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Greenout
May 2nd, 2006, 01:48 PM
Another American tennis player that likes Justine? :)

From the Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/sfl-bricker02may02,0,3624389.column?coll=sfla-sports-col

This is what Jamea Jackson says about our Justine.


Listed as 5 feet 4 and 113 pounds, she's one of the smaller players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

"Too many times to count," she replied when asked how often she had been told she was too short to be a high achiever in professional tennis.

"No one believes you can play this sport and be under 5-6. But, Justine Henin-Hardenne has always inspired me, so I just keep pushing myself."



***I guess she's not a big ESPN tennis viewer. ;)

Lady
May 2nd, 2006, 04:22 PM
Lol
thanks Greeny! ;)

komorli
May 2nd, 2006, 08:55 PM
:) Always nice to see what up-coming players think of the boss!

pigam
May 3rd, 2006, 12:40 PM
cool :cool:

Floydrose
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Good one too, from official site of Roland Garros


Wilander - 'I hope Ljubicic and Nalbandian step up to the next level'
By Georges HomsiThursday, June 8, 2006

When Mats Wilander talks about Roland Garros, people tend to listen. After all, the 1988 world No1 is a three-time French Open winner, and knows the conditions better than most. Here, Mats gives his perspective on the men's and women's semifinals.

How do you see the women's semis panning out?

This isn't often the case, but I think that this year, any one of the four could go all the way. Hénin I think is the best in the world when she's fully fit, so for me, she's just about favorite. Clijsters, though, isn't far behind, and her win at the US Open last year means that she has stepped up a level psychologically. There were times in the past where her big-match temperament let her down, but now that she finally knows what she is capable of, this should be less of a problem. Kuznetsova can play some explosive tennis and can beat anyone on her day, and she's also full of confidence at the moment. As for Vaidisova, it's no longer a question of if she can be one of the best in the world, but quite simply when. Something really seems to have clicked for her over the past two weeks. She's a big hitter, but she can also move about the court well. She doesn't seem to be afraid of anyone.

Greenout
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:38 AM
I guess snaggle tooth new UK hero Andy Murray didn't get that memo about how nobody watches Justine on tv or at tournaments? ;)


Andy talking about equal pay for women over men at Wimbledon.

He added: "Obviously when the big names like [Maria] Sharapova and [Justine] Henin-Hardenne come out, people will turn up to watch them, but I think there's more interest at the start of the tournament [in the men]." - Andy Murray


"big name"... Justine? I think I like Andy Murray now. Greg likes Justine too, perhaps it's not a surprising comment. :)

Greenout
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:40 AM
Jimmy Connors in his players to watch at WIMBLEDON 2006..
http://feed.insnews.org/v-cgi/feeds.cgi?feedid=144&story_id=1946647
:lol:

"OK, I admit it. I have a soft spot for Justine after she did such a terrific job on my DVD! But she is a terrific strokemaker who is a joy to watch" - Jimmy Connors

Lady
Jun 27th, 2006, 05:44 AM
Smart move from Ju (on that DVD), and smart Jimmy Connors. ;)

Still :lol: Thanks greeny for digging out those quotes!

Justine Fan
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Quote from John McEnroe on the BBC yesterday at Wimbledon:

"Justine Henin-Hardenne is the female version of Federer. If she had not been out injured and ill she would have quite a few more Grand Slams" :worship: :worship:

karin1492
Jul 1st, 2006, 04:19 PM
I guess this qualifies as a good comment about Justine (albeit in a backhanded fashion) by Pam Shriver when she making her case for equal pay:

"Which side is more in doubt this year, women or men? The most predictable thing in tennis is Roger Federer on grass. Is anybody complaining about his quick matches? It's like that with Justine, too. When she plays well, it's beautiful to watch."

Greenout
Jul 4th, 2006, 01:38 AM
I'd like to post something a little different, but I'm sure all Philistines would enjoy these quotes. It's Justine on Chinese players at Wimbledon.

It's funny to me because I don't think she's ever said this about American tennis players in general. ;) :p Give me a break, it's July 4th, and let me laugh at the expense of my own countrymen.



Do you think there's a common denominator about Chinese players, the way some people think there's a common denominator about Russian players, for example?

JHH: I mean, they're all fighters also. It's never over with them. She(Li Na) proved it again, won her last two matches in three sets. They have very good mentality. They're very nice persons. They're all playing good tennis, so they're coming pretty strong on the tour.

nygirl
Jul 4th, 2006, 08:30 AM
Jimmy Connors in his players to watch at WIMBLEDON 2006..
http://feed.insnews.org/v-cgi/feeds.cgi?feedid=144&story_id=1946647
:lol:

"OK, I admit it. I have a soft spot for Justine after she did such a terrific job on my DVD! But she is a terrific strokemaker who is a joy to watch" - Jimmy Connors

Guys, what DVD is Connors talking about? What have I missed?

pigam
Jul 4th, 2006, 08:39 AM
Guys, what DVD is Connors talking about? What have I missed?
ditto :unsure:


PS: jimmy Connors is a GREATTTTTT (imo) commentator on the BBC :yeah:

Greenout
Jul 4th, 2006, 09:41 AM
Guys, what DVD is Connors talking about? What have I missed?


:lol:


No. It's not a Jimmy Connors porn DVD with Justine in it. Geesh. Get your minds out of the gutter here. :p

JIMMY CONNORS Presents : Tennis Fundementals.
http://www.foundationsports.com/jimmyconnors/team_justine.htm

saki
May 21st, 2007, 09:45 AM
"You know why I won here? Because Henin didn't come," declared an elated Jankovic after her unexpectedly short 74-minute conquest of the powerful Kuznetsova. "Justine is the player I tend to lose to. That was the case in Warsaw and Berlin. Then I came here and I didn't see her in the draw and I said, 'Oh, here is my chance.' So she's one of the favorites for the French Open, not me."

:haha: I think this counts as a good comment..

eck
May 21st, 2007, 10:08 AM
Dementieva said she thinks Henin's the best.
"If the entire WTA were healthy and fit for one tournament - Venus, Serena, Kim, Lindsay, Maria and everyone else- Dementieva says Henin would be the likely winner."
Patty says JuJu, Kim and Serena ranks as the 'best we've ever had'.

pigmalion
May 21st, 2007, 10:12 AM
"You know why I won here? Because Henin didn't come," declared an elated Jankovic after her unexpectedly short 74-minute conquest of the powerful Kuznetsova. "Justine is the player I tend to lose to. That was the case in Warsaw and Berlin. Then I came here and I didn't see her in the draw and I said, 'Oh, here is my chance.' So she's one of the favorites for the French Open, not me."

:haha: I think this counts as a good comment..

:lol: OMG Jelena :lol: Loving it

The Crow
May 21st, 2007, 01:41 PM
Jelena :lol: Good way to keep the pressure away though ;)

beautytina
May 23rd, 2007, 11:23 AM
that's funny

allezzz Justine
May 24th, 2007, 03:49 PM
haha...so cute o herrr..... haha...

fleemke³
Jun 9th, 2007, 04:55 PM
This one belongs here :)


Q. I don't know if you keep an eye on the ladies tournament, but what do you think about the Belgian lady, Justine Henin?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, to be honest, I don't know much about the ladies tournament. But, it is a bit different from the others -- but Henin is a bit different from the others. She has a very complete game, and she's the one I prefer as a tennis player.


Q. As a tennis player?

RAFAEL NADAL: Hey, hang on a minute (laughter). What are you just saying? I swear, I swear, this is not what I meant. It's your fault, not my fault; okay. I was just saying this, because she can play beautiful backhands. She runs more on the court. She plays on the angles. That's it.

:)

Lady
Jun 9th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Yes, it does! :D

One of the reasons to love Rafa, that's for sure! :D

ohb
Jun 10th, 2007, 05:20 PM
Tommy Robredo

so Henin has gained another Grand Slam… wow Henin… but some deserves it, this is Justine, because it plays precious….

http://tommyrobredo.blogs.terra.es/

google trant
#

Allez-H
Jun 10th, 2007, 05:36 PM
:lol:

I think a more human translation would be;

So Henin won another Grand Slam ... vaya con Henin (I really don't know how to say it differently, but ussually the Spanish say 'Vaya con Dios' which means Go with God, is he implementing something? :p) ... but if there's anyone who deserves it, it's Justine because she plays so precious ...

---

Justine really got those Spanish men wrapped around her finger, huh? We now know were she'll have to find herself a new man :p (hintJuanqiehint)

Stavie
Jun 10th, 2007, 06:07 PM
:lol:

I think a more human translation would be;

So Henin won another Grand Slam ... vaya con Henin (I really don't know how to say it differently, but ussually the Spanish say 'Vaya con Dios' which means Go with God, is he implementing something? :p) ... but if there's anyone who deserves it, it's Justine because she plays so precious ...

