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Serena Calls Henin ‘Bitch’ in Match

I chronicled Serena’s humility in her post-match press conference Wednesday following her loss to Justine Henin at the US Open. The comments I included didn’t even highlight possibly the most disparaging remarks by Serena — that Henin was lucky. Yes, the same Henin who knocked Serena out of the past three grand slams. Well, the astute Chris Mottram of Mr. Irrelevant fame picked up a clip from the match in which Serena clearly calls Henin a bitch. Check it:

There was a bit of dispute on the comments over at Mr. Irrelevant as to whether or Serena’s remark was directed at Henin since it was made in the heat of battle. Here’s how I break it down. If your head is down and you’re talking to yourself, it’s one thing. But if you’re looking directly at your opponent across the net when you make the comment, it’s a complete other thing. Besides, as Signal to Noise has brought up in past comments, the two have a horrible history dating back to past grand slams. That’s poor form by Serena, truly poor form.


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  • http://pointguardu.com NICK

    I wonder what Henin called her in return?? probably some sort of nasty word for a man… i am guessing Henin called Serena a Dick….

  • http://shakedownsports.com shakedownsports

    cat fight!!!

  • Gene

    Serena is the worst sport I have witnessed in watching women’s tennis for over a half century. She has never given any opponent, except her sister, any credit for beating her or even for playing her tough and losing.

    No world class athlete wants to give a competitor their due or to admit defeat, but they all learn to differentiate between private thoughts and public behavior. Serena has gotten away with this act for too long now, and the media is finally holding her accountable.

    Justine is not going to win any sportsmanship awards, but Serena is in a whole different league when it comes to boorish behavior.

  • Imran Hussain

    Henin is a sly player. She is not sincere and does not care about anyway. I know serena is not a good sport but atleast she’s genuine. Henin is selfcentred just like her boyfriend carlos rodgriguez. She is a fantastic tennis player and I think she is better than the Williams sisters, but she is fake, and lives a pathetic existance.

  • Dirk Nebula

    Yes,
    You can rest assure that Henin is leading a great life: back together with her family, beating the 2 Williams sisters despite Serena’s poor sportmanship, winning yet another Grand Slam, on her way to 8 G.Slams. She really turns out to be the best woman tennisplayer of the decade.
    Carlos is still her coach not her boyfriend (r u jealous maybe?,)
    You are right about one thing in your comment: she is indeed a better tennisplayer than the Williams sisters, and probably a better person too.

  • Jane Doe

    Henin is the best tennis player in the world, hence her record of beating the Williams sisters, and particularly Serena several times this year. When she loses, she gives credit to the other player. She doesn’t sit back and sulk and she certainly doesn’t calls other players bitches. You should have the utmost respect for her, for her qualities, her play and her character.

  • Hako

    Justine’s life seems beautiful, like a dream, and filled with wealth, success and joy. Can you say the same Mr. Hussain? She is the greatest women’s player at the moment, and may turn out to be the greatest ever……she has years yet to play.

  • Tim-1

    Hey Imran Hussain……Just because your favorite player is an jerk and a miserable example of a professional athelete (namely Serena Williams), does not mean other players are that way. Take Justine for instance…Justine is everything Serena Williams is not……Justine is pretty, classy, has great character, mature, modest, thoughtful to others, professional, cute (oh, did I already say that?), …need I go on? Don’t even mention Serenas’s name in the same sentence with the great Justine Henin!

