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I'll post it this midday...just made me realise I should have posted a Kim Clijsters article a while ago...but I forgot <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
 

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Oh, the suspense Per! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Well I can post it in dutch, but I'll try to translate it in english...don't mind the grammar mistakes <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

Justine Henin wants to get higher on the ranking with an more efficient serve<br /><font size=5>"2002 will be crucial"</font><br />While most players are recovering from a very heavy season, is Justine already preparing for next year. "I want to continue my way to the top", she says, "2001 was a direct hit, but 2002 has to be even better".

Henin never had a lack of ambition. The little player from Rochefort always believed that she could grow into a topplayer. This year she fullfilled that dream. Rank seven in the world, the breakthrough was a fact. But now comes the most difficult part: to confirm.

<br />"I realise that 2002 will be crucial", said Justine yesterday in Geronsart just next to Namen. "The real work still has to start. I want to be ready on the conditional part and on the tennis part for next season. That's the reason why I kept my holidays so short."

<br /> More precisely ten days. Justine spent those days with her boyfriend Pierre-Yves on the Seychelles Islands. "An invitation of my sponsor Rolex, on the occasion of the Raid Turquoise, an adventure over water and on land", according to Henin." To be perfectly clear: I was there just as a spectator. I lazed away for 10 days, although I felt guilty in the beginning. The whole time I had this feeling that I forgot something. But after a while I got used to it without a racket. Sleep long, walk a little, admire the beautiful underwater magnificence, the holidays were over just like that.

<br />I really needed it. I was tired fysically but even more mentally. And touchy. I couldn't stand much anymore. But now the batteries are charged again and I can start my preparation. I resumed my training last thursday. The first big meeting will be the Australian Open. As a preparation I'm playing the tournaments of Gold Coast and Sydney. Last year I had Canberra after Gold Coast, but the field is stronger in Sydney so it's a better perparation for the Austrialian Open. After the tournaments in Australia, I'll play the indoortournaments in Paris and Antwerp."


<br />Disaster<br />Henin realises that she has to work on that serve. her first serve is a disaster. "I'm working on it with my coach Carlos Rodriguez", she says. "Less on power, but more on precision and rythme. Changing the service-movement is not so easy, but we are succeeding to make it more efficient. Winning Grand Slams is not my first priority. Of course I want to get as far as possible in them, but I'd rather playing at a high level regularly then having just two highlights in one season. Getting as much points as possible to get a better rank: that's my main target".

Jos Geraert - Het Nieuwsblad.

If I have time I'll add another part ...about Justine winning the award of sportsachievement in Belgium.

[ December 04, 2001: Message edited by: per4ever ]

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Thanks, Per!!! Gooooo Juju!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
 

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All the best Justine <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />I hope she can improve in 2001 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Yup, thanks indeed per4ever! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Thanks Per/K! <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />

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From Juju, by way of Per's helpful translation:<br /><strong><br />"Winning Grand Slams is not my first priority. Of course I want to get as far as possible in them, but I'd rather playing at a high level regularly then having just two highlights in one season. Getting as much points as possible to get a better rank: that's my main target".<br /></strong><hr></blockquote>

A player mentally prioritizing the rankings rather than winning the slams. I'm sure a lot of the others do it too but I haven't heard anyone say this in what seems like a long time.
 

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Thanks Per! I'm also suprised that Justine is prioritising ranking over Grand Slams. Is this wise?
 

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Is it wise? I think Justine could do a lot worse than concentrating on building/improving her game as a whole (obviously with particular emphasis on the serve), thus generating the consistency to get her through the year.

This in turn I think will make sure that when she does get to match-ups with the top players (be it Grand Slams or anywhere else), she's starting on her best foot as it were.

Allez Justine (but then I'm biased <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> )
 

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I think it's a great idea to focus on her overall game, but surely the whole point of doing so is to do better in slams? To have ranking as her primary target rather than overall fitness/slam performance seems a little strange to me.
 

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Yeah I guess you're right in a sense sk.

It's about Justine's priorities basically, and what she sees them as being. It will be extremely difficult for her because there is always going to be a certain level of expectation when it comes to her performance in the Slams next year.

Her priority is the ranking, and I think she's basically putting it that way round to take the pressure off of herself, because (particularly with the points changes) rankings and Grand Slams are not really mutually exclusive.

She's saying (I think) that she wants to do well in the GS', but via the back door. Justine needs to improve her showing in the Tier I's - something I'm certain she can, and will do. I think that this will translate itself into decent - perhaps more than decent - GS performances.
 

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Well I think it's very good of her...by saying this she is getting the big pression of her shoulders.<br />And she is a real topplayer so I'm sure she will get better in a Slam. It's very good that she is training on her overall game and service. She needs the consistent play to win easily against the less good players. The service is always important, and she will definitly need a good one, if she wants to beat the Williams sisters, Davenport etc..and I'm sure she can beat them.
 

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Thanks K!

I'm very glad she's working on that serve! I always said that's what she had to do between the 2 seasons. Now wouldn't I be a good coach (err in theory I mean <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> )
 

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yep...only in theory!!!! don't want you to give her any practise <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
 

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I was a little concerned with Justine's emphasis on her ranking versus winning a grand slam. However, she seems to realize the enormous pressure that she will be facing next year as a top contender. It seems that Justine wants to avoid making predictions about winning a slam in case she falls flat. Still, I would have liked to hear Justine state that she would like to win a tier 1 event since success there can be crucial to success in a grand slam. Anyway, all the best to Justine next year.

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