met with Justine (a lot of Flemings in there) were surprised what a sweet and down-to-earth gal she was. Surprised offcourse because the only thing they heard about her in the papers is that she's a coldhearted bitch. But even with those nice comments, the press will still find a way to portrait Justine as the evil witch. And all this when she's winning, I can assure you that once she loses a match Justine is more than just the Devil in person.

Joana
Oct 10th, 2005, 07:13 PM
Perhaps not directly related to this issue, but I wonder if this attitude reflects the gap between the Walloons and the Flemmings in general?

komorli
Oct 10th, 2005, 07:47 PM
Elodie and Jean-Jacques pretty much summed it up. It was fantastic that Justine won Gold for Belgium and everybody was so proud of our lil' Justine and proud to be a Belgian. But moments later everybody talks about how she just played it to work on her image and that Kim doesn't need that rubbish cuz she's already angelic. The whole Belgian team who met with Justine (a lot of Flemings in there) were surprised what a sweet and down-to-earth gal she was. Surprised offcourse because the only thing they heard about her in the papers is that she's a coldhearted bitch. But even with those nice comments, the press will still find a way to portrait Justine as the evil witch. And all this when she's winning, I can assure you that once she loses a match Justine is more than just the Devil in person.

That's just disgusting! :fiery: :rolleyes: I'm not sure whether to call it hypocritical or something else.

Allez-H
Dec 31st, 2005, 10:55 AM
Hey, time to bump this thread with a comment from the-ever-charismatic-wondercoach Nick Bolletieri! He made this comment after yet another comparision of Justine and Martina:

And although Hingis is of similar height and build to current French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, Bollettieri does not see the Belgian's success as encouragement.

"Justine is a totally different player," he said.

"She's an explosive player. She can hit that big inside-out forehand, her serve is pretty good, her movement is superb. Her style of play bears no comparison to Hingis'."

Allez-H
Dec 31st, 2005, 10:57 AM
Oh and this image (from the same article) is quite interesting ;) we know she lkes her big serves :p (now if she would get them in once and a while :rolleyes: )

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41147000/gif/_41147326_hingis_comparison_416.gif

Fastest serve speeds from Australian Open 2005, except Henin-Hardenne (US Open 2005) and Hingis (Australian Open 2002)

komorli
Jan 1st, 2006, 09:46 PM
Daaaaang....second on that little list! :)

Now...like AH2 said, get them in. :p

Lady
Jan 14th, 2006, 10:43 AM
That one is from Fran, before the final.

Q. What is difficult against Justine?

FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE: She is very focused every point. I think that she has this very good part of her is that she is always focused. She can see the play, you know. She know always what to do and what you are doing. So I think that she has the ball and she can see inside (demonstrating a crystal ball). No, is a champion. You are not No. 1 in the world like this (snapping).

Greenout
Jan 23rd, 2006, 11:55 PM
This one is from Lindsay on playing Justine in the QF's at AO 2005

"She's just a phenomenal player. The difference from when I played here in the beginning of her career, and how she's gotten better over the years is quite outstanding. No matter what her ranking is, she's always a very feared opponent. I'm going to have to play very well." - Lindsay on Justine

purplerain
Jan 24th, 2006, 01:53 PM
this is not a real comment on justine, but i think it is interesting. It reflects Amelie's confidence on justine.

Whirlpool Fantasy Tennis: Mauresmo Makes Her Picks

One of the top contenders for the Australian Open title, Amélie Mauresmo, has revealed her picks for the upcoming new season of Whirlpool Fantasy Tennis, which gets underway on Monday, February 6. A former world No.1 who has been to just about every Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event and played just about everyone there is to play, Amélie certainly has some great insights, so use it to your advantage!

In the big-dollar Category 1, Amélie has opted for herself and reigning Roland Garros champion Justine Henin-Hardenne. These two, both former No.1s possessing some of the greatest shot variety among the world's elite, are both about to contest the quarterfinals in Melbourne, with Henin-Hardenne playing current No.1 Lindsay Davenport on Tuesday and Amélie playing Patty Schnyder on Wednesday.

In Category 2, Amélie has chosen former Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina and two of the Tour's most promising rising stars, Nicole Vaidisova and Ana Ivanovic. In Category 3, Amélie has chosen talented French compatriot Virginie Razzano, net-rushing Australian Samantha Stosur and another up-and-comer, Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek. Amélie completed her picks in Category 4 with more of the Tour's rising stars, namely Bulgarian teenager Tsvetana Pironkova, the Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko, reigning Guangzhou champion Yan Zi of China and aggressive Italian player Mara Santangelo.

As a team manager in Whirlpool Fantasy Tennis, you select a group of Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players who will earn you points depending on their results in Tour events between now and the end of the season*. The team manager with the most points at the end of the season wins an exciting trip to Madrid, Spain to catch the live action at the season-ending Tour Championships.

Greenout
Jan 26th, 2006, 03:41 PM
Thanks Purplerain- these lists are really interesting. It tells us alot about how they see the tour.

Martina picked Justine on her team too. :)

Martina Hingis opted for feisty Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne and Russian sensation Maria Sharapova. Henin-Hardenne is a four-time Grand Slam champion, most recently capturing the 2005 Roland Garros title. The 23-year-old will contest her sixth major final on Saturday at the Australian Open, having beaten Sharapova in Thursday's semifinals in three sets. The Russian teenager is a one-time Grand Slam winner, at Wimbledon in 2004, but is also one of the most consistent performers on the Tour at the majors, reaching the semis at four of the last five.

