Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne

February 12, 2004

Tale of the Tape:
Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne

Top Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne continue their rivalry on and off the court. Here is the Tennis-X look at who is coming out front in 2004:

Category

Kim
Clijsters

Justine
Henin-Hardenne
Advantage
No. 1 Reign
Climbed to the top without winning a slam
Took No. 1 from Clijsters at the end of last year and has hung on to it ever since
H-H
Slams
0-4 in finals, making history in the wrong direction and earning the "choker" label
3-1 in finals, but would she have any if Clijsters weren't around?
H-H
Head
-to-
Head
9 wins
7 wins, 6 coming in finals, 3 of which were slams
H-H
(it's all about the slam finals)
Strokes
Big-girl Babolat bludgeoning,
a.k.a. Lindsay Davenport
Perhaps the most beautiful backhand in the business, improved forehand
H-H
Popularity
"Aussie Kim," Lleyton's girlfriend a hit in Australia and in Belgium
Called "Christine" during the 2003 US Open check presentation
Clijsters
Communication
Skills
Sunny Belgian has cultivated super-nice reputation
The Ice Queen's post-match press conferences are sleeping pills
Clijsters
Gamesmanship
Pride in fair play
Pride in holding hand up while opponent serves, calling medical time-out when trailing in a match
Clijsters
Fitness
Doughy
Cut
H-H
Work Ethic
Burger King?
Brutal training regimen with Pat Etcheberry
H-H
General
Appearance
Kim still struggling with the post-pubescent acne, seems physically unable to tan
H-H's pasty pallor, yellow teeth make you want to run her to the nearest public health center
Push
Significant
Other
Fiance Lleyton Hewitt a former No. 1, but the two starting to disconcertingly look like one another
Boyfriend Pierre-Yves doesn't look like he could break out of a wet paper bag
Clijsters
Father
Leo goes off once in a while, insinuating that H-H is doping to add muscle, telling Kim not to talk to media
Controlling dad drove H-H out of the house as a teen; not on speaking terms
Clijsters
Management
Only Top 10 player without a manager, lets Fila determine whether she can play Olympics
Not seeing her face on many cereal boxes
Push
Totals
5
6
Winner:
H-H

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