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Allez-H
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:03 PM
Justine Henin wins Laureus World Sportswoman of Year award
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SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (AFP) — Justine Henin won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award for 2008 on Monday.

The Belgian won two Grand Slam tournaments in 2007 at the French and US Opens and finished the year by lifting the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid.

It was the first time she has won the Laureus award succeeding Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.

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After ending third and second before, she finally takes the title :p

Congrats and well deserved :yeah:

thenj
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:07 PM
:worship:

sd3300123
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:11 PM
congrats

S_Fahad
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:13 PM
Congrats Justine! Well deserved...

ZeroSOFInfinity
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:14 PM
:yeah:

She deserved it for her outstanding year.

Ryan
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Wow, Justine cleaned up pretty damn nice there. Congrats on a well-deserved award.

eck
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:17 PM
:worship:

Jojo_
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Woow Congrats Justine, Nice pics !!

Gerri
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Well deserved Juju :yeah:

kasia1992
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Is it true that Maria Sharapova was hosting award with Vodianova?

ChandaRubinFan22
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:34 PM
http://www.sportwereld.be/Assets/Images_Upload/2008/02/18/justinehenin.jpg

Hashim.
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:42 PM
:rocker2:

rhz
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:44 PM
Good decision, skipping Doha to collect this award :)

Sudtf
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:51 PM
So glad for her. Righteous achievement to the great champion she is!

Congrats, Juju! :worship:

felipe2004
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:57 PM
Congratulations to Justine! ;)

iamhe
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Congrats Justine, well deserved :yeah::yeah::yeah:

Forehand_Volley
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Congrats to Henin on this well-deserved award!

gotthebend
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Justine totally deserves it.:)

Hagar
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:18 PM
That's brilliant.

miss molly
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Justine:worship::yeah:

shap_half
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:22 PM
yay Justine!!!! And a lovely classy trendy dress!

Mileen
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:27 PM
I was translating an article from a Belgian newspaper while you already posted it, only a few sentences :fiery: :lol:

Justine World’s Sports Woman of the Year

In Sint-Petersburg, Russia, Justine Henin was announced the World’s Sports Woman of the Year 2007. The Belgian can take home the Laureus Award 2008. Roger Federer won the Laureus Award for men, for the 4th time.

An international panel of sports journalists nominated 6 athletes. Besides Justine, those were the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva (polstokspringen ?), the Swedish Carolina Kluft (seven camp?), Australian Libby Lenton (swimming), the Brazilian footballer Marta and the Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa.

The 43 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, all former top sportspeople (like Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Sergei Bubka, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Miguel Indurain en Michael Jordan), were allowed to choose the eventual laureate from this very selective group, and Justine it was. She is the first sports person from our home country who gets credited with this honor.

In 2003 she got third (after Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam and American tennis player Serena Williams) and in 2006 she got second (after Isinbayeva). The Laureus World Sports Awards, the Sports Oscars, exist since 2000. In 2005 Kim Clijsters was one of the nominees. In 2001 both Kim and Justine were nominated for Revelation of the Year.

The name Laureus was inspired by the Greek word for laurel — symbol of victory in ancient Greece.

De Laureus World Sports Awards 2008
Sportvrouw van het Jaar:
Justine Henin (Bel/tennis)

Sportman van het Jaar:
Roger Federer (Zwi/tennis)

Ploeg van het Jaar:
Het Zuid-Afrikaanse rugbyteam

Revelatie van het Jaar:
Lewis Hamilton (GBr/Formule 1)

Comeback van het Jaar:
Paula Radcliffe (GBr/atletiek)

Mindervalide Sporter van het Jaar:
Esther Vergeer (Ned/rolstoeltennis)

Alternatieve Sporter van het Jaar:
Shaun White (VSt/skateboard/snowboard)

Lifetime Award:
Sergei Bubka (Oek/atletiek)

Spirit of Sport Award:
Dick Pound (Can/ex-voorzitter van het WADA)

Sport for Good Award:
Brendan en Sean Tuohey (VSt/PeacePlayers)


Congrats Ju, I am so happy you won!!

