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12 is a lot. The problem is this perception that Justine has been consisently outpacing Kim for a long time. That is simply false. At the beginning of this April, 4 and a half months ago, Justine's career was simply not close to Kim's by any measure. She has had a very strong 4 and a half months.
 

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Kim won 4 tournaments in Singles Activity and 2 grand slam titles + 1 tournament in Doubles Activity in that same 4 and a half months!

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Berlin, Germany
May 05, 2003
Surface: Clay
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Bye
R32 Emilie Loit (FRA) W 6-4 6-2
R16 Fabiola Zuluaga (COL) W 7-5 6-3
QF Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) W 6-0 6-3
SF Jennifer Capriati (USA) W 6-4 6-7(2) 6-4
F Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) L 4-6 6-4 5-7


Rome, Italy
May 12, 2003
Surface: Clay
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Bye
R32 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) W 6-1 6-0
R16 Cara Black (ZIM) W 6-0 6-3
QF Anastasia Myskina (RUS) W 6-2 6-2
SF Ai Sugiyama (JPN) W 6-3 6-2
F Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) W 3-6 7-6(3) 6-0


Roland Garros at Paris, France
May 26, 2003
Surface: Clay
Round Opponent W/L Score
R128 Amy Frazier (USA) W 6-2 6-0
R64 Marlene Weingartner (GER) W 6-2 6-2
R32 Paola Suarez (ARG) W 6-2 6-1
R16 Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) W 0-6 6-2 6-1
QF Conchita Martinez (ESP) W 6-2 6-1
SF Nadia Petrova (RUS) W 7-5 6-1
F Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) L 0-6 4-6


's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
June 16, 2003
Surface: Grass
Round Opponent W/L Score
R32 Bye
R16 Cara Black (ZIM) W 6-4 6-4
QF Tina Pisnik (SLO) W 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
SF Barbara Rittner (GER) W 6-2 6-1
F Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) W 6-7(4) 3-0 ret


The Championships at Wimbledon, Great Britain
June 23, 2003
Surface: Grass
Round Opponent W/L Score
R128 Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios (PAR) W 6-0 6-0
R64 Virginie Razzano (FRA) W 6-1 6-3
R32 Samantha Reeves (USA) W 6-1 6-2
R16 Ai Sugiyama (JPN) W 6-3 6-2
QF Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) W 5-7 6-0 6-1
SF Venus Williams (USA) L 6-4 3-6 1-6


Stanford, California, USA
July 21, 2003
Surface: Hardcourt
Round Opponent W/L Score
R32 Bye
R16 Amber Liu (USA) W 6-1 6-1
QF Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian (SUI) W 4-6 6-0 6-1
SF Francesca Schiavone (ITA) W 6-3 6-2
F Jennifer Capriati (USA) W 4-6 6-4 6-2


San Diego, California, USA
July 28, 2003
Surface: Hardcourt
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Bye
R32 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) W 6-2 6-0
R16 Marion Bartoli (FRA) W 6-1 6-1
QF Lisa Raymond (USA) W 6-2 6-2
SF Lindsay Davenport (USA) W 6-3 6-3
F Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) L 6-3 2-6 3-6


Los Angeles, California, USA
August 04, 2003
Surface: Hardcourt
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Bye
R32 Emilie Loit (FRA) W 6-1 6-1
R16 Maria Sharapova (RUS) W 6-4 1-6 6-1
QF Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) W 6-3 6-1
SF Francesca Schiavone (ITA) W 7-5 6-4
F Lindsay Davenport (USA) W 6-1 3-6 6-1




Berlin, Germany
May 05, 2003
Surface: Clay
Partner: Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Round Opponent W/L Score
R32 Bye
R16 Caroline Dhenin (FRA)
Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios (PAR) W 6-1 6-0
QF Nathalie Dechy (FRA)
Emilie Loit (FRA) W 6-3 3-6 6-4
SF Janette Husarova (SVK)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) W 6-1 6-4
F Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
Paola Suarez (ARG) L 3-6 6-4 4-6
Win/Loss: 24/4
Roland Garros at Paris, France
May 26, 2003
Surface: Clay
Partner: Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)
Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) W 6-1 6-1
R32 Elena Dementieva (RUS)
Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) W 6-4 6-4
R16 Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
Rita Grande (ITA) W 6-2 6-0
QF Maja Matevzic (SLO)
Henrieta Nagyova (SVK) W 6-2 7-5
SF Cara Black (ZIM)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) W 6-1 6-4
F Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
Paola Suarez (ARG) W 6-7(5) 6-2 9-7



Doubles Activity


Roland Garros at Paris, France
May 26, 2003
Surface: Clay
Partner: Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)
Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) W 6-1 6-1
R32 Elena Dementieva (RUS)
Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) W 6-4 6-4
R16 Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
Rita Grande (ITA) W 6-2 6-0
QF Maja Matevzic (SLO)
Henrieta Nagyova (SVK) W 6-2 7-5
SF Cara Black (ZIM)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) W 6-1 6-4
F Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
Paola Suarez (ARG) W 6-7(5) 6-2 9-7


