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As her ranking rises, Belgian's popularity suffers
Posted: Monday August 11, 2003 4:35 PM


Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim will answer your tennis questions every Monday. Click here to send a question.

His and hers Player of the Week awards to distribute. Andy Roddick is your men's winner for taking the Canadian Open, his first Masters Series title. Now 24-2 since hiring Brad Gilbert, Roddick played terrific tennis that culminated with a spellbinding semifinal win over Roger Federer. Roddick then beat David Nalbandian in the final. A lot can happen between now and mid-September, but Roddick sure has to be happy with the state of his tennis right now. ... As for the women, Kim Clijsters became the 12th player in WTA Tour history to hold the No. 1 ranking. She beat Lindsay Davenport in the final to win the JPMorgan Chase event in Carson, Calif., outside Los Angeles, and in so doing moved ahead of Serena Williams. ... If Clijsters sustains this level of play through the U.S. Open, questions about the legitimacy of her ranking will be answered just fine. ... As long as we're on the subject of rankings, in case you missed it, check out how your favorite men's player would fare in Jeff Sagarin's ranking system specially designed for this site. ... In Helsinki, Anna Pistolesi beat qualifier Jelena Kostanic 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to win a Tier IV tourney. ... Doubles winners: In Montreal, Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi exacted some revenge from Wimbledon and beat Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge in the final. ... In Helsinki, Mailbag favorite Evgenia Koulikovskaya, she of no backhand, teamed with Elena Tararkova. Armed with three forehands, they beat Tatiana Perebiynis and Silvija Talaja. ... Wild cards Mary Pierce and Rennae Stubbs won their first title, beating Els Callens and Elena Bovina in the final of Carson.

From the ATP newsletter: Stars from ATP and the NHL went head-to-head on Saturday in Montreal in the annual Street Hockey Challenge. After an entertaining contest, the NHL team finally avenged its losses over the past two years by routing the tennis stars 5-1. Playing with Martin Brodeur of the three-time-Stanley Cup-champion New Jersey Devils in goal, the NHL stars put the clamps on the shorthanded tennis players. Historically, the bulk of ATP scoring has come from always-reliable Swedes Jonas Bjorkman, Thomas Johansson and Thomas Enqvist, but they were unable to compete this year. Canadian wild card Frank Dancevic scored the only goal for the ATP team, which included Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, Jiri Novak, Radek Stepanek, Karol Beck and Don Johnson, among others. NHL players taking part were Martin Lapointe (Bruins), Sylvain Lefebvre (Rangers), Jason Ward (Canadiens), Eric Daze (Blackhawks) and Pierre-Alexander Parenteau (Mighty Ducks). ... Also in Montreal, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor were presented the 2002 ATP Doubles Team Award. Alas, Knowles and Nestor promptly lost, 7-5 in the third, to James Blake and Josh Eagle. ... Nice singles win for Nestor, though, who took out Robby Ginepri in the first round. If memory serves, it was David Foster Wallace who likened Nestor to a young Mick Jagger. ... Another Canadian wild card also scored big last week. To the delight of the Quebecois crowd, Simon Larose reached the Round of 16 before being tuned by Andre Agassi. ...

World TeamTennis announced its postseason award winners. Well, not really postseason, since the final between the Delaware Smash and Sacramento Capitals is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at the National Tennis Center.*

Male MVP: Paul Goldstein of the Delaware Smash
Female MVP: Samantha Reeves of the Smash
Male Rookie of the Year: Daniel Nestor of the Sacramento Capitals
[Ed. note: Nestor is 30 years old, making him the oldest rookie this side of golf's Champions Tour.]
Female Rookie of the Year: Bea Bielik of the New York Sportimes
Coach of the Year: Brad Dancer of the Smash.

The MVPs received a $15,000 bonus and the rookies pulled in 10 fat ones.

*Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. -- but that seems silly to mention given how little it has rained in the Northeast this summer.

