Friday, January 29, 2010

Australian Open 2010 Women's Final Open Thread



Highlights from Miami 2008, their last match.

My preview is here. Mad's preview, here. Put our predictions together, I'd say Serena Williams in straight sets or flip a coin if it goes the distance.

What say you?

189 comments:

Karen said...

I was wondering when this video would make its way here. Hilarious. I am afraid to choose. May the better woman win.

Mad Professah said...

It's not a difficult choice for me--SERENA baby! I think we'll know pretty early though. Henin will do a number of drop shots, and if Serena stops running for them, it's over.

I [rpb wont get to see the match until TOMORROW night, unfortunately--i'm ni meetings all day long

Craig said...

Karen, you know I had to wait till they actually played, right?

Karen said...

Craig, LOL, I know. Man, I dont even think I will be able to watch it. You guys want to do the skype thing tomorrow morning. I know I will be on skype with a tennis watching buddy of mine talking as the match progresses because man I dont think I can just watch. Oh man

lilac said...

If Serena's nerves are fine, straight sets. She's gonna eat Henin's first serve; and mash her second serve for dessert. Go 'Rena. Henin won't be able to drop shot unless she can do it from behind the baseline, because Serena will pin her there. Serena's shots rarely land short.

pompelmo said...

Serena can't move, Justine can't serve. We'll see who exploits the other more.

lynney62 said...

I, like Karen, amd afraid to pick at this point. I'm just going to watch and pray Serena has the will and strength to bury Henin!

Jason said...

I'm actually getting (really) excited over a women's tennis match! It's been so long. I can't really remember the last time I was this interested in watching. The whole last year+ was just Serena winning almost everything. Nice, but somewhat bland when you know who will win every time...

Here's to a good match! May the better player win.

lilac said...

Is anyone up? They're warming up. Don't let me go through this alone. My whole house is asleep. They don't care.

Craig said...

I thought we got rid of Mary Carillo for Serena's matches but ESPN didn't listen to us.

Dapxin said...

who's awake?
who's drooling
who's missing Tennis?
Its weird to get this excited about Tennis.

lilac said...

Serena's noivous.

Karen said...

Morning All. Ready for this. Serena nervous. Struggling in her service game. Get the nerves out baby girl.

Christopher Crocker said...

Wouldn't normally stay up late for a women's final, but I couldn't resist this one.

Christopher Crocker said...

Both players seem a little shaky, which is not really surprising I guess.

lilac said...

Now kill her serve, Serena.

Karen said...

I like listening to the AO radio guys. They talk rules and everything. She got the nerves out hopefully.t

pompelmo said...

Serena holds! Brava. Escaped from being bageled.

Craig said...

I'm a bit amazed that this crowd has forgiven Henin for her 2006 final retirement. They've been cheering for her heavily in every round.

lilac said...

Crowd is on Henin's side.

Craig said...

A 95 MPH forehand return?

Damn.

lilac said...

Serena needs to calm down. She's hella nervous.

b said...

Hey everyone - what a start to the match.... Looks like this is going to be a boxing match

pompelmo said...

I wonder if she can keep hitting these aces after starting to get tired under this 95F sun.

Christopher Crocker said...

Henin cannot keep that forehand, in the deuce court, inside the baseline.

Craig said...

Through 2 games, Serena has served 29 times.

lilac said...

Unbelievable. Did you see Henin talking with Rodriguez?

Karen said...

It is not how you start but how you finish.

Craig said...

I may have to retire. I'm already wilted.

lilac said...

She's loose. Yes.

Craig said...

She's not loose.

Christopher Crocker said...

Brutal line judging early on.

Craig said...

Justine is cussing so loudly the crowd booed her but the chair didn't hear it?

I call bullshit.

b said...

C'mon serena go for 4-1

Karen said...

come on Serena, not a break until you hold
I am hoping that this Aussie crowd is not actually booing their defending champion, if so it would be in really bad form if they did

b said...

YEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!

Wow - they are fighting a lot on serena's serve but Henin can't convert any of her break pts....

and why couldn't the umpire hear the obscenity?

Craig said...

Break her again.

Karen said...