---

Justine really got those Spanish men wrapped around her finger, huh? We now know were she'll have to find herself a new man :p (hintJuanqiehint)


lol :p
somewhere on this forum I read that she's dating a surgeon :unsure: :lol:

j-fan
Jun 10th, 2007, 06:23 PM
;10944340']lol :p
somewhere on this forum I read that she's dating a surgeon :unsure: :lol:

So that she can learn how to disect her opponents?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Stavie
Jun 10th, 2007, 06:28 PM
So that she can learn how to disect her opponents?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I got no idea.She's better find a cardiologist!For our sake! :lol: ;)

Allez-H
Jun 10th, 2007, 06:37 PM
;10944340']lol :p
somewhere on this forum I read that she's dating a surgeon :unsure: :lol:

The Belgian commentators said that the tall blond curly guy with the little girl was a surgeon. Now about her dating him, is something I haven't heard yet. Plus, he's got a daughter and I even think that saw a wedding-ring (could be wrong though) so I don't know :unsure:

zabou1
Jun 10th, 2007, 08:10 PM
The Belgian commentators said that the tall blond curly guy with the little girl was a surgeon. Now about her dating him, is something I haven't heard yet. Plus, he's got a daughter and I even think that saw a wedding-ring (could be wrong though) so I don't know :unsure:

The tall curly guy is Serge Messens, her orthopaedic surgeon. He works at "Bois de L'Abbaye" hospital at Seraing ( near Liège, few km from the sport palace where the Fed Cup 2006 QF took place). I suppose you all remember the problem Justine had in the beginning of 2005 (inflammation of her right knee): Serge Messens is the surgeon who looked after her. Serge and Marc (Grosjean) travel with her more than before because she wants to take care of her body, more than before. She travels with her doctors ...
Serge is married and has a little blond girl.
Here is the little family (at the left: his wife, then his little girl and then him)
http://www.sport.be/fotospecial/3505/boxhenin.jpg

edit: Is it Martina Navratilova at the right of the pic, with dark glasses ? In Justine's box !

ohb
Jun 10th, 2007, 08:24 PM
Whatever happened to Julie & Pirette?

shibster
Jun 10th, 2007, 08:24 PM
oh! you may be right! OMG.....and i thought she's obviously very pro justine in her commentary, but in her box! :woot:

i dunno whether justine likes martina or not as a person ;) but i guess an endorsement from a person of her stature has to be great.

zabou1
Jun 10th, 2007, 08:31 PM
It seems Justine has good relations with Martina and Steffi :hearts:

zabou1
Jun 10th, 2007, 08:34 PM
I think the black guy is the one who works at the Italian restaurant !

Allez-H
Jun 10th, 2007, 09:09 PM
I think the black guy is the one who works at the Italian restaurant !

I was thinking the exact same thing ;)

j-fan
Jun 10th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Her box seems pretty full. She has too many friends now. :lol:

I think Martina is ok. She always has nice things to say about Justine and it would be nice to have her work with Justine on volleying skills.
:drool:

pigam
Jun 10th, 2007, 09:14 PM
I think Ju and Martine and Steffi will have a chat about Wimbledon. ;)

zabou1
Jun 10th, 2007, 09:26 PM
I think Ju and Martine and Steffi will have a chat about Wimbledon. ;)

I hope you are right: it would be great for Justine . Carlos would have less work if Martina and Steffi always tell her to go to the net !

Jodie
Jun 10th, 2007, 09:34 PM
She sure have many friends ;)

vejh
Jun 11th, 2007, 03:18 AM
Wow, she invited everyone!!lol.

It's because she appreciates them so. Her doctors travel with her? I'm guessing it's only during GS, or the FO.

zoguet
Jun 24th, 2007, 02:38 PM
Justine Henin has found peace of mind, and that is bad news for the rest of the women's draw, says Bud Collins.
The Observer
June 23, 2007 9:12 PM

Justine Henin is happy. This is extremely distressing news for the rest of the sisterhood. Particularly for the seven dolls to be trampled along her path during the Fiesta of the Fuzzy Ball that commences tomorrow out at SW19.

The first of those unfortunates will be the Argentine qualifier Jorgelina Cravero as Henin flexes her non-muscles and goes after the Big W title to fit alongside her six other majors: four French, a US and an Australian. That's more than enough to land her in the International Tennis Hall of Fame some day.

So what happened not so long ago, when Henin was unhappy? That was 2006, when all the little lady could manage was crashing the finals of the four majors (a very rare accomplishment), winning the French title and topping the world rankings. What's so bad about unhappy, then?

We found out recently at the French Open, where new-found happiness - 'peace of mind' she called it - was unrolled, and she went through Paris like the Reign of Terror. None of her victims took as much as a set, or came close. 'I'm worried about them,' she said of Serena Williams in the quarters and Jelena Jankovic in the semis. Henin permitted them a total of 11 games. She had Ana Ivanovic so rattled in the final (6-1 6-2) that you could hear the kid's knees jingling. Was Madame Defarge ever that tough?

Long after Dr Freud moaned, 'What does woman want?' the answer for the next fortnight might be: 'A backhand like Henin's!' Who wouldn't? But it took more than that heat-seeking missile of a shot to stir happiness within Henin. I'm not up on what Freud said about happiness, but my definition is this: 'Getting rid of excess baggage.'

Henin did exactly that. Remember who she was a year ago, losing the Wimbledon final to Amelie Mauresmo? Justine Henin-Hardenne. Hyphenated and morose. Here's where an emotional guillotine, as decision-maker, came in handy: cut the hyphen; cut the husband; cut the long painful, deleterious estrangement from her father and family; cut to the chase of becoming an all-time great.

Life has never been cushy for Henin, afflicted by numerous illnesses and injuries, and the controversy of walking out on the Australian final of 2006 while trailing Mauresmo. That was the case of the 'Belgian Bellyache', for which she was hammered by the press. She didn't get to Australia this year, apparently working out details of parting from Pierre-Yves Hardenne. The terms are secret, but he won't have to work the Belgian endive fields for a living.

Coming up as teenagers, Henin and Kim Clijsters put Belgium on the tennis map. Henin won more titles, Clijsters more hearts. One of the most agreeable ever to grace the game, the sunny, bubbly Clijsters took the happiness crown with her, abdicating to marriage. Now Henin is Belgium alone, and we'll see how she handles that. Surely no one could have been more joyful than Henin, so often grim-faced, in her acceptance speech at Roland Garros. Making public her reunion with the family, and dedicating the victory to them, she said: 'I missed you. I want to offer this victory to you. I love you with all my heart.' Amazing, heart-rending stuff from a very private person.

Neither she nor her sister and two brothers in the audience would discuss the reasons for the familial breakdown. But older brother David, 34, said that the rapprochement, after seven mute years, began in April, when he was nearly killed in a road accident. Comatose for two days, he awakened, and there was Justine. The rebuilding of love had begun and continues with visits and phone calls. Her father, Jose, watched the final on TV, saying he was too nervous to appear in person just yet. Team Henin has grown in size and strength from a player, coach and physio to a full-blown family.

Setting aside states of happiness and unhappiness, this Justineian career has been exceedingly difficult because she has had to push so hard to hang in with the growling, strong-armed company she keeps. Her towering colleagues make her seem Lilliputian. No shrieking baseline grinder, Henin is a treat to behold at work. A dazzling shotmaker and strategist, she gets so much out of a minuscule frame: 5ft 5in, 8st 8lb. She can volley (thought by most to be illegal in women's tennis) and her increasingly sharp forehand is backed by the divine one-handed backhand. She is buoyed by a heart hungry for every point.

Beneath the white cap is a tennis brain impatient to conquer Wimbledon at last, after losing to Venus Williams in 2001 and Mauresmo last year. She feels she needs it to complete a full set of majors - but knows she has found greater happiness already.

komorli
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:08 PM
:lol: I found that article rather funny. Bud Collins is :tape: "Belgian endive"?? Isn't this the guy that called her "Brussel Sprout" a few years ago?

pigam
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:21 PM
for some reason I find Bud Collins' articles so appalling.
He makes Justine always out to be this dumb girl from a developing country.
He's so patronising and just annoying. Why doesn't he write about TENNIS?

minboy
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:55 PM
for some reason I find Bud Collins' articles so appalling.
He makes Justine always out to be this dumb girl from a developing country.
He's so patronising and just annoying. Why doesn't he write about TENNIS?

Something I 've always wondered about Bud Collins : Did he lose a HUGE life-long bet some 25 years ago or what??:p
http://www.tennisroundup.com/events/2003/2003_EvertCeleb/Gallery%201/BlackTie/03EvBlTie_6407.jpg
http://www.champagnetennis.com/ImageGallery/CollinsConnorsksh.jpg
http://icaryn.com/uploaded_images/mebud-783448.jpg
http://www.acuraclassic.org/PressBox/images/1995-B.jpg

... or how too many beers on a saturday night can ruin your whole life !! :lol:

"- look, I bet ANYTHING that I can get that Miss Kansas chick in my bed tonight!!
- Did you say anything???
-Word!!!"

komorli
Jun 24th, 2007, 06:01 PM
:haha: those pics!!

pigam: that's why i found this article so funny! his depiction of Justine is so off. It really does seem like he portrays her as a poor little dumb girl from a developing country. :tape:

chloe-l
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:42 PM
:smash: :haha: Those pics. Too funny.

rottweily
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:59 PM
I'm wondering is Bud an ex-clown, the face, the pants :D

vejh
Jun 29th, 2007, 05:48 PM
This posted by explorer

Wow! Just heard Hewitt commentating in Channel 9 in Gonzalez's match, He spoke very highly about Justine. When was asked his pick of Woman's champ, he said he would like to see Justine wins it. He said Justine have been the best player in the world in the past few years, and was unlucky lost in last year's final. Also praised Justine's game and said she deserves this title more than anyone else.

