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« Reply #60 on: January 26, 2010, 01:19:36 AM »


http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-26/201001261264477023140.html :ZZZZZ)

An interview with:

JUSTINE HENIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How would you grade 'Justine Henin' in that match?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it wasn't my best, of course. But it was difficult to play night match again two days ago and be first at 11:00. It's been kind of strange as I had to get used to another rhythm. Today was my first match in the sun actually since I was in Australia. We were playing under the roof in Brisbane. Here I've played almost every match in night session. And it was quite cloudy the other day when I played in the day. It was really difficult to find the good rhythm.

I felt energy in a few games, and then the intensity, I lost it a little bit, especially in the beginning of the second set. Just tried to stay calm. When I had to play well in the tiebreak, and at 5‑All also in the second, that's what I did. So I keep going. I'm happy.

Now it's good because it's early, I'll have good recovery and two good nights. That's what I need. But it's just a great feeling to be in the semis of the first Grand Slam I play since I'm back.

Q. How important was it not to go three sets?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it was important that I could finish this match, that I could win this match, and if I could do it in two sets, it was the best.

The last few days, that took me a lot of energy. It was important today I wasn't that long on the court. Even if it was two sets close, it wasn't that physical. So I'm glad about that.

First the bad thing was to play at 11, but now it's a good thing because I can recover.

It wasn't that even. Even if she did a couple of double‑faults, she put a lot of pressure on the serve and I just took the right time to get the opportunities at the end especially. That was good enough.

Q. What were your expectations coming into the tournament?

JUSTINE HENIN: Uhm, I was curious about what was going to happen. I mean, the draw first, of course. And when I got the draw, even if I took the draw as something, Okay, that happens like that, I knew it was going to be hard. Every match was a goal. So I never thought, We'll, I'll be in the semis, I dream to be in the final, I dream to win. Just every match is going to be difficult and important.

I just went step by step. That's what I'm gonna keep doing now 'cause now I can dream of being in the final of this Grand Slam, of course. But still a long way. Just try to be focused on what I have to do on the court and hope it's gonna keep going this way.

Q. Have you shown yourself now you know that you can play the big points well again?

JUSTINE HENIN: I think I improved a lot in this tournament since in Brisbane. I haven't been able to play well in the tough moments. And this week, in this tournament, I've been able in the last few days to do it. It's probably the most important thing. Even if you know you're not playing your best tennis, being able in the tight moments to play good points like I did, I think it's the key mentally.

But, of course, physically and mentally today was difficult because my energy level was a little bit lower than the last few days. But I've been able to raise my level when I had to. That's really important. That means that I'm still here. Even if I'm getting older, I still have this fighting spirit, and that's a good thing.

Q. There was quite a commotion going on out there. First fighter jets flying over, then cannons exploding for Australia Day, helicopters. Were you tuning that out? Was it distracting?

JUSTINE HENIN: Not really. I was quite focused on the match really.

Q. You didn't hear it?

JUSTINE HENIN: I did, of course. I'm focused, but not that focused (smiling).

No, I mean, it's a big day here. Very special, of course. And I think it's normal. But both of us, I think we were pretty concerned about the match. So it wasn't a distraction for us.

Q. Last Grand Slam you played was this, and this is the first one you're playing coming back. What does it mean getting to the semifinals of a Grand Slam?

JUSTINE HENIN: It means a lot, because Grand Slams I really love. I love to play here. Like I said many times, the Australian people, they have the culture of the sport. They really know about tennis. They live tennis in January. Everyone's watching. We can feel this atmosphere.

I think it was the best place for me to start again. So it's just great. Here in Australia I had different feelings in the past. But for me, I mean, when I lost to Sharapova, it was a difficult moment in my career. When I had to retire in the final in 2006, it was one of the worst moments of my career. But I just keep positive things.

When I come back here, I don't feel anything negative. It's only good things. I'm here again in the last four. It's just much more than what I could expect, and the dream continues, yeah.

Q. What about Marc Grosjean, to get your body ready every day?

JUSTINE HENIN: He is really important to me. I was traveling with him already before I retired for two years. He has the passion also. He was a fan before being my trainer, but in a good way, in a positive way. He's doing everything he can.

