Australian Open Finals: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin
A stirring match at the 2010 Australian Open women’s finals awaits us with world No.1 Serena Williams going up against comeback queen Justin Henin of Belgium.
Henin, the 2004 champion, is playing in only her second event since unexpectedly retiring from tennis as top seed in September 2009. The 27-year-old from Liege made her return to the competitive sport at this year’s Brisbane International where she was defeated by her compatriot Kim Clijsters in the championship.
On Thursday, against Zheng Jie of China at the Rod Laver Arena, the 2004 champion was at her best. Her 6-1, 6-0 win took only 51 minutes.
Serena meanwhile is in her 15th Grand Slam final and her fifth at Melbourne Park. If she wins tonight, it will be the 12th major of her career. The 28-year-old from Michigan restored the family honor Thursday night when she defeated 16th seed Li Na of China who had sent Venus in the quarterfinals.
Serena and Henin have not played in a Grand Slam final so this is the best test they could possibly have. They have combined to win 18 majors throughout their careers, making this the most heavily-decorated final since Steffi Graf last won a Grand Slam in the previous century.
The match kicks-off at 19:30 local time (3:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: Williams defeated Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Australian Open for the fifth time and become the first woman to successfully defend the title in eight years.