Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Tennis This Week Pt. 3

Results from the weekend:

Kim Clijsters wins another title (her sixth this year) by beating fellow Belgian and former No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final of the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada 7-5, 6-1.

In Cincinnati, No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland won his ninth title of the year by beating American Andy Roddick 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Western and Financial Group ATP Masters Series - Cincinnati. The win marked Federer's 22nd straight win on a final and improved his win-loss record this year to 64-3 (he has lost only 9 out of 147 matches in the past two years) and has been ranked No. 1 for 82 straight weeks.

It's constant pressure, when it's over, it's kind of a surprise. You can't expect to win all the time. If it keeps on going, it's incredible. -Roger Federer

With their respective wins over the weekend, I think Kim and Roger has got to be the hot favorites to win the US Open, the year's last Grand Slam. Spaniard teen-ager Rafael Nadal should post the biggest threat, as well as Russian Marat Safin (depending on the condition of his newly-operated knee, and his mental stability over the two-week competition). Justine should post a big threat to Kim, although she faded in the second set of their finals match and seems to still lack the stamina to win long matches, Justine has always beaten Kim in the big, important matches (including the first three Grand Slam finals that Justine won). Lindsay Davenport of the USA just got back from a back injury (she's playing in the Pilot Pen Tennis Open in New Haven, Conn. this week), her challenge to the title depends on how well her injured back has healed. She defeated Kim in the 4th Round of the French Open and Wimbledon, but Kim has made huge leaps in the rankings since then (she's now back to number 4) and Kim really has dominated the whole hardcourt season, so I'll still be putting my money on the Belgian to win her first ever Grand Slam title.

The draws for the US Open will be out later today, I'll talk about that on my next entry.

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