Oh so that is why the crowd was booing. The commies on AO radio were of the view it was because the point had to be replayed. The line judge is even explaining stuff to the crowd. Awesome. Hopefully this will be a sign of things to come in tennis.

Dapxin said...

wtf was that point ?

couldnt umpire just defer to hawkeye?

I never

Christopher Crocker said...

If there is one thing that Serena can do better than any other women's player it's play big on the important points.

Dapxin said...

dbl fault? dangerous play

lilac said...

Crowd is trying to help Henin. Hang in there, Serena.

Craig said...

This crowd apparently booed after they saw the ball hit the line that would have given her the break but they had to replay the point.

Serena needs to keep the crowd out of this match

lilac said...

What is up with Serena's serve game?

pompelmo said...

finally

Christopher Crocker said...

I think the booing was the culmination of the four bad calls early in the match.

Karen said...

Man, Serena is playing her opponent and 15,000 people. That is just wrong in so many ways.

b said...

There were two separate boos - the first was over a point where the crowd booed b/c they felt henin got a raw deal although the umpire was correct

the 2nd time the crowd booed henin b/c she was swearing

Craig said...

Where is Pam Shriver when you need her?

And Serena girl, you just let the crowd really get into this.

She broke herself on the very first point of the game when she didn't whack that swinging volley into the open court.

So they've traded self-breaks and now we're back on serve.

lilac said...

Serena needed to hold on to that break, 'cause she ain't doing nothing on Henin's serve. C'mon 'Rena.

Craig said...

Serena's an absolute mess.

Christopher Crocker said...

Rough return game, on a pretty unimpressive service game.

Dapxin said...

she just f gave back the initiative...

wtf

b said...

Dax & Karen-

about that point - Justine hit a drop shot that landed on line.... as serena is running for it linesperson calls out, serena hits it - ball lands out.... but linesperson corrected herself so umpire said replay pt....

so crowd & justine thinks justine should get the pt bc serena hit out..... serena thinks she should get pt bc ball called out BEFORE she hit it

as far as i can see... given that the ball was not actually out the umpire made the right call

oh my gosh it's 4-all.... a few moments ago serena was up 4-1

Craig said...

Carlos is telling Henin to toss the ball higher and so that's what she's doing.

Serena is playing her opponent, her opponent's coach and apparently the crowd.

Craig said...

Where was that service game last time, Serena?

Karen said...

ok, what do you guys think? whoever wins the first set wins the match, or do we think we are going 3

Dapxin said...

C,
If its illegal to coach,on court, whats the procedure to enforce it ?
the umpire surely cant be monitoring that?

b said...

Serena still looks a bit nervous..... She's performing well though, considering all the mitigating circumstances

lilac said...

I'm shocked she's not in on Henin's serve games. She's not playing well *t all -- but she's in the fight.

Christopher Crocker said...

This is where it could get interesting.

Craig said...

Serena, cover the damn serve up the T.

Craig said...

Serena, cover the serve up the T!!!!

Christopher Crocker said...

Nervy game from Henin

lilac said...

Winning first serve is key for Serena. It will relax her.

Karen said...

first set ReRe

b said...

Yaay! 6-4 Serena.... could have been 6-2 but great to hang in there...

This cheating stuff w- Justine really makes it difficult to enjoy watching her play...... she's a marionette

Craig said...

Let's see if Serena can relax now that she has a set under her belt.

lilac said...

I meant to say winning first set is key for 'Rena. But this is going three.

b said...

Craig -

I was wondering about the serve myself..... Justine keep serving to the T so why not move over there

Craig said...

b, I was just typing the same thing on twitter.

I'd like to enjoy Henin's game, but she makes it extremely difficult by needing her manipulator to pull her strings.

Christopher Crocker said...

Unless Henin can calm her service games I see Serena taking this in two.

Craig said...

b, Henin's serve up the T on the big points, especially in the ad court, is about all she can go for with any authority because of her height. Serena should know that by now.

Karen said...

I understand that Justine's second serve is quite powerful and it has a lot of slice on it as well so it moves away from Serena
Now she is under pressure under serve after having 2 break points to go up a break
come on ReRe

lilac said...

Serena's not even grunting -- she's holding back.

