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Mironia
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:01 AM
Look what she said: ..."is not easy to be in this situation because, you know, all the other players want to beat me and they give their best on the court....." :lol: :lol:

I mean, COME ON !!! Wake up and smell the coffee...

Here is complete interview...

An interview with:


JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE


JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Thanks, John.

No, I'm happy to be in the quarters. You know, it wasn't an easy match. I had a pretty good start. I won the first set pretty easy. I was playing good tennis, a lot of intensity.

Then, yeah, at 1-all in the second set, the intensity came down a little bit and she just took her chances. She was in the court. I was a little bit too far from my baseline.

Then we saw what happened. I mean, she had a break until 5-4 in the second, and then I just took my chances to come back in the match.

But it was a big fight in the second set. I think she played a pretty good match. For sure I'll have to raise my level a little bit more in the next round if I want to keep going in this tournament.

But I didn't serve so well today. It's gonna be another point that I'll have to work on for my next match. I mean, I'm in the quarterfinal, and that's the most important thing today.



Q. Was she a total mystery to you, a player like that?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I mean, when you don't know a player at all, it's not easy. Even if I won the first set pretty easy, after that, she had anything else to lose. She was hitting a little bit on everything. So that's not easy to deal with this kind of situation.

But, you know, in this tournament I played two qualifiers, and here in the fourth round, so that's not this kind of situation I'm used to it in a Grand Slam.

But I came through.

Q. How do you feel different playing Lindsay Davenport now, compared to how you felt before you played her at the Australian Open last year?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I mean, it's gonna be another match, you know, another situation. It was hard last year because it was in the fourth round. It's in the quarters here. So that's not much, much better because it's gonna be a tough match anyway.

But, you know, in the quarters in a Grand Slam, you play a lot of very good players. Lindsay is a great champion. I'm sure she'll have a lot of motivation to go to the semis.

So it's different because I'm not the same player anymore. Since last year, you know, a lot of things happened. I say it's not easy to deal with, but I'm sure it's gonna be a good match. And, like I said, I'll have to play my best tennis if I want to keep going in this tournament. So we'll see.

Q. You've talked before about not being the same player. Obviously, you're not the same player. Is it sort of a revelation to you to wake up and say, "I'm not Justine anymore, I'm the Justine." Your change physically and mentally, does it still surprise you a little bit?>

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: No, not at all. I mean, you know, a lot of things, like I said, have changed in the last year. But, no, I'm used to this new situation. I feel the same person. Confident for sure, more mature also. But, like I said, the fact that I'm No. 1 in the world is not easy to be in this situation because, you know, all the other players want to beat me and they give their best on the court.

But when I wake up, I feel the same person. I have the person I want around me and, you know, that's the most important thing right now.

My goal is going on the court, just try to do my best like I was doing last year and try to win every point.

Q. Is there an adjustment to the fact that everybody wants to get you?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's an adjustment for sure. I think it takes a little bit of time. It doesn't come in the month that you can say, "Oh, I'm used to it now," or, "I don't care about what people say and everything." So probably it takes a little bit of time. There's a lot of pressure, I agree. But there was a lot of pressure, too, last year. I've been very comfortable with that last year so I'm sure that it's gonna work again.

Q. What does Davenport make you do? What specifically is it?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: You know, Lindsay is hitting the ball very hard. She's serving pretty well. She looks like she's in confidence right now.

So, you know, it's always the same point: you have to put a lot of pressure on your opponent, you have to go for the winners, you have to take chances no matter who is in front of you. I know that against Lindsay, I cannot let her play, you know, let play her game. When she is on the court, she's very, very strong. I had many troubles in the past against her. I beat her only once here last year after a thriller. I don't see myself like the biggest favorite on this match because Lindsay, she has a lot of experience and she beat me most of the times.

But it's gonna be a different match, and really we will see on Tuesday.

Q. How do you practice to play someone like that? You know she'll be coming in on you, so do you concentrate more on, say, passing shots?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Not really, no. I'm just gonna go tomorrow and play my game during the practice and just see what I want to do, not being afraid of she's going to do. That's what I'm going to be focused on tomorrow.