  • verily

    Are you people serious?! LOL Venus’ record against Henin is 7-2. LOL That means Venus Williams and Justine Henin have played one another 9 times and Venus has won SEVEN of those nine times! Ergo, Venus Williams is a BETTER tennis player than Justine Henin!! Serena Williams is a better tennis player than Justine Henin as well. Everyone and his SISTER could tell that Serena Williams was injured at Wimbledon!! And that was the FIRST time in HISTORY that Justine had defeated normally VICTORIOUS Serena on ANY surface other than clay. Justine lucked out plain and simple. And it was obvious Serena was injured at the U.S. Open as well. And Venus was ill. Any OBJECTIVE person who saw Venus’ OFFICIAL fast serving speed before she became ill during the match then watched her serve lose CONSIDERABLE pace after she became ill, knows that Justine lucked out THERE, too. It is GLARINGLY obvious that at their best, the Williams sisters are the best tennis players in the WORLD. Serena Williams won all FOUR majors in a ROW. Has Justine? NO! Nor WILL she ever! Because Justine Henin is NOT as good a tennis player as the GREAT Serena Williams. Period. As for “sportsmanship?!”
    Serena has been remarkably poised given the circumstances rabid racists in this country and in others have put her through. At JUST 17 years-old INNOCENT Serena was booed and hissed at by crusty old rabidly racist white-supremacist FARTS at a tournament at Indian Wells. I am SoOOOO glad Serena had the fortitude, skill, and the blessing of Almighty Jehovah to WIN that final DESPITE the racists’ demonic EVIL. At The French Open, Justlying Henin was allowed to cheat her heiny off and praise the rabidly racist white-supremacist dolts in the stands for their evil screaming and booing at Serena who was RIGHT in questioning certain calls!! And in THIS country at the U.S. Open, the overwhelmingly white crowd barely showed support for Serena while facing that herpes-riddled divorcee and CHEATING SKANK, Justine! And even when Serena and Venus WERE marvelously gracious match after match through the years, rabid racists PRETENDED they had not been – even with VIDEO proof that they HAD been gracious! Only in Amerikkka! Shaking my head.
    Verily

  • verily

    Jane Doe, how long have you been watching tennis? Justine Henin, the herpes-riddled divorcee, CHEATED on the INTERNATIONAL stage during The French Open final she was playing with a HEALTHY Serena, who would have won had it NOT been for Justine’s blatant cheating AND the rabidly racist crowd AND the cheating, deliberately oblivious officials! Ergo, Justine Henin IS a bitch!! She abandoned her family for her Jeff Gilooly( See Tanya Harding) of a husband and came crawling back to them after contracting herpes and dumping her husband. Serena Williams and Venus Williams have ALWAYS been family-oriented. They are multi-talented, highly skilled, hard-working, CHAMPIONS. Serena Williams won all FOUR majors in a ROW. When Justine does that and hell freezes over, get back to us. Serena Williams has EIGHT major championships and played even though she was injured. That hardly means anything where Justine is concerned. For Serena at HER best is better than Justine at HER best. Heck, even VENUS’ record against Justine is 7-2! Venus Williams is OBVIOUSLY a better tennis player than Justlying Henin. Period.
    Verily

  • verily

    Jane Doe, how long have you been watching tennis? Justine Henin, the herpes-riddled divorcee, CHEATED on the INTERNATIONAL stage during The French Open final she was playing with a HEALTHY Serena, who would have won had it NOT been for Justine’s blatant cheating AND the rabidly racist crowd AND the cheating, deliberately oblivious officials! Ergo, Justine Henin IS a witch!! She abandoned her family for her Jeff Gilooly( See Tanya Harding) of a husband and came crawling back to them after contracting herpes and dumping her husband. Serena Williams and Venus Williams have ALWAYS been family-oriented. They are multi-talented, highly skilled, hard-working, CHAMPIONS. Serena Williams won all FOUR majors in a ROW. When Justine does that and hell freezes over, get back to us. Serena Williams has EIGHT major championships and played even though she was injured. That hardly means anything where Justine is concerned. For Serena at HER best is better than Justine at HER best. Heck, even VENUS’ record against Justine is 7-2! Venus Williams is OBVIOUSLY a better tennis player than Justlying Henin. Period.
    Verily