Craig said...

Serena keeps letting her hang around. She had that break on her racquet and got too anxious. Now she's down on her serve. I can't take this.

Dapxin said...

Serena keeps keeping Henin in the tie.
rather poor.

Craig said...

lilac, I prefer a Serena who doesn't grunt. She plays better. But tonight, she's just anxious anxious anxious.

And she just let the crowd back in.

b said...

What a sloppy service game serena played..... speechless

Christopher Crocker said...

Another nervy service game from Henin.

lilac said...

Oh no. Not another WTA break-fest.

Christopher Crocker said...

You called it lilac.

Dapxin said...

what do you rate the quality of the game so far?

average imo

Craig said...

Dap, the match is nervy. Which makes it difficult to watch.

lilac said...

Craig, she does seem more self contained w/out the grunting.

Craig said...

Serena certainly has the goods to seize control of this thing and not let up, but she can't get out of her own way right now.

lilac said...

I wish she would just finish this in two so I can get on with my life. I'm dying.

Christopher Crocker said...

Henin will need a lot of work on her serve to contend for Wimbledon.

Craig said...

Serena needs to stop choking on all these second serve points.

Enough is enough.

Craig said...

Serena, what the fuck was that?

Karen said...

Why the DS Serena, smash the ball already. Dont think I have ever Sasha this animated

Christopher Crocker said...

Big hold. Would love to see this go to three.

Dapxin said...

3 would be exquisite for neutrals indeed...

lilac said...

Serena, Henin should not have break points on you.

Dapxin said...

why is henin so much of the crowd favourite?

Karen said...

Oh man, Serena why, why, why ...

Christopher Crocker said...

Would love this to go to three, and probably pulling for Justine Henin - as I don't cheer for either player, I'll stick with the underdog. But, I woul rather see Serena win a quality match, than Justine win a break-fest.

Craig said...

Told y'all Henin was in her head.

I can't believe Serena is this casual on her service games.

She won't hit the fucking ball.

Christopher Crocker said...

Daxpin, she's the underdog. Colonials love the underdog.

lilac said...

What the hell? C'mon Serena.

Dapxin said...

Serena's dead. can she wake up ffs?

b said...

Okay so Justine breaks and Serena stops moving her feet?

Now it's 5-3???

Nervy is correct.....

and the quality is nowhere near the serena-na match

Craig said...

Serena's feet have turned to lead at exactly the wrong time.

Christopher Crocker said...

Target practice for Henin.

Christopher Crocker said...

Brain freeze for Serena

Karen said...

Someone please tell me that she is conserving strength for the decider as she seems to be going away. And she loses her serve at love - she made Henin run away with almost 5 straight games. Who wants it more

lilac said...

Is Serena hurt?

pompelmo said...

final set... let this go to distance!

Craig said...

That is so true about that wild ass double fault. She hasn't won a point since.

pompelmo said...

lilac said...
Is Serena hurt?
----

always

Karen said...

Hmm, Serena, you have to come out strong in this decider. No messups. Move your feet and get the returns deep to her forehand. She is allowing Henin to step into the court and put her on the backfoot too much and hitting winners at will.

Dapxin said...

I have no doubt in my mind that a Serena not destroying herself would have won that 2nd set.

Karen said...

I am not listening to the ESPN commentary, neither the AO radio anymore. Just have everything on mute. Best way really

Karen said...

I am not listening to the ESPN commentary, neither the AO radio anymore. Just have everything on mute. Best way really

Craig said...

Serena may be injured, but it's not physical.

lilac said...

Henin's pumped. Crowd is on her side. Serena appears tired. It don't look good y'all. Serena seems strangely demoralized.

Christopher Crocker said...

Bad start for Serena.

Dominic Cole said...

Let's hope the gamemanship toilet break ploy doesn't pay off. Cheating shouldn't be rewarded.

Dapxin said...

this is disgusting. I feel like throwing up.

b said...

Did they just say 5 straight games to Henin?

Karen said...

Serena needs to take the crowd out of RLA. Pretend like she is playing Stosur. The AO commies cannot believe that they are cheering for Henin like this after how she pulled out of her match in 2006.

Christopher Crocker said...