Remember Kevin Wulff, the Florida-phobic previous CEO of the WTA Tour? As the director of sports marketing at adidas, he quietly scored big last week, signing Kevin Garnett to a "lifetime" shoe deal. ... Speaking of Portland, we hear that the Rose Garden will be the site of a big-time exhibition in November that will be broadcast Thanksgiving Day on CBS. Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt are tentatively scheduled, as is -- get this -- Pete Sampras. Hmmm. ... Editor, author, journalist and tennis enthusiast Peter Schwed passed away last week. As an editor Schwed achieved acclaim for his work on the autobiographies of many sports stars, including Jack Nicklaus and Ted Williams, as well as tennis stars Chris Evert, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg. A member of the United States Tennis Writers Association, he was a frequent contributor to Tennis Week, among other publications.

Worst Analogy of the Week award. Here's The Wall Street Journal's description of Doug Feith, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy: "Mr. Feith has lobbed ideas with the ferocity of Andre Agassi." ... By the way, there's no truth to the rumor that the fans who attended last fall's WTA year-end championships at the Staples Center organized a reunion in the stands at Carson. Anyone else think that maybe L.A. isn't such a hot women's tennis town? ... On the other end of the spectrum, the attendance in Montreal was terrific. And the fans got their money's worth. That Roddick-Federer semifinal was as good a match as we've seen in a long while. ... The prestigious USTA Super National Hard Court Championships were held in Kalamazoo, Mich., over the last 10 days. Winners included Robert Yim (boys' 18s), Theresa Logar (girls' 18s), Gary Sacks (boys' 16s), Elizabeth Kobak (girls' 16s), Steve Forman (boys' 14s), Reka Zsilinszka (girls' 14s), Chase Buchanan (boys' 12s) and Jessica Alexander (girls' 12s). Alas, local product Scott Oudsema (aka the Tim Henman of southwest Michigan) lost in the quarterfinals. ... Speaking of tennis in the Midwest, if you can't make it to Cincinnati this week, check out the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Summer Championships at Indiana's Varsity Tennis Center in Bloomington. ...

Some dispatches from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, site of the Pan American Games. Fernando Meligeni beat Marcelo Rios 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) to win the gold medal. Both players likely will call it quits within the next few months, but what a match they played; Meligeni saved seven match points. In the women's final, Milagros Sequera beat Sarah Taylor 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Former NCAA champ Alex Kim won a bronze, as did Ansley Cargill. ... If you're looking for a prospect to follow at the U.S. Open, keep an eye out for 16-year-old American Carly Gullickson -- daughter of former major leaguer Bill -- who became the youngest player ever to win a match at the Pan Am Games. ... Meanwhile, on the day after his first match, Alex Bogomolov Jr. woke up feeling tired and dehydrated. He was scheduled to play the second match of the day, so he decided to take an IV drip from the USOC medical staff. However, the first match lasted barely 50 minutes, so after a frenzied call from his coach, Bogomolov jerked the IV out, grabbed his equipment and made for the bus. After a ride straight out of the movie Speed, he arrived at the stadium, was introduced and rushed out to the court before a default could be registered. One problem: He forgot his shoes. Nada zapatos. Bogomolov became wide-eyed as his gaze riveted on press officer Randy Walker's new adidas kicks. Long story short, Walker's shoes ended up winning the match against Pablo Gonzales 7-6 (5) and 6-3. How are the big winners doing after such a dramatic victory? Walker reports: "They're wet and they stink."

On that odoriferous note:

Is there some truth to what Kim Clijsters had to say about Justine Henin-Hardenne's gamesmanship? JH-H has had run-ins with Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams, in addition to Clijsters. Clijsters doesn't strike me as the unsportsmanlike type, yet she made the same comments about JH-H as the other two. Your thoughts?
—Gavin Ling, London

A lot of you asked about the dissension between Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters. Not since the Congress of Vienna has Belgium seen this much controversy. Sure, Henin-Hardenne may have, on several occasions this year, crossed the line between gamesmanship and sportsmanship. Remember that earlier this summer her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, essentially admitted that Henin-Hardenne played dirty pool ("Against any other player she would have replayed the point," he said damningly when asked about the French Open controversy with Serena Williams).

Still, at some level this is much ado about nothing. Henin-Hardenne is hardly the first player to use a strategic timeout or bathroom break as a tactic to change the rhythm of a match. And just as one missed first serve wasn't the proximate cause of Serena's loss in Paris, a questionable call to the trainer did not cause Clijsters to lose in San Diego. JH-H still had to win the final point of the match and reach six (or seven) games in the decisive set. Also, if the net result of these contretemps is that it adds a layer of intrigue to women's tennis (which has had a rough go of things post-Wimbledon), who's the worse for it?

