A brief article to say congratulations to Kim Clijsters on winning her third major singles title! It is also her third US Open triumph in her last three appearances, and she is the first player to defend her title since Venus Williams through 2000-01.
The only dampener on the womenís final was whatever was going on inside Vera Zvonarevaís head. Mentally and emotionally she was not able to perform last night, and we donít know how much that had to do with the occasion and how much it had to do with her opponent.
Clijsters has looked vulnerable at times in this tournament, but last night she looked frankly unbeatable, at her absolute defensive-to-offensive best. Every time it looked as though Vera had played a winning shot, the ball came back and Clijsters almost always found a way to take control of the point.
The Russian made a fight of it in the fifth game of the second set, at 1-3 down on Clijstersí serve, managing to fashion a break point only to see the Belgian serve her first ace of the match.
Zvonareva was far off her best. But Clijsters should be applauded for being very much at her best. She is the dominant player of the US Open for two years in a row now, and I wish her greater success at the other majors too.
On another note, huge congratulations to Novak Djokovic for his epic win last night. The fifth set was a classic, with some crazy errors and some breathtakingly good tennis, and the way Djokovic played the two match points against him was just outstanding. A fully deserved victory, and letís hope he has enough in the tank to make the final today (weather permitting) the classic it deserves to be!