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Q. Can we talk about the second round.

JUSTINE HENIN: Yes. What do you want me to say about the second? Anyway, I was one of the four top seeds. She hasn't played a lot since the US Open. I think I'm not very lucky about the second round, but I have to be positive about it. We played once. That was in New York where I should have won a first set that I had almost in my pocket, and then I lost my serve. I felt that the match was sliding away. I lost my tempo. Now everything is different. Of course, she has played nine or ten tournaments. She's No. 6 or No. 7 in the world. She has extraordinary talent. She's in top shape. She can show this even if she hasn't played a lot of events. I have to be very, very self-confident, take my opportunities. Since the US Open, I have been playing a lot of matches. Let's play some tennis and see who wins. The better one will be in the semifinals.

Q. Are you stressed?

JUSTINE HENIN: Of course I'm stressed. The one who says she isn't frightened on the court, she's lying. This is just experience. Put it down to experience and learn. You're always a bit nervous about a match here in such a competition. It's normal. She's behind me in the ranking, but I've got nothing to lose.

Q. Having played more than she, do you think it's an advantage?

JUSTINE HENIN: If I win, you say yes. If I lose, you say no. We'll have to see. We'll have to play and see. I don't really like to compare. We are two players on a court. Each one is going to try to win. Yes, it may be an advantage because even if she's lacking match practice, she can be very, very strong. I must not be frightened. I don't have to think too much about it. I must not think too much about it. Of course, the players, the Williams sisters, are very, very powerful. They have this determination, this attitude. You must avoid to be afraid. You just go ahead and play some good tennis.

Q. Looking back, you were frightened at the US Open?

JUSTINE HENIN: No. I don't regret. Let's say I should have won the match. I had it almost in my pocket. This was very disappointing. This is why I lost the third set so easily. She was simply better in the second. My serve, as I explained, left me, wasn't good enough. Well, it could have gone either way. There was a lot of mental stress because physically on the court I was maybe even better than she was. Maybe I was frightened about this. It was the first time I played her. It wasn't easy. But after the defeat, I reacted well, I suppose, and I came back on the court. Maybe this time for a win.

Q. She doesn't play a lot, but she never stepped out of the circuit. Is this something you'd like to do?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, no. I don't watch the others too much. I try and play my career. Sometimes it's hard enough. I just try and stay focused on my play. But okay with me and okay with her. You have to be able to play without match practice the way she does. But we shall see on Friday how things are going to develop. I'll be on the court in order to win. I'll be on the court without any inferiority complex facing her strength.

<br />Um...what match was she at: "I almost won, I had it in my pocket" "this is why I lost the third set", okay earth phoning Justine...this just in: there was no 3rd set and you weren't even within shouting distance of a win...let alone close!

Okay, I like her alot. Maybe it was the english thing or she could have confused this ass whippin with the one"s Venus has laid on her in the past.
 

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My God, you're attacking Justine Henin?!!!

Point 1: English is not her first language. If you've read anything she said last year it's even more obvious. "3rd Set" is a snafu.

Point 2: Did you WATCH the match? Justine went up a break in that first set...but her serve was abysmal and Serena put loads of pressure on her. The scoreline of that first set was 7-5. Justine couldn't hold that last serve and after that she lost confidence and collapsed!

BTW - Justine's the player who has played Venus tougher than anyone else this year. She's won four sets off Venus this year which is double than that of the next person.

You're just picking.

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Q. Having played more than she, do you think it's an advantage?

JUSTINE HENIN: If I win, you say yes. If I lose, you say no. <br /> <hr></blockquote>

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And having seen the US Open match, I know exactly what she means!
 

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Tx for the interview, and good luck JUJU!!!!!!

I've seen the match on the US Open too, she could have won with a better serve. I'm sure she learned a lot in that match.
 

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I think she talking about the US Open match, Jurgs: "She was simply better in the second. My serve, as I explained, left me, wasn't good enough. " That was exctly the match against Serena.
 

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Probably. But she was probably never really talking about the Wimbledon final....

Whatever <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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1st cynicole

I wasn't attacking anyone just repeating what she said. And I think I typed everything u said about the esl thing, and I also added that I like her.

And yeah! I watched it. Going up a break is not even close to having a match in ones pocket...though I think it's wonderful that she has such high expectations for herself.

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If I had a better serve I'd be on the tour...in fact if, ifs and buts were screws and nuts, there'd be no need for hardware stores.
 

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Go Justine!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Justine has truly had a great year. Both she and Serena were a bit nervous in that first set at the open. So it is good to hear she is confident about her matchup with Serena. Serena I feel is going to be difficult to handle all through this championship. Especially after her success at the Open. Serena should win in straight sets.
 

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n2sWmS - When she said "Let's say I should have won the match," she probably meant "set."

And when you're up a break all you have to do is hold and you've got the set. Easier said than done of course.

In hindsight, your message was a lot kinder than I originally read it to be. The part in your post that got me off was the "ass whippin" comment. (Probably a choice of words as bad as the snafus that Justine made in her press conference.) I guess we just have different ideas of what one of those actually is. I don't think Venus destroyed Henin as handily as you appear to think. (As I said, she's played her tougher than everyone else.) As for the Serena match, I think managing to lose 7-5 in one set and get bageled in the next isn't so bad. Now the wallopings received by Hingis, Clijsters and Capriati at the US Open where it didn't even look like they could have a chance in heck of getting to a tiebreaker...well...I guess you can argue either way. In all, none of those scores really looked good though.
 

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Justine is the only player this year, in my opinion, that has challenged Venus consistently.

Adriana Barna is the only player that has challenged Serena this year <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> just kidding, actually Jennifer Capriati is the only player to challenge Serena on a consistent basis this year <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

GO SERENA! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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actually Jennifer Capriati is the only player to challenge Serena on a consistent basis this y[/B]

to add to this... Monica Seles is the one who has not only strongly challenged Serena the few times they played this year... but it's also Monica who seems to bring out the best in Serena each time they play... see Canadian Open match and you'll know what i mean <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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some use ass whippin to indicate the degree to which a person got beat I mean indicate that they got beat...i.e. Venus also whipped Serena's ass at the open <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />
 

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Justine it seems knows what the Williams sister's are capable of. I hope she goes into the match with the same tone as her interview. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I love yah Juju but tomorrow I must root for the other player. I hope you get that ass spanked. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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n2sWmS

Ahhh "whip-pin ass." Got it. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> I take back everything I wrote...but you probably already got that impression?
 

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Ms Dawn,

You are going to have to wait until Friday to do all that rootin'

Thursday is Lindsay/Jelena Clijsters/ASV
 

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We r cool <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

Dawn get off my girl's band wagon...I'm tired of you Venus fans only pulling for Serena when Venus isn't around <img src="mad.gif" border="0">

New fan rivalry starting right now...Serena fans Vs Venus fans <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> the line has been drawn <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 
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