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CanIGetAWhat
Feb 13th, 2002, 05:38 PM
Thursday 14 February 2:21 AM

Venus says Clijsters, Henin could be number one
By Katie Nguyen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World number two Venus Williams has praised the talents of Belgium's Justine Henin and Kim
Clijsters and predicted they could one day top the women's tennis rankings.

"Justine is really talented. She has a formidable stroke which allows her to use the racket in a way I can't," Williams said,
describing the famed Henin backhand in an interview with La Derniere Heure newspaper.

"As for Kim Clijsters, she's very solid. She's not afraid of anything. Both of them have the undeniable potential to become
number one in the world," she added.

"It's pretty incredible that a small country like Belgium could produce two such talented players."

The American came to Belgium after winning the Paris Open on Sunday when Yugoslav Jelena Dokic pulled out of the final
due to a thigh injury.

She stepped in at the last minute after younger sister Serena withdrew from this week's Antwerp Open with an ankle injury.

Clijsters, Belgium's number one tennis player, was also forced to pull out with a stress fracture to her right arm.

TOP RANKING

If she continues in her current vein of form, Venus, who takes on Russia's Anna Kournikova in the second round of the
$585,000 tournament, could get a chance to claim number one ranking for the first time in her career, edging out fellow
American Jennifer Capriati, who is currently top of the rankings.

"To become number one in two weeks' time would be a wonderful thing, but I would also like to boost my trophy count with
new Grand Slam titles," she said.

The field in Antwerp had better be braced as the athletic 22-year-old, who has four Grand Slams under her belt, warned she
hates losing any match.

"Wherever I go on court I want to win. I know it's not always possible, but I can't bear losing," she said.

But giving up her top ranking in the future to younger stars like Clijsters or Henin is something she said she is resigned to.

"I have to be careful, all the more because they are young and have their futures ahead of them."

"I'm old. I'm getting arthritis. Soon, I'll have to wear glasses," she joked.

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Venus is very classy and gracious :)

Fingon
Feb 13th, 2002, 05:55 PM
Yes, very nice from Venus to recognize other player's talent, and specially to recognize that they could eventually beat her.

I know Venus has a lot of respect for Justine's game since they played each other in Berlin last year, Venus said Justine would be # 1 if she kept playing like she did there.

In Wimbledon, Venus carefully avoided Justine's backhand and when Justine played Serena at the US Open, Venus was giving Serena advice on how to play her, which shows that Venus has a great deal of respect for her. Very different to when Venus played Barbara Schwartz and knew nothing about her, but I guess that's what the experience teaches.

About Kim, well, where she is speaks for itself, she is strong, has talent, it's very fast, and very mentally strong, she doesn't have a killer shot like Justine's backhand or Justine's touch at the net, but she can generate a lot more power and her mental strenght is well above Justine's.

Monica_Rules
Feb 13th, 2002, 07:01 PM
LOL@ the athritis thing and the glasses!

LucasArg
Feb 13th, 2002, 07:40 PM
I love her interviews:kiss:

TeeRexx
Feb 13th, 2002, 08:25 PM
Poor, old, squinty eyed, arthritic VENUS. I don't know how she manages to dominate these other world class players. :eek: :p :wavey:

Volcana
Feb 14th, 2002, 01:09 AM
She's also right about their respective ages. They are both several years younger than Venus, and both have a lot to learn about tennis. In other words, Kim and Justine are almost guaranteed to improve.

It's getting VERY crowded at the top.

Aci79
Feb 14th, 2002, 03:27 AM
Nice!

Well... players like Venus, Serena and Martina are fairly young themselves.
They should be around for a little while if they wanted to.

I'm not sure if they are ready to give up their top spots yet.. ;)

Even the older players are still very competitive.

It should be quite interesting.

