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Aussie Open Finals: Serena vs. Safina

Photo of Serena Williams by Rob Young.

Photo of Serena Williams by Rob Young.

Well, two of the favorites definitely played well in the clutch and Serena Willams and Dinara Safina won their semifinal matches and have advanced to the finals of the Australian Open. Both of them played well in their semifinal matches, but I expect Williams to easily win this final. In this match, that decides who will be the number one player in the world, Williams will be able to use her confidence and experience to her advantage. Not only did she win the tougher of the two semifinal matches, but she looked stronger and more confident than she has looked in the entire tournament. Also, Williams has a 5-2 record over Safina and has won their previous two meetings, both of which were on hard courts. 

Serena Williams is focused not only on another Australian Open title, but on taking over as number one in the world. Therefore, I expect her to play well enough to defeat Safina in straight sets.

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  1. thebenjamin
    January 30, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Serena started very slow in this tournament, but she appears to be heating up at the right moment. My pick to win it all was Venus, but that might have just been wishful thinking on my part (I wanted her to get her first Australian Open title). I really like the fact that the #1 ranking is on the line in this match. That’s a great way to raise the stakes.

    • sportsaholic89
      January 30, 2009 at 4:14 am

      I definitely agree. It is a lot more exciting because the number 1 ranking is on the line. Serena did start slow, but she has definitely raised her game and she, like all great champions, has a knack for raising her game in the big moments.

  2. Rob
    January 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Serena Williams played a near fl;awless match against SDafina, and it just pro ves that NOONE should mess with her. She hit all the shots, and demolished dinara. Dinara will have a very bright future, but Serena showed, she is the best player in the world, because hse steps up at thr right moment.

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