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Serena Williams (USA) vs. Justine Henin (BEL)
It took Serena just over two hours to beat Na Li in the semis, taking her down in two tiebreak sets. On the other side, Henin was able to eliminate Jie Zheng in just under an hour and only lost one game! Since the draw came out, this is the match that everyone has been looking forward to. From the outset, the odds-makers favored these two women to reach the finals and here we are. When these two women are playing their best, they are clearly the two top women on the WTA Tour. I am extremely excited about this match and I can't wait for it to start!
Serena is 7-6 against Henin and the two have had some serious battles over the years. The last time they met was in the quarters at Miami and Serena won that match 6-2, 6-0. Serena looked like she was slowing down a bit in the second set of her semifinal match against Li. If that's the case, Henin will pounce all over her. If Serena is healthy and moving like she did in all her other matches, she has the edge because of her strength. Her groundstrokes will force Henin to hit the ball early, go for broke, and come in as much as possible. Serena also needs to serve better than she did in the semis, and if she is able to, that will put a lot of pressure on Henin. Henin's serve, specifically her second serve, has been vulnerable and Serena will jump all over that throughout the match.
The shorter this match is, the better for Serena. If this goes three, and Henin sees that Serena is tiring, the edge will go to her. I am going to go with Serena in two tough sets.
Nick's Pick - S. Williams in 2 sets