Jan 31, 2009

The women’s tournament came to a close today, and the final was a little bit of a let down as Serena Williams demolished Dinara Safina in two ‘blink and you miss it’ sets. From the very first game Williams imposed herself on the match with some punishing ground strokes and power serves. She immediately followed that up with some blistering returns on Safina’s first service game and the tone was set for the rest of the match.

The second set was half way done before Safina even looked like she could match it, and by that stage it was all too late for the frustrated Russian.

For me this match kind of exemplified the women’s tournament as a whole – fairly unexciting. There were some bright moments in patches (with Jelena Dokic’s run obviously being enjoyable for us Aussies), but there just wasn’t the consistent level of high quality matches that we have seen on the mens side of the draw.

I think the loss of Henin-Hardenne to the sport has left a big hole in terms of offering something different. There is very little variety in women’s tennis – just baseline rallies, minimal tactics, lots of grunts.

Hopefully at some stage soon there will emerge a female player who can bring something unique to the game again. I’m taking nothing away from Williams’ performance here – she was fantastic tonight, and Safina was perhaps a little off. But in the end you want to see a good match, and I saw far too few of those on the women’s side this tournament.

There’s always next year…

Written by: Crooksy

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