I mean, Carlos and him, they were really involved, 200% behind me all the time. We just try to put me in the best conditions. We doing very good job. The atmosphere with the three of us is just great. I mean, it's already four weeks we are together in Australia. We enjoy really every moment. So it's a good team.

I really kept exactly the same team because I think that makes me stronger when I have the same people. I like to work with the same people for many years. I think that's how we build solid things. And I trust them again. So that's good.

Q. Does Kim's performance at the U.S. last year give you the confidence that perhaps you can go all the way in a comeback?

JUSTINE HENIN: Not really. I mean, what she did, I did admire that a lot because it's not easy what she did in New York. If I see it as motivation, of course. That means it is possible.

But we have very different kind of personalities, different kind of players, so it's always very hard to compare. But what she did was just great. That will be a dream for me to do it also.

But it's still, you know, one more match before we can talk about a final. I dream of it, of course, but I'm not going to change my attitude now. What I did is just great and I have to keep going the same way, with the same goals.

I remember my discussion with Carlos in the plane when we were flying to Australia, we were talking about the goals. It's much more than what we could expect for. Because I was coming here to see a lot of things. I was curious about what I was going to feel on the court. I think it's now I've won a lot of matches and everything is well for us.

Q. Carlos has talked about how you're a little more easygoing and relaxed now that you've come back. When you get to a Grand Slam, how big of a challenge is that when you know you have to be intense and focused all the time?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it's a big challenge, but I think we can find a good deal. You know, I'm much more relaxed than I was in the past. That's for sure. I hope it's not only because it's the beginning and I'm not going to get crazy again in six months, that I can fix something new (smiling).

I think that takes me less energy than in the past. Because in a Grand Slam, I was really in my bubble. Now we just go forward. Like I say, we try many, many different restaurants. I'm more open to a lot of things. That's the way I have to keep going.

To find the right moment to put the intensity and the concentration and to get away from that, it's probably with the experience and the maturity we can get it. But that takes for me a little bit of time because it's really new, and I still look after my feelings. But it's very interesting experience for me this week.

Q. And some of the girls from your academy are here.

JUSTINE HENIN: We have a good player. Maryna is playing today second round. She's a very good player. There were a few of them. They came to watch me also the other night against Dementieva, and also other few matches. It's a great project to follow young players. Carlos is really involved in the academy. We glad they can live this experience here.

I just try to help them a little bit, you know, talking to them a lot about this life on the tour, how difficult it is. Especially after what happened for me in the last two years when I retired and discovered a lot of things, I just tried to help them to realize that tennis is important, it's not everything, but it's good to have them here.

Q. You went out of here on a bad beating by Sharapova. Did that make you say, I've had enough?

JUSTINE HENIN: I think it was already before that. I mean, I lost against Sharapova two years ago, confirmed to myself that I wasn't really into it anymore. When I won against her in Madrid, I felt something at that point. There was my little voice that was saying to me that I should go away because I needed something else at that time, to breathe differently again without tennis, to prove different things to myself.

Sharapova here, Williams in Miami, it was difficult losses. But in another way they helped me to understand that I had to go away. But, I mean, started a little bit before, but it helped me in my reflection at that time.

Q. Little voice with you now?

JUSTINE HENIN: Little voice that is very positive. Thank you (smiling).

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« Reply #61 on: January 27, 2010, 07:11:32 PM »
Lets go Justine lets go  :))


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« Reply #62 on: January 28, 2010, 12:24:26 AM »
Former world No.1 Justine Henin has advanced to the final of her first Grand Slam tournament in 20 months, thrashing China’s Zheng Jie in the semi-finals of Australian Open 2010 on Thursday afternoon.

A seven-time major champion, Henin won 6-1 6-0, and will now play Serena Williams in Saturday night’s final after the top seed defeated China’s Li Na 7-6(4) 7-6(1)




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« Reply #63 on: January 28, 2010, 12:26:02 AM »
Allez Justine....just one more match......one more.... :// :// And the title is yours  ://


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« Reply #64 on: January 28, 2010, 12:28:08 AM »
Justine = brilliant!! :applause: :applause: :applause:
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« Reply #65 on: January 28, 2010, 12:35:47 AM »
Justine = brilliant!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Justine= pretty, Justine=elegance and justine= undomitable spirit  :) :)


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« Reply #66 on: January 28, 2010, 12:42:02 AM »
Justine = brilliant!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Justine= pretty, Justine=elegance and justine= undomitable spirit  :) :)

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Justine = brilliant!! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Justine= pretty, Justine=elegance and justine= undomitable spirit  :) :)

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« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2010, 12:52:14 AM »
perfect match by her, congratulations justine!

