Justine wins on the grass

20 06 2010

At the only dutch female tournament on the WTA tour, Justine Henin was the best of the field. The Belgian beat German Andrea Petkovic in an exciting finale. 6-3 3-6 6-4. The tournament in Rosmalen is one of only 4 tournaments on grass and a great preparation for Wimbledon.It is close to the Belgian border so most people watching were Belgians. The Netherlands had to play their second match at the World cup so most people were somewhere else. In Eastbourne Russian qualifier Makarova was the surprising finalist with wins over Pennetta, Petrova, Kuznetsova, Stosur and Azarenka in the final. A sign that on grass anything can happen. Tomorrow Wimbledon starts and I just had a look at the draw. My predictions for the round of 16 will be Serena Williams- Maria Sharapova, Na Li- A Radwanska, Wozniacki- Azarenka, Penetta(Rezai)- Stosur, Clijsters-Henin!!!, Wickmayer-Jankovic, Bartoli-Schiavone, Ivanovic-Venus Williams. I bet many will be wrong because that is the thrill of Wimbledon.

Clijsters glorious winner in Miami

4 04 2010

Kim won the tournament, nicknamed the 5th slam, by beating Venus Williams in the finals with 6-1 6-2. Surprisingly lopsided. Kim played aggressive and made a lot less errors than in the semis against Justine. She basically controlled the match from start to finish and Venus did not play that good. She had a small injury on her knee, probably from playing too much recently. It was the second time in her career Kim won in Miami and from monday on she will be back in the top 10 of the WTA tour.

The “queen of nice” is back on the tennis courts!

11 08 2009

Kim Clijsters, after Steffi Graf my all-time favorite, made a triumphant return to the WTA Tour last night in Cincinnati. She beat Stanford winner Marion Bartoli from France in the first round with 6-4 6-3. The 26-year old Belgian woman started the match great leading 4-0.┬áBartoli came back to 4-4 but after that it was all Kim. She made Bartoli run a lot with great ground strokes and Kim’s serve was a weapon as well. Kim retired in may 2007, got a baby Jada, but after her dad died last year, Kim wanted to try out professional tennis one more time. I hope and think she will have an amazing come-back. Tennis needs her right now! I saw her play many times and hopefully many times in the feature as well.