In Category 2, Martina has opted for another former No.1, seven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, as well as two of the Tour's most promising rising stars in Nicole Vaidisova and Maria Kirilenko. In Category 3, Martina has gone with China's Li Na, big-serving Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek and Australian hope Samantha Stosur. She completed her picks in Category 4 with more of the Tour's rising stars, namely the Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutuzova, Finland's Emma Laine, talented American Jamea Jackson and Bulgarian teenager Tsvetana Pironkova.

purplerain
Jan 26th, 2006, 04:17 PM
interesting. They both pick Vaidisova in Category 2, Krajicek and Stosur in 3 and Pironkova in 4.

and I can see Martina won't pick Nastya (as Amelie did) :devil: because Nastya is a "marginal player" in her mind :lol: :tape:

but all in all Justine always is the favourite :hearts:

saki
Jan 26th, 2006, 05:01 PM
Those lists are interesting. I'm amused to see that Amelie picked Ivanovic - had a lot of matches to observe her.. and that Martina picked Kirilenko - a similar (but not as good) a player as herself.

Doesn't suprise me a bit that they both picked Justine.

Allez-H
Feb 27th, 2006, 11:49 AM
This is what Bob and Mike said while a chatsession on cnn.com:

First their opinion on the AO-final:

What's your take on the Australian Open women's final?

Bob: It was great for us, because since Justine defaulted we got a ton of ESPN time and everyone [in the stands] loved it.

Mike: I sure hope it was a legitimate injury.

Bob: I think it was. It's just that you can play three more games and give the crowd their money's worth.

Mike: She's a fighter and she's proven it. But if she does it again it's really going to be bad. Everyone is talking about it. She was getting killed, so why not just finish it up and give Mauresmo a match point?

- And then they said this:

Who's your favorite WTA player to watch?

Mike: I like watching Henin.

Bob: Yeah, if I had her backhand I'd be top 10. If she were a little bigger she could go on the men's tour and crush guys with that thing. :hearts:

Nice seeing this come from male players ;)

Greenout
Mar 17th, 2006, 06:34 AM
Elena Dementieva says...

“She’s the toughest one on the tour. I was very surprised she was unable to finish her Australian Open semifinal, because I know how tough she can be. She’s always played no matter what, she’s such a great fighter. To play her is always difficult not only because of her power and speed, but because of her mental part.”

Justine Fan
Mar 17th, 2006, 08:53 AM
Elena Dementieva says...

“She’s the toughest one on the tour. I was very surprised she was unable to finish her Australian Open semifinal, because I know how tough she can be. She’s always played no matter what, she’s such a great fighter. To play her is always difficult not only because of her power and speed, but because of her mental part.”


Semi-final? You sure she wasn't talking about Kim? :fiery:

Greenout
Mar 17th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Semi-final? You sure she wasn't talking about Kim? :fiery:


:lol:

Hey- wait a minute.

I got it from this article...

http://www.********************/scoop_henin_031606.html
(Tennisr*p*******)

Matt Cronin. Figures. :tape:

Lady
Mar 17th, 2006, 04:55 PM
I'm pretty sure it's about Justine.
First of all, why Lena would be talking about Kim right now. She's playing Ju next, so that's logical.
And, 2nd of all, Kim twisted her ankle, so why Lena would be surprised she didn't finish the match.

The mistake is obviously in SF-F area.

Greenout
Mar 18th, 2006, 09:41 AM
I'm pretty sure it's about Justine.
First of all, why Lena would be talking about Kim right now. She's playing Ju next, so that's logical.
And, 2nd of all, Kim twisted her ankle, so why Lena would be surprised she didn't finish the match.

The mistake is obviously in SF-F area.


And Justine likes Elena D. Here's what she said about after the Dulko match. Only a few players get these type of words from Justine.


"Every match is different. Every situation is different. I think that tomorrow it's 50/50. It's a long time we didn't play each other. I think it's probably a year in Charleston, the final there. It's a long time. She's a very good person, too. That's someone that I like a lot"




There's a big difference for Justine between a "good player" and a "good person". :)

Allez-H
Mar 18th, 2006, 12:26 PM
Lena :hearts:

Lady
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:01 AM
Q. Elena said part of the thing about trying to beat Justine is she's the most mentally tough player on tour.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I agree.

Q. Talk about that challenge.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think she's probably -- I would say she's one of the toughest players mentally to play because she can keep her level for a long period of time. She can keep that high level.
You know, it's difficult. It's difficult to keep playing at a high level throughout a whole match - especially a three-setter. It's very difficult. I think that's what makes her very tough, is she is able to do that.

Lady
Mar 20th, 2006, 01:32 PM
Ok, so he's the full quote from Lena, and she definitely talks about Justine. ;)

Q. Is Justine considered by yourself and a lot of the players to be the most mentally tough person when she's healthy?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, probably she's the toughest one on the tour. I was very surprised that she was not able to finish her Australian Open final because I know how tough she can be on the court. She's always played no matter what, no matter how bad she's feeling. She's such a great fighter.
Yeah, to play against her, it's always very difficult. Not only because of her power and, you know, how fast she is, it's because of her mental part that she's very strong.


Q. Do you think she has more variety in her game than maybe anyone?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I think the most powerful thing about her, she is very fast. She's very fast. She has a great serve. She has the whole game is pretty solid. Yeah, she can do almost everything. She can serve and volley. She has a good slice, one-handed backhand. Yeah, I think she's -- she has a great variety in the game.

And after the match:

Q. When you went to a third set, you knew you had her, right?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: When you play against Justine, you never know what's going to happen. After this unbelievable match point that she saved at 5-4, you really think that you have to be focused till the end. You have to play every single ball with her.
No, I didn't expect any easy third set with her.