Q. Was that win over Davenport last year a turning point in your career, do you think?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's been a big turn, for sure, last year, because, like I said, it was really important for me to beat her once in my career. It came last year in the fourth round. I had a very bad draw, you know, playing Lindsay in the fourth round. It's not easy at all.

You know, I could lose this match, too, you know. It was 9-7 in the third. I should win it in two sets, then I was down. So it was something amazing, one of the biggest matches last year. And it gave me a lot of confidence, for sure. I just believe in myself that I could beat the top players in the hard courts especially.

Q. You came close to going down two breaks today. Was being able to hold that game, did that sort of turn things around for you a little bit?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It was an important game, I agree. If I was down 5-2 with two breaks, it was a difficult situation. I think she felt a little bit the pressure at this point, even if she won her game to go 5-3.

But, yeah, that was a tough game. Very long rallies. Bad mistakes also. But I took it. That was important for my confidence.

There were winners and mistakes, you know, a little bit of up and downs. The big point was that I didn't serve pretty good and it didn't help me to be as aggressive as I wanted to be.

Q. Is your confidence and mental strength the biggest change in your game since you've been No. 1?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's very hard to say, you know. It gives you a lot of confidence but it's a lot of pressure, too. You have to find the good place and it's not easy. I agree.

But what I did last year gave me a lot of confidence, for sure, because I beat the top players on every surface. I won two Grand Slams. Then, finally, I became the No. 1 player in the world at The Championships.

So, you know, for sure a lot of things change. But I just try to go on the court and forget about it. It's not easy.

Q. How important do you think your relationship is with your coach, the stage you've got to now?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I mean, my relationship with Carlos is as great as it was a few years ago. We work together for seven years now, and I have the feeling that he's teaching me a lot of things every day, you know, that the relationship is not over at all, because I have many things to learn from him. He knows me pretty good. I mean, almost perfectly.

So he's very important person in my life because he -- I think that he was the only person who repeat me every day that I could win Grand Slams and be No. 1 player in the world. So I'm very grateful to him for that but we still have a long way to go together.

Q. You're No. 1 and education continues.

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Education continues. I'm only 21, you know. I'm sure I still have a lot of things to learn. I still have some experience to get, and I'm sure that I'll have many things to learn in the future. I just want to go step by step. It's been very quick, what happened last year.

But at 21, it's not easy. But I think that I'm pretty good right now.

TennisHack
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:04 AM
Look what she said: ..."because, you know, all the other players want to beat me and they give their best on the court....." :lol: :lol:

I mean, COME ON !!! Wake up and smell the coffee...


*fails to see what's so offensive about her statement, in and out of context*

Geez, I'm become a regular JHH apologist around here :lol:

Couver
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:05 AM
I am also confused??? As the #1 player of course people will try hard to beat her.

Mironia
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:06 AM
*fails to see what's so offensive about her statement, in and out of context*

Geez, I'm become a regular JHH apologist around here :lol:


It's not offensive, it's stupid...Like, before, they didn't want to beat her :confused:

Rocketta
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:07 AM
I think the thread starter means (and I'm not saying I agree with it) is that her opponent didn't play all that well it's that Justine just didn't play well...ie, Justine is saying it was tough match cause her opponents are now going after her whereas the thread starter thinks her match was tough because Justine played bad hence the wake up Justine the problem lies within your own game?

I could be wrong though...:o

Greenout
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:08 AM
Who cares if it's Justine or THE JUSTINE?

Let's just bring back the one that plays tennis for godsake because
the one that showed on VODAFONE today was obviously a fake! :haha:

shap_half
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:09 AM
I don't know what the poster means by that the statement is stupid. But I think that it is true: more and more players will want to get the accolades of having beaten the number one player in the world and therefore will try their best to beat whomever that is.

Mironia
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:12 AM
I don't know what the poster means by that the statement is stupid. But I think that it is true: more and more players will want to get the accolades of having beaten the number one player in the world and therefore will try their best to beat whomever that is.


Oh come on !!! So this gurl, Mara is her name, wants to beat #1 but doesn't want to beat #2 or #7...WTF ???