Well, I don't like Hewitt, but now I think I may like him a bit more.

Lady
Jun 29th, 2007, 06:34 PM
This posted by explorer

Wow! Just heard Hewitt commentating in Channel 9 in Gonzalez's match, He spoke very highly about Justine. When was asked his pick of Woman's champ, he said he would like to see Justine wins it. He said Justine have been the best player in the world in the past few years, and was unlucky lost in last year's final. Also praised Justine's game and said she deserves this title more than anyone else.

Well, I don't like Hewitt, but now I think I may like him a bit more.

I think Lleyton had to watch more Justine's slam victories then anyone else on ATP tour. :lol:
I bet his feelings about those victories did change in the last couple of years. ;)

Stavie
Jun 29th, 2007, 09:34 PM
:lol: @ the pics

ugh.. He is definately jealous of Justine's red satin pants.Definately! :devil:

moby
Jun 30th, 2007, 03:08 AM
I think Lleyton had to watch more Justine's slam victories then anyone else on ATP tour. :lol:
I bet his feelings about those victories did change in the last couple of years. ;)The enemy of your enemy is your friend. :o

karin1492
Jun 30th, 2007, 11:37 AM
All the Aussie men seem to like Justine's chances here. Darren Cahill, Agassi's former coach and one of Lleyton's many Aussie roommates, who is doing match analysis for ESPN this year said that he thought Justine would win Wimbledon.

By the way, Cahill is really funny as a commentator. He's more like a spectator than a real commentator, which is a breath of fresh air. He was really getting into the Gonzalez/Tipsarevic match. He was actually yelling at Gonzalez a couple of times when he was making silly choices like hitting a tweener when he had time to hit a better shot.

j-fan
Jun 30th, 2007, 12:17 PM
Yes, Cahill is the best among the ESPN commentators.

TLP
Jul 1st, 2007, 11:06 PM
Well to some Bud Collins may seem like a dottering old fool but he has been an American tennis institution with his horrible selection of slacks and cherry disposition for many years. His rendition of Justine's recent success isn't all that bad, IMHO. His writing style is at least that, stylish for a sports commentator. He does seem to ask the same questions year after year but I give him slack because of his steadfast selection of Justine for the win. He is patronizing but he is patronizing to all of the players, male and female, and not just Justine. I'm sure Bud Collins must be in his 70's and that might explain his approach to the players who are 50 and 60 years his junior. Good line, Stoic.

purplerain
Aug 21st, 2007, 02:51 PM
from Peng Shuai's blog

本站赛事留给我印象最深的就是跟海宁那场16强的比赛。海宁是个伟大的球员,她的能力更大程度上在于她能很 好地观察比赛的形势,根据对手的情况来调整自己,主动求变。那场比赛的第一局其实我并不处于下风,相反还让 她一度感觉到有些压力。但她对场上形势判断以及自我调整还是能够帮助她成为了最后的胜利者。她的心态和审时 度势的能力是我需要去学习的。

"The QF with justine impresses me most. Justine is a great player, her has the ability to read a match and adjust her game according the opponent's game. In the first set I was not really behind, and actually I even put some pressure on her. However her judgement and adaptation helped her win. Her attitude and her ability to consider the situation is what I need to learn"

miss molly
Aug 21st, 2007, 03:33 PM
Jelena Jankovic comments at Rogers Cup

"I look forward to playing against her" Jankovic said. " She's the better player, for sure. She's No.1, and there is nothing I can say. All the credit to her, all the compliments go to her. I'll just try to play my best, and we'll see how I can do."

"So I mean, she's a great champion, and she pushes the standards of the game. And for me, it's great always to pair up against her and see what I can do and what I can improve. It always can make me better."

pigam
Aug 21st, 2007, 03:36 PM
thx both of you for adding to this great thread.
I agree with Peng Shuai, and noticed it even more in the Zi yan match. Justine adapted her style of play well to the opponent. It's a nice "feature" to have, as a tennisplayer ;)

karin1492
Sep 9th, 2007, 07:11 PM
During the US Open final, Billie Jean King said that pound for pound, Justine is the greatest tennis player ever. (Martina Navratilova has also said the same thing about Justine, as well.)

eck
Sep 9th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Muahahahahahahhaha. :)

Abhijeet4267
Sep 10th, 2007, 01:01 PM
She is great player wid cool head and tough mind

Lady
Nov 15th, 2007, 08:24 AM
So some of you may know Aleksandr Zhulin, who is a former figure skater and who also coached Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov to their Olympics Gold medal. He's a part of a very famous Russian TV project "Ice Age" and was interviewed for a tennis magazine because he was a runner-up in Stars tournament and his little daugher is training to become a pro tennis player. :angel:

So all this introductions were just because he named Justine as his favourite female tennis player (with Federer and Youzhny for the men). :hearts:
It's pretty rare for a Russian not to name a fellow Russian sports figure, and I absolutely love him, so I just wanted to let others know it as well. ;)
http://t-bm.ru/article.php?articleid=314

The Crow
Nov 15th, 2007, 02:52 PM
The other day the president of a Belgian football club said about a player who was nagging that the manager didn't let him play enough and that it was so much better last year, that he should take Justine as an example because she knows how it is to have to restart all the time and to get to a higher level after injuries/breaks/....

pigam
Nov 15th, 2007, 05:21 PM
The other day the president of a Belgian football club said about a player who was nagging that the manager didn't let him play enough and that it was so much better last year, that he should take Justine as an example because she knows how it is to have to restart all the time and to get to a higher level after injuries/breaks/....

she is really starting to surpass "all sports" in belgium (both parts ;) :p) so I've noticed.
really the female Eddy Merckx. Huge respect, specially from "her peers".

fleemke³
Nov 15th, 2007, 06:05 PM
The other day the president of a Belgian football club said about a player who was nagging that the manager didn't let him play enough and that it was so much better last year, that he should take Justine as an example because she knows how it is to have to restart all the time and to get to a higher level after injuries/breaks/....

Who was it?

I found this in GM

"Henin is a lady Federer. She is what Federer (Roger) is on the men's circuit. She is a terror for all women players and she wins whatever tournament that she competes." (Sania Mirza)

The Crow
Nov 15th, 2007, 06:49 PM
Oh yeah, the famous Mirza thread in GM and the worhshipping of false idols :D

Fleem, it was Ivan De Witte about Alin Stoica.

pigam
Nov 19th, 2007, 09:06 PM
LEI CLIJSTERS' positive comments :tape: in his last blog:
"Tot slot een positieve noot. Justine Henin wint de Masters. Met het gemak dat ze de tennisdollars binnenrijft, kan ze dra in Monaco haar eigen straat kopen. La rue de Juju."

"and we end on a positive note. Justine Henin wins the Masters. At the rate she is cashing in on those tennis dollars, she will soon be able to buy a whole street in Monaco. La rue de Juju"

rottweily
Nov 19th, 2007, 09:18 PM
LEI CLIJSTERS' positive comments :tape: in his last blog:
"Tot slot een positieve noot. Justine Henin wint de Masters. Met het gemak dat ze de tennisdollars binnenrijft, kan ze dra in Monaco haar eigen straat kopen. La rue de Juju."

"and we end on a positive note. Justine Henin wins the Masters. At the rate she is cashing in on those tennis dollars, she will soon be able to buy a whole street in Monaco. La rue de Juju"

Wtf I feel like spamming his blog :D, where is it :D

pigam
Nov 19th, 2007, 09:21 PM
here it is: http://blog.sport.be/allerlei/
feel free.
it already got heaps of negative criticism in the press; The crap he writes is beyond the imaginary. So dumb, and he thinks he's funny whil he's at it :rolleyes:

cintatenis
Nov 20th, 2007, 01:35 AM
LEI CLIJSTERS' positive comments :tape: in his last blog:
"Tot slot een positieve noot. Justine Henin wint de Masters. Met het gemak dat ze de tennisdollars binnenrijft, kan ze dra in Monaco haar eigen straat kopen. La rue de Juju."

"and we end on a positive note. Justine Henin wins the Masters. At the rate she is cashing in on those tennis dollars, she will soon be able to buy a whole street in Monaco. La rue de Juju"

Is it only me or do you guys also sense a tad of cynicalness on that quote?

purplerain
Nov 20th, 2007, 02:21 AM
not to against kim
but lei's daughter was the one who cashed tennis dollars faster than anyone else (holding the old record in 2003, and the 2 million+ 2005 USO check the most price money in a single tournament?)
You can complain others getting too much cash when your daughter retires :nerner:

The Crow
Nov 20th, 2007, 07:30 AM
I read that blog and it is very poorly written. Not that I would do a better job, but if you compare this with Filip Dewulf's blog it's a huge difference.

