Thursday, 23 January 2020

Former International No. 1 Justine Henin has exchanged her tennis racquet for a microphone, returning to Melbourne as a Eurosport marketing consultant.

With 7 Grand Slams and 43 WTA singles titles to her credit score, she is the best particular person to touch upon Belgian tennis, in tandem with David Goffin (ATP 11) and Elise Mertens (WTA 17) who themselves are nonetheless within the working for the female and male singles titles, respectively, on the 2020 Australian Open.

“David and Elise are actually sporting Belgian tennis, at an excessively top stage. It’s true that we set the bar very top, with Kim (Clijsters) a couple of years in the past,” she tells Belga. “David already has a phenomenal stage in male tennis. He has proven that he can advance and I’m seeing it increasingly. From there to going after the massive titles, to attaining for the Best 5, it’s extra difficult.”

“Elise, for her section, is now not in the similar carefree segment as two years in the past, the place she may create upsets,” Justine continues. “She has stabilized a degree in her profession, however to move past that, you may have in an effort to take dangers, to dare, to ward off one’s obstacles.”

Naturally, there is not any approach the previous global champion can fail to say the second one comeback by means of Kim Clijsters, who, at age 36,  will degree her grand go back to the circuit on the Monterrey WTA event, seven years after announcing good-bye on the U.S. Open in 2012. “I personally was once shocked since a very long time has handed,” says Justine. “I believe she should leave out the circuit and the affection of tennis, and he or she has a proper to take action. After that, all of it depends upon what that may get a hold of in opposition to Barty, Osaka, Pliskova and so forth.

“There’s a undeniable ball-stroking high quality Kim won’t ever lose, however the explosiveness and the power to move the overall distance will likely be every other factor. Now, I have no idea her ambition, her goals, however for me, in any tournament, that was once out of the query. My elbow harm was once actually severe or even after working on it, there was once no likelihood. I used to be sensible sufficient to change to one thing else and I’m satisfied in my circle of relatives lifestyles, with the Academy, as it’s utterly other from what I knew ahead of.”

Oscar Schneider

The Brussels Occasions

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