TennisHack
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:12 AM
It's not offensive, it's stupid...Like, before, they didn't want to beat her :confused:
If you say so . . . might want to try a different insult on the second line, then.

bandabou
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:13 AM
Just as Justine was doing last year against Serena, I guess.

shap_half
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:16 AM
Oh come on !!! So this gurl, Mara is her name, wants to beat #1 but doesn't want to beat #2 or #7...WTF ???


of course no one wants to lose, but i think the point being made is that when you go on the court against the number 1 player there is more motivation to beat her because of the fact that she is the number 1 player.

tenn_ace
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:23 AM
Mironia, thanks for posting an interview... but it's your second dumb thread in as many days (I think)... cool down.

Greenout
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:23 AM
Oh. Don't take this inteview too seriously. She's played crap, and
knows it. Notice how poor her English got all of a sudden today?
It's all brain cramps today, all brain cramps.

Mironia
Jan 25th, 2004, 07:32 AM
Mironia, thanks for posting an interview... but it's your second dumb thread in as many days (I think)... cool down.


What was the first one ??? :confused: :confused: (I agree, this one is pretty dumb)

franny
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:11 AM
Um, Mironia sweetie, you do know that what Justine said is pretty much the same thing that EVERY number 1 player has said. When you get to number 1, guess what, EVERYONE is gunning for you, everyone wants to beat you and prove that they can beat the number 1 player in the world. There is no reason to laugh your freaking ass off for that statement.

franny
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:12 AM
Btw, is it me or does Justine say the phrase, "for sure," a heck of a lot of times?

caseyl45
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:29 AM
Btw, is it me or does Justine say the phrase, "for sure," a heck of a lot of times?

It's not just you. She does, and in case you've never heard it before, here's the explanation: When Justine gets asked a question in English, she translates it into French in her mind, formulates the answer, and then translates it into English again. There are a couple of phrases in French (One of them is "bien sur." I don't remember for sure what the other is.) that literally translate to "for sure" but mean "of course." In a nutshell, she says one when the other would be the more proper phrase to use when she gives English interviews.

Pinkie
Jan 25th, 2004, 10:22 AM
More LMAO was when after her first round double bagel she said the match had been "very hard." :lol:

2284
Jan 25th, 2004, 10:32 AM
It's not offensive, it's stupid...Like, before, they didn't want to beat her :confused:
That possibly just came out the wrong way when she translated it into English. Justine was nice to Olivia Lukaszewicz after their match. That's all that matters to me.

2284
Jan 25th, 2004, 10:34 AM
More LMAO was when after her first round double bagel she said the match had been "very hard." :lol:

Maybe tough mentally because she had never seen the player before and didn't know what to expect...and Olivia really didn't play that badly. She needs to get some of her shots a bit more accurate, but her technique seemed to be quite well developed. Not a bad effort for a 15 year old, playing her first grand slam match on centre court against the No. 1 ranked player

jenny161185
Jan 25th, 2004, 12:45 PM
wake up and smell what coffee? Shes number one ofcourse everyones going after her.

Calaer
Jan 25th, 2004, 03:12 PM
Oh come on !!! So this gurl, Mara is her name, wants to beat #1 but doesn't want to beat #2 or #7...WTF ???

This is her second language and it isn't the best, compared to someone like Clijsters. I think she meant that now she's the top seed, it puts extra pressure on herself to win - to other players she is the number one 'target' and they are fearless in playing her.

Think about what she said,

"is not easy to be in this situation because, you know, all the other players want to beat me and they give their best on the court....."

They're all common phrases used in tennis linked together (it is not easy to be in this situation, want to beat me, give their best). Of course in your second language you tend to repeat phrases that you are used to saying a lot, since your vocabulary is limited to that of a native speaker.

I think this is just a result of that. Of course, I don't doubt that Justine's English is good enough for her to be able to say what she truly meant if she had a little more time to think about what she wants to say, it's just that in a live interview it probably isn't possible for her to give rather complex answers in English.

for-sure
Jan 25th, 2004, 04:09 PM
Funny how people expect players to speak English fluently, yet 99.99% of the American players could not say sh!t in another language.

When English is your second language some things are going come out wrong some times. *rolls eyes*

Allez-H
Jan 25th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Seriously,I still don't understand what's so funny or dumb about what she said :rolleyes:

tennisluver99
Jan 25th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Seriously,I still don't understand what's so funny or dumb about what she said :rolleyes:

Justine didn't say anything dumb, it's the thread starter who is obiviously dumb.

