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Justine is playing there so I hope she will win :D Winner of the tournament wins 200 points + extra :cool:


Double Grand Slam winner attends Leipzig Tournament with self-confidence. Henin-Hardenne: "It's well organised, professional and very relaxed "

Leipzig, 15 September 2003. For Belgian International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, the world's number one and two Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne are clear contenders for the first Belgian Tennis Gold Medals at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. But before playing in Athens, the two stars will be aiming their sights at the Sparkassen Cup between 20th and 28th September 2003 at Leipzig's Arena. In the interview below, double Grand Slam winner Justine Henin-Hardenne (21) offers a personal view of the 14th International Ladies' Tennis Grand Prix (www.sparkassencup.com) in Leipzig, the Applicant City to host the Olympic Games in 2012.

You played at the Sparkassen Cup for the first time last year and made the semi-finals against the subsequent winner Serena Williams. Was there any doubt in your mind that you would come again in 2003?

Henin-Hardenne: "I think the Leipzig Tournament is very well-organised and run really professionally. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and it is especially nice for the players."

What are your goals for the Leipzig Tournament this year? Do you think you will have a little time to spare for sightseeing or shopping?

"I've played some incredible tennis these last months, and I hope that the audiences have enjoyed it. I always like to win and to give my very best at every tournament I enter. So I really don't have much time during tournaments for sightseeing or shopping, because training and preparation for the matches take a lot of time. This year, I hope to try out a few of the nice restaurants in the beautiful, historic part of Leipzig."

Number two in the world, winner of the French Open and the US Open - have any of your dreams come true?

"Winning the US Open was a great moment. I always thought that winning your first Grand Slam would be very special, but the sensation in New York was just fantastic, winning this remarkable match against Jennifer (Capriati) and then the Final against Kim (Clijsters), who is number one in the world. I am so very happy at the moment. I still cannot quite believe having won two Grand Slams in one year. I would have never believed that I could achieve this in one season - but then I felt much stronger than in the past. And, of course this gives me a lot of self-confidence - it's just great."
 

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Keep inching towards numero uno, Justine!:bounce:
 

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nice, nice... let us hope that Justine crushes Kim in the final... again :D :D
 

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Henin-Hardenne, Clijsters win first matches since Open

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and runner-up Kim Clijsters easily won their first matches since that Grand Slam event to reach the Sparkassen Cup quarterfinals Thursday.

The No. 1-ranked Clijsters, the 2000-01 champion here, beat Jelena Dokic 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 Henin-Hardenne won 11 straight games during her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Denisa Chladkova.

``This is a good start. The first match indoors is not easy, especially after a big win. It's difficult to find your rhythm,'' Henin-Hardenne said.

She beat Clijsters 7-5, 6-1 on Sept. 6 to win the U.S. Open. Henin-Hardenne also defeated Clijsters in the French Open final.

The two Belgians are in a tight race to end the season ranked No. 1.

``I'm sure she's going to get there. And she's going to deserve it,'' Clijsters said. ``If it was Justine, it would be great.''

Clijsters' quarterfinal opponent Friday is Patty Schnyder, while Henin-Hardenne will meet Els Callens, who knocked off Alexandra Stevenson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Also, sixth-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and plays Anatasia Myskina in the quarterfinals.

Qualifiers Maria Vento-Kabchi and Sandra Kleinova face off in the other quarterfinal.
 

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Belgians through

French and U.S. Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne strengthened her bid to take the world number one ranking from her compatriot Kim Clijsters with a 6-1 6-2 demolition of Denisa Chladkova on Thursday.


The second seed showed no hint of the exhaustion or back problems she suffered before beating Clijsters in the Flushing Meadow final 18 days ago, overcoming the Czech in less than an hour to reach the last eight of the $585,000 Leipzig Grand Prix.

It was her first match since taking the U.S. Open title and proved a fine start on the indoor carpet surface, on which Henin has been least successful.

"I have a chance tomorrow to play better," Henin-Hardenne said ominously for Els Callens, another Belgian compatriot and here opponent on Friday.

"Of course I want to reach the top but I don't want to live too much in the future or the past," added Henin. "I want to stay focused on the now: it's too simple to dream of being number one."

Top-seeded Clijsters, who should earn the chance of revenge over Henin on Sunday, began with a 6-3 6-4 win over Jelena Dokic, the former top 10 player from Yugoslavia.

Clijsters, who arrived from Australia only two days ago, did not look entirely convincing.

She began with a double fault, dropped her opening service game and went 0-3 down in the second set.

But Dokic, who is still getting over the disruption caused by a break with her father and moving home, was neither consistent nor confident enough to take advantage of the favourite's shortcomings.

Earlier Anna-Lena Groeneveld, the latest teenager making a push to become a main tour regular, was near to landing her first top-20 victim before narrowly failing to reach her first quarter-final.

The 18-year-old U.S.-based German lost 3-6 6-1 6-4 to Nadia Petrova, the sixth-seeded French Open semi-finalist from Russia, but provided her home crowd with glimpses of an encouraging future.
 

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It was her first match since taking the U.S. Open title and proved a fine start on the indoor carpet surface, on which Henin has been least successful.
I thought she was "least successful" on the US hardcourts? ;)
 

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The only problem now is to stay focussed against someone who plays a few levels lower than Justine... that means: against almost everybody :angel:
 
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What constitutes a great player is the ability to win those lesser games.
The infuriating thing about being in sport is to go out and beat the best but lose to mediocre the following week. Time and again, Justine has, in my opinion, proven to be excellent at overcoming these "banana-skins".
 

