July 7, 2006 |
Thursday's first Wimbledon women's semifinal was neatly played on a plain canvas and with all the emotions buried safely under the white dresses and polite smiles. Third-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne, wearing her traditional skirt and shirt and only a watch as jewelry, leaving off her wedding ring, won a tidy 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over her Belgian compatriot, second-seeded Kim Clijsters, who wore an unadorned white dress.
June 11, 2006 |
That a truly great women's final has yet to unfold at the French Open for Justine Henin-Hardenne is not a concern for the 24-year-old Belgian. "I take these kind of finals every day," Henin-Hardenne said. "I don't wish for a three-set final." She wants to see a great men's final today between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, not between her and anyone else.
March 14, 2006 |
Justine Henin-Hardenne, the top-seeded woman at the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament, waltzed through one of those early-round matches Monday that receives little attention and deserves even less. Her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Aiko Nakamura of Japan took 56 minutes and, by the time it ended, had nearly emptied the 16,100-seat Indian Wells Garden. It wasn't Henin-Hardenne's fault that her opponent couldn't play.
January 29, 2006 |
Pete Sampras' throwing up on the court at the U.S. Open, and going on to beat Alex Corretja, is burned deep into tennis fans' memories. There was Andre Agassi hobbling through the final two sets of an agonizing five-set loss to Jarkko Nieminen last year at the French Open, barely able to move because of an injured back, which would keep him out of Wimbledon.
January 25, 2006 |
Old news: Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Lindsay Davenport at the Australian Open, doing so for the third time in the last four years. New news: Davenport, who will turn 30 in June, is leaving a Grand Slam event feeling confident that she will be back for another shot next year. Usually, these departures are tinged with doubts about her future in the game, especially considering her drought at the majors has hit six years. Not so, this time.
June 5, 2005 |
The French Open could almost serve as a family album for Justine Henin-Hardenne, the ideal way to record snapshot memories and trace her remarkable development. She's morphed from a slight, solemn teenager who fell apart serving for the match in the third set in the second round against Lindsay Davenport in 1999 to a strong, self-possessed woman who won her second French Open and fourth Grand Slam singles title on Saturday.