To understand something of the state of the women’s game–indifference, injuries, overall malaise–take a look at your last three Open champions and where they are now:
2005: Kim Clijsters. Retired in 2007 at age 23
2006: Maria Sharapova. Injured.
2007: Justine Henin. Retired in 2008 at age 25
It was a trend we Read More
Justine Henin has been known as a great player with an unpredictable mind. If her nerves stayed in check she could beat anybody. But it's that 'if' that has prevented tennis pundits from calling her the unquestionable number one player in the world. If Serena or Venus are on their game, if Sharapova has her Read More
After a divorce so messy that it caused her to withdraw from the Australian Open, Justine Henin-Hardenne returned to the 2007 tennis season with a new attitude and a new name: Justine Henin. Her triumph tonight was a coronation of her redemption and her personal struggle back to the top.
In a post-match ceremony Read More
After her stellar straight-sets semifinal victory, a reporter told Justine Henin that Venus Williams said she wasn't feeling 100 percent today.
"I'm surprised," interrupted Henin, in a deadpan voice.
This evening, Justine Henin become the first player since Martina Hingis at the 2001 Australian Open to beat both Williams sisters in one Grand Slam. Read More
What's wrong with Venus Williams?
"I just was feeling dizzy, a little sick to the stomach," she said. "Was just having some energy problems. I'm not really sure what's wrong with me."
Neither does anyone else. After making 56 unforced errors in her agonizingly close quarterfinal match with Jelena Jankovic, Venus made 35 this afternoon—compared Read More
I tried it once, and nothing terrible happened.
So here, for our second attempt at live-blogging the Open, I'll be presenting a running account of the women's semifinal between Venus Williams and Justine Henin at Arthur Ashe.
If you feel like taking part in the coverage, chime in in the comments section or Read More
As Jelena Jankovic was picking up some final things at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday after her loss to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, I asked her if Venus needed to pick up her level of play to beat Justine Henin later today, especially since she made 56 unforced errors in their match.
Jankovic offered this: Read More
A week ago today, Anna Chakvetadze won in straight sets in a little-noticed second-round match. She won a little bit after 12pm on a backcourt at a time when the majority of the gallery crowd was still in transit.
Afterwards, there was such little interest in the media in talking to her that her Read More
Last night, my friend Goldburn took objection with my opinion that last night’s loss was one of Serena’s worst. Goldburn:
I don't think it was one of the worst losses of her career me:
if you consider henin is (1) a rival and (2) serena unraveled against that rival and lost to her Read More
Before the last night's match, Justine Henin's coach Carlos Rodriguez said he wanted Henin pressuring Serena.
She did, and it worked: In the match, Henin converted 11 for 14 net chances.
“If I'm too far from my baseline, if I don't move forward, I have no chance to win this kind of Read More