Anyway, he cashes blogdollars with it I guess, so I let the man be. I'm not gonna read more of his blogs though...

cintatenis
Nov 20th, 2007, 07:42 AM
I think Belgium will really have la rue de Justine Henin someday. Or a stadium :D

iamhe
Nov 20th, 2007, 11:02 AM
First he falsely accused justine of doping, then he wrote this ...crap ? Oh, he is so pathetic and jealous.

thenj
Nov 20th, 2007, 01:37 PM
LEI CLIJSTERS' positive comments :tape: in his last blog:
"Tot slot een positieve noot. Justine Henin wint de Masters. Met het gemak dat ze de tennisdollars binnenrijft, kan ze dra in Monaco haar eigen straat kopen. La rue de Juju."

"and we end on a positive note. Justine Henin wins the Masters. At the rate she is cashing in on those tennis dollars, she will soon be able to buy a whole street in Monaco. La rue de Juju"

wow he is still very bitter:help:

eck
Nov 20th, 2007, 01:47 PM
What does La rue de Juju mean :help:

shibster
Nov 20th, 2007, 01:49 PM
eck: my 3 weeks of french lessons say:
the street of juju (ha)

well, i have a relevant question (or irrelevant).....

is lei's bitterness representative of a typical belgian? is that why belgium is thrown into this "us" vs "them" political divide that is now threatening the sovereignty and existence of the country?

and i think it's not "cynicalness". i just think it's pure hypocrisy (ie it's ok for me to do, but not ok for you to do -- see the "wake up" thread for an article on how those who deem themselves to be more moral and above others often justify their wrongdoing :tape:)

i think lei should expand his anger towards mauresmo, afterall, she won antwerp and the diamond racquet that was meant for kim :tape:

loppy
Nov 20th, 2007, 03:17 PM
What does La rue de Juju mean :help:

Juju Street. :)

j-fan
Nov 20th, 2007, 07:05 PM
eck: my 3 weeks of french lessons say:
the street of juju (ha)

well, i have a relevant question (or irrelevant).....

is lei's bitterness representative of a typical belgian? is that why belgium is thrown into this "us" vs "them" political divide that is now threatening the sovereignty and existence of the country?

and i think it's not "cynicalness". i just think it's pure hypocrisy (ie it's ok for me to do, but not ok for you to do -- see the "wake up" thread for an article on how those who deem themselves to be more moral and above others often justify their wrongdoing :tape:)

i think lei should expand his anger towards mauresmo, afterall, she won antwerp and the diamond racquet that was meant for kim :tape:

I think it is jealousy and an inferiority complex. Look at how happy Kim was after loosing to Capriati at RG 01. Compare that to loosing to Justine. Kim and Lei probably felt inferior to the big Americans so losing was ok. But they were eaten by jealousy towards Justine, a small little Walloon.

Justine OTOH is unhappy when losing to anyone, anytime, and anywhere but she is not jealous or mean spirited. She just regroups, trains harder, and gets even the next time. She is a true competitor and a true champion in every sense of the word.


:worship: :worship: :worship:

fleemke³
Nov 20th, 2007, 08:57 PM
LEI CLIJSTERS' positive comments :tape: in his last blog:
"Tot slot een positieve noot. Justine Henin wint de Masters. Met het gemak dat ze de tennisdollars binnenrijft, kan ze dra in Monaco haar eigen straat kopen. La rue de Juju."

"and we end on a positive note. Justine Henin wins the Masters. At the rate she is cashing in on those tennis dollars, she will soon be able to buy a whole street in Monaco. La rue de Juju"



:tape: :tape: :tape: :tape:

cintatenis
Nov 21st, 2007, 12:50 AM
Maybe he's bitter because Juju equals Kim's record now by winning YEC two times. Remember how he was so proud and saying that YEC is more than Grand Slam (Juju hadn't have that title at that time)?

The Crow
Nov 21st, 2007, 07:20 AM
I'm not even sure he's bitter. As I have said, he's just a very bad writer.

rottweily
Nov 21st, 2007, 09:47 AM
Maybe he's bitter because Juju equals Kim's record now by winning YEC two times. Remember how he was so proud and saying that YEC is more than Grand Slam (Juju hadn't have that title at that time)?

Indeed, that surely came up in his mind.

fioredeliberi
Nov 25th, 2007, 03:48 AM
Lei needs to eat more chocolate and relax.
Sounds alot like an unfulfilled ex-sportsman.

Maiden
Nov 26th, 2007, 01:22 PM
Ok, I think this is a nice acknowledgement of Justine's quality.

What follows are two extracts from an article written by a very well know (in Italy) Italian journalist, Rino Tommasi, who's basically a living institution for several sports and tennis in particular, and also comments tennis matches for the national satellite channel.

I doubt any of you understand Italian, so I provided a translation.

"(...) Justine è semplicemente l’essere umano che gioca meglio a tennis, uomini e Federer compresi."

"(...) Con un metro e 67 di altezza e 57 chilogrammi la Henin rende centimetri e muscoli a quasi tutte le sue avversarie ma compensa questi limiti con una tecnica superiore ed una straordinaria coordinazione gambe-braccia che le consente di arrivare sempre bene sulla palla e ricavarne le traiettorie migliori. Ha lavorato con determinazione sui suoi colpi meno forti arrivando a servire prime a 190 chilometri l’ora e trovando sicurezza e misura nel dritto, perché il rovescio, il migliore in circolazione, se lo porta da casa. (...)"

"(...) Justine is simply the human being that plays the best tennis, men and Federer included."

"(...) With a height of 1.67 m and weighting 57 kg, Henin is at a default in centimeters and muscles with almost all of her opponents, but she compensates these limits with a superior technique and an extraordinary coordination between arms and legs, which enables her to always reach the ball at the perfect time and find the best trajectories. She worked with determination on her weaker shots, thus reaching a first serve speed of 190 kph and finding confidence and proportion on her forehand, because the backhand, the best in the world, she was born with. (...)"

rottweily
Nov 26th, 2007, 02:25 PM
"(...) Justine is simply the human being that plays the best tennis, men and Federer included."

Bold statement, but I agree.

vejh
Nov 26th, 2007, 05:37 PM
Bold statement indeed. But I concur. There is something about the way she plays tennis that makes it highly productive and successful for her, and most pleasing to me. I don't consider myself a fan of Fed but I am so impressed by the way he plays tennis. But I can honestly say when it comes to the overall quality of tennis, technique and in-outs of tennis included, he runs a close second to JH in my book.

fioredeliberi
Nov 27th, 2007, 07:06 AM
Yah, it's just nice to see her play, I think we can never really say why.
It's just like looking at a painting, some you will like, some are much to you. And it isn't easy to give all the reasons why.
Fed doesn't do it for me, but Justine does, even though Fed has better technique than Ju, esp on the serve.

snaily
Nov 27th, 2007, 12:58 PM
"(...) Justine is simply the human being that plays the best tennis, men and Federer included."

"(...) With a height of 1.67 m and weighting 57 kg, Henin is at a default in centimeters and muscles with almost all of her opponents, but she compensates these limits with a superior technique and an extraordinary coordination between arms and legs, which enables her to always reach the ball at the perfect time and find the best trajectories. She worked with determination on her weaker shots, thus reaching a first serve speed of 190 kph and finding confidence and proportion on her forehand, because the backhand, the best in the world, she was born with. (...)"
My feeling is that if "best" means not only reliability, technique but also finesse, I think she actually outdoes Federer.
On the other hand, I no longer consider her size an outright disadvantage. OK, there are a couple of things that are more difficult (the serve and hitting strong), but precisely she has what many tall players do not have - superior legwork. ALso, shortness is an advantage with some balls.
Yet, I often feel that she plays much more at the limit than some other players. I am just assuming so, because when she scews a shot up, she terribly screws it up, not just like has an awkward shot.

karin1492
Nov 29th, 2007, 04:19 AM
In the recent edition of Tennis magazine Chris Evert in her regular column heaps the praise on Justine, and says that she sees Justine easily getting into the double digits of Grand Slam titles. She goes on to say that when Justine gets those titles, she should be considered as one of the all time greats.

It's a nice column and she does what most other people do, which is to compare Federer and Justine. It's in the print edition of the magazine, so you have to actually go out and get a copy of the magazine.

athake
Nov 29th, 2007, 07:29 AM
Yah, it's just nice to see her play, I think we can never really say why.
It's just like looking at a painting, some you will like, some are much to you. And it isn't easy to give all the reasons why.
Fed doesn't do it for me, but Justine does, even though Fed has better technique than Ju, esp on the serve.

