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Henin takes ninth title of 2007

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Justine Henin extended her unbeaten run to 20 matches with a 6-4 6-4 win over Tatiana Golovin in the Zurich open final on Sunday.

The last player to achieve 20 victories was Kim Clijsters, who won 21 matches in 2005.

So can anyone stop Henin at the season-ending Tour Championships in Madrid next month?



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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted Oct 21, 2007

Henin has been the best player this year and looks to be getting stronger.

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posted Oct 21, 2007

I couldn't predict that anyone will be able to beat Henin on form alone, but things happen - such as Bartoli at Wimbleton.

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posted Oct 21, 2007

If she faced a Williams playing out of her skin in the match of her life, this might take enough out of Henin to soften her up for her opponent in the next round, as sandsintime points out has already happened.

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comment by cogent53 (U212222)

posted Oct 22, 2007

Henin did not play particularly well in Zurich. She was looking a little tired and made a lot of errors. She won because even at 80-90% she is still a lot better than Golovin and most of the top ten on current form. Every one of the players at the year end championships will be very pumped up to beat her - she will have 3 finals in the group stages alone as she is the one to beat. Not going to be easy for her, but she SHOULD still win. She's the undoubted number 1.

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posted Oct 22, 2007

Golovin was very gracious in her remarks: nice to see.

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posted Oct 22, 2007

I would just like to point out to tennis-the-menace that an in form Williams sister playing at 100% would beat Henin be it clay, grass or hard. whistle

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posted Oct 22, 2007

I would just like to point out to tennis-the-menace that an in form Williams sister playing at 100% would beat Henin be it clay, grass or hard. ....................................................................................

LOL.Idiot.

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posted Oct 24, 2007

Justine Henin is not merely the best player this year (season). Henin has been the best player of the last four and half years by far. Her head-to-head record versus top 10 and top 20 players is overwhelmingly dominant, and simply becomes more so as each year passes.


... Then take a look at her game: Henin has good, solid defence and has lots of options when forced to defend. However, her attacking/offence game is the very best in the sport. Week after week, month after month, Henin records the most 'winner-heavy' stats of all top 20 players; only Venus Williams comes anywhere close. Moreover, Hnein can hit winner from ^any^ part of the court, with abandon. Henin was far from her best in the Zurich final - yet against a player (Tatiana Golovin) equipped with one of the finest forehands in the modern game, Henin had struck a total 12 forehand winners to Golovin's 1 by the beginning of the second set. That was in a match when Henin's timing was quite badly 'off', according to both commentators, and she had recorded 15+ unforced errors in the first set alone.


Somewhat overlooked - and misunderstood - among popular fans is Henin's technical supremacy over the rest of the field. Henin can hit every shot in the book, and with unrivalled proficiency. Her forehand and backhand are deadly. Though it can occasionally beak down, Henin has an effective, and very powerful, serve. Henin's volleying is good to excellent, and she typically makes more net approaches than any other top 20 player and has an enormous success rate when doing so. At coaching conferences, Henin's forehand is isolated as the best in the women's game by far. As my coach (a performance coach based in the UK) has explained several times, almost alone among the women, Henin's racquet preparation, and execution on the stroke, closely resemble that of an ATP player. Henin's forehand is both technically and (uniquely, in the women's game) ^biomechanically^ excellent. In Henin, the WTA effectively has a woman playing ATP-style tennis. Thus, its no surprise that Henin cares not to watch other women play, preferring to watch only ATP players. In the same way that the Williams sisters raised the bar, both in terms of power and athleticism, of women's tennis in the 2000s Henin has set a benchmark of excellence for the rest of the field to measure heir games against. Indeed, many of the top 10 (Kuznetsova, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Golovin) frequently mention that they 'learn' from Henin each and every time that they play her. Svetlana Kuznetsova, the no. 2 ranked player in the world, has described Henin has the "toughest opponent that I have ever faced, the best player in the world by far". Both Jankovic and Golovin have made similar statement in recent weeks. In both 2005 and 2006 Lindsay Davenport described Henin has both her 'toughest pponent' and the best player in the world, and without equivocation.

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posted Oct 24, 2007

drivevolley9, u mentioned u hav a tennis coach. i was wondering how i can get a coach, even if i'm above 20 yrs old and never played tennis proffesionally b4?

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Hi Nick,

Where do you live, to start with?

It's worth contacting the local tennis clubs (most have coaches working at/affiliated to them) in your area, talking to some coaches and then trying out a 'diagnostic' coaching sessions with a few (you'll have to pay for each one, i'm afraid).

*Don't commit to any coach*, unless you feel that they really know their stuff and are going to help you improve! I've seen around 9 coaches - only two which i felt knew as much or more about the game than me, and i stuck with both. Many coaches are teaching outdated stroke techniques and know little about the modern game!

It doesn't matter how old you are by the way! - I know people in their 50s who receive weekly coaching and i have several older guys, who asked me to coach them...

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