Wikipedia on Justine:

Playing style
Henin has a very aggressive, yet highly versatile, all-court playing style and can hit all the fundamental shots to an extremely high level of technical proficiency. Henin plays with a rare combination of power and finesse that allows for her success on all surfaces. Consequently, Henin's playing style is one of the most admired in tennis: John McEnroe has described Henin's tennis as "Federertennis", frequently describing Henin as 'the Roger Federer of women's tennis' (BBC commentaries and studio interviews, Wimbledon 2005, 2006, 2007). At Roland Garros 2007, Martina Navratilova said that "Henin's offense is just phenomenal... it's sort of like we've got 'the female Federer', or maybe the guys have 'the male Justine Henin', because she is just head and shoulders above everyone else right now" (interview with Barbara Schett, Eurosport, 7th June 2007).
Henin's single-handed backhand, now rare in both men's and women's tennis, is one of the most powerful and accurate in the game (Henin frequently records higher speeds off her single-handed backhand than many of leading players' DHB speeds). Henin can hit both 'flat', topspin and slice variation off this wing and can strike winners from any part of the court. Her backhand can also be also disguised, surprising her opponents with dropshots. Her slice backhand is one of the best in the world. However, Henin's forehand remains her most dangerous weapon, and the stroke that she normally uses to dictate the play of a match. Along with Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanović, Henin consistently records the most 'winner heavy' stats of all the top 20 ranked players, the majority of her winners typically being forehand groundstroke winners. In each of her last three matches at the US Open, Henin hit substantially more winners than each of her opponents: quarter-final versus Serena Williams, 30 - 17; semi-final versus Venus Williams 29 - 26; final versus Svetlana Kuznetsova, 25 - 11.
Despite her relatively small size, Henin has an extremely powerful serve, which has been measured at a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) [2005 Charleston]. Her average first serve speed in the 2007 US Open semi-final [first set] was 172 km/h (107 mph) - the same as her opponent, Venus Williams (18 cm (seven inches) taller), who holds the world record for the fastest serve in a main draw Tour (or Grand Slam) event. Henin's serve frequently features in the top 10 of the 'Women's Serve Speed Leaders' list, produced at every Grand Slam event throughout the year.
Henin's footwork, balance, and court coverage are exceptional - most notably on clay - and she is adept at changing from a defensive style to an aggressive one. Henin has always had good to exceptional volleying skills, and has used serve-and-volley play with more frequency in recent seasons.

:worship: :worship:

ChandaRubinFan22
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:30 PM
http://www.sporza.be/polopoly_fs/1.254193!image/910808591.jpg

eck
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Love the picture she posed with Fed.

plantman
Feb 18th, 2008, 03:48 PM
http://www.sporza.be/polopoly_fs/1.254193!image/910808591.jpg


:woohoo: Justine :woohoo:

Congrats on yet another award!

Il Primo!
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:00 PM
http://www.karentaylorskincare.com/images/Eyebrow2close.jpg

When, when?? :rolleyes:

arn
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Congrats Justine! The correct winner!

Helaena
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:07 PM
congrats justine :yeah:

plantman
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:08 PM
http://www.karentaylorskincare.com/images/Eyebrow2close.jpg

When, when?? :rolleyes:

:confused: I don't see where you're going with the picture!
When.......When what?

Forehand_Volley
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:49 PM
:confused: I don't see where you're going with the picture!
When.......When what?
Perhaps it is of Maria watching while presenting the award to Henin.:p

Wintermute
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Congrats Justine! :clap2: Very well deserved recognition for her achievements.

Midnight
Feb 18th, 2008, 04:59 PM
Well done Justine, i think you deserve it, my game WTA World big brother is starting up again, if anybody is interested in being a contestant, the link to the thread is below

j-fan
Feb 18th, 2008, 05:11 PM
A great day for Justine, a great day for Belgium, a great day for tennis, and a great day for sports. Thanks to such a unpretentious and graceful champion.