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Belgian duo sweep through

World number one Kim Clijsters romped into the semi-finals of the Leipzig Grand Prix with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder on Friday. Clijsters will now meet Anastasia Myskina and will be looking to avenge her loss to the same player last year.

Third seed Myskina came back from a set and a break down to oust Russian compatriot Nadia Petrova 6-7 6-1 6-1.

Attempting to hold on to her top ranking for the remaining seven weeks of the 2003 season, Clijsters was in ruthless form in the opening set and clinched it with the minimum of fuss.

The Belgian briefly ran into trouble at 3-3 in the second set when she faced a break point after hitting the ball long. However, the favourite, who was still suffering from jetlag after flying in from Melbourne earlier in the week, recovered to stave off the break with a deep first serve.

Having failed to break Clijsters, a frustrated Schnyder dropped her own serve in the eighth game after being pinned back at the baseline by the Belgian. That was enough to give Clijsters the edge and she duly served out to secure a place in the last four.

"It is always motivating to break serve in the opening game as I did," said Clijsters, who was suffering from a sore throat. "And, yes, it was a bonus to get through this quite quickly.

"At least I slept till 6am last night and got six hours sleep and my cold feels better, so now I am coping by just resting as much as possible."

BATTLING INSTINCTS

Myskina led her match 5-3 in the first set but Petrova, a semi-finalist at the French Open in June, displayed her battling instincts to take it to a tiebreak.

Although Petrova sealed the set 7-5 in the tiebreak, she soon ran out of steam and barely posed a threat once Myskina had recovered from the early break in the second set.

Justine Henin-Hardenne, who beat compatriot Clijsters in the

U.S. Open final three weeks ago, moved to within one win of a possible rematch.

She won 6-2 6-4 against another Belgian, Els Callens, and once again looked the most in-form player of the tournament.

Her dashing performance, full of colourful groundstrokes and enterprising advances to the net, was only marred by the discomfort in her shoulder that required ice treatment.

Henin will see the WTA trainer to check out the injury before her semi-final on Saturday.

"I feel really motivated after winning two Grand Slams," said Henin. "I think I played very well. But I need to play well again tomorrow."
Henin next faces Maria Vento-Kabchi, who reached her second semi-final in three weeks after Czech Sandra Kleinova retired with a thigh injury.

The Venezuelan qualifier was leading 6-0 3-1 when her opponent quit.
 

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Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne reach semis at Leipzig tennis

LEIPZIG, Germany (Ticker) - Top seeds Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Anastasia Myskina moved into the semifinals of the $585,000 Sparkassen Cup on Friday.

The top-seeded Clijsters routed Switzerland's Patty Schnyder, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the semifinals for the 16th time in 17 events this year. She has made it to the final at 11 events this season, winning six titles.

On Saturday, the 20-year-old Belgian will face Myskina, the third-seeded Russian who rallied past countrywoman and sixth seed Nadia Petrova, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1.

Clijsters is 4-2 lifetime against Myskina, who won their meeting here in last year's semifinals. That was Myskina's last win over Clijsters, going 0-3 since.

The 22-year-old Myskina advanced to the semifinals for the third time this season. She won a pair of tournaments this season at Doha and Sarasota.

Henin-Hardenne extended her winning streak to 22 matches with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over fellow Belgian Els Callens. She has not lost since falling to Serena Williams in the semifinals at Wimbledon in July and is closing in on Clijsters' No. 1 ranking.

The leader in WTA Tour titles this season with seven, Henin-Hardenne will face her second straight qualifier in Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela on Saturday.

Vento-Kabchi continued her fine form with a victory over Czech qualifier Sandra Kleinova. She took a 6-0, 3-1 lead before Kleinova retired due to a left hamstring strain.

The 29-year-old Vento-Kabchi also reached the semifinals at Bali two weeks ago. She has lost only one set in her last six matches.

First prize at this Tier II event is $93,000.
 

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Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne breeze into Leipzig semis

LEIPZIG, Germany -- U.S. Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame right shoulder pain to beat Els Callens 6-2, 6-4 Friday and reach the semifinals of the Sparkassen Cup.

Henin-Hardenne, also fighting a bad back, put ice on her shoulder between games during her 64-minute victory.

"I felt something on a return," the No. 2-ranked player said. "I will have to see tomorrow, but I'm sure it's all right."

This is the Belgian's first tournament since she defeated No. 1 Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final Sept. 6.

Clijsters moved into the Sparkassen Cup semifinals by eliminating Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-3. The event's 2000-01 champion next plays third-seeded Anastasia Myskina, a 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-1 winner over Nadia Petrova.

Henin-Hardenne's opponent will be qualifier Maria Vento-Kabchi, who advanced when Sandra Kleinova hurt her hamstring while leading 6-0, 3-1.

If Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters win Saturday, they will meet in their sixth all-Belgian tournament final of 2003. Henin-Hardenne holds a 4-1 edge.

"We've played a lot of finals between us this year and it would be nice to do it again," Clijsters said. "It would be great for both of us."
 

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Justine just won the first set against Vento !! 6-0 !!!
Go Justine !! :bounce:
 
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