[/quote]Actually, you haven't said anything to indicate Justine is that great. Earlier, I said "she really hasn't won that many titles on clay, and really hasn't done anything to make her eminent from the rest of the pack on clay." So far I'm counting 3 clay titles in 03, and 1 in 02. That's a total of 4 clay court titles. Am I missing something spectacular that she did? And while you talk about Justine and Kim "returning in their former form," Venus in her "former form" trumps everyone else but Serena, so that's a moot argument.
*ETA: So, out of curiosity, do you think Justine has a better chance than Serena?[/quote]
Excuse me but arent you the one that is questioning the validity of my opinions? I do not feel I have to prove anything here. You have said nothing to make feel my beliefs are not fully justified.
Henin won 4 clay court titles and lost a 5th close final to Serena, in only a two year span 2002-2003. That is her most recent span of full time tennis on clay, considering she played only one tournament on clay last year. In her entire career, which is obviously shorter than Venus's she has a French title and a French semifinal. Venus in a longer career has once been as far as the semis at the French, a single final round appearance. Comparing the number of career titles on clay is meaningless since Venus has been near the top of the sport twice as long as Henin(top ten from 98-2004, Henin top ten from mid 2001-2004).
The people Henin beat in her run on clay in 2003, where infinitely superior to the people Venus beat in her pre-French run last year where almost all the top players where missing.
Venus in her former form trumping enyone but Serena on clay? I totally disagree. She made one French Open final and did not beat anybody of note to get there. Clijsters won her only meeting with Venus on clay in 3 sets when Venus was at her peak and Clijsters was not close to the player she was in 2003-early 2004. Henin clobbered Venus in one meeting on clay, and choked away a huge lead in another. That again was when Venus was at her peak and Henin was not close to player she was in 2003-early 2004. Even Clijsters has reached two French Open finals, already surpassing Venus's at the French where she has a mere one final appearance, and again at a younger age.
Anyway I have seen them both play on clay and Henin in reasonable health is simply better on it.