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March 26, 2003

Justine Henin


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Justine, please.

Q. You fought back very well in that first set.


Q. Did that have an effect in the second set?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: It's hard to say. I mean, I just played so bad at the beginning of the match, then it was hard after to, you know, to start the match at 4-love. I didn't play my best tennis in any game of the match. So it's hard to play like this win and this kind of match. Chanda played well and I think that it was tough for me today.

Q. Is there any part of your game you were particularly disappointed with?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: No, I think that, generally, I didn't play the game I wanted to play and I couldn't be aggressive, I couldn't move well. I felt without energy, without any power. I don't know, it's one day like this.

Q. Had you been feeling ill before the match?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: No, I was feeling good. I was hitting the ball very good at the practice but, you know, the match is different. Maybe I was a little bit nervous, but I don't think that's the reason. I think that, yeah, I couldn't play like I wanted.

Q. Did you feel Chanda wasn't allowing you to...

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Chanda played well, for sure. She beat Mauresmo in the round before, then me. I think that she's in good shape. She didn't miss a lot of things. It was a little bit windy, too. It was hard for me to return her serves. They weren't very strong, but I did a lot of mistakes on my returns. But I think that, you know, she played well.

Q. I know it's hard to tell from today, but has she made a big jump? Is she much better than she was?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: For sure, but she's very solid and she's there for a couple of years. She has a lot of experience. She's great player, so we know, everybody knows that she can win these kind of matches. Being in the semifinal is not a big surprise because she can play really, really well.

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