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"GO FOR IT - JUSTINE"



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Tennis: Henin-Hardenne aiming high in Paris

20.05.2003 2.20 pm

BERLIN - Justine Henin-Hardenne has mixed memories of the French Open tennis championship, which she will enter this year with higher expectations than ever.

"I'm not saying I'm going to win but my big goal is to win a grand slam and I think the French Open is the one I have the best chances of winning," the Belgian, 20, said after defending her German Open title earlier this month.

As Henin -- she got married last year -- the Belgian burst into the limelight at Roland Garros two years ago, reaching the semifinals, where she lost to compatriot Kim Clijsters.

"That match was like a dream," she said.

"I can hardly remember how I played or what happened. Just being in that match was so special."

Last year she travelled to Paris as one of the big favourites, having previously won in Berlin with a memorable final victory over Serena Williams before advancing to the Italian Open final.

She had just entered the world top five and was full of confidence but suddenly fell ill with bronchitis and disappeared in the first round.

"What happened last year makes me very cautious," she said.

"All I'm saying is I'd love to win the French Open but you can't plan those things."

Henin-Hardenne, who has a relatively light frame -- standing at 1.67m and weighing 57kg -- is at her best on clay, where raw power is less of a factor than on faster courts.

Her patience in rallies, her speed and her ability to cover the court as well as her superb single-handed backhand make her one of the world's finest players on the slow surface.

"To me Justine is the best player on clay at the moment," Clijsters said after losing to her compatriot in a close German Open final.

Providing she has fully recovered from a knee injury sustained in a gruelling Berlin final which forced her to pull out of the Italian Open last week, Henin will definitely be a top contender in Paris.

Another fact that speaks in her favour is that she has a record for upsetting Serena Williams, the defending French Open champion and current world No 1.

She overcame Williams in the Berlin final last year before ending the athletic American's 2003 21-match winning streak by beating her in the Charleston final last month.

As determined as she is soft spoken, Henin-Hardenne has worked extremely hard with the French Open in mind.

"I've lifted weights and done a lot of running," she said.

"I worked so hard I could cry but it has paid off. I feel stronger than ever."

- REUTERS
 

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Hecuba2 said:
I hope she repeats her performance last year!!! That might shut up her arrogance... :(


WTF are you smoking you asshole? Why don't you just go fucking crawl back under the rock you came from! God damn.... :mad: :fiery: :mad: :fiery: jackass!


but great article though ;)
 

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LMFAO!!!! Where did that come from?!?!?

Awww...at that last quote.
 

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Hecuba2=troll....look at some of it's other posts...
 

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Hecuba2 said:
I hope she repeats her performance last year!!! That might shut up her arrogance... :(
LOL, what a piece! Your so ignorant that I don't know where to start insulting you. :rolleyes:
 

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:kiss: :kiss: :worship: :wavey: JUSTINE HAS PROVED THAT SHE CAN WIN GAMES. SHE HAS COME FROM BEHIND AND WON TOURNAMENTS THIS YEAR AND SHE HAS BEAT THE BEST THERE IS (OR IS IT WAS!)
SHE IS GOING TO WIN THE FRENCH OPEN AND MAKE THOSE WHO HAVE COMMENTED IN THE NEGATIVE, BELIEVERS IN HER ABILITY!! :wavey: :worship: :hearts: :hearts:


:worship: :worship: GO JUSTINE!! WIN IT FOR SAIL!! :worship: :worship:
 
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