Henin is painting the lines!

Dapxin said...

why did you have to torture when you can serve like that?
son of a Williams!

lilac said...

I'm depressed.

Christopher Crocker said...

Looks like Henin is cooling down a little.

Christopher Crocker said...

She had her on the ropes, and is letting her back in.

Karen said...

she looks a lot more animated now and looks like she is more engaged in the match - heres hoping that she is fired up enough on her serve - remember ReRe not a break until you hold

lilac said...

BREAK! Please.

Dapxin said...

this is Choker-rena! strange.

Craig said...

Yeah, Serena can't plant her left leg. She ought to have been off the court already and spared herself all of this nonsense.

lilac said...

She can't control her nerves.

Karen said...

Serena really needs to try and get first serves into play because her second serve is being constantly attacked. She is not pushing off her left leg enough to get power on the serve

Craig said...

Dap, I know this side of Serena too well. When she gets close to a record of one of the legends, in this case Billie Jean King, she chokes.

Christopher Crocker said...

For all of Serena's misplayes, still poor serving from Henin.

Christopher Crocker said...

Poor quality tennis.

Karen said...

Now go back to the book, settle yourself and try and get some freaking first serves in, preferably some aces to hold and consolidate the break.

Craig said...

Now y'all can see why I hate this rivalry.

Karen said...

Christopher, they did say it. It is going to be a mental game. Who wants it more. You are looking at 2 of the greatest competitors this sport has ever seen, at least in this era, and they both want it. Serena to tie BJK and to consolidate her position as World No. 1 and to make people forget the USO and Justine because she wants to prove that what Kim did she can do as well.

lilac said...

She's choking. Serena, please, please hold here.

b said...

wow that 2nd serve to go up 4-2 was really something..... serena please just pay attention for rest of set

please

Dapxin said...

Is there a way to measure human nervous quotient ?

Christopher Crocker said...

Daxpin, break point conversion?

lilac said...

A second break would be sweet!

b said...

carrillo keeps saying the same things over and over and over going on about justine's new game.... serena's ranking and inconsistency blah blah

Christopher Crocker said...

Henin is giving it away here.

Craig said...

Did Serena just change tactics? She's looping the ball deep and high with no pace and Justine can't T off on her shots all of a sudden.

Karen said...

Do I want to watch when she comes out to serve for the match? I think I may go and make coffee. I am so nervous. Butterflies in my stomach

lilac said...

The power kinda wore Henin out -- to keep absorbing it is tough.

Karen said...

yes Craig she is not giving her any pace at all and she is moving the ball around, employing lots of top spin

Dapxin said...

now I can place my last $$$$ we have Serena the AO champion!
aint no chokign here.

Craig said...

Just serve, Servena. Serve. Bombs. Both serves. No rallies.

Toheeb said...

Just Curious, who is the blond lady sitting next to Venus?

pompelmo said...

Serena just ruined all my quotes. Bah!

b said...

yaaaaaaay!!!

Karen said...

This should have been No. 13 but there you go. I am crying. I am literally in tears here

Christopher Crocker said...

Not the best quality final, but she definitely played the best two weeks of tennis.

lilac said...

YAAaAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!

Craig said...

Serena can harldy walk.

Terrible match.

Extraordinary effort.

Dapxin said...

chokerRena! nervoursRena. serenaWinner. SerenaWilliams.

what a nervous wretch of a match.

Matt said...

YES!!!!!! COME ON SERENA!!!!!!!!!!!

I really really hope you win all four majors this year!!!!!!!!!! I believe in you!!!!!!

Christopher Crocker said...

Henin had her opportunities, but didn't capitilize on them. Serena is so good at stepping up on the important points.

Matt said...

I'm watching the match on tv in Australia and I'm just gobsmacked about how biased the commentators and local presenters are here towards Henriguez. I hate commentary.

And what's with the Australian crowd rooting for Henin!?

Craig said...

pompelmo, sorry the injured fat girl rained on your parade.

You gotta participate a little more and then maybe you won't jinx yourself. ;)

Dapxin said...

wtf are we waiting for ?

Karen said...

I wonder if the other women of the WTA stayed up to watch this match.

pompelmo said...

