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By Charles Bricker and Charles Bricker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 3, 2003
WIMBLEDON, England - If Serena Williams is harboring any hard feelings toward Justine Henin-Hardenne after their "hold that serve" episode at the French Open, she's taking a very high road. "I'm just here to play the game and enjoy myself and have fun. What happened in Paris stayed in Paris," says Williams. "That was a long time ago. I don't even remember it." Of course she remembers it, but how much of it will be on her mind today when she and Henin-Hardenne play one of the Wimbledon semifinals, with the winner moving on to the championship match Saturday against the victor in the Venus Williams-Kim Clijsters match?
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | June 27, 2010
This would be enough for any tennis fan with a ticket to Wimbledon on Monday. Serena Williams, the defending champion, is playing Maria Sharapova, a longingly eager ex-champion who at 23 desperately wants to be at the top again with her surgically repaired shoulder a mental hindrance but her fighting spirit still potent. Kim Clijsters is playing against Justine Henin, two Belgians who have combined for nine major championships, who both took big chunks of time off from tennis, who have been at most cordial and at times standoffish with each other.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 3, 2002
WIMBLEDON, England - Night was falling as Justine Henin's star rose again at Wimbledon yesterday. Henin's backhand crackled on a Centre Court that looked a little like a haunted house, with the ghosts of tennis past fluttering into the gloaming, into the rafters. And there was a ghost, of sorts, on the other side of the net, Monica Seles, 28, a little slower and a little less bold than before. They played through dueling service breaks and after rain delays, through an afternoon turned chilly evening, and finally to one last tiebreaker in a swirling wind, with No. 6 seed Henin of Belgium beating No. 4 Seles, 7-5, 7-6 (4)
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May 29, 2010
Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin set up a third-round showdown at the French Open by winning matches suspended overnight because of darkness. Sharapova finished off Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-3, and four-time champion Henin beat Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3 Friday in Paris. A schedule backlog caused by rain created a parade of champions on the sixth day of the tournament. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Venus and Serena Williams were among those who advanced, while defending women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.
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By CHARLES BRICKER and CHARLES BRICKER,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | June 11, 2006
PARIS -- She doesn't model for fashion magazines between tournaments and doesn't accessorize on the job. But Justine Henin-Hardenne proved with her 26th title yesterday, at the French Open, that, for her, fundamental and basic works just fine. On a warm and windy afternoon when she didn't play her best tennis and Svetlana Kuznetsova played much worse, the 5-foot-5 Belgian with the feet that fairly dance around the court needed only 1 hour, 36 minutes to win, 6-4, 6-4, to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1995-1996 to win back-to-back championships here.
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By CHARLES BRICKER | July 5, 2006
WIMBLEDON, England -- No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 2 Kim Clijsters, No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 4 Maria Sharapova. They couldn't have gotten the seedings more perfect for this Wimbledon. The top four women in tennis dispatched the final pretenders for the crown yesterday and roared into the semifinals. Every one of them raised their games to notch their fifth wins of this fortnight and, when they reconvene here tomorrow to find out who goes to the final, all will be working with critical momentum.
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By Jeff Williams and Jeff Williams,Newsday | September 10, 2006
New York -- She feels pretty, and why not. Maria Sharapova, as much beast as beauty, won the U.S. Open women's title last night with an imposing and impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over five-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin-Hardenne at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wearing her black evening dress, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sharapova dined on a menu of savory serves, sumptuous returns and a delicious forehand that kept Henin-Hardenne at bay. Nike, one of her chief sponsors, was trying to make hay during this tournament with a commercial that featured Sharapova going from hotel to tennis court accompanied by the song "I Feel Pretty."
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By DIANE PUCIN and DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 9, 2006
WIMBLEDON, England -- Amelie Mauresmo was supposed to crumble now. Serving for the match yesterday, for Wimbledon, on Centre Court, with a nerve that has failed her before, Mauresmo whacked a nastily placed ace, 97 mph, underneath Justine Henin-Hardenne's racket. It would take Mauresmo five more points - another ace, a couple of wobbly ground strokes and finally a 73-mph second serve that could have been crushed but wasn't. Instead it was Henin-Hardenne whose strokes and mind and will failed.
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By DIANE PUCIN and DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 7, 2006
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND -- Yesterday'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 just a watch as jewelry, won a tidy 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over her Belgian compatriot, second-seeded Kim Clijsters, who wore an unadorned white dress. Henin-Hardenne is now one win away from holding at least one of each of the four major tennis championships.
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By Charles Bricker and Charles Bricker,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | May 31, 2005
PARIS - You can fault Justine Henin-Hardenne's wayward stroking - a worrisome 121 unforced errors in her past two matches - but never doubt her mental resolve. In a match that was reminiscent of her comeback win over Jennifer Capriati in the semifinals of the 2003 U.S. Open, it was her steely nerves and Svetlana Kuznetsova's emotional shakiness that made the difference yesterday at the French Open. Looking anything but the defending U.S. Open champion, Kuznetsova nervously failed on two match points at 5-3 in the third set, then dissolved almost completely in the homestretch as the little Belgian triumphed, 7-6 (6)
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By John Pye | January 30, 2010
Serena Williams loves a good underdog story and understood that most of the crowd was behind Justine Henin. All that sentiment was put aside once she heard an insult from the stands, a crack that went right to the heart of all athletes. Williams surged to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory in the Australian Open final Saturday, closing this chapter on Henin's remarkable comeback from retirement. "I think everyone was for Justine tonight," Williams said. "But you know what really helped me out?
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By Chuck Culpepper and Chuck Culpepper,Los Angeles Times | July 7, 2007
WIMBLEDON, England -- It became official yesterday that Wimbledon's effect on Venus Williams qualifies as recuperative if not downright medicinal. Williams, seeded No. 23, hadn't played extremely well this year and has struggled with some injuries. But, at Wimbledon she takes her game to another level. Wimbledon Women's final, 9 a.m. today TV: Chs. 11, 4
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By Jeff Williams and Jeff Williams,Newsday | September 10, 2006
New York -- She feels pretty, and why not. Maria Sharapova, as much beast as beauty, won the U.S. Open women's title last night with an imposing and impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over five-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin-Hardenne at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wearing her black evening dress, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sharapova dined on a menu of savory serves, sumptuous returns and a delicious forehand that kept Henin-Hardenne at bay. Nike, one of her chief sponsors, was trying to make hay during this tournament with a commercial that featured Sharapova going from hotel to tennis court accompanied by the song "I Feel Pretty."
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By Jeff Williams and Jeff Williams,Newsday | September 9, 2006
New York -- Justine Henin-Hardenne will play Maria Sharapova for the U.S. Open title tonight in a match that begs to be better than the semifinal victories that got them there. What happened on Arthur Ashe Stadium court yesterday was more strange than stunning, more confounding than compelling. Jelena Jankovic came out like a lion against Henin-Hardenne and was sent home like a lamb. Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, the top seed, came out like a rank qualifier against Sharapova and was sent home like ... a rank qualifier.
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By DIANE PUCIN and DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 9, 2006
WIMBLEDON, England -- Amelie Mauresmo was supposed to crumble now. Serving for the match yesterday, for Wimbledon, on Centre Court, with a nerve that has failed her before, Mauresmo whacked a nastily placed ace, 97 mph, underneath Justine Henin-Hardenne's racket. It would take Mauresmo five more points - another ace, a couple of wobbly ground strokes and finally a 73-mph second serve that could have been crushed but wasn't. Instead it was Henin-Hardenne whose strokes and mind and will failed.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 7, 2003
PARIS - It's been sister against sister in Grand Slam event finals, four consecutive championship battles between Serena and Venus Williams, matches that were criticized for lacking inherent rivalry, for their unsurprising flatness. Now it's Belgian vs. Belgian. At the French Open today, and for the first time in history, two Belgian women, second-seeded Kim Clijsters and fourth-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne, will play for a major championship. The two are friends, having grown up together as tennis players and winners.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 8, 2003
PARIS - The balls were coming to Justine Henin-Hardenne in her power zone, a little high, a little short and perfectly ready to be whacked around the court, landing wherever there was a line to be hit. Kim Clijsters, seeded second and considered the stronger of the two French Open women's finalists, was unable to find the space or time to wind up and wallop. She was unable to make Henin-Hardenne uncomfortable on this center court at Roland Garros. It took 31 minutes yesterday for Clijsters to win a game and it will take her another day at another time to win a major championship.
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By DIANE PUCIN and DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 8, 2006
WIMBLEDON, England -- When Amelie Mauresmo first got noticed at the 1999 Australian Open, it was for two things: for reaching the finals as an unseeded 19-year-old and for the way she handled unseemly comments from Martina Hingis about being "half a man." Mauresmo lost that final to Hingis but won respect for the way she both acknowledged her relationship with another woman and said she was proud of her broad, athletic shoulders and attacking style of tennis. And based on her play, Mauresmo was expected to win a major tournament soon.
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By DIANE PUCIN and DIANE PUCIN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 7, 2006
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND -- Yesterday'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 just a watch as jewelry, won a tidy 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over her Belgian compatriot, second-seeded Kim Clijsters, who wore an unadorned white dress. Henin-Hardenne is now one win away from holding at least one of each of the four major tennis championships.
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