As this author rightly predicted and the majority of the posters voted, the trophy Susanne Lenglen of the French Open 2008 belongs now to the number 1 player of the world, ANA IVANOVIC!!!
The match was not at the highest level today, with both players
making many unforced errors. Ana, the more experienced one(though two years younger than her opponent), started the match with furious tempo, which showed that she would NOT be denied this time(her third GS final). She raced to a 4-1 lead with the most powerful forehand in the women´s game today(especially the inside out version). Dinara, on the other hand, did not feel at home in her first ever GS final, losing two service games in a row. As it looked like Ana would bring home the first set easily, a combination of nervousness from Ana and some good defense from Dinara helped the latter to even the set at 4-4. A crucial break of serve in the ninth game give Ana the needed confidence, who served it out with some thunderous display of her inside out FH. 6-4 to Ana.
In set 2 both players raised their level, with the third game being the best. Fantastic rallies showed the determination from both players. A ferocious FH again from Ana gave her the break at 2-1, from which she never looked back. serving to stay in the match at 3-5, Dinara´s nerve got to her, losing three points in a row to give Ana three match points, which the latter converted with a unreturnable FH drive. 6-4,6-3 to Ana.
Overall, Ana was the one who took the initiative throughout the match, and her experience and her Lethal forehand was the key to overcome the solid defense of Safina. She was the better player and fully deserves to have won.
So my sincere congratulations to Ana Ivanovic, the no-1 player of the world, on her first GS victory, and to Serbia who now has a second GS champion after Novak Djokovic(AO 08).
Congrats also to Dinara Sifina on her marvelous run in this tournament, after her victory in Berlin. She will be no-9 on Monday.
I like to thank all posters who contributed on this thread -- what a fortnight it has been!!! Good luck and look forward to Wimbledon!