Kart
Feb 15th, 2002, 12:51 AM
Nice words from Venus, but I'm coming to expect that from her these days :)

i_like_tennis
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:25 PM
U GOT THAT RIGHT.....:)
have a nice recovery Venus.:)

selesrules
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:44 PM
Now that Venus is almost out of the top 5 and getting her ass kicked, she's starting to act humble towards the new top players, that way maybe they will have mercy on her. :rolleyes:

Knizzle
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:45 PM
Now that Venus is almost out of the top 5 and getting her ass kicked, she's starting to act humble towards the new top players, that way maybe they will have mercy on her. :rolleyes:

Surely you know the date of that article.

bandabou
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:47 PM
Now that Venus is almost out of the top 5 and getting her ass kicked, she's starting to act humble towards the new top players, that way maybe they will have mercy on her. :rolleyes:

:lol: :lol: ! Do u really think that?! Everybody knows that after Serena theres only one: Venus!!

villa
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:48 PM
selesrules venus made these comments when she was holding 2 granslams and was about to be no.1!! but you already knew that right??

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 6th, 2003, 11:57 PM
Surely you know the date of that article.


Surely you know that selesrules is the boards number one idiot? :lol:

Mrs. Peel
Aug 7th, 2003, 12:05 AM
Selesrules...never fails to entertain us with his stupidity!

Venus Forever
Aug 7th, 2003, 01:50 AM
i_like_tennis strikes again, and fools another poster. :lol:

Volcana
Aug 7th, 2003, 02:10 AM
Now that Venus is almost out of the top 5 and getting her ass kicked, she's starting to act humble towards the new top players, that way maybe they will have mercy on her. :rolleyes:

We are patiently waiting for you to say something coherent.

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 7th, 2003, 03:10 AM
We are patiently waiting for you to say something coherent.

That will never happen. I hope you brought something to read while you wait... like the whole national public library.

Dawn Marie
Aug 7th, 2003, 03:49 AM
What a an udder and complete dumbass.

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 7th, 2003, 03:51 AM
Its also funny how the haters stay away from any thread that paints venus or serena in a positive light and reveals their true character not the distorted and warped view that the haters thrive on. :rolleyes:

WtaTour4Ever
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:07 AM
Yep, I can finally see it now...Venus IS ARROGANT..... :-)

Venus Forever
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:15 AM
:lol:

I love this thread, let's keep it going. :D

BigTennisFan
Aug 7th, 2003, 05:44 AM
selesrules is like cirelowe. When they are shown to have made fools of themselves, they tuck their tails between their legs and disappear. :bolt:
:lol:

Amanda
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:27 AM
LOL @ selesrules---Look at the date of the article you pathetic asshole!

WtaTour4Ever
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:29 AM
too funny!!

Amanda
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:30 AM
By the way, assholerules...Did you even read the article? LOL!!!!!!

DA FOREHAND
Aug 7th, 2003, 03:51 PM
"In Wimbledon, Venus carefully avoided Justine's backhand"

that's funny I have that match on tape, I remember Venus overpowering that backhand, knocking justine off the baseline.

Mrs. Peel
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:26 PM
Its also funny how the haters stay away from any thread that paints venus or serena in a positive light and reveals their true character not the distorted and warped view that the haters thrive on. :rolleyes:



:worship: :worship: :worship:

Lady
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:40 PM
I like comments about how Kim is stronger mantally than Justine!! ;) It's so true right now!! Lol

doloresc
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:45 PM
Selesrules...never fails to entertain us with his stupidity!

selesfan deliberately post things to agitate the williams fans. at first, i was upset but when i realized what his or her agenda was, i ignored him/her entirely. seeing that he or she gets no support from seles fans that i respect (earthcrystal, for example) was all the proof that i needed that selesfan was nothing but a troublemaker.

PhoenixStorm
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:47 PM
:lol:
GO Venus :bounce:
Go Kim :bounce:
GO SERENA :bounce:

justine&coria
Aug 7th, 2003, 05:36 PM
I've always thought that Venus is the most classy player.
In her interviews, she always smiles, has some jokes , and say good things about her opponents, even if she thrashed them.

hingis-seles
Aug 7th, 2003, 05:47 PM
Rock on, Venus!