:worship::worship::worship:

Princeza
Feb 18th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Sexay

Took it from Carro :sobbing:

Kitten63
Feb 18th, 2008, 06:07 PM
Congrats,Justine,well deserved :worship:

Conor
Feb 18th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Thanks to Juju_#1 for these:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1050/image2zn3.jpg
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5720/photox7010442180rx4.jpg
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2860/r3380202447ht6.jpg

Lefty.
Feb 18th, 2008, 06:47 PM
Well deserved Justine! :worship:

Kampi
Feb 18th, 2008, 07:32 PM
I'm really happy for her.:D:kiss::bounce:

DimaDinosaur
Feb 18th, 2008, 07:58 PM
Justine is the best!!!!

thrust
Feb 18th, 2008, 07:58 PM
So glad for her. Righteous achievement to the great champion she is!

Congrats, Juju! :worship:

Very well said! It is both sad and pathetic that she did not win the AP award as well.

shap_half
Feb 18th, 2008, 08:01 PM
She just looks so lovely at the ceremony!!!!! I can't get over it!!!!

DimaDinosaur
Feb 18th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Spirit of Sport Award:
Dick Pound (Can/ex-voorzitter van het WADA)

Sport for Good Award:
Brendan en Sean Tuohey (VSt/PeacePlayers)


Congrats Ju, I am so happy you won!!


:worship: :worship:

ugh, what a terrible name to have :drool:

eagles07
Feb 18th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Congrats Justine

pigmalion
Feb 18th, 2008, 08:22 PM
:worship:

she was :hearts:

Jodie
Feb 18th, 2008, 08:34 PM
Well deserved :D congrats Ju! :worship:

JadeFox
Feb 18th, 2008, 09:27 PM
Thanks to Juju_#1 for these:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1050/image2zn3.jpg
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5720/photox7010442180rx4.jpg
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2860/r3380202447ht6.jpg


Roger and Justine.:hearts:

I want her shoes!:lol:

brayster87
Feb 18th, 2008, 09:31 PM
Who cares.....

and no sense of fashion!

Kitten63
Feb 18th, 2008, 09:36 PM
She looks great, and the pic with Roger :hearts:

Leo_DFP
Feb 18th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Awesome! Love to see that prestigious award go to a tennis player.

Pushkin
Feb 18th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Awesome Justine so far you are the greatest female athlete of the century !!!

pigmalion
Feb 18th, 2008, 09:58 PM
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6361/u1974p6t12d3479959f44dtwn6.jpg
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/618/image2qw8.jpg
http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/8471/910808591yl4.jpg

:hearts:

(thanks to Juju#1 for the pics ;))

Dodoboy.
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:05 PM
well done Justine...she looks stunning!...
she needs her hair more blonde..she is stunning with blonde hair!

Why did Capriati win in 2001 :tape:...

goldenboi356
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:06 PM
congratulations justine!!!!! i really beleive u have it in u to top last year

Pushkin
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Justine when arranged could look nice really !

Bruno71
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:13 PM
Not only the dominant player last year, but was the consummate sportswoman as well...she's matured nicely. Congrats Justine.

Smackie
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Who cares.....

and no sense of fashion!

From a Lindsay's fan....kinda rich.

And I wouldn't even think Lindsay has bad taste in fashion until YOU mentioned the lack of fashion sense in Justine....but indeed, who care?!

plantman
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:23 PM
well done Justine...she looks stunning!...
she needs her hair more blonde..she is stunning with blonde hair!

Why did Capriati win in 2001 :tape:...

Perhaps because:

Capriati, the 12th seed, captured the 2001 Australian Open title, defeating then-World No. 1 player Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3. Along the way, she defeated then-World No. 4 Monica Seles in the quarterfinals and then-World No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals. Capriati followed up by capturing the French Open title five months later, beating Kim Clijsters 1-6, 6-4, 12-10. She reached the semifinals of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that year as well, amassing the best Grand Slam singles record for the year. In October 2001, Capriati claimed the World No. 1 ranking. :)

Mileen
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Perhaps it is of Maria watching while presenting the award to Henin.:p

:lol:

liuxuan
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:44 PM
good for Justine, she deserved it! not sure about the dress tho, but i think its just that she doesnt have the curves to look fabulous in a dress.