The Championships at Wimbledon, Great Britain
June 23, 2003
Surface: Grass
Partner: Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Round Opponent W/L Score
R64 Catherine Barclay (AUS)
Rachel McQuillan (AUS) W 6-3 6-1
R32 Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie (ROM)
Andreea Vanc (ROM) W 6-2 6-2
R16 Laura Granville (USA)
Alexandra Stevenson (USA) W 7-5 6-2
QF Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Martina Navratilova (USA) W 4-6 6-2 6-4
SF Lindsay Davenport (USA)
Lisa Raymond (USA) W 6-1 0-6 6-4
F Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
Paola Suarez (ARG) W 6-4 6-4


San Diego, California, USA
July 28, 2003
Surface: Hardcourt
Partner: Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Round Opponent W/L Score
R16 Maria Vento-Kabchi (VEN)
Angelique Widjaja (INA) W 6-4 6-1
QF Mary Pierce (FRA)
Rennae Stubbs (AUS) W 6-4 6-3
SF Cara Black (ZIM)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) W 6-1 6-3
F Lindsay Davenport (USA)
Lisa Raymond (USA) W 6-4 7-5
 

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disposablehero said:
12 is a lot. The problem is this perception that Justine has been consisently outpacing Kim for a long time. That is simply false. At the beginning of this April, 4 and a half months ago, Justine's career was simply not close to Kim's by any measure. She has had a very strong 4 and a half months.
you're absolutely right. Justine and Kim did hit quite a few milestones at similar times (making GS finals, getting into the top 10 etc.) but Kim had an overall slightly better 2001 and she took off like greased lightning after the US Open last year.:eek: It's funny how people forget how, before the Aussie Open, Kim was being described as 'the world's best player' and 'the chosen one' (funny, she hadn't won a grand slam then either :scratch: ).

Justine was pretty much written off after the AUSOpen as someone who couldn't compete against the power hitters and was doomed by her mental frailty, never to beat someone ranked above her...Venus, Serena and Kim all had owned her for the previous couple of months and Kim's ascent to no.2 wasn't nearly as big a surprise as Justine being the one to break Serena's winning streak. Forget about April, even after having a phenomenal clay season, Justine was much less of a favourite for RG than either Kim or Serena. For most 'experts' Kim was still the better bet even going into the finals.

It's amazing what difference a few months can make.
you can interchange the word 'Kim' for 'Justine' in the above paragraph and it'll start sounding a lot like the talk going on right now :lol:
 

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On clay Justine enters 4 tournaments and wins 3 of them
Kim enters 3 and only wins 1

On hard Justine enters 4 tournaments and wins 3 of them
Kim enters 7(!!!!!!) and only wins 3 of them...

Justine clearly plays better when she does play. Kim just plays more.
 

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Kim's titles so far (16):
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1999-Luxembourg
2000-Hobart, Leipzig
2001-Stanford, Leipzig, Luxembourg
2002-Hambug, Filderstadt, Luxembourg, Chase Ch.
2003-Sydney, Indian Wells, Rome, Hertogenbosch, Stanford, Los Angeles

Hard: 6
Clay: 2
Grass: 1
Indoor: 7

GS: 0
Tier I/Chase: 3
Tier II: 8
Tier III or less: 5

Justine's titles so far (12):
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1999-Antwerp
2001-Gold Coast, Canberra, Hertogenbosch
2002-Berlin, Linz
2003-Dubai, Charleston, Berlin, Roland Garros, San Diego, Toronto.

Hard: 5
Clay: 5
Grass: 1
Indoor: 1

GS: 1
Tier I/Chase: 4
Tier II: 3
Tier III or less: 4
 

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So I'd say that Kim's got an overall better career so far, but this year is being a lot better for Justine. She's won six tournaments and four of them were tier I or better. Also she's played less than Kim, so it makes that compliment much more deserved for Justine.
 

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sonfo said:
Kim's titles so far (14):
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1999-Luxembourg
2000-Hobart, Leipzig
2001-Stanford, Leipzig, Luxembourg
2002-Hambug, Filderstadt, Luxembourg, Chase Ch.
2003-Sydney, Indian Wells, Rome, Hertogenbosch, Stanford, Los Angeles

Hard: 6
Clay: 2
Grass: 1
Indoor: 7
Hate to tell you, but 6+2+1+7=16, not 14.
 

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shap_half said:
On clay Justine enters 4 tournaments and wins 3 of them
Kim enters 3 and only wins 1

On hard Justine enters 4 tournaments and wins 3 of them
Kim enters 7(!!!!!!) and only wins 3 of them...

Justine clearly plays better when she does play. Kim just plays more.
For the past 20 weeks, yes. Before that, Justine could have played as much as she wanted, she wasn't going to match Kim. Kim will be back. Soon.
 

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Kim will be back if she plays less. Look at what happened to her. She tried to play four straight weeks and she ran out of gas in the fourth. She shouldn't have played Toronto. Justine's schedule IMHO is much better planned.

I guess that Kim played that many tournaments because she saw the option of becoming number 1, but I don't think she would have played that much if she wouldn't have that chance. Now in the U.S.Open Juju will get a very lil chance to become also the number 1, but she has to win the title with very good bonus and Kim would lose before the semis.
 

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Jenn needs to work a lot. It's gonna be two years after her last title. Suddenly she doesn't seem to be able to bt the top 5 players. When was the last time she bt Venus, Kim, Serena, Justine or Lindsay? Even Amelie. She's become the classic top ten that only bts the ones that are lower ranked than her.
 
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