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« Reply #69 on: January 28, 2010, 02:35:48 AM »


From the Australian Open coverage:

Henin joins Serena in final

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Thursday 28 January 2010
By Mike Steere
Justine Henin celebrates winning a point in her match


Justine Henin’s impressive return to top-level tennis is almost complete after she booked a date with old foe Serena Williams in Saturday’s Australian Open 2010 final.

The Belgian, playing in her first Grand Slam since the same tournament in 2008, disposed of her Chinese opponent Zheng Jie 6-1 6-0 in just 51 minutes at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, a match that was her easiest of the tournament to date.

The win gives Henin entry to her 12th Grand Slam final, and should she beat Williams, it would be her eighth Grand Slam title.

Henin said it was nice to have an “easy” match ahead of the final.

“It was perfect - I just felt really good all day. Everything went pretty well. It was good to have a pretty easy match – I can’t wait for the final now,” the 27-year-old said.

Zheng has managed one previous Grand Slam semi-final appearance (at Wimbledon 2008), and she started the match in a positive fashion, holding serve as Henin produced a couple of errors from the baseline.

However, from the second game of the match, it was Henin who dominated as the former world No. 1 launched an assault on the Chinese player’s serve and broke her at every opportunity. The Belgian won 12 games in a row to close out the match within the hour.

The first set was a lot tighter than the second, as Zheng fought hard to hold serve on a couple of occasions where she took the game to deuce. But it was Henin who was able to produce the winners at key moments, and she raced away with the first set 6-1 in just 27 minutes.

The second set was almost a repeat of the first, as Henin’s aggressive approach towards the Zheng serve reaped rewards, and the Chinese player failed to hold.

In fairness to Zheng, she didn’t gift the match to the Belgian though errors – she only made one more unforced error than Henin in the whole match. Rather, Zheng simply never had a chance to get into a rhythm, only managing three winners to Henin’s 23.

Henin also improved her service game from her quarter-final win on Tuesday, lifting her first serve percentage to above 50 per cent and hitting winners off both forehand and backhand almost at will. She also dominated with her vollies, winning 77 per cent of points when she came to the net.

The victory sets up a much-anticipated final between the former world No.1 and Williams, the current top-ranked player. The American won through to Saturday’s final with a 7-6(4) 7-6(1) triumph over China’s Li Na earlier on Thursday.

Fast facts

- At 51 minutes, the match was shorter than either of the two sets in the first women’s semi-final between Serena Williams and Li Na.

- Henin hit 23 winners to Zheng’s three.

- Zheng won just eight points in the second set.

- Henin converted on six of her 11 break point chances, while Zheng was unsuccessful on all three of her break point chances.


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It will be a battle of Number Ones - Former Number One verse Current Number One.
It will be a battle also of: Serve verse Serve.  Henin is a little bit more speed then Serena for now.
                                   Aces verse Aces:  Serena has the edge in that department.
                                   Quickness verse Quickness: Henin is quicker then Serena.
                                   Powerful ground strokes: Serena has the more powerful groundstrokes.
                                   Mential toughness: Draw!

I think that Justine will take it because she is fresher then Serena going into the finals.                              

                                                



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http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-28/201001281264664490500.html


An interview with:

JUSTINE HENIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was that the ideal match leading into a Grand Slam final for you?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, yeah, if we see that I've been playing a lot of tough matches in the last two weeks, that was the best to recover today.

I knew it could be a dangerous match. Grand Slam semifinal is always very special because, you know, it's the last before the big final. Especially in my situation, that I was very excited about, yeah, the possibility of being in another Grand Slam final.

I knew I had to be really careful about that match. I've been very focused, very concentrate. I did my job perfectly well. That worked pretty good.

So, uhm, that's a great feeling, of course. Very excited about what's going to come up for me and can't wait for it now.

Q.When do you start thinking about Saturday's final?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I knew, yeah, there was an opportunity for me. But as we could see in the past also, sometimes, even if you think you're gonna be into it, like it happened in Wimbledon in 2007, sometimes you have big surprises. So I knew I had to be really focused on every point and be aggressive and have the good attitude.

