08 September 2007

US Open 2007 Champion: Justine Henin

Yowza! Justine Henin df. Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-1,6-3) to win her 2nd U.S. Open championship and her 7th major.

Henin came out swinging and quickly took a 4-0 lead in the first set; she outplayed Kuznetsova from the start and dominated the match. Kuznetsova was never able to get herself going; Henin was just too good. Kuznetsova had a few chances to break, including two games at 15-40 in the 2nd, but Henin pulled through.

I find it amazing that Henin's serve percentage was so low but she was still winning points and never broken in this match despite several double-faults, including 3 in one game, if I remember correctly. Henin came through this tournament never dropping a set, passing both S.Williams and V.Williams in the quarter- and semi-final, respectively.

Oh yeah, I've mentioned this before (2006 US Open and Tennis etiquette), but it annoys me to no end when people insist on screaming and yelling in the middle of a player's serve. Show a little sportsmanship, please. This time it was Henin serving for the match leading 5-3 in the 2nd, up 15-love, when someone shrieks in the middle of Henin's toss. Henin goes on to double-fault to 15-15. Henin double faults again to go down 15-30 and loses the following point to 15-40. Ugh. Fortunately Henin managed to climb back to deuce, and ulimately win match point, but recalling it now I'm still annoyed and frustrated with the shrieker's lack of respect.

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