No, Justine has far better BH technique than Federer. Maybe its the only weakness that costs him RG titles. Players like Nadal,Nalbandian beats him by just breaking his BH. But in FH technique, he's godlike for sure...

The Crow
Nov 29th, 2007, 08:02 AM
Am I the only one who's getting sick of this constant comparison with Roger? Justine is Justine, she isn't comparable to anyone in my opinion. She has done great things this year and I don't give a rat's ass who dominated the most.

Helaena
Nov 29th, 2007, 09:49 AM
i love this thread...makes me feel so proud of our dear ju.......:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

psychoblood
Nov 29th, 2007, 10:05 AM
I'm with you on that, The Crow.

Although, if anyone asked me who's better, I'd still say Justine.

purplerain
Nov 29th, 2007, 02:59 PM
yeah, me three.
justine is justine, no need to compare her to anyone, even roger!

karin1492
Dec 9th, 2007, 05:39 AM
Here's another quote that Billie Jean King had about Justine in a recent interview:

“We now have the best players we’ve ever had,” says King. “I don’t know why we’re not talking about Justine Henin all the time because, for her size, she’s the greatest athlete we’ve ever seen. I don’t know why she’s not more appreciated – she’s not blonde, she’s not cutesie-wootsie but the way she has evolved as a tennis player is unbelievable. She’s improved so much at the net, she’s much stronger off her forehand, she has turned a terrible serve into something better than adequate and she’s learnt to recover during a match. People need to understand what they are seeing here.”


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article3021888.ece

The Crow
Dec 9th, 2007, 07:34 AM
:worship: BJK

pigam
Dec 9th, 2007, 11:59 AM
cool! :yeah:

j-fan
Dec 9th, 2007, 01:01 PM
It takes a King to recognize a queen.

:worship: :worship: :worship:

cynicole
Dec 9th, 2007, 01:48 PM
I wouldn't expect anything less from Billie Jean King.

I hate to be cynical (yes, I know, ironic) but I sometimes wonder if she puffs up her comments regarding Justine or the Williams Sisters or pretty much any other current player because, at the base of it, she feels a heavy sense of duty towards promoting the game. (And I only mention this because I've hardly even seen her criticize a current player, yet criticize actions of people in the past.)

shap_half
Dec 9th, 2007, 04:31 PM
I wouldn't expect anything less from Billie Jean King.

I hate to be cynical (yes, I know, ironic) but I sometimes wonder if she puffs up her comments regarding Justine or the Williams Sisters or pretty much any other current player because, at the base of it, she feels a heavy sense of duty towards promoting the game. (And I only mention this because I've hardly even seen her criticize a current player, yet criticize actions of people in the past.)

It's entirely possible, but to single Justine out is pretty telling. The fact that she is able to recognize the very little press/attention Justine receives despite playing the best tennis out there can't just be chalked up to her wanting to promote the sport. If that was truly her intention it might have been better to adulate someone like Ivanovic or Vaidisova -- rising talents who the non-tennis public can get into because of their looks.

cynicole
Dec 9th, 2007, 05:33 PM
It's entirely possible, but to single Justine out is pretty telling. The fact that she is able to recognize the very little press/attention Justine receives despite playing the best tennis out there can't just be chalked up to her wanting to promote the sport. If that was truly her intention it might have been better to adulate someone like Ivanovic or Vaidisova -- rising talents who the non-tennis public can get into because of their looks.

But that's what a lot of the other tennis media folks say regarding Ivanovic and Vaidisova anyway (well, more Ivanovic than Vaidisova).

She's essentially saying, as her example, "Why aren't more people paying attention to the No.1 player in the world? I'm no dummy and I know a lot of the reason is looks. But she's a fantastic athlete." .

I'm sure Billie Jean King of all people even knows the answers to that one:
1. Justine's from a small country that might not even be a country anymore by the end of the century) / not American
2. Not hawt.
3. very negative and idiotic press attention from the talking heads in the USA (just that she wouldn't directly call them out for it).

If, say, Kuznetsova was the #1 player in the world, I'm almost certain BJK would probably have said nearly the same thing.

pigmalion
Jan 9th, 2008, 09:51 AM
from Lindsay :

She's the dominant player. She's remarkable, with her win-loss, and no one really challenging her. Obviously in a handful of matches there were some close scores, but she's proven that she picks her tournaments that she wants to perform well in and tries to peak at those, and her results mean everything to her. She did phenomenal last year in peaking at the right times."


Lindsay :kiss:

Link : http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/7651604

karin1492
Jan 15th, 2008, 02:42 PM
This is from Kuznetsova's interview at the Aussie Open. It shows how much her and Ju like each other. :lol:

Q. You're very popular with your fellow players. Is that important to you? Is that a good thing?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: For me a very important thing. First thing for me is be a good person before being a good player, you know. Because even if I would be like first in the world, I would get everything, attention and everything, would win everything, and then you're a shit person it's not good.

I mean, I think every like top player, we have great personality, like Justine, other girls. We are all like good people. For me it's very important. And I like to communicate with girls. I like to roll good, you know.

Q. Who would you say your closest friend is on the tour?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I have many. It's very hard. I mean, I'm good with Justine. I'm good with Serena. I'm good with Alicia. I don't want to miss any names because I'm really good with many girls. Like Likhovtseva, definitely from my Russian girls, one of my best friends.


Q. We also understand that you dictate the music in the locker room.

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, from my locker it's my music. If they don't like, many times I ask like, Do you mind, like, the music or whatever? Normally it's me and Justine in locker room like before finals or semis.

Somehow, I always play her. So I always ask her, Does it bother you? That's it. I put the music. Nobody does else.


Q. Does she ever say yes?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No. She's, No, it's fine. She just laughs. She goes, Put the kind of music you listen. I say, I'm sorry, I'm just different.

moby
Jun 12th, 2008, 02:20 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2307

Carla Suarez Navarro on her role models...

I used to watch Steffi Graf, Lleyton Hewitt and Justine Henin. I got to watch a bit of Lleyton playing yesterday, which I really enjoyed. It's a shame Henin is retired now. What I loved about Henin was how she moved on the court; I admired that most. I have some of her matches on tape. I also admire Michael Jordan.

Dinayer
Jun 24th, 2008, 06:50 PM
I really like this thread, its my favourite and it makes me feel very proud :)

I think that Carla will be the next Justine, i hope it, because she has a fantastic forehand. I really like her game :D

miss molly
Aug 30th, 2008, 10:44 AM
Elena Dementieva, US Open 2008, after her first round win:

Q. You have a chance to be No. 1 at the end of this tournament, and there are several players in the same position. Why doesn't anyone want to keep No. 1 in women's tennis?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Because Justine is not here anymore. (laughter.)


Q. What's your explanation for how open it is?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I think we don't have a player who can be very consistent during the year. I mean, it's been ups and downs and some great matches, great performances from a lot of players, from top 10, but we never had anything like Justine who was able to, you know, win every single tournament that she was playing.

So maybe that's the...

Allez-H
Aug 30th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Elena always has been one of the smartest players on tour ... ;)

j-fan
Aug 31st, 2008, 10:07 PM
Elena is a nice girl. Glad she won gold a the Olympics. Wouldn't mind if she inherits the US Open crown from Justine.

:angel::angel::angel:

miss molly
Oct 7th, 2008, 04:51 PM
From Goran Ivanisevic interview
http://www.blackrocktourofchampions.com/5/news/2008/ivanisevic_interview.asp

Question: What about women’s tennis. Is there anyone out there at the moment that you think is any good?

Goran: To be honest I’m not interested so much in women’s tennis. I loved Justine Henin, but unfortunately she stopped, I don’t know why but she was an unbelievable tennis player. The Williams sisters, when they want to play they are better than everybody now Henin is gone. With their power and everything they are unbelievable. And then there are the two Serbians who are doing great, Jankovic and Ivanovic. Sharapova is injured and then there are a lot of Russians and a lot of Czechs. Most of these girls are from Europe. Apart from the Williams sisters all these top girls are from Europe and European tennis is picking up.

Allez-H
Oct 11th, 2008, 08:04 PM
Ah, Goran! I think he was the one that summed up Justine's retirement perfectly when he said he didn't understand women.

Allez-H
Feb 1st, 2009, 12:31 PM
Some nice words from Dinara after getting trashed. It just goes to show, that eventhough Justine is retired she still is an example for a lot of current player;



Safina said Williams has proved she has what it takes to become the world number one, but added that Justine Henin, the Belgian who retired last May while still ranked No. 1, is the best player she has ever played against.

"For me Justine was best. I don't have anything against Serena, but I love the way Justine was playing. I love the way she was on the court and all these things. Just maybe I like Justine more."

j-fan
Feb 1st, 2009, 04:47 PM
Some nice words from Dinara after getting trashed. It just goes to show, that eventhough Justine is retired she still is an example for a lot of current player;



Safina said Williams has proved she has what it takes to become the world number one, but added that Justine Henin, the Belgian who retired last May while still ranked No. 1, is the best player she has ever played against.

"For me Justine was best. I don't have anything against Serena, but I love the way Justine was playing. I love the way she was on the court and all these things. Just maybe I like Justine more."

