Sunday, September 07, 2008

US OPEN 2008: Women's Final Preview

Serena Williams USA (4)
Jelena Jankovic SRB (2)

by Mad Professah

The World No. 1 ranking is on the line. The 2008 US Open title is on the line. Bragging rights are on the line. 8-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is facing first-time Grand Slam finalist Jelena Jankovic in a weather-postponed Women's Final at 6pm PDT (9pm EDT) on CBS.

Interestingly, the two have played each other six times head-to-head in their careers, splitting the matches 3-3 (all on hard courts). They have even played twice this year, with Jankovic winning at the Australian Open in straight sets when Serena was strangely flat while Williams won in Miami in three sets after blowing a large second set lead.

However, here in New York Serena has not lost more than three games in a set to anyone except her sister Venus and has also refused to lose a set, despite facing (count 'em!) ten set points in that magical quarterfinal. Jankovic is very hungry for a title, she wants to match her Serbian countrywoman's French Open title with one of her own, to confirm her No. 1 ranking with the concomitant major title. Serena has won this title twice before and has been working extremely hard all year long. She has been No. 1 before for 57 weeks in a row from 2002-2003 and by returning to the No. 1 spot she would complete a historical achievement by winning her 9th major championship and bring her one step closer to the extreme heights of tennis greatness of holding a double digit number of major titles.

PREDICTION: Williams in 2 sets.


Karen said...

no comments. a good match like this and no comments. my goodness. very good match so far I have to say. JJ is holding her own but Serena is just playing controlled aggressive tennis. Go Serena.

Karen said...

since i am the only one who watched teh match, congratulations to serena williams uso champion and new no.1 - congrats girl you deserve it - so happy for her right now

Mad Professah said...

it was a great match.... I am very happy Ree Ree won it in 2 sets.

oddman said...

Couldn't see it - work interfering again. Congratulations Serena!

Oryem said...

I was really impressed by both players. Its as though they took the best of each others game and combined it with their own. Jelena was much more aggressive than usual while Serena was calm and didn't go for too much too soon. Wow can't believe she is no 1 again!

Karen said...

I am absolutely ecstatic for Serena right now. She came out and played controlled aggressive tennis. She did not get down on herself. She played the match the way she is supposed to play the match and she came out the winner. Now we can see that Venus did not throw that match. Serena took that match from Venus long fingers, just like she did last night. Go Serena