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PARIS (Reuters) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne marked her 21st birthday by getting steamed up on and off court Sunday after losing a set to Swiss Patty Schnyder before reaching the French Open quarterfinals.

The Belgian fourth seed won 6-3 2-6 6-2 and then attacked Roland Garros organizers for refusing to apply the "heat rule," which allows a 10-minute break when temperatures get too hot.

"I've suffered from the heat in the past and I think it's a shame that they refused to apply the heat rule which allows for a 10-minute break after the second set," she said.

"It's a pity because it can lead to injuries," added Henin, in the last eight in Paris for the second time after being a semifinalist two years ago.

Henin, who has beaten the world's leading two players this season -- Serena Williams in Charleston and compatriot Kim Clijsters in Berlin -- said she felt relieved to progress from a very tricky fourth round meeting in 31-degree Celsius heat.

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"At this stage, I felt that Patty Schnyder was the most dangerous opponent.

"I knew that in this kind of situation, she could be very tough to beat," the Belgian said.

Ranked world No. 9 in 1999, Schnyder has struggled to return to that standard since. She reached the quarterfinals in Paris in 1998.

Henin said she felt a completely different tournament was beginning with the second week.

"Now everybody left in the tournament can go all the way," she said.

"The good thing is that I have not had to draw on my reserves so much in the first week and hopefully the heat should not be so bad next week," she said.

Henin, a Wimbledon finalist two years ago, said her birthday had put extra pressure on her before the match.

"I was a little more stressed than usual in the morning but (her husband) Pierre-Yves (Hardenne) woke up this morning not remembering what day it was and it helped me relax and take it easy.

"But I'm very happy to have won on my 21st birthday," she said.
 

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Yeah, it's a damn shame in such conditions :(
 

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I posted the article more because I thought her husband was being a jackass....how do you forget your wife's birthday? *tsk tsk*
 

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maybe he suprised her afterwards;)
 

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lol, she said it took him 5 minutes to realise it, that's not a big deal, he was just awake. I takes me 5 minutes to realise it's MY birtday :)
 

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how can they not apply the heat rule? it's, you know, THE RULE:confused: ... maybe the heat/humidity ratio wasn't high enough? or do they never allow a "heat" break no matter how hot it is?
 

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Maybe he didn't mention it to her before the match, so it wouldn't get her more nervous...Justine said so herself, "...it helped me relax and take it easy." So you can't be that hard on Pierre-Yves. :)
 

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Rtael said:
I posted the article more because I thought her husband was being a jackass....how do you forget your wife's birthday? *tsk tsk*
:rolleyes:

from the roland garros site:
Q. Can you tell us what you thought when you woke up? I want to know exactly what happened, phone calls about your birthday, so on and so forth.
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Well, it started yesterday. I got very nice messages from yesterday. Very friendly people.
I woke up with the stress due to the match. By the same token, I also remembered it was my birthday. Pierre-Yves always wakes up after me. When he just woke up, he forget. It took him a few minutes before he realized, which eased my tension in a way, because I thought this was funny.
My main priority today was to win that match. During the warming up, I was a bit more tense, a bit more nervous than usual, because I think this is another turning point in the tournament, and I was aware of that.

i think it's completely normal , when you wake up, then you are still a bit tired, not thinking on such things, just, after a few moments, you remember this, i think every one has this :rolleyes:
 

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hopefully he bought her a nice gift:)
 

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Yeah well guys aren't good with dates like birthdays & anniversaries. My dad doesn't remember his best friends birthday & they've been friends for like over 40 years :eek:
 

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i-girl said:
how can they not apply the heat rule? it's, you know, THE RULE:confused: ... maybe the heat/humidity ratio wasn't high enough? or do they never allow a "heat" break no matter how hot it is?
So THAT'S why your brain is fried, playing tennis in ISR! :p
 

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You can hardly call that "forgetting" :rolleyes:
 

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btw french people don't celebrate birthdays big right? I thought they had name days wich are more important?
do french speaking belgians do the same?

that might be another reason why he didn't remember right away
 

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It could just be that they were both
having a love hang-over from a late night
bout.
 

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well, GO JUSTINE!makbeat chanda in the QF tomorrow!
 

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Does it really matter if he momentarily forgot? It seems so silly that we're making a mini-issue out of this. LOL. He remembered. That's the most important thing. It could've taken him 23 hours and 59 minutes to remember. But the point is, he remembered.
 

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Kristofke said:
lol, she said it took him 5 minutes to realise it, that's not a big deal, he was just awake. I takes me 5 minutes to realise it's MY birtday :)
Hahaha! That's great!
 

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Does it really matter if he momentarily forgot? It seems so silly that we're making a mini-issue out of this. LOL. He remembered. That's the most important thing. It could've taken him 23 hours and 59 minutes to remember. But the point is, he remembered.

this is wta world. we make a drama out of anything :angel:
 

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btw french people don't celebrate birthdays big right? I thought they had name days wich are more important?
do french speaking belgians do the same?

that might be another reason why he didn't remember right away
We don't celebrate namedays in Belgium, not even in the french speaking part (at least i think not :confused: )

I thought namedays were more important in Greece and Cyprus, but i don't think they are in France.
 
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