Yes, right on.

:worship::worship::worship:

cynicole
Feb 1st, 2009, 04:56 PM
Nice.

Someone needs to throw the Dokic quote in here (I'm too lazy to do it).

Allez-H
Feb 1st, 2009, 06:21 PM
^ As you wish ...


She has always admired former world No.1 Justine Henin. Like Dokic, Henin had a difficult relationship with her father, Jose. The Belgian also had to deal with losing her mother Francoise, to cancer when Henin was just 12.

Dokic also suffered great emotional pain when she was estranged from her mother, Liliana, and little brother Savo; relationships she recently mended.

Even in Dokic's darkest hours, when she couldn't stand watching tennis, she could still manage to admire Henin's brilliant play.

"It's hard to watch when you're not playing, especially when you have a tough time off the court," Dokic said. "But I watched a few matches of Justine when she was playing. I always loved to watch her, and you can really learn a lot from her. She's had a horrible time. She's lost her mother and had a lot of problems with her father, and I really admire her a lot for [overcoming] that."

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/tennis/how-doughty-dokic-turned-it-around/2009/01/28/1232818507162.html

fioredeliberi
Feb 20th, 2009, 08:19 AM
Never will there be another player with Justine's emotional life-story, her grace and her power.

The only one comparable was Steffi. Serena and sis are winners, but they don't come near the class, beauty and grace of Justine.

Long live the Boss, wish her well in her Second life, hope she does so well like Steffi has.

miss molly
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:41 PM
I copy here what Allez-H wrote in the articles thread a few weeks ago about Melanie Oudin.

I just came here to post the Oudin comment, but I guess you guys were already ahead of me It nice to see an up and coming American player stating the total anti-American type of player as her idol I haven't seen Melanie play yet, but I'll try to catch her next match to see any possible resemblance with Ju.

For those who haven't read it yet;


Q. Who was your idol?

MELANIE OUDIN: Justine Henin.

Q. Why?

MELANIE OUDIN: Because she's proven that you don't have to be six feet tall to be No. 1 in the world and win so many Grand Slams. Her footwork is amazing. Just everything about her.

Q. And you don't have to be Russian either?

MELANIE OUDIN: Right.

Q. How far away are you from getting a serve as strong as Justine's?

MELANIE OUDIN: Every day I'm working harder at it. I mean, hopefully soon.

miss molly
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Safina's comments about Justine in her interview on 14th August in Cinci (from OS).


Q: I remember that you played the last match against JUSTINE HENIN before she stopped. Now first match Kim coming back.

Dinara Safina : Okay, so next it's gonna be JUSTINE coming back. (Laughter.)


Q: First you stop the comeback story of Kim.

Dinara Safina: Now I have to make JUSTINE come back.


Q: Maybe?

Dinara Safina: I would love her to come back. For me, she was the greatest player. I really admire her. I was looking up to her a lot because of what she managed to do, how hard worker she was, and how mentally tough she was. I'm just -- I don't know, I really respect JUSTINE a lot, and I love her game a lot.

cecilija
Sep 7th, 2009, 10:45 PM
Q. Do you think Justine Henin has paid attention at all?
MELANIE OUDIN: I don't know if she has. That would be unbelievable. That would be really cool if she has. But I don't know.

:lol:

explorer
Nov 1st, 2009, 11:46 PM
This ice hockey guy has Ju as his favourite athlete.

http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/teams/story.html?id=2169139&add_feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.faceoff.com%2Fscript s%2FSP6Atom.aspx%3Fid%3D824725

"Favourite athlete in another sport: Justine Henin. I love battlers, and she always gave everything."

ireneteri
Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:04 PM
:worship:This ice hockey guy has Ju as his favourite athlete.

http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/teams/story.html?id=2169139&add_feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.faceoff.com%2Fscript s%2FSP6Atom.aspx%3Fid%3D824725

"Favourite athlete in another sport: Justine Henin. I love battlers, and she always gave everything."

Ju's backhand
Nov 17th, 2009, 10:48 AM
:worship:

j-fan
Dec 3rd, 2009, 10:24 PM
Safina's comments about Justine in her interview on 14th August in Cinci (from OS).

........

Dinara Safina: I would love her to come back. For me, she was the greatest player. I really admire her. I was looking up to her a lot because of what she managed to do, how hard worker she was, and how mentally tough she was. I'm just -- I don't know, I really respect JUSTINE a lot, and I love her game a lot.

A belated question, wouldn't it be difficult for Safina to look up to Justine?

:lol::lol::lol:

Arnian
Dec 3rd, 2009, 11:26 PM
I love what Safina said about Justine.

flyingmachine
Dec 4th, 2009, 08:38 AM
I copy here what Allez-H wrote in the articles thread a few weeks ago about Melanie Oudin.

I just came here to post the Oudin comment, but I guess you guys were already ahead of me It nice to see an up and coming American player stating the total anti-American type of player as her idol I haven't seen Melanie play yet, but I'll try to catch her next match to see any possible resemblance with Ju.

For those who haven't read it yet;


Q. Who was your idol?

MELANIE OUDIN: Justine Henin.

Q. Why?

MELANIE OUDIN: Because she's proven that you don't have to be six feet tall to be No. 1 in the world and win so many Grand Slams. Her footwork is amazing. Just everything about her.

Q. And you don't have to be Russian either?

MELANIE OUDIN: Right.

Q. How far away are you from getting a serve as strong as Justine's?

MELANIE OUDIN: Every day I'm working harder at it. I mean, hopefully soon.
:haha: :haha: :worship:

debby
Dec 27th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Can anyone translate this? :sobbing:

Ivanovic: 'Justine is een geweldige speelster' 27-12-2009
Ivanovic: 'Justine is een geweldige speelster' Ana Ivanovic is al in Australië waar ze zich voorbereidt op de Australian Open. De Servische heeft geleerd uit haar rampjaar en ziet 2010 rooskleurig in. Ze kijkt zelfs uit naar een duel tegen Justine Henin.

Net als Kim Clijsters en Justine Henin start Ana Ivanovic het tennisjaar in Brisbane. "Het is een geweldige plek om te starten. Ik heb geen echte verwachtingen, maar ik weet dat ik ver kan geraken", aldus Ivanovic die erg populair is in Australië, mede door haar relatie met golfer Adam Scott.

"Ik hou van Australië, ik zeg dat al jaren. Het is een absoluut kennerspubliek en bovendien zijn de Aussies warme mensen", dixit de Servische.

Ana Ivanovic kijkt ook uit naar de comeback van Justine Henin: "Ze is een geweldige speelster, zeker één van de moeilijkste om te verslaan. Ik heb haar nog niet kunnen kloppen, hopelijk lukt het me in 2010."

Source (http://www.tennisinfo.be/nieuws/8975/Ivanovic+Justine+is+een+geweldige+speelster.html)

It seems she praises Justine :D

Allez-H
Dec 27th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Ana: " Justine is an amazing player, defenitly one of the most difficult players to beat. I wasn't able to beat her yet and I hope I can do it 2010."

elle-marie
Dec 28th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Ana: " Justine is an amazing player, defenitly one of the most difficult players to beat. I wasn't able to beat her yet and I hope I can do it 2010."

Oh, I hope she can't do it.:tape: :lol:

debby
Dec 28th, 2009, 07:19 PM
Oh, I hope she can't do it.:tape: :lol:

:lol: :worship:

cecilija
Dec 30th, 2009, 03:38 PM
ALICIA MOLIK FEARS HUNGRY JUSTINE HENIN
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/alicia-molik-fears-hungry-justine-henin/story-e6frfgao-1225814848549
Paul Malone
December 31, 2009 12:00AM

AUSTRALIAN Alicia Molik says every player is dreading the thought of drawing comeback star Justine Henin in the first round of the Brisbane International.

In a women's field strewn with comeback stories, Molik has eight tournaments under her belt and former world No. 1 Henin just two exhibition matches before they take their wildcard places next week. Molik made seven straight finals of Tennis Australia's Pro Tour events in Darwin, South Australia and Western Australia from mid-September, winning three titles to reach No. 198 in the world.

But she knows the scrutiny will be on Henin's form in Brisbane in the Belgian's first tournament in 20 months, along with Kim Clijsters as she attacks a full season after her US Open win in the third event of her comeback this year.

"I'm even excited to go outside and watch Justine practice. It's fantastic for women's sport and brilliant for this tournament in Brisbane," Molik said."Every player in the draw will be dreading that they could play Justine in the first round. She is the ultimate professional and will have prepared perfectly for this event.

"Kim was one of the top players in the world when she retired (in 2007), so it comes as no surprise she's consistently beating the best players in the world."

In the past three years Molik has needed a long break from tennis to address her inner-ear virus vestibular neuronitis. She ended her retirement in March.

"Ten years of the same occupation, you are deserving of long-service leave and it's basically what a lot of us have had," she said.

