Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 30 January 2010

I Never Doubted Serena Williams - Did You?

Serena Williams won her fifth Australian Open this morning (GMT), defeating the battling Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a competitive final.

The competitiveness of this final started from the very first game where Serena Williams had to save two break points on her opening service game that lasted 8 minutes.

The first three games amassed 21 minutes of the 51 minute opening set. Serena Williams took her time to settle down and had to save three break points in her opening two games before she made Justine Henin pay in game four by breaking the Belgian wildcard. Serena had to save another two break points in the ensuing game before taking a 4-1 lead.

Serena Williams wasn't the only one taking her time to settle down, with 4 very bad calls from the line judges in those opening 5 games. They would settle down after that.

Justine Henin was far from out of it and 3 consecutive games levelled the match and the bookmakers odds were in her favour. However Serena Williams would hold her serve and then break Henin to take the opening set 6-4.

A competitive second set, Justine Henin finished it off with some fantastic tennis that concluded with 13 consecutive winners on her way to a 6-3 win. The odds and momentum were very much in the Belgian's favour at this point.

Justine Henin would start the deciding set with a hold to continue her form, but a crucial hold from Serena Williams changed the momentum. Facing back-to-back break points, the world number 1 saved them with an ace and dry volley.

When Serena Williams broke for a 2-1 lead in the final set you could have been forgiven for thinking she would wrap it up. But Henin wasn't going out with a fight as she broke back with a host of excellent shots. Of course I still had faith in Serena at this point.

That would be the end of the peak for Henin, playing in only her twelfth game since coming out of retirement. Serena Williams really got in her zone as she took the final 4 games with some excellent tennis that we come to expect from her. Captivating the final with a backhand winner, Serena Williams threw her racket in the air in celebration.

Serena Williams is now 5 wins in 5 Australian Open finals, taking her 12th Grand Slam title from 15 finals. Justine Henin was playing in her twelfth final, which makes it quite surprising that this was the first time these two had met in a Grand Slam final.

While I would like to congratulate our Tennis Betting Tipster for picking Serena Williams in this final, I'll let you know he didn't have as much faith as I did in the world number 1! This screenshot is for you, Sir:

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