Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Carlos Rodriguez Downplays Henin's Chances at a Wimbledon Title

Justine Henin cited her desire to win Wimbledon and complete the career Grand Slam as a main factor in her return to tennis in January of 2010, but her coach Carlos Rodriguez, is attenuating his pupil's chances at winning the title she wants so much.

Rodriguez told the press:

Justine is not a candidate for victory at Wimbledon. She has a chance, but there are girls who have more claim to the title than her. I'd like to [be] wrong, but she needs more time.

You tell me, is this just a strategic statement to distract Henin's peers or does Carlos truly believe that the Belgian's chances are slim. On one hand I do think that Henin's shaky serve and lack of power could equal an early trip home from London, but she hasn't reached two championship matches at SW19 for nothing.

While so many youngsters have difficulty adapting their games from clay to grass in such a short amount of time, henin is one of a handful, along with the Williams sisters, who has the experience and smarts to make the transition with ease. of course, with a seeding of 17, so much depends on where Henin is placed in the draw. An early round match with a heavy-hitter (think Azarenka, Kleybanova, Petrova) could mean trouble.

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