So when the match was over, I could think, Okay, I'm in the final now. Just can celebrate this tonight, I mean, very easily, just enjoy it, and then tomorrow start to prepare Saturday's match.

Q. Are you surprised it's taken you so long to play Serena in a Grand Slam final?

JUSTINE HENIN: We've never played in a Grand Slam final in the past. It's my first Grand Slam since I'm back, and we're already there. So it's more than a dream. I mean, I'm so happy to play against her because if I want to win another Grand Slam, I'll have to beat the best player of the world. And that's just the biggest challenge I could get.

I have to be honest, I didn't really expect that. But now that's a reality that is coming. I will try to be at my best.

Q. How do you look at your rivalry with Serena?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I think a lot of respect for who she is, what she did. She is a real champion. She proved it again in this tournament. Has been in trouble, and she had the reaction of, yeah, the greatest champions. A real fighter. Never gives up. And I think she really helped the game to come at another level. And she really helped women's tennis a lot. She's still there with an amazing attitude.

I think we respect each other a lot for that. We're both real fighters. We want to win. And I think maybe we helped each other, yeah, to get better. So it's a good one.

Q. What was the exact moment you decided to come back? Was there something that triggered it?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it didn't come like in a second. It's been something that I felt slowly but surely. Different things, I mean, different steps. Like I said, it was important for me just to be away to know myself better and to have different kind of answers. And when I got this, I thought I was ready to come back to what I love so much.

I'm still very proud ‑ again ‑ of what I'm doing. That's a good thing.

Q. Had you made a decision before Kim won the US Open?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, it was way before that. It was probably mid‑July, so it was a long time before that.

Q. How did you look at Kim winning that last year?

JUSTINE HENIN: Like I said, I have a lot of respect for what she did because it's not easy, and she has been an amazing level very quickly, beating Venus and Serena in the same tournament. We all know it's not easy. And she confirmed that again in the final.

So it was just fantastic what she did. Well, I hope I can do the same, of course. But it's gonna be the toughest part that is coming. We'll see.

Q. The last two weeks your body has taken more of a beating than it has been in the last couple years. Is it because you had a few years without that that makes you more fresh going into the final or because your body is not used to it does it make it less fresh?

JUSTINE HENIN: I don't know what's gonna happen. It's gonna happen. It's very hard to talk about that.

Of course, I want to play. I'm fresh mentally and emotionally. Even if it took me a lot of energy in the last few weeks to come back and play my first matches and face all of this again. It's coming very early for me, you know, to be in a Grand Slam final. It's a lot of things to deal with.

So that took some energy, of course, in the last few weeks. Didn't know what was going to happen. Then started to win matches. A tough draw here. Had to deal with, yeah, a Grand Slam, which is always different. So it's been already a lot of pressure.

But my body's fine, I think. Well, it's the last one for this tournament, so I'm gonna give everything, of course.

Q. How proud are you of what you've been able to do?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I'm really happy, of course, and really proud. It's because I know where I'm coming from, and it's been hard in the last few months. I've worked so hard. Now, you know, I know why I did it: it's to be here and have this possibility again.

But the way is still very long. I have a lot of things to improve on. I know I'm not yet at what I can produce. But we have a lot of things to work on with my coach and we're going to go back home and get ready for the next tournaments. I think we can see a lot of things already. So that's very positive. Well, if I can go back home with another title, that would be more than a dream, of course.

Q. When you spoke earlier about lowering your expectations, was that realistic, or do you feel like you can do something special? Do you feel this is a bridge too far to get to the final?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I really went step by step. I mean, I knew everyone was curious about what I was going to do on the court. I just tried to be really focused on myself. I was curious myself. Just tried to get a good preparation. That's what I did.

I've been in trouble in the last few matches, but I've been able to play well on the important points. But it wasn't in my mind that I could, you know, go till the end, of course.

But it is something very special already for me to be here, being in the final again here in Melbourne. It's only good memories from the past. Even if I had to retire in 2006, I have another chance. It's just great for me.

Q. Kim came back as a mother. You came back without being a mother. Do you see a huge difference? Also, have you thought that you could become a mother, stop, and come back another time?

