Saturday, May 26, 2007

Drawn Together

The Serena Williams-Justine Henin saga continues.

After the release of the French Open draws late this week, the two grand slam champs are scheduled to meet in the quarterfinals of the year's second major.

Both players have had quite the year - Serena winning at the Aussie and Nasdaq 100, Justine making her surge later in the year and claiming three titles. Their only meeting this year didn't disappoint, as Williams came back (via a friendly net cord) to win the Nasdaq 0-6 7-5 6-3 in dramatic fashion.

The rivalry continues.

Though I picked Jankovic to win the open (she'll have to get through Venus in the 3rd round to do so) it will be a battle of confidence among these three women to see who can come out on top.

Serena has a difficult opening couple of rounds, but if she can get through those and find herself in the final eight, she is as good as anyone - including Justine - even on clay.

And for the petite Belgium it is not only time to defend her crown, but to establish herself as a force on the women's tour this year. She missed out on the Aussie due to personal conflict, and is certainly as hungry as anyone to win the title.

Another hand incident? Hostile crowd? Maybe not.

But the drama will sure be there, let's hope the high-quality tennis is, too.

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