A broader point: It's also interesting to note that as Henin-Hardenne has gone from an also-ran who valiantly tries to keep up with physically superior players to a bona fide star who wins titles and beats Serena, her Q rating has gone down. She is clearly less popular among her peers, and I sense a bit of a shift in fan support. Her portrayal by the media has changed subtly, too. While her tragic backstory once imbued her with instant likability and sympathy, it is now seen less rosily as the source of her "intensity" and "rough edges." She is no longer an underdog. Popularity is a fickle beast.

Since you are the Ann Landers of tennis, maybe you can answer this. My girlfriend (for now) and I really enjoy playing tennis, but whenever we play a match, I beat her pretty easily. Then she gets mad and is no fun to be around the rest of the day. If I let her win some games, she still gets mad because she doesn't want "charity." Is there any etiquette for playing against your significant other? How does it work with Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi or Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt?
—Bill S., Chicago

Ann Landers? Ouch. Can I plead that down to Dan Savage? (Better yet, tennis fan Jamie Buffalino?) Anyway, the Mailbag tends to shy away from addressing matters of the heart. But who among us hasn't been here? We don't want to thrash our significant other on the court. But we don't want to demean him or her, either.

My kneejerk response: DON'T PLAY SETS! Why not just bat the ball back and forth? You'll still have a pleasant hour doing something you both enjoy. If your sweetie insists on fulfilling some competitive jones, why not play tiebreaks? Losing a series of breakers by an average score of, say, 7-2 is neither as humiliating nor as memorable as losing sets 6-0 or 6-1. As for the underlying question -- to beat or not to beat? -- I would swing away. Sure, it feels a little weird blasting winners past your girlfriend or boyfriend. When you allow her three first serves or when you watch her overhead hit the back wall on the fly and respond, "Your point. I think that may have clipped the line," that undercuts your credibility and sets a bad relationship precedent. If you're faking it on the tennis court, perhaps ... well, you know where I'm going with this.

A friend of mine (who is a college tennis player) said that Mark Philippoussis can kick a serve over a standard 9-foot fence. I am highly skeptical. I was hoping to get the Dr. Howard Brody opinion on this.
—Tommy V., Charlottesville, Va.

The good doctor says:


For a "normal" serve hit flat, the ball will bounce to a maximum height of about 4 feet. If you kick the serve with 7,200 rpm of topspin (an incredible amount), the ball may reach around 6 feet or so after. These ball trajectories are illustrated below for two serves, each hit from a height of 9 feet, but one flat and the other at 7,200 rpm.
Here's Dr. Brody's nifty science-y diagram:





Who is this Angela Haynes character who keeps popping up in Tier II draws?
—Triella Treyfus, Calgary, Alberta

Full disclosure: I have never seen her play. But Haynes is a young American who hails from Compton, Calif. -- which makes her intriguing in and of it itself -- and who turned some heads on the California stretch. (Management firms, start your engines.) Haynes, 18, received wild cards to San Diego, where she took a set off a Alicia Molik, and Carson. For whatever reason, she seems to have escaped the USTA's radar a bit. Definitely put her on your "players to watch" list for the Open.

What's going on with Eleni Daniilidou? Last year she was one of the most promising players in the world, but in the last six months she hasn't beaten any top-20 players. Is she injured or is she another headcase?
—Anna, Minneapolis

You nailed it. All the talent in the world and a sweeping one-handed backhand to boot. What's the Greek word for headcase?

What do you think of Luis Horna? Are his two recent wins over Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero flukes or is he for real? My mom is from Peru, so I always have an interest when a Peruvian does well.
—Chris Horton, Chicago

A reader asked me about Horna perhaps a year ago and, if memory serves, I didn't have many encouraging words. But he has quietly put together an awfully nice year, beating, as you note, Federer in Paris and Ferrero a few weeks ago. I saw a bit of his match at the French against Federer, and while the Wimbledon champ was oddly absent that day, Horna played well. He hits bigger than his size (5-foot-11) and gets to a lot of balls. You'd like to see better results on surfaces other than clay, but he did nearly beat Marat Safin in Miami last year (back when Safin was a top-five player) and, at age 22, still has some time to improve. Don't oversell the guy to your mom and hold him up as Peru's next (which is to say, first) Grand Slam champion. However, he may well recall the halcyon days of Jaime (Last in Your Media Guide, First in Your Hearts) Yzaga.