JUSTINE HENIN: It's a lot of questions (laughter).

Well, I'm not quite sure I could do it, you know, having a child and then coming back on the tour. But there are no rules. It's so personal. I have a lot of respect about the fact that Kim, I mean, I think it's brave to do it, to travel with a child, to deal with being a mom and a tennis player, I think it's not easy. So it's great what she's doing.

In my situation, I think it wasn't something that I could do. It's my life being on the tour now. I hope one day to have my family, but it's going to be another step in my life.

Q. You said you didn't know how you were going to handle the pressure. How are you handling it?

JUSTINE HENIN: I'm still fine. I'll see tomorrow, on Saturday. But, no, I still think I have to be at the same attitude that I arrived in Australia. I didn't really know what to expect. I wouldn't be honest if I said I don't want to win this tournament now that I'm in the final. But I'll just try to be focused on what I will have to do.

I know I'll have to play a great tennis because Serena in this kind of situation is at her best level all the time. She has to play, in a Grand Slam final, she produce her best. It means I will have to play a great game, yeah, be aggressive, and really want this title. So we'll see if I'm gonna be able to get that.

Q. While you retired, you said you were looking for answers. What sort of answers were you searching for?

JUSTINE HENIN: We all have different kind of issues personally. I had to forget a little about tennis and just get some air and breathe differently. Tennis has been my whole life. I think there is something else than that.

It's more than answers. It's just time to get open to different kind of things. Like I said, I had different kind of projects, met a lot of people, traveling for UNICEF, of course. I mean, I learned a lot of things in these experiences.

Probably the answer I got is that I started to trust myself much more as a person and I realized I could exist without tennis. So that was an important step for me.

Q. Do you think this could be the best answer, this final, which is the real queen of women's tennis?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, that would be a nice title. But I think we both proved different kind of things in the past. What Serena did was just amazing, and still doing it. And I did my way also on the tour. I think we brought different kind of things to the game. So we both have a different place on the tour.

She is No. 1. I've been No. 1. I hope it's gonna be a great match, really. I hope it's going to be a good atmosphere on the court, that people are going to like the match, and that we can be at our best. That's what I wish for.

Q. Are you a very different person now to what you were two years ago?

JUSTINE HENIN: I can say I'm a different person. I just learned a lot of things and grew up. Maybe a little older, that's it. More mature because of being away from the tour. I think I got off my bubble. It was really important for me, as I feel more in peace now. That's important.

Q. As a teenager, your whole life is tennis...

JUSTINE HENIN: It's difficult. The life we have is difficult because you give everything. I mean, everything is done around that, you know. Now I got the experience I didn't have a few years ago, of course, to understand it. But your whole life is based on your tennis and your career. We do a lot of sacrifices. It's very hard to find a good balance, a lot of stability between the personal life and the professional life.

On the tennis court, we cannot lie. The way we are, the pressure is high, you have to deal and be at your top all the time. That makes it difficult, of course.

Q. Would you recommend others to go off and do other things?

JUSTINE HENIN: It's important, yeah. I think it's important just to realize there are different things away from that. Take some distance sometimes 'cause to relieve the pressure, of course.

Q. The last time you played Serena was Miami 2008.

JUSTINE HENIN: Don't talk to me about that one (smiling).

Q. Just one question about it. It didn't go so well. It was just a little bit before your retirement. Did that match play any specific role in your decision to retire?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, you cannot say it's a match. It's more about all the things I was thinking at the time. It was more process that took a few months, you know. After my victory against her I proved already in Madrid.

This kind of match shows you that you don't feel you're at the right place anymore. I don't have the motivation that I got in the past. It was just the proof to me that I was tired of it at that time.

It's not because I lost that I decided a few weeks later that I should stop. It's because my mind was somewhere else.

Q. How do you describe the difference going into this match?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, a lot of things have changed. You know what happened in the past is from the past. Everything is so different. Two years since that. I'm back. It's only my second tournament back on the tour, so I know I still need a little bit of time to really find my best level again.

But, well, I have the ambition, of course, as usual. But everything is so different, we cannot compare.

Q. Human beings have the privilege to die once, champions to die twice. You to die three times.

JUSTINE HENIN: That I what?

Q. Athletes have a privilege to die twice, because when they finish their career, then when they really die like other human beings. At least you will die three times. Is that a privilege?