After hitting with fellow Australian Sam Stosur at the Gold Coast on Tuesday, Molik said the world No. 13 would be "cherry ripe" for the Australian Open after lead-up events at the Hopman Cup and Sydney International. "Sam is capable of anything. More importantly, she knows that". Molik said she was mainly coaching herself, although she was having help from coach Chris Johnstone in Brisbane.

Allez-H
Dec 30th, 2009, 05:50 PM
Alicia :hearts:

Beakling
Jan 21st, 2010, 05:35 PM
Mary Carrillo was praising Justine's intensity during the Dementieva match, and said something like "you can't practice this kind of emotion" or sthg like that.

It's great to have her back.

oside
Jan 23rd, 2010, 12:55 PM
The women's game is going to be spectacular this year, especially if Maria can get in the mix too. Justine is going to give players fits out there, not only with her play, but with her constant intensity. So many of the top players somehow seem to have mental lapses during matches. Justine is going to make them pay for those!

my0118
Jan 28th, 2010, 08:00 AM
Zheng's interview She really likes Justine. :angel:

Q. What surprised you most about how well Justine played?

JIE ZHENG: She just played super, yeah. I hope she can win the Australia Grand Slam title, yeah. I think she do a lot, the fitness. She look like more stronger.

explorer
Jan 28th, 2010, 10:21 PM
One more player added to Ju's fangirl database.

Getting To Know... Chang Kai-Chen from WTA site
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~1948023,00.html

Growing up, did you have a tennis idol?
CKC: When I was really young, no, but when I started playing juniors and becoming more aware, I liked Justine Henin and Roger Federer.

oside
Jan 29th, 2010, 10:28 AM
Young tennis stars should play close attention to Justine's game...

tennisphilia
Jan 30th, 2010, 10:28 AM
In her interview after beating Justine Henin, Serena Williams called Henin an "aggressive player".

tennisphilia
Jan 30th, 2010, 10:28 AM
And, Serena welcomed Justine back into the WTA tour after she beat Henin to win her 12th grand slam title.

cecilija
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:35 PM
I really hope you get lost from this board. You ain't fooling anybody.

explorer
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:42 PM
I really hope you get lost from this board. You ain't fooling anybody.
+1

miss_molik
Jan 31st, 2010, 12:57 AM
ALICIA MOLIK FEARS HUNGRY JUSTINE HENIN
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/alicia-molik-fears-hungry-justine-henin/story-e6frfgao-1225814848549
Paul Malone
December 31, 2009 12:00AM

AUSTRALIAN Alicia Molik says every player is dreading the thought of drawing comeback star Justine Henin in the first round of the Brisbane International.

In a women's field strewn with comeback stories, Molik has eight tournaments under her belt and former world No. 1 Henin just two exhibition matches before they take their wildcard places next week. Molik made seven straight finals of Tennis Australia's Pro Tour events in Darwin, South Australia and Western Australia from mid-September, winning three titles to reach No. 198 in the world.

But she knows the scrutiny will be on Henin's form in Brisbane in the Belgian's first tournament in 20 months, along with Kim Clijsters as she attacks a full season after her US Open win in the third event of her comeback this year.

"I'm even excited to go outside and watch Justine practice. It's fantastic for women's sport and brilliant for this tournament in Brisbane," Molik said."Every player in the draw will be dreading that they could play Justine in the first round. She is the ultimate professional and will have prepared perfectly for this event.

"Kim was one of the top players in the world when she retired (in 2007), so it comes as no surprise she's consistently beating the best players in the world."

In the past three years Molik has needed a long break from tennis to address her inner-ear virus vestibular neuronitis. She ended her retirement in March.

"Ten years of the same occupation, you are deserving of long-service leave and it's basically what a lot of us have had," she said.

After hitting with fellow Australian Sam Stosur at the Gold Coast on Tuesday, Molik said the world No. 13 would be "cherry ripe" for the Australian Open after lead-up events at the Hopman Cup and Sydney International. "Sam is capable of anything. More importantly, she knows that". Molik said she was mainly coaching herself, although she was having help from coach Chris Johnstone in Brisbane.

:yeah:

cecilija
Feb 2nd, 2010, 01:10 PM
Yanina:

Yanina Wickmayer embarked on a poignant eulogy to Justine Henin. "I've seen her several times on television. She always sets the bar high in her matches. She will again achieve great results. For sure. Melbourne was only a beginning. At the Australian Open, we delivered our first duel. I find it difficult to say if she plays better than before.In my opinion, she has become a better player because as a woman she has flourished. During her retirement, she has learned to live normally. She discovered what she really liked. Her game was enhanced by this perspective. I do not worry about her. Her second career will be magnificent. Belgium has found two great champions in a few months. I am optimistic for the months ahead. Moreover, the 2010 season has already started well with two titles the first week in Auckland and Brisbane and the final in Melbourne. "

AAT
Feb 2nd, 2010, 01:13 PM
nice words from yanina (i hate her) but at least she shows respect in here.

Dandy_Warhol
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:56 PM
Yanina :hug:

JJ ismyname
Feb 2nd, 2010, 05:57 PM
Yanina - I understand her idol is Kim and they are from the same part of Belgium but she has so much in common with Justine that they should be closer.

Justine should be her inspiration and hopefully as they get to know each other on the circuit better that will be the case.

eck
Feb 3rd, 2010, 05:16 AM
Pot calling kettle black :rolls:

cecilija
Feb 12th, 2010, 03:50 PM
Another youngster ;) And it's Petra Martic who really impressed me this week.

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/video/20100210/getting-to-knowpetra-martic_2256670_1962095

Terpsichore
Feb 13th, 2010, 04:40 AM
Yanina:

Yanin was mimicking Justine's cries of "allez!" in their match at Melbourne Park. It was weird. While she was showing this disrespect the TV commentators were rabbiting on about how Yanina idolized Justine. Well of course she must! They're both from Belgium where it's all Happy Families! It's a given!

karin1492
Feb 20th, 2010, 10:44 PM
Melanie Oudin writing on the WTA blog from Memphis earlier this week:

One thing I have to say...it's very exciting to see Justine back. Getting to see her play at the Australian Open... I watched her match against Dementieva, the whole match, and it was incredible. She's such a good athlete, she's so quick, there are so many things I can still learn from her game. I'm looking forward to watching her more... and maybe even one day playing her!

debby
Feb 20th, 2010, 11:22 PM
:lol: I love Oudin. :awww: I really hope they will play each other. I hope also Justine will lose against her in a no Slam tournament :D

Arnian
Feb 21st, 2010, 12:32 AM
I'm curious to see how they play against each other, god I want Oudin to make the top ten. Her game style is such a nice thing to see from a new and upcoming American player.

I also love how she's such a fan girl :haha: it's cute

elle-marie
Feb 21st, 2010, 08:48 AM
:lol: I love Oudin. :awww: I really hope they will play each other. I hope also Justine will lose against her in a no Slam tournament :D

:o No no no, I like Mel too but I don't want it. :lol:

AAT
Feb 21st, 2010, 02:00 PM
nice words from mel :lol:

Ellery
Feb 21st, 2010, 02:03 PM
Zheng's interview She really likes Justine. :angel:

And Jie said in an interview Justine was her favorite player :hearts:

explorer
Mar 3rd, 2010, 10:04 PM
One more yougster, Polona Hercog, Acapulco finalist.

Getting To Know... Polona Hercog
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~1983142,00.html

cecilija
Mar 13th, 2010, 02:15 PM
For Dulko, Friday’s win against her favorite player proved especially memorable.

“Every win is special, but today I was really emotional out there,” she said. “I couldn't believe at the beginning I actually won the match. I really like Justine, how she plays tennis. I think she's a great champion.”

vejh
Mar 13th, 2010, 03:50 PM
^ Ohhhhhhhh.

You know the WTA seems like a lovefest for Ju.lol. I'd like to be a fly in the locker-room.

j-fan
Mar 13th, 2010, 05:32 PM
Dulko is smart. She is buttering up Justine so that she won't beat her 6-0 6-0 next time.

:lol::lol::lol:

cecilija
Mar 13th, 2010, 05:36 PM
Justine is respected in Argentina even though they hardly care about women's tennis there. But I think she is among few that is appreciated. So it's no surprise Gise feels like this. I like Dulko, she is a smart tactician and quite crafty. Justine has had worse losses.

explorer
Mar 13th, 2010, 11:27 PM
^ Ohhhhhhhh.

You know the WTA seems like a lovefest for Ju.lol. I'd like to be a fly in the locker-room.
I approved.

Roookie
Apr 1st, 2010, 06:14 AM
Kim :yeah:

"I've always had a lot of respect for Justine," Clijsters said. "She is definitely one of the most professional players out there. She works extremely hard to get to where she is. She's a huge talent too. I can learn a lot from her. And especially when we get to clay, the way she moves, it's something I can only dream of."

Dandy_Warhol
Apr 1st, 2010, 04:43 PM
Kim :awww:

Arnian
Apr 1st, 2010, 05:39 PM
Wow that's a wonderful thing Kim said

vejh
Apr 1st, 2010, 09:47 PM
Somebody's growing up?