  • verily

    Imran, you are right. Justlying Henin IS a fake! She is also a BLATANT cheat as her EVIL, bitchy performance DURING The French Open final a few years ago PROVED! And Venus Williams’ record against Justine Henin is 7-2. Which means they have played one another NINE TIMES and Venus has beaten Justine SEVEN of those nine times! Venus is OBVIOUSLY a better tennis player than Justine. And at this last Wimbledon, where Serena was CLEARLY injured, Justine won on a surface other than clay against her for the FIRST TIME in HISTORY! And Serena was injured at the last U.S. Open as well, as her FATHER mentioned even BEFORE Serena’s match with Justine! Venus and Serena are BOTH better tennis players than Justine Henin. And the record coupled with circumstances proves it!
    Verily

  • verily

    Serena Williams is the best tennis player in the WORLD and she never had to CHEAT in a major final the way Justlying Henin did to win one, either. Serena Williams has won more majors than ANY other active singles pro tennis player – EIGHT! Serena has won all FOUR majors in a ROW! Justlying, cheating, BITCHY Justine Henin will NEVER do that! Period!
    Verily

  • verily

    Justine Henin IS a BITCH! The MILLIONS of people who watched Justine CHEAT her azz off DURING that French Open FINAL a few years ago know that if they know ANYTHING! I just wish Serena would keep calm, keep her dignity, and let her fans and her Father fight the good fight for her in the trenches. She needs to stay above the fray and concentrate on tennis!
    Verily

  • verily

    Hako, Justine is a herpes-riddled recent divorcee. Her critics on this board are RIGHT. There is something not quite right upstairs with that girl. Justine abandoned her family for that Jeff Gilooly ex-husband of hers ( see Tanya Harding) and came crawling back to that family after she contracted herpes. Justine is a FAKE and a CHEAT. I don’t know how she can look herself in the mirror after that EVIL stunt she pulled at that French Open a few years back. Serena Williams is a SAINT compared to Justine Henin!
    Verily

  • verily

    Tim-1, Justine Henin is a breastless boy! Pretty? LOL You need to USE that Lenscrafters Coupon in the paper today. And she is so evil and avaricious and desperate, she did not even CARE that MILLIONS of people saw her CHEAT Serena in that French Open final a few years back. Justlying Henin should be ASHAMED of herself!
    Verily

  • verily

    Dirk, how do you know Justlying Henin is leading a “great life?!” She is a herpes-riddled recent divorcee. She has been out of tennis for a YEAR with her herpes problem, and she is known worldwide as a person so dishonest and desperate that she BLATANTLY CHEATED during an INTERNATIONALLY televised FINAL, The French Open, a few years back. The HONEST person she CHEATED? The TRULY great, Serena Williams!
    Verily

  • verily

    Nick, Henin is the breastless BOY. So what the heck are you talking about? Serena Williams is a voluptuous WOMAN. Our artists reveal what we know deep in our subconscious: The strongest woman is the most WOMANLY woman. That is why it took Serena being on just one and a half leg and a hurt hand for Justine to FINALLY defeat her on any surface other than clay for the FIRST time at the last Wimbledon! LOL And everyone knows Serena was injured and Venus was ill at this last U.S. Open as well! I wish delusional, rabidly racist white-supremacists would go soak their stupid heads. LOL
    Verily

  • verily

    Anyone who watched that French Open final between Serena and Justlying Henin, knows that Justine Henin IS a bitch! Shaking my head.
    Verily

  • verily

    Tim-1, I hate to burst your bubble, but everyone and his SISTER know that Serena Williams was injured at Wimbledon AND at the U.S. Open and that Serena Williams won all FOUR majors in a ROW! Despite Serena’s KNEE surgery; the death of her beloved sister; being STALKED by an amorous, love-crazed German; and the demonic evil of rabidly-racist white-supremacists here in Amerikkka AND in France, Serena Williams has won MORE majors than Justlying Henin. Serena Williams has won EIGHT! Which, in case you didn’t notice is MORE than cheating Justlying Henin has won. So don’t even mention Justlying Henin’s name in the same BREATH as HONEST Serena Williams!
    Verily

  • verily

    Gene, what is the point of LYING here. Don’t you realize there are people who KNOW what has been going on? Years ago when Venus and Serena first came on the scene, Venus soundly DEFEATED a healthy Anna Kournikova in a final. At the press conference afterward, crazy, arrogant, delusional Anna Kournikova insanely said, “I’m better than her.” The journalists in attendance nearly dropped their pens along with their jaws at Anna Kournikova’s CONCEITED, delusional comment, made more jarring by the FACT that Venus was standing a mere few FEET away from her fielding questions herself. The journalist said that classy Venus just smiled and continued pleasantly answering questions as if Loser Kournikova hadn’t just put her foot, calf, and thigh in her own mouth! And Martina Hingis used to do the same kind of mess. Heck, MALE tennis pros insulted one another OUTRIGHT in the press but NONE of the aforementioned WHITE players as villified as the Williams sisters for merely, on RARE occasion, doing “As the Romans do – when in Rome!” Shaking my head. If racists TRYING to cast aspersions on them for being MILDER than whites committing WORSE infractions knew how they looked to NORMAL people…
    One WHITE male tennis pro actually SPIT at the FEET of an opponent after a match rather than shake hands with him! Venus and Serena are the CLASS of tennis. Period!
    Verily
    Verily

  • verily

    Gene, you are right about ONE thing and ONE thing ONLY. Serena Williams IS in a whole other league from Justlying Henin. Justine Henin has deliberately, blatantly CHEATED during a major final. The great Serena Williams has NOT! Goooooo, Venus!! Gooooo, Serena!! Goooooo, Williams!
    Verily

  • verily

    I’m beginning to think “Larry Brown” might be that vindictive, screaming-meamy looney-tune, John McEnroe! What a smarmy bastard.

  • verily

    Serena needs to let her fans and her father take care of the riffraff like herpes-riddled divorcee, Justlying Henin. She needs to keep herself above the fray and concentrating on tennis and getting fit. She is too lovely and decent to let herself go like that – in more ways than one!
    Verily

  • Michelle Johnson

    SERENA DID NOT WANT TO CATCH JUSTINE HENIN’S HERPES. (YUCK)

  • Kumar

    Poor deluded verily, his arguments only look all the more laughable for being in bold letters. If the Williamses are injured, let them take time off and compete when at their best, for the game has definitely caught up(and improved) in the time they got bored of tennis and dabbled, to everyone’s embarassment, in fashion and Hollywood. We don’t need underprepared athletes on the world stage who lose convincingly and then say it was obvious they wouldn’t win. Either the motivation is gone(not likely, Serena did win the AO this year, a great achievement, which I laud), or their rivals are just better. Justine trumped both sisters in EVERY area, winners, netplay, footwork, you name it. She is playing great, and better than either Williams. It is irrelevant how good they were in the past, or if not, let them just bask in their candy-coloured memories of a long-gone era and leave the tour to more dedicated and fitter players who sweat out tournament after tournament during the season.

    Serena had a positive record against Justine till recently, she won most of their matches 4-5 years ago, but hey, she lost 3 times in a row, separated by 2 months each at least. If a top 10 player cannot stay healthy for at least a week at a time, all through half the season, she should just retire.

    And get your facts right. The French open encounter was in the semifinals, not the final. I daresay you never even saw it yourself, but just bank on nth-hand information, which is biased anyway. Although I do not wish to start on this, it was a silly incident, wherein Serena either was a poor sport herself, serving even after she saw the raised hand, or was greedy, asking for a replay after faulting(assuming she served as usual). Smart Justine!

    And being a good sport extends beyond the court as well. Serena should learn that singles tennis is a game of two, you cannot win or lose unless there is someone on the other side of the net, and errors mean the same as breathtaking winners. If she is just as erratic as 4 years ago, let her relearn the game.

    All this is just to make you see sense(which sadly may not be possible), but though I admire Justine greatly and believe her to be the best woman’s player ever, I still credit Serena for her accomplishments, like Justine does. Serena should take a leaf out of her book. If past incidents still prey on anyone’s mind, they will not change the present. Justine is winning, and Serena is getting her mammoth ass kicked repeatedly, while wallowing in grand delusions(it is always upto her to win or lose a match, apparently).

    Justine is a lot shorter and less powerful than either Williams, but she has still managed to win at least one Slam every year since 2003. If that isn’t consistency(she’ll eclipse the 8 Slams tally easily next year), I don’t know what is.

    Just give credit where it is due.

  • serena#1

    Serena’s one of the best sportswoman in the world.. i think people confuse her self-asborbdness with arrogance.
    all because you like to talk about yourself and believe in yourself doesn’t make you arrogant.
    even so, she’s achieved so much in her short life doesn’t she deserve the right to be arrogant?

    As for Justine? None of the girls on the WTA have much respect for her anyway… her dodgy toilet stops, unnecessary injury breaks, the way she stops the flow of a person’s game if it doesn’t go her way.

  • Sammmo

    ALL THOSE FUCKED UP JUSTINE HATERS OUT THERE EXPLAIN HOW SHE SUPOSEDLY CHEATED IN THE FRENCH OPEN! WOT THE FUCK! ALL YOU ASSHOLES SAYING RANDOM SHIT! BUNCH OF DICKHEADS!

    HARDEN THE FUCK UP! – Chopper

  • James

    Serena seems to come up with a lot of excuses……………

    Justine thumped her throughout the whole of her 2007 season and it seems that everytime she did beat her, Serena had an excuse.

    French: “I’ve never played worse in my life.”
    Wimbledon: “I was injured.”
    US Open: “I was Ill.”

    Serena, if you were injured or ill you shouldn’t have played, and if you are consistently ill everytime you play Justine, you should ponder retirement. For once in your life, give some credit to har-working Justine.
    And do any of you notice the hardship of Justine’s life compared to Serena’s?

    Justine lost her mother at 12, her favourite nephew Romain, her sister, her great-grandmother, her grandmother and her grandfather all under tragic circumstances.

    Serena: a half-sister. WOW!!

    Verily, get some sense and give Justine some credit. Serena is beautiful to watch, but i hate her attitude and personality. Justine reigns supreme.

  • Yakira

    James: I think that you are the one who is deluded. SERENA ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS ABOUT HOW SHE THINK SHE PLAYED, is not making excuses!! Serena saying that “she played the worst in her life” is not an attempt to disrespect her opponent! Why don’t you get your head out of your behind and really understand what she’s saying! You and millions of others always take tidbits of the interviews and exaggerate on it. Before she even started talking about her injury in Wim. 07, she clearly stated that Henin played well and deserved to win the match!! You as well as many others are so blinded by your bias that you fail to recognize/give Serena any credit for sportsmanship. Serena has NEVER talked bad about her oppponents- STOP SPREADING LIES & PROPAGANDA!!

  • Laura

    JUSTINE RULES, YOU FOOLS!!!!
    THE ROOTS OF TENNIS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ELEGANCE – CAN WE AGREE???
    THIS IS THE MOST ELEGANT TENNIS PLAYER SINCE GRAF WITHOUT A DOUBT!!!
    BRAINS OVER BRAWN NEANDRATHALS!!!
    NEED I SAY MORE?????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HBUFD6FQK3I55WTSJICQIUTV24 fairlyfast

    Exactly right.  She’s just another in a long line of spoiled brats of privilege who are paid far too much money for “playing.”  No respect for others.  No manners to speak of.  And, as you pointed out, she seldom makes nice remarks to anyone, and then only when it suits her – like when playing her sister.  It’s hard to imagine how proper decorum and simple manners in professional sports in general has declined in the last couple of decades.  Tennis was one sport in which there had always been a modicum of fair play and respect for the individuals calling the game.  Ridiculous amounts of money and adulation heaped on these athletes today.  No one needs millions of dollars to play a game – any game.  Period!