Wimbledon final Zvonareva-S.Williams

2 07 2010

Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon is about as expected as anyone ever, just like maybe Martina Navratilova in her hey-day or Steffi. Vera Z. on the other hand is a huge surprise. I have always thought she has major potential. Great groundstrokes,good service, great feel for the ball, moves well .Except mentally it just never came together .Until this fortnight at Wimbledon that is. Her being there tomorrow on Centre Court is about as big of a surprise as  my fav Francesca Schiavone was at Roland Garros, really out of the blue, but both capable players. I like Vera a lot and seen her play often too, in Stanford, the U.S Open en Charleston and she is so entertaining to watch. Her opponent yesterday Pironkova played a great first set winning 6-3, but then it was over and she made too many mistakes. Zvonareva played super solid again like against Kimmie and won the last 2 sets 6-3 6-2. Serena made an end to the fairytale of young Czech Kvitova winning 7-6 6-2. Kvitova played a great first set though and shows there is much for her in store in the future. I think Serena will win tomorrow but if Vera keeps her nerves under control it might be a tight match.

Other news yesterday showed that the fall Justine Henin suffered against Kim in the quarter-final was a lot worse than first expected. She tore something in her elbow and it out for 2 months meaning she also misses the U.S Open and the Battle of the Belgians next week. This was gonna be the tennis match with the most spectators in history and now she is being replaced by Serena Williams and will be called Battle of the World. Hope and think people will still show up and hope Justine heals quickly. I love seeing her play.Serena WilliamsZvonareva-Dementieva in Charleston

Belgian finale in Brisbane

8 01 2010

Who would have thought 18 months ago that the first finale of 2010 would be between Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters??. Kim obviously has already won the U.S Open last year so was kind of expected in the finals. For Justine though it was the first tournament since over 1.5 years. Both girls had a hard quarter-final, Henin beating Czink in a third set tiebreak and Clijsters beating Safarova in three sets but the semi final was much easier. Kim beat Petkovic in 2 easy set and she same happened for Justine against Ana Ivanovic. This will be the first time the girls meet since 2006. In the early stages of their career Kim usually came out of top, later it was Henin who mostly mentally was a lot stronger. This time I think(and hope) Kim will win because Justine is still a bit rusty at times. Both are right away big contenders for the Aussie Open title, if only they are not gonna be too tired after 2 pre tournaments.

Justine Henin makes successful comeback

4 01 2010

After fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters made a very successful comeback last year during the US Open series and eventually won the U.S. Open, Justine Henin seems to be right on track to do something similar this year. Justine beat Nadia Petrova(world number 20) in the first round of the tournament in Brisbane with 7-5 7-5. The match was at a high level and even though Henin’s famous backhand was a bit rusty at times, her fighting spirit was just as good as in her golden days. The Australian Open might come a bit early but I bet Justine will be right back on the highest level during her beloved Roland Garros.

Tennis, Patty Schyder beats Kim Clijsters 6-4 3-6 7-6

23 10 2009

I hate it when two of my favorite players have to battle each other and definitely in an early round in a small tournament in Luxembourg. Of course I was hoping for Kim to win but I have also always been a fan of Patty’s game and personality as well. Her loopy spin, great drop shots and variety have always been tricky for Kim, definitely on clay court or indoors. And Patty can beat everyone when she plays her best which unfortunately isn’t very often(mentally she is not that strong). She has beaten Clijsters and Serena Williams this year but other than that it was a very mediocre year for Schnyder. There was a lot of talk about her retiring at the end of the year but I hope she tries for one more great season, the tour needs players like her.Kim did not play bad at all, but clearly lacked match practice (again). She hasn’t played a tournament since the U.S. Open while the rest of the tennis world was in Asia. I bet with hard training and a few more matches under her belt in Australia in january, she will be a strong contender for the Australian Open title.