The best thing in the second part of Justine Henin’s career would be a Wimbledon title and even though her coach Carlos Rodriguez doesn’t believe, or at least publicly, that she is capable of winning the grass court Grand Slam just yet, the Belgian former world No.1 is on a very good way to “complete” her career.
The top-seeded Henin defeated Germany’s seventh seed Andrea Petkovic 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Unicef Open played on grass. She needed three sets to win the last match of the event and rallied from 3-0 in the decider, but a win is a win and I see no reason for Henin not to go all the way to winning her first Wimbledon title.
The Unicef Open title is Henin’s second since ending her retirement in January and her 43rd career title. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)
I’m going to agree with Carlos Rodriguez on this one…. Her game is still not as good as the one in her “first career.”
I am one of her strongest supporters because I think when she is on song, her game is beautiful to watch…I think she has a better shot at winning the W next year….
Congrats to Justine, but with that game she won’t win Wimbledon this year. She is just not (still) on the level of her 1st career.
I think her game need some fine-tuning but the fighting spirit compensates for those drawbacks pretty well. Also a victory at the first grass event should help her to become more comfortable and confident.
I think her second career has been going smoothly but and it’s normal that she had some downs especially as they’ve decided to change a lot of in her game. I think she’ll have a good run at Wimbly and if there’s someone who can be described as a dark horse in the draw it’s Justine!