JUSTINE HENIN: It is a privilege. I have the feeling I had three lives already. At 27 years old, to get all these experience is just fantastic. I think being an athlete sport is the best school of life. I learned a lot of things, how to push my limits, to get the determination, to know that things are hard when you want to do it.

I feel lucky. I feel lucky I had this talent, of course. And I feel lucky that I have one more chance to come back and to enjoy it different way than in the past.

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« Reply #71 on: January 28, 2010, 07:29:33 PM »
Lets go Justine lets go  :)


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« Reply #72 on: January 29, 2010, 04:58:02 AM »
Lets go Justine lets go  :)

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« Reply #73 on: January 29, 2010, 09:05:50 AM »
Lets go Justine lets go  :)

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« Reply #74 on: January 29, 2010, 06:52:39 PM »
You guys rock...

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« Reply #75 on: January 30, 2010, 05:43:44 AM »
 :( :( :(

She's back and she'll be back to winning ways as well  ://


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« Reply #76 on: January 30, 2010, 07:29:29 AM »
 THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Disappointed but proud?

JUSTINE HENIN: Of course disappointed, I mean, when you lose in the final of a Grand Slam, especially in three sets, and I got a few opportunities that I haven't been able to take.

But this feeling of disappointment cannot take, you know, uhm, advantage on all the things I've done in the last few weeks. And it's just more than what I could expect for. I just have to remember that.

Even if it's quite soon after the match now, I'm sure there will be a lot of positive things I can think about in a few days. Uhm, it's been almost perfect. Just the last step, I couldn't make it.

Yeah, it's mixed feeling at the moment. In a few hours I'm sure it's going to be much better.

Q. Was fitness a factor in the last set?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, I don't think so. I mean, physically I know I have to work hard when I go back home 'cause, you know, I suffered a lot in this tournament. But we knew it. I mean, I've been to a certain stage, and now we'll have to go to the next step physically.

No, I think you have to deal with this kind of situation I'm not used to anymore. It's been a long time I haven't been in this situation. Everything went pretty fast in the last four weeks, so it wasn't that easy for me to deal with.

So I haven't been in my best, of course. I kept fighting a lot. I got a lot of breakpoints in the first set, and it was very difficult for me to break her in the first. And then the big opportunity in the beginning of the third set, I started to play much better at the end of the second, really aggressive.

She was under pressure. She served unbelievable in that game. I was up 1‑Love in the third, and what happened if I could break her at that time.

But she's a real champion. She plays the right shot at the right time. She served great at that time. After that, mentally was a little bit harder to stay in the match.

So I wouldn't say physically. I'm tired, of course, especially now after the match. But for the rest, it was okay.

Q. What does this mean for you now for your career going forward, what you've been able to achieve here?

JUSTINE HENIN: I'll keep a lot of good things. Now it's gonna be probably time for me to work a few more weeks and coming back in a few weeks. Just take some rest and then work again.

And I learned a lot of things in the last few weeks. Many things were positive in my game, on and off the court. I think I really enjoyed every moment of it.

But I also know the way is still long in terms of where I want to go as a tennis player, and I know I'll have to work harder. And I'm gonna do it, for sure. I mean, what I did was just amazing in the last few weeks. Maybe I could be home after the match against Dementieva, and I went all the way to the final. So I keep a lot of good things now.

Q. Considering your comeback, what were your realistic expectations coming into the tournament?

JUSTINE HENIN: I didn't know really what to expect. I was ready to live, like I said, the best and the worst. And it's been very good almost till the end.

No, I was curious about what my level would be and how I was going to deal with just the atmosphere on and off the court, how it would feel. And it's been ‑‑ I felt I took the right decision, so it's good enough for me already. I got the results also in the last four weeks: two finals. So I can be really happy about that.

Q. What surprised you most?

JUSTINE HENIN: Uhm, well, to be on the court today maybe (smiling).

No, I think it's very warm now to talk about that. In a few days I'll be able to think about all what I live in the last few weeks.

But, no, just the way I felt. The way I felt and the way I could deal with different kind of situations. Today wasn't enough, of course, but generally very positive.

Q. What are your plans now going forward? What tournaments?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it's probably going to be Indian Wells next step for me. Probably, yeah. I just need a few more days to take my decisions and really make a plan and talk with Carlos about that. But that should be the most appropriate option.