It wasn't too long ago (late last year?) that talk surfaced about Kim Clijster's arm troubles. While those seem to be behind her, what's the word on how prudently she's planning her schedule? The short-term pursuit of the No. 1 ranking (if that's what she's doing) has her playing an insane number of events. Can/will her body hold up, in the opinion of those in the know?
—Peter, Boston

Since you brought it up, that arm injury was really bizarre. At the 2002 Australian Open Clijsters claims she couldn't lift her arm above her head, a fairly significant impediment for a tennis player. To the best of my knowledge she never underwent surgery, yet the problem obviously has gone away. Anyway, Clijsters, to be sure, plays a lot of tournaments, which factored heavily into her achieving the top ranking. What's more, she is a loyal doubles player, so it's not as though she's taking many days off between matches. In her defense: a) a lot of her early singles matches are 55-minute cakewalks that barely enable her to break a sweat, and b) clearly, her prolific playing hasn't had much adverse impact on her results.

Besides, in this era of mass pullouts (witness the Toronto draw), it's hard to knock a player for entering too many events. To each her own. Some players are more brittle than others. Others worry that their games will atrophy without match play. Clijsters falls into the latter category. (Plus, if you look at Clijsters' thick legs, it's clear that physically she is better equipped than many others to play two dozen events a year.)

What do you think of Rajeev Ram's chances of being a successful tour player? He won a match at Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago and made it to the semifinals of the Challenger event here in Denver. I know he has a wild card into this year's U.S. Open doubles draw (for winning the NCAA title with Illinois teammate Brian Wilson), but does he have a decent chance of qualifying for the singles draw?
—Cliff Andrus, Lakewood, Colo.

I like Ram a lot. And not just because he is from Indiana. He has a big serve, a nifty set of hands and a casual smoothness -- a poor-man's-Federer quality -- to his game. Ram needs to get stronger (which will have great bearing on his singles success), but I think he has a lot of potential. He may not qualify for the Open this year. (He lost in the first round of Cincy qualifying to Nicolas Massu*.) And, to be honest, his calling card in the pros may well be in doubles. But I think, perhaps like Leander Paes, Ram is the kind of player who could do damage in singles draws from time to time.

*That Massu had to try to qualify -- unsuccessfully, at that! -- says plenty about how competitive the draws are at Masters Series events.

I know you've addressed the nationalism in the U.S. media's (and other countries') tennis coverage. Something that really bugs me is when broadcasters are "friendlier" to one or the other players. As an example, in D.C. the TV announcers consistently referred to Andy Roddick or Andre Agassi by first name, but just as consistently referred to Tim Henman and Fernando Gonzalez by last name. If Americans knew more about all players, it would enhance the sport for everyone. And we know more popularity equals better ratings! Just my two euros ...
—Jack Williams, Arlington, Va.

We're in complete agreement. But I also hold the USTA responsible. Obviously, as the United States Tennis Association, there is a certain inherent obligation to promote players from these here 50 states. But does anyone else think it's distasteful that the (now obsolete) U.S. Open print ads feature Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Roddick and Agassi? You'd think the event would to want to drum up some interest for, oh, I don't know, the Wimbledon champion. Or the men's and women's French Open winners. Or the top-ranked player on the WTA Tour. You're right that this provincialism (ugly-Americanism? jingoism?) ultimately backfires. How many casual fans will tune out and declare contemporary tennis "boring" when two "no-names" (say, Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne or Federer and Ferrero) meet in the late rounds?

I don't know if the match was televised in the U.S., but did you see Arnaud Clément's sartorial display in his first-round match in Montreal against Carlos Moya? I noticed that in both the first and third sets (which Clément won) he wore a brightly colored ensemble of shirt and bandanna (including a somewhat vomit-inducing yellow-and-pink combination in the third), whereas in the second set (which he lost), he wore the much more restrained combination of blue and green. Maybe the secret to beating Moya is to wear really bright clothes. I can't help but wonder if, when Moya missed some of those third-set forehands, the reason his concentration faltered was because he was trying both to keep an eye on Clément and to keep his lunch down.
—Daniel Flemming, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Moya has no right to complain about anything. Those Nike sleeveless shirts he wears, which seem be multiplying Hydra-like on the ATP Tour, look as if they belong in Jennifer Beals' dance studio circa 1983. Give me Clément's ensemble any day. And you can even throw in his trademark foggy goggles.

