Sunday, September 9, 2007

Big things in small packages

Standing tall yet again, pocket dynamo Justine Henin's wrapped up another Slam, winning her second U.S. Open title with a pretty thorough smashing of Svetlana Kuznetsova. What if Henin had been in shape, mentally and physically, for Australia? What if she hadn't been monumentally upset by Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon? We could've been talking about this as a completion of a calendar Slam. She pretty much has the French locked up, unless she's hit by injury, for next year. She's won the Aussie before and knows what it takes to get it done there. And what she did at this U.S. Open, beating the other two Slam titlists of the year--the Williams sisters--pretty convincingly, has to give her confidence for next year's Wimbledon.

That top half of the draw she played through was one of the toughest I've seen on the women's side at a major for a while. I guess it's a testament to her ability and will, to still be able to put it on Kuznetsova like she did. And congrats to Svetlana for doing what Sharapova couldn't do: take advantage of her opportunities. But Svetlana's been playing at a pretty high level all year, making a ton of finals, so I guess it shouldn't be too unexpected.