She really doesnt have very big eye lids/lashes though! it makes her look like shes away with it on coke lol !(obviously i know shes not before you guys start screaming from the rooftops!)

danieln1
Feb 18th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Justine!

Forehand_Volley
Feb 18th, 2008, 11:15 PM
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6361/u1974p6t12d3479959f44dtwn6.jpg
Probably one of the most attractive pics of the current number one players in Open history.

espresso
Feb 19th, 2008, 12:09 AM
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/618/image2qw8.jpg

She's so C L A S S Y & B E A U T I F U L :hearts:

Congratulations Justine you so deserve it :worship:

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 19th, 2008, 12:25 AM
Ju :hearts:
Congrats!The most deserving one!:yeah:

She looks very nice especially the one with Roger and the one kissing the trophy.;)
I'm not sure about the dress though.:unsure:

goldenlox
Feb 19th, 2008, 12:34 AM
I saw some highlights. Putin was there. Federer said he's going to play 9 more years.
Justine looked good.

plantman
Feb 19th, 2008, 12:37 AM
[QUOTE=espresso;12536673]http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/618/image2qw8.jpg

She's so C L A S S Y & B E A U T I F U L :hearts:

I love this Picture of Justine......
:D

Hingiswinsthis
Feb 19th, 2008, 01:40 AM
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6361/u1974p6t12d3479959f44dtwn6.jpg






a foreshadow for the Champion's ball at Wimbledon later on in the year ;)?

Ntour
Feb 19th, 2008, 02:17 AM
[QUOTE=espresso;12536673]http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/618/image2qw8.jpg

She's so C L A S S Y & B E A U T I F U L :hearts:

I love this Picture of Justine......
:D

Damn! she is lookin' HOT in this picture

she looks so much better with longer hair, Don't cut it justine!

treufreund
Feb 19th, 2008, 02:44 AM
it is so great to see my girl with the big honors! and, yes, she is looking very nice too!

Sharakim
Feb 19th, 2008, 02:48 AM
good job justine and roger!

Apoleb
Feb 19th, 2008, 03:07 AM
Probably one of the most attractive pics of the current number one players in Open history.

:tape::tape::tape::lol:

(and that's coming from a Justine fan)

Forehand_Volley
Feb 19th, 2008, 03:12 AM
:tape::tape::tape::lol:

(and that's coming from a Justine fan)
If you would like to post other pics where both numbers one's pose together that look better, feel free. :angel:

lightningquick
Feb 19th, 2008, 03:13 AM
ju!!! :woohoo: i'm happy you got the award! :bounce:

hwanmig
Feb 19th, 2008, 03:20 AM
She deserves it.

Mightymirza
Feb 19th, 2008, 04:15 AM
allez juju :banana: Well deserved award and both her and roger look stunning :hearts:

Helaena
Feb 19th, 2008, 04:20 AM
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/618/image2qw8.jpg

She's so C L A S S Y & B E A U T I F U L :hearts:

Congratulations Justine you so deserve it :worship:

oiu, Ju is that you? you look so damn good!!! :hearts::hearts::hearts:

:drool::drool::drool: i want to give you a thousand :hug: and :kiss:

tennisbear7
Feb 19th, 2008, 04:36 AM
Go Ju!!!!!!!! Steal Federer from Mirka
!!!! :haha:

Junex
Feb 19th, 2008, 05:21 AM
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/618/image2qw8.jpg



Justine and her new man, Laureus

ZeroSOFInfinity
Feb 19th, 2008, 06:02 AM
Go Ju!!!!!!!! Steal Federer from Mirka
!!!! :haha:

Nah... it wouldn't happen :p

safinismine
Feb 19th, 2008, 07:03 AM
Congrats to Justine ( and Roger)!

Yay for tennis!

faboozadoo15
Feb 19th, 2008, 07:31 AM
She looks great! Congrats to her. Awesome to see such an award going to a tennis player.

FedererBulgaria
Feb 19th, 2008, 07:50 AM
:worship:Congrats to Henin!:bounce:

Mileen
Feb 19th, 2008, 08:18 AM
If you would like to post other pics where both numbers one's pose together that look better, feel free. :angel:

:lol::worship:

fleemke³
Feb 19th, 2008, 10:42 AM
http://www.sportwereld.be/Assets/Images_Upload/2008/02/18/justinehenin.jpg
:eek: She looks great!

