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Flashback to 2006 Wimbledon final

As you know I like to write flashback articles of past important matches, and decided to write this one. If you are interested then read on...

This week we continue our Flashback series on grass and take a look at the 2006 Wimbledon final between Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin.

2006 saw an interesting championship which culminated with a popular winner in Amelie Mauresmo; a player who had been through a lot in her young life at that point, overcoming a number of adversities to triumph on the big stage.


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I might be biased but I think it was one of the best Wimbledon finals. Probably the last one with so much serve an volleys.
And it was so important for Mauresmo to win it after Henin's retirement at the AO.
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Henin should have blamed herself for missing out a career slam due to that match. Mauresmo had no business winning Wimbledon, just like Halep.
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Henin should have blamed herself for missing out a career slam due to that match. Mauresmo had no business winning Wimbledon, just like Halep.
That's a surprising statement. Considering Amelie's game was perfect for grass, she was junior Wimbledon champion and showed she was capable of taking on the best players in the world on grass in the early to mid 2000s. She came from a set down to win the final as well against Henin.
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Henin fucked up that match so bad. I was glad to see Amelie win it though.
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Henin should have blamed herself for missing out a career slam due to that match. Mauresmo had no business winning Wimbledon, just like Halep.
What? Do you follow tennis at all? Amelie had great game for grass. She had 3 Wimbledon SFs prior to her win in 2006, losing twice to Serena and once to Davenport.
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btw has Henin ever apologized to Momo for retiring during the AO final ?
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btw has Henin ever apologized to Momo for retiring during the AO final ?
She said once on France TV that she tried to talk to her after OZ final but Mauresmo wasn't ready to listen to her. Then, she eventually stopped trying.
They were together on France Televisions this year, they're never gonna be best friends but I think that incident is all in the past.

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She said once on France TV that she tried to talk to her after OZ final but Mauresmo wasn't ready to listen to her. Then, she eventually stopped trying.
They were together on France Televisions this year, they're never gonna be best friends but I think that incident is all in the past.

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Saddest part is that they were quite friendly going into this fallout. They've played doubles together, even. Justine was never perceived as the warmest person so to lose out on one of her friends on tour must have been awful. But obviously, Amelie was quite hurt by what happened in Melbourne. It was a tough situation for both as this was the year after Justine suffered that major illness so I'm sure it wasn't an easy choice for her to sort out how to manage how she was feeling physically with having to retire in the match.

Anyhow, this was probably my favorite final of the last 20 years, to be honest. Even if Justine did lose, which I will forever mourn. But I will also forever say that her grass game was better than many of the girls who have won Wimbledon.
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Why would Henin have to apologies for having stomach pain?

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Why would Henin have to apologies for having stomach pain?
Noone ever retired in a major final, that was very low from Henin considering how close they were before that incident.
She even tried to apologize cause she knew she lacked sportsmanship in that final.
Karma caught up to her anyway and she lost that Wimbledon final.

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Noone ever retired in a major final, that was very low from Henin considering how close they were before that incident.
She even tried to apologize cause she knew she lacked sportsmanship in that final.
Karma caught up to her anyway and she lost that Wimbledon final.

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This makes no sense.

If she was in pain, why would she carry on?
Margaret Court once had an opponent who retired in the third set of a final btw.

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On retiring against Amelie Mauresmo in the 2006 Australian Open final and losing to her in the 2006 Wimbledon final:

"[Australia was] one of the worst memories of my career. I was criticized that I didn’t finish the match. The night had been difficult. I just wasn’t capable of playing a Grand Slam final. It just wasn’t possible, but I wanted to try. For MoMo, it was a tough moment. But for me, I felt like I was losing another opportunity to win a Grand Slam. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t play. But it’s not in my temperament. But back then, I felt superhuman, beyond the limits. It would have been tough to say I wouldn’t go on the court, so there are no regrets, I tried. But the feelings it leaves are not very good. It became too tense, I tried to talk to her [Mauresmo], but it became too tense. It's a pity.

"[At Wimbledon] I remember sitting [after winning the first set 6-2]. I never had that fire. It’s bizarre to explain, to say, ‘Hey, I’ll win the only Grand Slam I’ve never won.’ But somehow I wasn’t energized by that. Why, I have no idea. It’s not like me. I never had confidence on grass. I was convinced I wasn’t powerful enough, too small, basically."

On rumors that she retired the first time in order to avoid a suspension for doping:

"I think it goes back further. Remember when I came back from [winning the] U.S. Open in 2003, what was going on the next day? Kim’s father, some journalists, they said she can’t win everything like that. She has quads, she has arms like Serena. What does that mean, insinuate? Clearly, we’re talking about doping. But they saw what I did with [trainer] Pat Etcheberry. I got to a new level on the physical side. It was a two-year suspension, they said. And when I came back in 18 months, ‘that’s why she’s coming back.’ I knew what I was doing. It made no sense. Why did I not say anything? A lot of people along the way always advised me to be above it, to let it roll, it will pass. I don’t like that. I have a temper. I don’t like people to walk all over me. Maybe my mistake was not to go with my instincts and react immediately. It touches my integrity, you want to have that image—not image, exactly, but you want to prove you’re a clean athlete. I suffered a lot."

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