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By Rohit Sharma
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As predicted by almost all the tennis pundits, Venus Williams is in the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open, once again. Her opponent too , isn't unaware of the feeling of holding the crystalware in Crandon Park. Who will emerge victorious in the battle of tour superstars, Venus or Kim? Let's find out..!
Venus Williams vs. Kim Clijsters
Williams leads series 6-5
Last Meeting - 2009 US Open QF
Clijsters won 6-0, 0-6, 6-4
The last time they met, Clijsters narrowly edged Venus Williams at a grand stage in New York where she eventually went all the way and claimed the big prize. But it's been a long time since then and the American has entered the final with an amazing 15 match winning streak. Tough decision to pick, Isn't it...?
Venus Williams is fast progressing towards an age bracket where most players think of retirement or perhaps other avenues for success. Things however are different with this American, who is looking better than ever and is ready to take on the best in the business to claim the biggest titles in the tennis world. After reaching the finals of the 2009 Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, the elder Williams was expected to do well in Australia, which she failed in miserably. Things however took a different turn in Dubai, where she defended her title and continued her success on clay in Acapulco. The truth is, very few players are of the calibre to match Venus' tenacity and shotmaking brilliance, and to top it all up, the serving capacity. To Williams' dismay though, Clijsters is one such player.
Kim Clijsters is considered by many as the most talented and effortless shotmaker in women's tennis. Her razor sharp forehand, coupled with those dangerous 180 degree stretches that help in returning almost every ball on court, get her in a very strong position, against the best of the game. In her semifinal encounter yesterday, she led Henin by a set and a break but could not go all the way before unfolding all the drama. Now, that's one opportunity which Williams is more than ready to capitalise on. To be honest, Clijsters seems likelier to emerge victorious in the title match because of her improved mental strength, the best of which we saw in her two match ups against Henin in Brisbane and Miami yesterday. But with her superb serve and swashbuckling net play, Williams will have an upper hand.
TennisEarth's Pick - Williams in three nail-biting sets.
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