The Glamorous Diva of the WTA! :bounce:

Venus Forever
Aug 7th, 2003, 07:18 PM
"In Wimbledon, Venus carefully avoided Justine's backhand"

that's funny I have that match on tape, I remember Venus overpowering that backhand, knocking justine off the baseline.

Just like on championship point, right??

That point is burned into my mind. :lol:

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:35 AM
This thread should last in testimony to the sheer stupidity of selesfool.

WtaTour4Ever
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:24 AM
I second that.....I just may have to post in this thread daily :-)

tenn_ace
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:27 AM
nice and classy as always: VENUS!

BigTennisFan
Aug 8th, 2003, 06:23 AM
Bumpity Bump! :lol:

TM
Aug 8th, 2003, 06:40 AM
my crazy mammoth.... :o

WtaTour4Ever
Aug 9th, 2003, 04:24 AM
Just checking in for my daily dose of humor!!!

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 9th, 2003, 05:05 AM
keep it coming people!

Knock Knock....

Chance
Aug 9th, 2003, 05:58 AM
SR - you finally did it you actually made me laugh

LMAO

villa
Aug 9th, 2003, 11:29 AM
lol at this thread!!

WtaTour4Ever
Aug 15th, 2003, 10:49 AM
Almost forgot all about this ....hahaha

pigam
Aug 15th, 2003, 12:25 PM
first of all. I know this is an old thread, but I want to 'keep it alive' :)
I just love Venus in her interviews. :kiss: she's so great!
Am I the only one that finds it so :hearts: everytime she starts her answer (in a 'high-pitched voice') with "Wll" ... :) She did it in every on-court-interview in Antwerp (when I had the chance of hearing her 'live on stage') and she does it quite often. It's just great!
I really hope she returns in 2004 to take that diamont racket home with her, even if she beats Justine or Kim en route (which I'm sure she will, actually :o ) ... I can tell you if she takes it home, we Belgians WILL be happy for her, I kinda have the feeling they're starting to like Venus :eek:
gogo venus :)

jean_genie
Aug 15th, 2003, 03:33 PM
:kiss: Love that Venus!!!

ilovemomo
Aug 15th, 2003, 03:41 PM
she was right :worship:

skanky~skanketta
Aug 15th, 2003, 03:42 PM
why is everyone so cruel to selesrules?leave the poor dear alone!

Mrs. Peel
Aug 15th, 2003, 06:11 PM
Did she say this before or after she kicked Justine's bag in the locker room? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Has Carlos Rodriguez read this? :rolleyes: :tape:

Venus is so damn classy!!!! :hearts: :hearts:

TeeRexx
Aug 15th, 2003, 06:26 PM
VENUS was just giving some make-believe hype to a couple of wannabes. :)

jean_genie
Aug 15th, 2003, 06:43 PM
VENUS was just giving some make-believe hype to a couple of wannabes. :)

Hey Tee Baby, still bad as ever, huh? Where you been? :kiss:

sailntiger
Aug 15th, 2003, 07:14 PM
I agree with Venus when she says Clijster or Henin could be number one. I think it will be Justine Henin Hardenne very SOON!!


GO JUSTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!

1jackson2001
Aug 15th, 2003, 09:32 PM
LMFAO @ selesrules
Hallucinated thru hatred of Venus.

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:10 PM
that boy is obsessed he should find help.

Tennis_IS_Fun
Oct 29th, 2003, 07:37 PM
Venus says Clijsters, Henin could be number one
By Katie Nguyen

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World number two Venus Williams has praised the talents of Belgium's Justine Henin and Kim
Clijsters and predicted they could one day top the women's tennis rankings.

"Justine is really talented. She has a formidable stroke which allows her to use the racket in a way I can't," Williams said,
describing the famed Henin backhand in an interview with La Derniere Heure newspaper.

"As for Kim Clijsters, she's very solid. She's not afraid of anything. Both of them have the undeniable potential to become
number one in the world," she added.

"It's pretty incredible that a small country like Belgium could produce two such talented players."

direct quote from Venus:)........
kinda late to celebrate Justine's #1 ranking,
but great job nonethelss.......AND Venus, YOU SAID IT :worship: :worship: