Tenaciously Tennis

Henin Hones in on Stuttgart Title

In a birthday brawl for the twenty-three year old Shahar Peer, Justine Henin let nothing slide in her 6-3, 6-2 thrashing of the Israeli. With the win, Henin advanced to the Stuttgart final which, according to the Associated Press article, “Henin Ousts Peer to Make Stuttgart Final,” reported the win takes her to “to her third final in five tournaments since coming out of retirement in January.”

On the other side of the draw lies the Australian Sam Stosur. If Stosur gets through her qualifier, the Russian Anna Lapushchenkova, and makes it through to the final, I foresee the Belgian making the final push and taking home the title. Despite her steady play and ability to overcome three-set hurdles, Henin has yet to win a title. With a 0-3 record in her appearance in finals since coming out of retirement, the Belgian must be hungry for the win.

In another Associated Press article describing her way to the semifinals, it reported, “she stayed on course for her first title since coming out of retirement by beating Jelena Jankovic – yet again.” Jankovic is a tough opponent on any given day and with the confidence that comes with pulling through a close 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 match, Henin surely has the fire and passion to win.


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