View Full Version : Justine loves a good fight

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Oct 27th, 2003, 01:34 PM
BRUSSELS: Belgium’s Justine Henin-Hardenne, the new world number one in women’s tennis, would welcome the fearsome Williams sisters back on the court because she loves a good fight.

“I love it when the competition is as tough as possible,” she said in an interview with Le Soir newspaper Saturday. “Honestly, I will be happy when they return because it will also be a way for me to have a different kind of motivation,” she added.

Henin-Hardenne, 21, became number one after beating Jelena Dokic at the Swisscom Challenge last Sunday, replacing Belgian peer Kim Clijsters in the top spot. Serena and Venus Williams have not been in action since they contested the Wimbledon final due to injuries and both are still mourning the death of their elder sister who was shot dead in Los Angeles last month.

Henin’s assault on the top spot began in earnest at the French Open in June when she beat the then world number one Serena Williams in the semi-final before defeating Clijsters for her first grand slam title. After losing to Williams in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, Henin-Hardenne had a 22-match unbeaten run, winning tournaments in San Diego, Toronto and her second grand slam title at the US Open.

Henin-Hardenne, whose strength and speed on the court belies her dimunitive size, admitted that the absence of the Williams has helped her. “They have helped us a bit, obviously,” she said. “But, having said that....when I beat Serena in Charleston, there was a change inside me. “I understood very well how to play her and the mental state that I had to have towards her,” she added.

Henin-Hardenne said her dream was to win a Grand Slam. Serena and Venus are not expected to return to the game before the end of the year so Henin-Hardenne will not face them until January at the earliest. —Reuters

Oct 27th, 2003, 04:39 PM
it's funny how the same article appears with different names ;)

Oct 27th, 2003, 08:38 PM
:) nice :)

Oct 27th, 2003, 09:19 PM
Does anyone have a full transcript of the interview referred to in this article? If so, could you post an English version?