A friend of mine and I were debating whether draws are "fixed" somewhat by tournament directors eager to see certain players reach the final. At the Tennis Masters Series Montreal, No. 2 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero had No. 3 Roger Federer, No. 5 Lleyton Hewitt, No. 6 Andy Roddick, Sebastien Grosjean and Younes El Aynaoui in his half, while No. 1 seed Andre Agassi had a much weaker competition (more clay-courters) on his side. If one looks at the draws of the majors this year, Agassi definitely has been in the weaker half. Is it my imagination, or is there something going on here?
—Bill Erdman, Boston

Strangely, we got a few questions on this point. As we said last week, we all love conspiracy theories. But this one (much like "Serena scheduled her knee surgery so Venus could win the Open" speculation) is pretty bogus. The seedings go by the entry-system rankings, which are completely objective. Then there is usually a trumped up draw ceremony at which sponsors drink overpriced booze and eat overcooked pigs in blankets and a player of some repute picks the names out of a hat and places them in the brackets. An official monitor is present, etc. For all the ills that plague tennis, I don't think rigging draws is high on the list. Plus, look at how Agassi fared in his "weaker" half of the draw.

I think Christophe Fauviau easily vaults to the top of the list of Worst Tennis Parents Ever. It's sickening that his ambition resulted in the death (murder, I'd call it) of a young man. What do you think will happen to Valentine Fauviau's career?
—Jenna, Buffalo, N.Y.

For those of you who missed it. The irony, if that's an appropriate choice of words, is that his kid isn't even a top prospect.


The name game
Finally, for both of you who read down this far, the big payoff. We have the winners from our Chris Berman-nickname contest. We received a ridiculous number of entries, some of them brilliant, most of them vastly better than mine. A few cropped up repeatedly. Andy (Spare) Roddick, Rainer (Shine) Schuettler, Gustavo (Iron/Shower) Kuerten, Attila (The Hun) Savolt, Roger (Blow A) Gasquet, Barbara Schett (Happens), Karolina (Low) Sprem (Count), Amy (Down Goes) Frazier. Also, for obvious reasons, special consideration was given to anyone who invoked our man Olivier (Hocus) Rochus. Anyway, if I chose you as a winner, send me your address and I'll see that you are compensated for your wit (and copious spare time) with a T-shirt from Cincinnati or a prize of comparable value.

WINNERS

Alberto (VO-5-Setter) Costa, Davide (And Conquer) Sanguinetti, Akiko (Your Butt) Morigami; Anca Barna (Storm).
—Peter (Don't Call Me Rick) Kelly, Boston

Rainer (Don't Move Or I'll) Schuettler, Thomas (Colonel) Muster, Albert Costa (Living), Juan Carlos (Life Isn't) Ferrero, Ramon (In-A-)Delgado(-Da-Vida), Dominik (Drives Me) Hrbaty, Vincent (Call A Spade A) Spadea, Sandon Stolle (On The Rocks), Petr (Dis)Korda.
—Rick (Don't Call Me Peter) Kelly, New York

(Wax And) Wayne Ferreira, Brian (Was In Jail But) Gottfried, Amélie(-tle Tea Cup) Mauresmo.
—(Great) Scott Humphrey, Austin, Texas

Els (Bells) Callens, Jonas (Is Grass) Bjorkman, Rajeev Ram (Tough), (Hung) Jiri Novak, (Dr.) Paul Goldstein (DDS), Xavier Malisse (Toward None), Selima Sfar (As I Can See), Lindsay Lee-Waters (Run Deep), Nicole Pratt (Fall), Caroline Vis(-à-Vis), Adrianna/Antonella Serra Zannetti (In the House?), (Second) Seda Noorlander, Julian (Grassy) Knowle, Roger Federer (Than The Leading Brand), Ashley (Compliment) Fisher, Kristie (Humphrey) Boogert.
—Eliot Cohen (of Silence), Sanur, Indonesia

Kristina Brandi (You're A Fine Girl), Natalie Dechy (Or Doesn't She), Stephanie Foretz (Only A Game), Rita Kuti Kis (Me I'm Irish), Silvija (I Cannot) Talaja, Olivier (What's All The) Rochus.
—(Jolly) Roger Timpson, Baltimore

Gaston (Streamin') Gaudio, Martina (Cunning) Hingis.
—(Hi-)C. Candlea, Queens, N.Y.