JustineTime
Jan 25th, 2004, 05:41 PM
For shoor it's going to be a bee-yooteefool teenneese! I am going to try my best and we will see. ;)

:angel:

Justinefan
Jan 25th, 2004, 05:44 PM
This is a stupid post.. there is nothing offensive or stupid about that quote.. Everyone wants to beat the #1 it's true. There is more of a reward to beat her at#1 than at another #..

starr
Jan 25th, 2004, 05:53 PM
This is nothing I haven't heard quite a few number one players say.

Everyone is pumped up to beat a number one player. The number one player is no longer hunting the higher players, but is the hunted one. It's a difference that many number one players have talked about.

I think maybe someone is looking far too hard to make something up to chastise Justine about. And that person had to look pretty hard for something in that interview too. Justine appeared thoughtful, humble, and modest.

UDiTY
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:23 PM
That's not funny...it's true.:scratch:

Crazy Canuck
Jan 25th, 2004, 09:08 PM
What a stupid thread.

Venus_Serena
Jan 25th, 2004, 10:08 PM
Look what she said: ..."is not easy to be in this situation because, you know, all the other players want to beat me and they give their best on the court....." :lol: :lol:

I mean, COME ON !!! Wake up and smell the coffee...

Here is complete interview...

An interview with:


JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE


JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Thanks, John.

No, I'm happy to be in the quarters. You know, it wasn't an easy match. I had a pretty good start. I won the first set pretty easy. I was playing good tennis, a lot of intensity.

Then, yeah, at 1-all in the second set, the intensity came down a little bit and she just took her chances. She was in the court. I was a little bit too far from my baseline.

Then we saw what happened. I mean, she had a break until 5-4 in the second, and then I just took my chances to come back in the match.

But it was a big fight in the second set. I think she played a pretty good match. For sure I'll have to raise my level a little bit more in the next round if I want to keep going in this tournament.

But I didn't serve so well today. It's gonna be another point that I'll have to work on for my next match. I mean, I'm in the quarterfinal, and that's the most important thing today.



Q. Was she a total mystery to you, a player like that?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I mean, when you don't know a player at all, it's not easy. Even if I won the first set pretty easy, after that, she had anything else to lose. She was hitting a little bit on everything. So that's not easy to deal with this kind of situation.

But, you know, in this tournament I played two qualifiers, and here in the fourth round, so that's not this kind of situation I'm used to it in a Grand Slam.

But I came through.

Q. How do you feel different playing Lindsay Davenport now, compared to how you felt before you played her at the Australian Open last year?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I mean, it's gonna be another match, you know, another situation. It was hard last year because it was in the fourth round. It's in the quarters here. So that's not much, much better because it's gonna be a tough match anyway.

But, you know, in the quarters in a Grand Slam, you play a lot of very good players. Lindsay is a great champion. I'm sure she'll have a lot of motivation to go to the semis.

So it's different because I'm not the same player anymore. Since last year, you know, a lot of things happened. I say it's not easy to deal with, but I'm sure it's gonna be a good match. And, like I said, I'll have to play my best tennis if I want to keep going in this tournament. So we'll see.

Q. You've talked before about not being the same player. Obviously, you're not the same player. Is it sort of a revelation to you to wake up and say, "I'm not Justine anymore, I'm the Justine." Your change physically and mentally, does it still surprise you a little bit?>

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: No, not at all. I mean, you know, a lot of things, like I said, have changed in the last year. But, no, I'm used to this new situation. I feel the same person. Confident for sure, more mature also. But, like I said, the fact that I'm No. 1 in the world is not easy to be in this situation because, you know, all the other players want to beat me and they give their best on the court.

But when I wake up, I feel the same person. I have the person I want around me and, you know, that's the most important thing right now.

My goal is going on the court, just try to do my best like I was doing last year and try to win every point.

Q. Is there an adjustment to the fact that everybody wants to get you?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's an adjustment for sure. I think it takes a little bit of time. It doesn't come in the month that you can say, "Oh, I'm used to it now," or, "I don't care about what people say and everything." So probably it takes a little bit of time. There's a lot of pressure, I agree. But there was a lot of pressure, too, last year. I've been very comfortable with that last year so I'm sure that it's gonna work again.

