Thursday, January 28, 2010
What is this, year before last or something? We have our dream women's final set in less than a hour's time: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin. These two are, in my opinion, the two best players of the past seven or eight years, so it should be a good one.
I just thought of something, though, and it may not be a new argument, but I believe it's a new way of thinking for me. So you have Henin, who took a little more than a year off and appears now to be fresher than ever. And then you have Williams, who gets called out by many (and probably up until this posting, me too) for all of her outside activities taking her away from the game, but still wins the big ones.
Which has been the better way of going about things? The sabbatical or the outside interests? I guess you can't argue with either player's results! But I want to acknowledge that I was wrong about Serena because the fact that she's still winning Slams more than a decade after her first one deserves major props, even as her red-carpet appearances seemed to take away from her game and what she could've achieved in many fans' eyes. And while I can't say I'm a big fan of the player "retirement comeback" I have to give Henin kudos as well for achieving something so big, only two tournaments into her return.
So now that I've made my apologies, it's closer to finals time, and as I said earlier, it should be a good one!
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