HONORABLE MENTION

Albert (It's Gonna) Costa, Mark (I've Had My) Philippoussis.
—Patrick Formanes, New York

David (We're A South American) Nalbandian.
—Rick, Savannah, Ga.

Gustavo (Close The) Kuerten, Mariano (Open The) Puerta.
—Andrew Feldman, Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Ivan (To Drink Your Blood) Lendl, Tommy Haas (Of The Rising Sun), Richard (Boys Don't) Krajicek.
—Jimmy Tomlin, Greensboro, N.C.

Rita (With The) Kuti Kis, for our man Bill Raftery.
—Jon Rapkin, Forest Hills, N.Y.

Jiri (Duty) Novak, Angelique (With Rr) Widjaja, Mahesh Bhupathi (Cake), Leander Paes (Maker).
—Ray A., Brisbane, Australia

(Veni, Vidi) Vitas Gerulaitis.
—Cedric Snow, Venice, Calif.

Saori (Swing) Obata (Obata), Dinara Safina (Close Call At The Plate).
—Mike Benninghoff, Minneapolis

Taken from one of the most thrilling first-round matches in recent U.S. Open history: Patrick (Whitewater) Rafter defeats Hicham (Pap)Arazi.
—Ed Cronin, West Roxbury, Mass.

Jiri Novak (In The Park).
—Jim Marolt, Ely, Minn.

[Ed. note: Jim kindly has offered to double the prize for anyone who can make a pun off of Paradorn Srichaphan. Have at it, folks.]

Have a great week, everyone!
 

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apoet29 said:
Not since the Congress of Vienna has Belgium seen this much controversy.
LOL ! Yeah right! never heard of 'koningskwestie, abortuswet, affaire dutroux,...' i guess ... trust me, there have been much worse affaires and controversions in Belgium
 

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LOL ! Yeah right! never heard of 'koningskwestie, abortuswet, affaire dutroux,...' i guess ... trust me, there have been much worse affaires and controversions in Belgium
:eek: Wow! Did you read the whole article, Pigam? :lol:
 

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:eek: Wow! Did you read the whole article, Pigam? :lol:
Nope :D. Only the Justine part (what did ya think ;) )
 

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I think Wertheim is quite objective and fair about Justine. Just that he didn't mention Kim's reaction that the media put her comments in a total different context and exagerrated it big time

Abstract from Kim's diary:
"The so-called fight between Justine and me is heavily exaggerated. It sounds like a cliché, but yet again things have been blown out of proportion. The facts. After the match the interviewer himself asked me about the time out and whether or not I had noticed something wrong about Justine before, because the injury didn't seem to hinder her at all after all. I answered that apparently it hadn't. She did play a very strong second and third set afterwards, didn't she? He seemed able of running all the way. I never said she didn't have any blisters!

I haven't seen Justine after the game, because I was preparing for the doubles final. However, I have been chatting with Pierre-Yves (Hardenne, her husband) in the Players Lounge and we had a good laugh as well. I don't think one does so if you can't stand the other. The American press didn't go into it (and in the end: they were physically present at the match).

Apparently some people in Belgium would do nothing but to find a possible problem between us and then I will have to disappoint everyone involved, because there are none. Justine played very well again. I started really strong, in the first set my service game was truly strong and I made few errors. "
 

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Justine played better in that semis, she deserved to win...

but she should't have done what she did...

It was openly "unsporting"...

I enjoy watching her play but this was really useless of her and I was rather surprised...

It's a detail but the one that counts...

Hope she won't do anything of this kind again...
 

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Yeah, nothing much here....only for her to openly admit that for any other player she would have replayed the point at RG is wrong to say.
 
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