:worship::worship:

Andy.
Feb 19th, 2008, 11:02 AM
Nice to see her win. She really deserves it after the amazing year she had last year.

Thanx4nothin
Feb 19th, 2008, 11:07 AM
My God did she deserve this award or what, an amazing champion gets her due.

lightningquick
Feb 19th, 2008, 12:04 PM
here is the vid (thanks to juju#1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO05K39l0co.

nice to see cuba and kyle there!

Paul.be
Feb 19th, 2008, 12:11 PM
The Academy Members:

Giacomo Agostini (Italy) - motorcycling
Marcus Allen (USA) - American football
Severiano Ballesteros (Spain) - golf
Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) - football
Boris Becker (Germany) - tennis
Ian Botham (England) - cricket
Sergey Bubka (Soviet Union/Ukraine) - athletics
Bobby Charlton (England) - football
Sebastian Coe (England) - athletics
Nadia Comaneci (Romania) - gymnastics
Deng Yaping (China) - table tennis
Marcel Desailly (France) - football
Kapil Dev (India) - cricket
David Douillet (France) - judo
Emerson Fittipaldi (Brazil) - motor racing
Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand) - rugby union
Dawn Fraser (Australia) - swimming
Tanni Grey-Thompson (Great Britain) - paralympic athletics
Marvin Hagler (USA) - boxing
Tony Hawk (USA) - skateboarding
Mike Horn (South Africa) - adventurer-explorer
Miguel Indurain (Spain) - cycling
Michael Johnson (USA) - athletics
Michael Jordan (USA) - basketball
Kip Keino (Kenya) - athletics
Franz Klammer (Austria) - skiing
Dan Marino (USA) - American football
John McEnroe (USA) - tennis
Edwin Moses (USA) - athletics (current chairman)
Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco) - athletics
Robby Naish (USA) - windsurfing & kiteboarding
Ilie Nastase (Romania) - tennis
Martina Navratilova (USA) - tennis
Jack Nicklaus (USA) - golf
Gary Player (South Africa) - golf
Morné du Plessis (South Africa) - rugby union
Hugo Porta (Argentina) - rugby union
Viv Richards (West Indies) - cricket
Monica Seles (USA) - tennis
Mark Spitz (USA) - swimming
Daley Thompson (England) - athletics
Alberto Tomba (Italy) - skiing
Steve Waugh (Australia) - cricket
Katarina Witt (Germany) - figure skating
Yasuhiro Yamashita (Japan) - judo

Mileen
Feb 19th, 2008, 01:34 PM
The Academy Members:

Boris Becker (Germany) - tennis
Ian Botham (England) - cricket
Sergey Bubka (Soviet Union/Ukraine) - athletics
Franz Klammer (Austria) - skiing
Dan Marino (USA) - American football
John McEnroe (USA) - tennis
Edwin Moses (USA) - athletics (current chairman)
Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco) - athletics
Robby Naish (USA) - windsurfing & kiteboarding
Ilie Nastase (Romania) - tennis
Martina Navratilova (USA) - tennis
Jack Nicklaus (USA) - golf
Gary Player (South Africa) - golf
Morné du Plessis (South Africa) - rugby union
Hugo Porta (Argentina) - rugby union
Viv Richards (West Indies) - cricket
Monica Seles (USA) - tennis
Mark Spitz (USA) - swimming
Katarina Witt (Germany) - figure skating
Yasuhiro Yamashita (Japan) - judo

Since both red former tennis players love Justine's game, I guess Ju's had a lot of LUCK then by winning this award :lol:
I wonder what Boris Becker and Monica think about Justine's tennis.

thrust
Feb 19th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Go Ju!!!!!!!! Steal Federer from Mirka
!!!! :haha:

These days, Justine is looking much finer than Mirka! I am not into skinny women, but Mirka has become a bit too fat lately. Pretty face though.

eagles07
Feb 21st, 2008, 06:49 PM
well done justine! :)