Q. What does Davenport make you do? What specifically is it?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: You know, Lindsay is hitting the ball very hard. She's serving pretty well. She looks like she's in confidence right now.

So, you know, it's always the same point: you have to put a lot of pressure on your opponent, you have to go for the winners, you have to take chances no matter who is in front of you. I know that against Lindsay, I cannot let her play, you know, let play her game. When she is on the court, she's very, very strong. I had many troubles in the past against her. I beat her only once here last year after a thriller. I don't see myself like the biggest favorite on this match because Lindsay, she has a lot of experience and she beat me most of the times.

But it's gonna be a different match, and really we will see on Tuesday.

Q. How do you practice to play someone like that? You know she'll be coming in on you, so do you concentrate more on, say, passing shots?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Not really, no. I'm just gonna go tomorrow and play my game during the practice and just see what I want to do, not being afraid of she's going to do. That's what I'm going to be focused on tomorrow.

Q. Was that win over Davenport last year a turning point in your career, do you think?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's been a big turn, for sure, last year, because, like I said, it was really important for me to beat her once in my career. It came last year in the fourth round. I had a very bad draw, you know, playing Lindsay in the fourth round. It's not easy at all.

You know, I could lose this match, too, you know. It was 9-7 in the third. I should win it in two sets, then I was down. So it was something amazing, one of the biggest matches last year. And it gave me a lot of confidence, for sure. I just believe in myself that I could beat the top players in the hard courts especially.

Q. You came close to going down two breaks today. Was being able to hold that game, did that sort of turn things around for you a little bit?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It was an important game, I agree. If I was down 5-2 with two breaks, it was a difficult situation. I think she felt a little bit the pressure at this point, even if she won her game to go 5-3.

But, yeah, that was a tough game. Very long rallies. Bad mistakes also. But I took it. That was important for my confidence.

There were winners and mistakes, you know, a little bit of up and downs. The big point was that I didn't serve pretty good and it didn't help me to be as aggressive as I wanted to be.

Q. Is your confidence and mental strength the biggest change in your game since you've been No. 1?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's very hard to say, you know. It gives you a lot of confidence but it's a lot of pressure, too. You have to find the good place and it's not easy. I agree.

But what I did last year gave me a lot of confidence, for sure, because I beat the top players on every surface. I won two Grand Slams. Then, finally, I became the No. 1 player in the world at The Championships.

So, you know, for sure a lot of things change. But I just try to go on the court and forget about it. It's not easy.

Q. How important do you think your relationship is with your coach, the stage you've got to now?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I mean, my relationship with Carlos is as great as it was a few years ago. We work together for seven years now, and I have the feeling that he's teaching me a lot of things every day, you know, that the relationship is not over at all, because I have many things to learn from him. He knows me pretty good. I mean, almost perfectly.

So he's very important person in my life because he -- I think that he was the only person who repeat me every day that I could win Grand Slams and be No. 1 player in the world. So I'm very grateful to him for that but we still have a long way to go together.

Q. You're No. 1 and education continues.

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Education continues. I'm only 21, you know. I'm sure I still have a lot of things to learn. I still have some experience to get, and I'm sure that I'll have many things to learn in the future. I just want to go step by step. It's been very quick, what happened last year.

But at 21, it's not easy. But I think that I'm pretty good right now.
;)

italianpiercefan
Jan 25th, 2004, 11:31 PM
A lot of american players r used to say "u know",not just Justine!
Hey guys,do u think that speaking english as a second language is easy?I have to admit it isn't.So,please,respect people that try to speak a different language than yours.She is doing her best in that,so it's too easy and unpolite to criticize her mistakes!

LeonHart
Jan 25th, 2004, 11:47 PM
Justine means that since shes the #1 player, she's the PLAYER TO BEAT, every player will try extra hard to beat her. We should all laugh at the thread starter for his/her lack of knowledge. Justine's statement is very obvious what she meant.

Daniel
Jan 26th, 2004, 11:29 AM
Juju rocks :banana:

Fantastic
Jan 26th, 2004, 02:44 PM
I dare somebody to bold all the "you know's" in a Kim Clijsters interview. Be sure to drink lots of fluids to avoid cramping. ;)

Martian KC
Jan 26th, 2004, 05:08 PM
Rather lame attempt, Justine haters.:lol: