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New
May 26th, 2004, 03:58 PM
First of all, this is not a Justine bashing thread. I'm sorry that she lost.

But the point of this thread is that, how would most critics treat this piece of news? Will they play up on Justine's lack of fitness, lack of play or will they write about Garbin doing well to handle Justine?

Also, when top seeds of women players fall, it's always, a shock, unexpected, or they played badly...etc, but when the men's top seeds fall, they play up how high the standard of men's tennis is and the unseeded can upset the seeded players...

Will they finally give some credit to the current women tennis players now? Or will it just be just the men who have it tough all the way?

I hope to hear some views and hopefully someone give credits to all the winners please...no matter how their ranking may be.

moby
May 26th, 2004, 04:01 PM
Justine being Justine, will not get the benefit of the other top players who always have the excuse of being out of form.

Expect her to get bashed. It's already started.

Volcana
May 26th, 2004, 04:06 PM
THey will write about Justine's illness, because Tathiana was NOT brilliant. She had 25 UEs, and they were REAL UEs. Her forehand was all over the place. Where she impressed me was constantlyrecovering her focus after strings of errors. There were a couple games she gave away at love with four straight UEs. But she kept getting it back together.

New
May 26th, 2004, 04:13 PM
THey will write about Justine's illness, because Tathiana was NOT brilliant. She had 25 UEs, and they were REAL UEs. Her forehand was all over the place. Where she impressed me was constantlyrecovering her focus after strings of errors. There were a couple games she gave away at love with four straight UEs. But she kept getting it back together.

Ahh... but many a times if a top player played badly, and still win they would still played up the fact that she did well to win the match after everything....

Lady
May 26th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Here's an answer

Henin-Hardenne shocked in second round
By Araz Gulekjian
Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Unheralded Italian Tathiana Garbin posted the biggest win of her life, shocking defending Roland Garros champion and top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Italian downed a lacklustre Henin-Hardenne 7-5 6-4 in one hour and 58 minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen. As the rain came down on court, Garbin clipped a crisp backhand past the static Justine, and she was gone.

I cant believe it, said the 86-ranked Garbin. Shes still the number one in the world. Im just happy to have won.

The diminutive 21-year-old Belgian looked physically spent and clearly seemed to be suffering the effects of the viral infection that sidelined her for the past six weeks. She had long contemplated withdrawing from the tournament, such was her lack of preparation, and may now be wishing she had.

The top seed had not played a competitive match since April 10, against Amйlie Mauresmo at Amelia Island, and it showed. A shadow of her usual self, she never found her range and offered little resistance.

She did stage something of a fightback in the second, and saved two match points in the ultimate game, but the writing was on the wall, and with her third match point Garbin pulled off the greatest coup of her career. All credit to her; with her somewhat old-fashioned game she is pleasing to the eye, but Henin made too many basic errors for us to say Garbin won it rather than Henin-Hardenne lost it.

The world number one made a deluge of unforced errors (30), served poorly (49% of first serves), committed 10 double faults, and only converted 4 of her 18 break point opportunities.

Justine can depart her head held high. She came, she gave it her all in the defence of her title, but she just wasnt fit enough. Next year will no doubt be a different story.

Eurotennisfan
May 26th, 2004, 04:47 PM
at least she already has a slam this year.