Her Majesty is back

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  1. JeMar

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    Henin is playing as well as she was when she retired.


    The rest of the tour better watch out.
     
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  2. JennyS

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    Damn, you beat me!

    Wow, Henin and Clijsters are possibly going to meet in the final. Is it 2003?!
     
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  3. YouJaySoup

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    funny how everyone thought Ivanovic was going to give Henin a really tight and competitive match as the Serbian seemed in great form in Brisbane,only to get destroyed by Henin in straights..lol


    Its 99.99999999% sure a Henin-Clijsters final in Brisbane,seriously was it that surprising?
     
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  4. crackbillionair

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    I'm happy she's back. I love her game, if not her, personally. As an American who really likes Venus and Serena, I definitely am offended that she did not acknowledge asking for time at RG vs. Lady S. I consider it cheating, and it disgusts me.

    But she plays the cleanest game for such a short girl and she gets so much off her backhand. As a huge one handed backhand fan, I have to love her for that. Aside from her, Mauresmo retired, so you have maybe 3-4 barely notable 1-handers in women's tennis. The Italian, Suarez-Navarro who I have some hope for, and another Spanish chick who cheated against Serena, and I believe Severine Bremond. Please help me out if you know of any others.

    As for Clijsters, I don't like her either. But she's growing on me. I don't like straight defensive players. But she is an extremely sound player and she has been coming to the net and she is far tougher mentally than most girls out there. So many of the top women are shwaggy. Jankovic is an example, someone mentioned Ivanovic, of course Safina...

    I bet if Clijsters met Henin they'd play pretty high quality tennis. And it really puzzles me, the timing of Henin's quitting. I know her head wasn't in it, but she needs Wimbledon and she owned the French. I hate to see truly great players squander slams.

    Thanks.
     
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  5. JoshDragon

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    I'm the total opposite. I can't stand either of the Williams (Serena especially) and I'm neutral towards Henin but I really like Kim.
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

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    New and improved Justine Henin!
    Same beautiful & powerful game
    in a classic miniature package.
    Now, clean and with integrity-boost and fanfare!
     
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  7. kishnabe

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    Justine for FO and WImby for sure. She says she had beefed up the serve but the serve looks the same. So how did she improve?
     
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  8. slice bh compliment

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    By improved, I just meant that more people like her now. A little reference to the gift of time.....healing a wound or two.

    I'm still a little disappointed in her for 'the hand' against Serena in that RG match, and also the dubious ret. in the Oz Open final against Amelie Mauresmo. But in terms of tennis, she remains my favorite player since Goolagong.

    Allez Justine!
     
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  9. Sentinel

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    Welcome back, Justin. Oops, Justine.

    I remember that time a year back when she retired and so many people hoped she'd be back ... thank God we get to see her backhand a few more years hopefully.

    edit: i just checked the score (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100107/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_brisbane) -- pretty lopsided win for Clisters. 6-1, 0-6....
     
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  10. egn

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    She looks great..but Brisbane's draw featured no top 10 players and 1 player inside the top 20..(petrova is 20 though). Happy but not ready to crown her queen yet, lets see her get the top 10 now as well. Hope she does not get screwed and gets a Williams or Clijsters in the early rounds of the AO. I want a classic 2003 AO with the williams battling the belgians..oh when women's tennis was good.
     
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  11. zacinnc78

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    just glad to see the 1
    hander dominate men's and women's tennis again at the same time and shes cute too(cept in the face sometimes):)
     
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  12. Polvorin

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    Regarding "the hand." I always wondered why Serena went ahead and served the ball anyway, if she knew Justine's hand was up. Any takers?
     
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    You didn't notice? Go back to the original post he quoted. He changed your words. He changed your post from being one talking about Djokovic to being one talking about Henin. He's blatantly lying right now.

    Don't worry. I'm pretty sure the mods are going to get rid of this guy once they get wind of his recent actions and constant harassment of you and I Jemar. This sort of thing should not be tolerated, and hopefully the Mods take proper action.
     
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  14. JeMar

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    Oh, I remember that post now. I think it was during Novak's match with Bennetau at Wimbledon.

    Anyway, Novak's gotten better over the past couple of years.

    I probably postrapmething similar when Henin retired against Amelie in Australia or when she cheated against Serena. I think of her the same way I thought about McEnroe: bad role model, but hell of a player.
     
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  15. anointedone

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    What makes you think that draw would mean Henin was the one screwed. Quite possibly it means a Williams or Clijsters are screwed. Venus imparticular would likely lose to Henin in Australia as she seems on the down of her career now, and she hasnt been that on rebound ace for a long time anyway. If she cant beat Saurez Navarro on it I doubt very much she beats Henin on it.
     
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  16. miyagi

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    I'm actually looking forwarding to some womens tennis this year now. Can't wait to see some of the williams vs henin matches!

    I have a feeling that Henin won't win a slam this year tho.....
     
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  17. JeMar

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    I think she will win Wimbledon before she retires.
     
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  18. miyagi

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    I can't see her doing that! She doesn't seem to have the drive to win there like Fed did at RG.....
     
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  19. Yaz

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    Watching Henin take apart Ivanovic on TV right now...I was out of tennis during her heyday so never saw any of her matches except for USO Capriati replay on tennischannel. Can't believe how little she is compared to most other women on the tour, but I love her "modernized old-school" game - that backhand is really something else...
     
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  20. DRII

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    First off, I like Henin and Clijsters; but some of you all with this 'Great White Hope' attitude about the Belgians vs the Williams sisters are becoming obnoxious.

    How about we just let the year go on and we will see what will happen. From what I have seen in Brisbane, Henin has a ways to go before she is dominating anything. She has done well for her first tournament back, but she is not near her prime playing level. Her forehand lacks rotation and she's coming down on her serve too quickly.

    Personally, I hope the Belgians return will bring out the competitive juices in Venus and that she remains healthy. Now that would be exciting as she could dominate everyone except on clay. I wish I could have seen her exhibition in Hong Kong, I know she lost to Sharapova but defeated Wozniaki with dominating shots from the ground, from what was written.

    Anyway, lets just hope the WTA becomes better this year!!!
     
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  21. DRII

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    And I won't even mention the fact that Henin has no breasts, (well guess I just did)...

    Again I like her, but the Williams haters need to stop making her their muse.
     
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  22. chanee

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    What happened to Davy_for_GOAT? I swear his posts just disappeared...
     
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  23. sureshs

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    Well, who needs them anyway? They just get in the way of serving and cause back pain. I don't have them, and don't want them.
     
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  24. Dimension

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    I thought you are a guy, suresh?
     
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  25. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Henin, for starters. She is an adult female, right?
     
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  26. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    The most honest post of the week.
     
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  27. JeMar

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    It has nothing to do with the Williams sisters. It's just going to be nice having someone around that plays a visually appealing game, is mentally strong, is not afraid to take the match to her opponents, and holds serve more often that drops it.

    The women's tour was really just a one-woman show this past year, so it's nice to have someone that can challenge on a regular basis back. I have a feeling we're going to see a season very similar to 2003-2006, with Serena, the Belgians, Sharapova (who changed back her serve at the end of 2009), and a few others.


    I'm totally with you on the bold part!
     
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