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Enjoy the greatest women´s final, Conosu2!

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Henin - Serena, a dream final (with Henin winning), as this poster correctly predicted before the start of the AO, now is reality!

IMO, this one is going to be one of the greatest finals since the Graf - Seles rivalry. There will be NO choke-act (Dementieva, Ivonovic, Safina, etc.)and lopsided finals, which have plagued the GS finals in recent years. Nor will there be the "sisters´act" which are not particularly interesting for the fans. Instead there will be two of the greatest GS champions in history facing each other for the FIRST time in a GS finals! So I am sure each will give her all till the very last point.

Observing their respective performance in the semis, I have to give Henin an edge (as I predicted initially)over the world no-1. though Serena leads H2H 7-6, Henin won all their last three GS encounters (in 2007). Her 12-game run in the semis over Zheng demonstrated her skills to their perfection. Her doubters should be very wary of the prospect of her domination of the WTA in the time to come. After a miserable period where non-slamers were no-1(Safina, Jankovic), the worthiness of women´s game has been reestablished.

Finally the historic participation of two Chinese players merits some praise. They gave what they could, but the true champions will always shine in the end.

So I cant wait till Saturday, hope Henin will make a historic comeback GS victory!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 29, 2010

"How do you square that with your support for Dementieva, Kuzzy, Schnyder, Petrova..."

Duggie,
Don't keep on at me !

I'm anticipating an unprecedented tennis weekend, one in which, even though I'm thousands of miles away, I will say truthfully "I was there !".

There in spirit and glued to my tv, living through every moment.

I've heard about Fred Perry and read about him, even worn some of his logo'd tops, but really he is someone whose persona I'm miles away from.
I'm told he was an excellent player!

Andy is here and now and for someone like me that is very important.

I never saw the '66 world cup final in '66, but I've lived through many of the consequences since.

While I do not believe Andy lifting the AO Championship Cup on Sunday, will be anywhere near as important in most people's considerations, as our football team securing the world cup later this year.
In tennis terms it really will be earth-shattering and an event which will be shown over and over throughout the years, no matter how many more majors Andy Murray secures.

Really momentous sporting moments may be approaching.
I personally believe they are.

I said two years ago on these threads, Andy would secure the 2008 Wimbledon title.
Not many (if any) went along with me.
Of course I was wrong, however just two years later and Andy's major time is here.

So don't spoil my weekend, which has just begun <cheers> against all odds (and virulent domestic opposition) !

None of the players you mention, apart from Sveta, have secured a major.
The Belgians/Williams have secured enough, and participated in yet more major finals, to last several tennis lifetimes.

For me, they've won enough.

Elena, Nadia and Flav etc have my full support in attempting to secure just ONE major title, which I know they would cherish.

There are scores of reasons I want the Belgians/Williams out of the game, besides my 'future/past' explanation.

THIS weekend however my thoughts are concentrating on Andy/Laura.

Is there another major tennis contest taking place this weekend which doesn't involve either Andy or Laura ?

NOT as far as I'm concerned !

<cheers>

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jan 29, 2010

I'm more than a little worried about Serena's fitness going into this final....

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posted Jan 29, 2010

Is there another major tennis contest taking place this weekend which doesn't involve either Andy or Laura ?
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I believe the final of the AO Ladies singles has yet to be decided ;)

But it is good for GB tennis that two have progressed so far whatever the outcomes.

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posted Jan 29, 2010

I don't think any tennis neutrals like the Williams sisters.

I certainly know I want Henin to win!

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posted Jan 29, 2010

Didn't realize that Serena and Justine had never faced each other in a GS final until now. Hoping for a titanic match, these are the two best competitors in womens tennis. Have to hope that both are well rested and up for it.
Great to witness the best shot in tennis (Justine's BH) in full flow again.
My prediction: A very nervous Serena (she couldn't handle the stress against Kim in NY) blows the first set, but comes back to take the second. In the third, Justine's not quite there fitness begins to show and she's beaten 7-5.

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posted Jan 29, 2010

I hope Serena thumps henin. Serena's comeback against azarenka proves how much of a fighter she is and how she never gives up. I hate when people slagg off Serena - tennis is much more interesting when she plays. Com-on Serena!!!

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posted Jan 29, 2010

I am alos offended at mats willanders comments about Serena on 'game set and mats' where he wasn't sure if he thought Serena fakes injuries with the strapping on her legs - just look at most or all of the top players, most of them have strapping due to their gruelling schedule. Serena doesn't need to 'fake' an injury in order to win 11 grand slams (hopefully 12 by this time tomorrow). If that were the case why hasn't safina of wozniaki won a slam? He's an idiot i've gone right off him.

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posted Jan 29, 2010

Great to see Henin back and her return has emphasised what Kim had already demonstrated - that the young pretenders are mostly one-dimensional ball bashers - you could say they have been lobotellierised.

Clijsters, Henin and Serena are the players of the present. Azarenka and Wozniacki may be the players of the future but they still lack finesse. Until they can beat the current top tier in the Majors, they are just prospects - as likely to be overtaken from below as to reach the top of the tree.

The player who did impress me was Yanina Wickmayer who really should have beaten Justine. She looks like a future Major winner.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jan 30, 2010

Serena breaks at love!
<applause>
3-1 in the first set....

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posted Jan 30, 2010

That's absolutely not true.

Maybe you don't play tennis?

Across my hitting partners, which includes juniors, the support for both players is pretty much equal.

A lot of older people - especially older men - really don't like Serena [i'm talking about my experience of being a member of six different tennis clubs) - but among younger people [under 40, under 30], Henin and Serena are both enormously popular.

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