Broken-Fingered Henin Seeks First WTA Title in Two Years at Stuttgart
by Staff | May 1st, 2010, 10:21 pm
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Justine Henin and Samantha Stosur will meet for the Porche Grand Prix Tennis Stuttgart title on Sunday. Henin, who’s been playing with a broken left pinkie finger, eased passed Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2.

“There were some games that were so close. I just played well in the important moments,” Henin said. “I just tried to do my job and be really focused.”

This is Henin’s fifth tournament since returning to the WTA Tour at the start of the year and her third final after finishing runner-up at Brisbane (Kim Clijsters) and the Australian Open (Serena Williams).

“I hope to have my first title. It would be fantastic,” Henin said. “The beginning of the season was really successful. I only missed a few opportunities on hard, so I hope it will help to be on clay now. I expect a tough match tomorrow.”

Henin has 41 career titles with her last coming at Antwerp in February of 2008.

Peer was celebrating her 23rd birthday Saturday.

The seventh-seeded Stosur dashed the hopes of surprise semifinalist Anna Lapushchenkova, 7-5, 6-3. The 23-year-old Russian qualifier did lead in both sets 5-2 in the first, 3-1 in the second before faltering.

“She was quite tricky. Eventually I kind of worked it out,” said Stosur who is 11-0 in 2010 on clay and she’s won 16 of her last 17 on the dirt.. “I played her in doubles in Dubai last year. I couldn’t remember too much. My coach watched her this week, but it’s different when you’re figuring it out for yourself.”

Henin and Stosur have never played before.


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One Comment for Broken-Fingered Henin Seeks First WTA Title in Two Years at Stuttgart

Hartmut Hesse Says:

Finally Sam Stosur!

I always thought that Sam Stosur has the techniques. The fitness and the dedication to her sport to make it to the top of the WTA-Tour, but she never even made it into the top 10, or was able to play consistent enough to go deep in the tournaments. But now it seems as if things are clicking for her and she makes a step to the next level.
To see her and Justine Henin in the finals of Stuttgart today is a real pleasure for me. Finally two players on the women’s tour who really care about the sport and not only about their looks, their new tennis dresses, or their career as an actor or model after their tennis career.
And two players, who unlike many other players on the WTA-tour, have all the shots in their game that the men have. A kick-serve, a slice, a drop shot, a volley and variety in their game…
This should be a great final if Sam will be able to keep her nerves cool and calm. A thing she is always trying very hard, but sometimes kept her from getting that extra focus and energy for the big points in a match.
But now it seems as if she knows how to pace herself through a match and how to get ready for the important phases in a match. This was the one thing that was missing in her game and if she can keep it up like this, she will be very hard to beat for many other players on the WTA-tour, who are not as fit and technically perfect as her.
As a Tennis coach I would like to see her more aggressive on her forehand, finishing even more points at the net (after good forehands) and mixing up her serve a bit more. She has a great kick-serve (probably the best on the women’s tour!), but it will be even more effective if it comes a bit more as a surprise for her opponents (especially on grass and hard-courts).
And if she pumps herself up a bit more after winning big points, she will be much more of a threat for the other players and I see her cracking the top 5 soon.
For a tennis coach like me, it is always great to have players like her, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters on the tour, because they are great role-models for the juniors.
Let’s hope they will be the top 3 in women’s tennis soon… ;)

Hardy Hesse
Hesse Tennis Training
Professional Training and Coaching for Top Juniors and Professionals

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