Q. What about the kind of reception you got from the fans?

JUSTINE HENIN: They gave me an unbelievable support. And it was, I mean, for me very important to realize that they like the fact that I'm back. And, like I said, I mean, Australian fans and people are so nice, and they know about tennis. They wanted me to win. They gave me everything they could. I think it was fantastic support.

It was the best place to start again.

Q. Serena said you could be ranked No. 1 at the end of this year. You definitely have the possibility. What do you think?

JUSTINE HENIN: Oh, I don't think about that. It's too far away. I'll be focused on what I have to improve in the next few weeks, the next few months. I've only played two tournaments. It's the end of January. The season is still very long. I want to enjoy every moment I spend on the court and be very smart about the calendar and everything.

Winning big tournaments, just get better, get better, get better. That's my motivation, and the rest comes. If I get better, if I improve, if I work hard, the rest will come. So I'm not focused on who's No. 1 or whatever at the moment or where I can be in a few months.

I have some goals, of course, but I just don't want to look too far. Everything went pretty fast, fast enough already in the last four weeks. It's just time to calm down and think about the future.


Q. Is the competitive part of the game mentally being out there in those types of moments? Is that something that comes back gradually, or is that innate and you have it or you don't?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, you work on it, of course. Even if probably when you have the determination and a lot of things, you have this at the beginning, but you can improve a lot. I mean, I improved a lot in that part of my game in the last few years, you know.

Now I have to probably work again on it. But in the past, I mean, I was quite fragile when I was younger, then got really stronger in the important situations. And Serena proved again that she has it.

But with the competition and these kind of match, I'm sure I'll learn a lot of things from this.

Q. What was it like when you walked out of the quiet hallway and onto center court and you heard that applause? You had this big smile on your face. Had you forgotten what that felt like?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, it's a long time ago it didn't happen. So, uhm, yeah, it was emotional of course. I was feeling nervous, of course. But it was great. I mean, to play this kind of match that we play in tennis, it was a very good feeling.

It was a bit harder after that. But at that moment, it was a very nice moment.

Q. Have you got a thought on tomorrow night's match at all?

JUSTINE HENIN: I'll be flying at that time, so... Well, I'm sure it's going to be a great match. For me, maybe the two best players of the world at the moment. I don't know, Andy Murray is such a smart player. What he's doing on the court is just fantastic.

Roger, what can we say more than what he's doing? I mean, I have so much respect. I still think he's gonna win. But I hope and I'm sure it's going to be a great battle.

Q. Apart from today's final, what was the other highlight of this tournament? What one memory will you take away of these two weeks?

JUSTINE HENIN: It's very hard to keep one moment. But when I beat Dementieva, it was a very good moment because the quality of the match was very, very good, and it was a match that I was, yeah, waiting for. It was a very good memory for me.

But generally, the way I felt in the last few weeks has been fantastic. So I go back with only good things.




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« Reply #77 on: January 30, 2010, 09:23:31 AM »
Arrrrgggghhhhhhhhh!!! :(

So close. I just wonder if Justine's old style of playing would've beat Serena because it seemed that Serena was beat up physically. So, if Justine had extended those points maybe Serena would not be able to last. I know hindsight is not the way to look at things but maybe Justine needed to alter her game and mix in her old style with the new style.

I guess we should take comfort that she made the finals.

I might have to get used to her new game, but the thing I liked about Justine's old game was how she turned defense into offense. Now it doesn't seem like that. I'm just not a fan of the all power game.

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« Reply #78 on: January 30, 2010, 03:49:07 PM »
I really wanted her to win this one, but she lets hope she´ll get the FO. In any case she did an extraordinary tournament so my congratulations to her.

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« Reply #79 on: January 30, 2010, 04:51:59 PM »
I've not been on this thread before but have been a Justine fan for several years now.  I really hoped she'd win the AO but felt it was perhaps a step too far for her at the moment against Serena Williams.  Didn't think it was a great final but am sure it would have been had Justine been back on the tour longer.  I stayed up all hours to watch her play in Brisbane + at the AO and hope she'll play Eastbourne in the UK in June.  I've heard that one of the reasons she came back was to try and win Wimbledon ... I really hope she achieves that and will cheer her all the way.