Read the full interview: Justine Henin, is former World No.
1 tennis player having won seven Grand Slam singles titles, and was the women’s singles gold medallist at the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens.
Williams in 20); 2007 WTA Player of the Year (presented in Miami in March 2008); Great Cross of the Order of the Crown (given to her and Clijsters on February 16, 2004, by Belgian King Albert II, with Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt in attendance, at the Royal Palace in Brussels); 2003 Player of the Year from the International Tennis Writers Association (alongside Federer); 2003 Sanex Hero of the Year (internet vote of over 30,000 fans worldwide); alongside Clijsters, 2002 Troph‚e National du Merite Sportif from Belgian government (just second time since 1933, when award began, that tennis has been honoured ?
last time was 1957; and first time given to women tennis players); 1997 Trophy 40-15 as Belgium's most popular tennis personality; also nominated for 2004 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year and 2004 ESPY Awards for Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player.- Awards received for charitable work include 2005 Family Circle/State Farm "Player Who Makes A Difference" award for her efforts in making a difference in lives of those less fortunate; 2003 Commitment to Community Award from The Florida Times-Union/Waters Edge Magazine at Amelia Island (in recognition of her contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation).- Magazine appearances incl.
and myself, I've heard that French in- come out in various ways: close to the the English word "on", close to the English name "Ann", and something that sounds like the dismissive interjection "enh? I'd pronounce that last syllable as "eh" -- just the vowel in "pet" by itself.
Then I'd try to take great care to nasalize that "eh".
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appearing on July 5, 2004 Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 list at No.81 (S. Williams at No.77, Kournikova at No.82 and Clijsters at No.84) and featuring on cover of Belgian magazine La Libre Match in 2002.- To celebrate Tour's 30th Anniversary, attended ceremony at 2003 Tour Championships that honored 13 world No.1 champions (past and present), and founding members of the Tour.- Explained to crowd following first Grand Slam at 2003 Roland Garros: "I dedicate this to my mother (deceased, 1995) because when I came here with her 11 years ago I said, 'One day I'll be on that court and maybe I'll win.' And today I did."; following win, met with Belgian royal family (including King Albert II, Queen Paola and Crown Prince Philippe) and later appeared before a cheering crowd on balcony of Brussels' 15th-century city hall, the first sports figure to receive such fanfare since the Belgian soccer team (which included Clijsters' father, Leo) returned from the 1986 World Cup semifinals; following 2001 Roland Garros SF appearance, was invited to Belgium's Royal Palace.- Junior highlights incl.
winning U14s at 1996 Orange Bowl and 1996 European Championships and winning 1997 Roland Garros (as WC; was first Belgian to win there since 1947); in 1997 became youngest winner of Belgian National Championships aged 15 years, two months (d. Williams in final); reached QF at WTA Championships (l. Kuznetsova in final) then ran streak to 16 matches to reach SF at Doha (l.
During the 2003 season, she captured two major championships, ousting fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the finals of both the French Open and the ; her victory on the clay courts at Roland Garros in the French Open marked her first Grand Slam title.
Moreover, she was victorious in 75 of 86 matches, winning 8 tournaments altogether and reaching the semifinals or better in 16 of the 20 events she entered.
Finalist (18): 2010 - Brisbane, Australian Open; 2007 - Miami; 2006 - Australian Open, Berlin, Wimbledon, US Open; 2005 - Toronto; 2003 - 's-Hertogenbosch, Leipzig, Filderstadt; 2002 - Gold Coast, Antwerp, Amelia Island, Rome; 2001 - Wimbledon, Hawaii, Filderstadt. to Davenport in final); reached QF at WTA Championships (l. Williams).2002 - Second Top 10 season; won two WTA titles, at Berlin (d. Seles 46 76(4) 75 in final; saved mp at 64 54 down), Charleston (d. to Mauresmo 67(4) 75 63; led 5-2 second set; stated felt weak during loss); withdrew from Charleston w/hypoglycemia and from Berlin and Rome w/cytomegalovirus; fell 2r in Roland Garros title defense (l.