Craig, I was going to say "try Wickmayer". That would have been lovely :)

Anyway, congrats to Serena. I am at work and was only able to follow it from the internet.

b said...

why do they neglect to mention that margaret court, even more than the grand slam, also has the boxed set (serena is only 2 mixed doubles titles short of this)

I think she actually won one of her slams pregnant......

Craig said...

Most Australian Open titles in Open Era.

b said...

"all you guys back there have a lot to cheer for"
HAHAHA classic

Christopher Crocker said...

Corporate shilling in an acceptcnce speech???

Craig said...

Yes, b, that was classic.

Craig said...

Amanda Coetzer was in Serena's box. She's the blond sitting next to Venus, Toheeb.

Toheeb said...

THanks Craig, U rock.

b said...

They keep mentioning that Justine was in the congo for unicef..... well serena was all over africa, and for longer, and opening at least one school

well i'm pleased with the result -- the match was clearly not her best tennis

b said...

@Craig
to add on to your comment

just checked - that record is for either gender ..... agassi is the men's ao open era singles leader w-4

Matt said...

Wowsers... Is Amanda Coetzer working with Serena??

Karen said...

Well going back to bed one satisfied woman. It will be on replay later this morning at which point I will ensure that I now watch with the commentary on so that I can know what ESPN said. Almost every single pundit got this one wrong. So many people chose Clijsters. I think only one person chose Serena to win. 12 times she did it and they still doubt her. Do so at your peril. She did not play her best tennis right throughout the match, neither woman did, but she played her best tennis when it called for it. Congratulations once again. You did good ReRe

lilac said...

Coetzer??!!

Craig said...

Coetzer looked like she was trying to hide a little, especially when Serena called her out.

I wonder why she's there. Her quotes throughout this event lead me to believe she's not that fond of Henin, but I didn't think much of it till now.

Karen said...

You know Serena said something during her trophy acceptance that was really weird. She said that her goal was always to match Billie in number of GS won and now that she has done that she is now going to be focusing on the off court stuff just like Billie. Could we see Serena becoming more of a humanitarian. She has already started her charity work and it looks like she may be going full steam ahead with other stuff. Will be interesting to see what develops.

Craig said...

Serena's been a humanitarian for years now. Clearly, she wants to do more.

I hope that finally reaching her goal will free her up to win more Slams more easily on the court as well.

There's no reason why she can't surpass BJK.

Craig said...

Bob Bryan is looking a little chunkier than usual.

Karen said...

Most of the Adidas players are looking decidedly chunky these days. This Player Development Programme with Gil Reyes is a bunch of baloney. They have taken away the speed and mobility of the players and given them all this muscle mass which inhibits their movement. Ever since people like Fernando, Wozniacki, Ivanovic and others have started going there they have been subjected to injuries to various parts of their bodies, most notably their thigh and leg muscles. It is clear that this sort of intense muscle building regimen is not the way to go for every single player and I am at a loss as to why Adidas considers it healthy for its players.

Matt said...

I can honestly see Serena winning at least 20 Slams in her career. She has so many more left in her. She will be winning Slams well into her 30s if she can stay healthy.

Beth said...

Henin played very aggressive and risky and deserves credit for that. Her serve really let her down. To Serena's credit, she just kept focused and really brought it. Very glad for her with this win. Well done Serena.

Michael said...

Congrats to Serena for finding a way to win! That's 4 slams for her out of the last 6. Federer is trying to match that, and if he pulls it off, 3 out of the 4 will be the same tournaments as Serena (only getting out of sync as Serena won Australian 2009 and Roger won Roland Garros).

But I hope Murray makes it two new slam winners in a row on the men's side. That hasn't happened since Federer and Roddick won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2003.

Also strange and possibly interesting is that Graf won her last in 1999 and Serena won her first two slams later. Agassi won his last slam in 2003 and Federer won his first two slams later. Sort of like handing the baton of greatness along.

Karen said...

Serena was overheard saying after Mary-Jo interviewed her that she needs to find a way to win Roland Garros. OMG this girl has goals people, goals.

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Karen said...

Raise your hand if you think that the person who sent a congratulatory text to Serena was Kim Clijsters?