JJ ismyname
May 2nd, 2010, 10:08 PM
Just looked on the WTA site and yet another young and upcoming player has stated that Justine is her idol - Simona Halep

She has got a lot of followers

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~2041605,00.html

Allez-H
May 23rd, 2010, 07:33 AM
Don't freak out. A somewhat positive comment towards Justine by Roger Federer. He reacts to the fact that he was a part of the reason why Justine came back (barf!);

"Je suis fier. Simplement fier. Habituellement, ce sont des jeunes joueurs qui sont inspirés. Mais Justine a gagné Roland Garros plus de fois que moi. C'est bon d'inspirer d'autres champions. Et la chose la plus importante pour moi maintenant est d'être une source d'inspiration pour une génération de joueurs que je pourrais affronter un jour, voire même des joueurs encore plus jeunes. Pour moi, c'était important d'avoir des idoles lorsque je grandissais."

------

"I'm proud. Simply proud. Normally, it's the young players that are inspired. But Justine won Roland Garros more times than me. It's nice to inspire other champions. For me the most important thing right now, is being a source of inspiration for a new generation of players that I could meet one day. Or even younger players. It's was important for me to have idols while growing up."

Arnian
May 23rd, 2010, 07:44 AM
Don't freak out. A somewhat positive comment towards Justine by Roger Federer. He reacts to the fact that he was a part of the reason why Justine came back (barf!);

"Je suis fier. Simplement fier. Habituellement, ce sont des jeunes joueurs qui sont inspirés. Mais Justine a gagné Roland Garros plus de fois que moi. C'est bon d'inspirer d'autres champions. Et la chose la plus importante pour moi maintenant est d'être une source d'inspiration pour une génération de joueurs que je pourrais affronter un jour, voire même des joueurs encore plus jeunes. Pour moi, c'était important d'avoir des idoles lorsque je grandissais."

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"I'm proud. Simply proud. Normally, it's the young players that are inspired. But Justine won Roland Garros more times than me. It's nice to inspire other champions. For me the most important thing right now, is being a source of inspiration for a new generation of players that I could meet one day. Or even younger players. It's was important for me to have idols while growing up."

That's very admirable of him to mention the fact that she has won Roland Garros more times than him. Despite the fact that he has over twice as many majors as her :eek:

oside
May 24th, 2010, 11:45 PM
Oh, and it's great to have her back....

Ju's backhand
May 25th, 2010, 09:17 AM
Federer :worship:

joshum
May 25th, 2010, 03:37 PM
so after 1st match at RG.

"She has all of the chances to win this tournament," said Pironkova, who had played -- and lost to -- Henin three times before. "She still plays great. I don't think she lost [anything] with that rest that she had. I think she is playing even better. She's faster, and her strokes are more secure."

#kArLoS#
May 25th, 2010, 03:43 PM
Roger :worship:

Allez-H
May 25th, 2010, 10:48 PM
Some nice (non-tennisrelated) words from Camille Pin;

Camille Pin of France, 28 and a small player like Henin at just 5 foot 3¾, has been on the tour with the Belgian for many years. “In real life, she’s very, very cool,” Pin said. “We’ve known each other since we were 10 years old and she’s always been approachable and down to earth.”

vejh
May 25th, 2010, 10:57 PM
Oh wow, cool. Ju seems to have/had respectful relationships with alot of french players; Pierce, Dechy, Testud,

Allez-H
May 26th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Kuzzie :worship: She speaks the truth! So glad she came trough today!

"You know what I think?" Kuznetsova told reporters when asked why only one teenager was ranked in the world’s top 25. "All the teenagers, they come or their parents or their agents or someone or they think they’re so good. I don’t see them respecting the other players like we did when we came here."

"I was respecting — I played Kim Clijsters. For me, it was huge. I played Justine Henin, and you’re like wow! They’re big. You have respect. You want to be like them."

"(They) come and they see themselves equal and it’s not like that, you know. These girls have done so much for tennis."

vejh
May 27th, 2010, 12:29 AM
Respieto. It's what it is all about. And it is the respect that drives players to learn and hone until they too can reach a level where they are repected.

shap_half
May 27th, 2010, 01:30 AM
I agree with Sveta. I do think that so many of these girls who hit so big, everyone is fawning over their power, they think they're the next whoever, and the reality is, you need to really develop not just your game but your mentality. There's nothing wrong with being fearless, but you need to learn to contextualize your talent.

Arnian
May 27th, 2010, 02:29 AM
Nice post by Kuzzy

moby
May 27th, 2010, 05:50 PM
Kimiko. :D
Love how she brought Justine into the conversation from nowhere.

Q. I'm not clear. Two things: I'm not clear. Are you saying do you think the game ultimately is better now or then? Also on a slow hardcourt, who would win, Steffi Graf or Serena Williams?
KIMIKO DATE KRUMM: I don't know. (laughter.)
Very difficult question. I don't know. I like Steffi Graf. She's super athlete, I think. Justine Henin, also super athlete.
But of course Serena also is very tough player and more powerful, more strong she has strong mental. So very, very difficult to answer.

Q. Are you putting Steffi No. 1 and then who would be 2 and 3 between those three?
KIMIKO DATE KRUMM: I like Steffi Graf and Justine Henin, yeah.

vejh
May 27th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Of course :) Who wouldn't love Justine?lol. Ju is a perfect mix of the throwback tennis player with pure, unadulterated tennis skills and the modern power athlete.

Dandy_Warhol
May 28th, 2010, 03:11 AM
i love these new comments on Justine :hearts:

Dinayer
May 28th, 2010, 01:06 PM
Kimiko :worship:

darkishgirl
May 29th, 2010, 04:21 AM
sveta & kimiko :clap2::clap2:

explorer
Jul 9th, 2010, 07:51 AM
Ju's first round opponent in Wimbeldon is one of her fan girl

Getting To Know... Anastasija Sevastova
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/GettingToKnow/Read/0,,12781~2087046,00.html

You recently played Justine Henin at Wimbledon - what was that like?
AS: It was an unbelievable experience… along with Steffi Graf, Justine was my idol when I was small. I've always admired her fighting spirit, that fact that she never gives up, and the way that she moves around the court. I learned a lot from playing her, just being across the net from such mental toughness. It was just a shame it was in the first round.

joshum
Jul 9th, 2010, 08:49 AM
cool! fangirl played pretty well against ju. she cited movement and mental toughness as the identifiers of justine....mmm wish those will again be the key elements when justine comes out of injury again.

explorer
Jul 9th, 2010, 08:54 AM
I think it's funny two matches I watched in which Ju played her fan girl, the fan girl acturally showed more variety than Ju, played more like Justine 1.0 that Justine herself.:lol:

joshum
Jul 9th, 2010, 10:22 AM
also funny how we all distinguish justine 1.0 and 2.0, of which we see so different approaches and yet the same person?!

i have not seen any athelete like that to say the least. usually the comebacks are not as successful because there are much changes to the players, styles and techniques and the period moves on; that's why the comebacks find it difficult to catch up. in justine's case, she changed herself thinking she needs to in order to catch the wave and in fact, she doesn't need to cos the field hasn't changed much. ^0^ she is truly extraordinary. and blame it on her attitude, she is one of the few who can/will change her style of play. this aggressive style kind of works from time of time only because she is a true talent and can make the best of out of it, not because it suits her. can't she see.....still needs patience to build points, variety to create opportunities and rallies to come from defense to offense....if justine is stubborn for the change, can we get a version 1.5 pleassseeee. :o

Baselinebasher
Jul 9th, 2010, 10:50 AM
also funny how we all distinguish justine 1.0 and 2.0, of which we see so different approaches and yet the same person?!

i have not seen any athelete like that to say the least. usually the comebacks are not as successful because there are much changes to the players, styles and techniques and the period moves on; that's why the comebacks find it difficult to catch up. in justine's case, she changed herself thinking she needs to in order to catch the wave and in fact, she doesn't need to cos the field hasn't changed much. ^0^ she is truly extraordinary. and blame it on her attitude, she is one of the few who can/will change her style of play. this aggressive style kind of works from time of time only because she is a true talent and can make the best of out of it, not because it suits her. can't she see.....still needs patience to build points, variety to create opportunities and rallies to come from defense to offense....if justine is stubborn for the change, can we get a version 1.5 pleassseeee. :o

I want Justine 3.0

Same style as 2.0 with better serve, playing more percentage tennis. :p

eck
Jan 27th, 2011, 11:45 AM
Bethanie MS - Srry to hear that Justine had to retire from her elbow injury. Never want to see someone have to end their career like that. My best to you!

Carlos Moya - Se retire Justine Henin,mala noticia para los amntes del tenis,probablemente la jugadora con mas talento q yo haya visto,q tenga suerte!!!
Which was retweeted by James Ward, a tennis player.

Lapaco
Jan 27th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Parece ser q Henin esta mal del codo y se va a operar,lastima q una de las mas grandes se vaya de esta manera pero asi es la cosa...

carlos :hearts: