Henin not ready to beat Williams


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:04

The 27-year-old lost a memorable three-set battle with the American 6-4 3-6 6-2 in just her second tournament back from a 20-month retirement.

Henin also reached the final of her comeback tournament in Brisbane earlier this month, when she lost to Kim Clijsters, but Rodriguez believe his protege is still six months away from being able to beat the best.

“I think we can see on the court that she was not ready to beat somebody like Serena,” he said.

“Maybe in three or four or six months, I don’t know, (she needs) more matches. After more emotional situations like this, maybe she’s going to be ready then.

“(We’re) disappointed because we always try to win.

“But I think the best player won. That’s the first thing to say, she’s better than Justine.

“Now for me and Justine we try to find out how we going to do better in the next match or in the next month.”


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