Creature vs Creature: Wozzy Gunning To The Fore?
The 2009 women's singles final couldn't have been held without any more fanfare; to put it simply, it was agog with surprises right from the start and will end up in a surprise either way.
This piece is one half of a "CvC" for the 2009 US Open Women's Singles final; do check out Sudeshna's take on the prodigal [almost there] Queen of Comeback, Kim Clijsters.
Caroline Wozniacki: Records speak for this "Great Dane" this year; the 18-year-old is the WTA player who holds the record for the most number of wins this year, and after reaching her maiden slam final, will be hoping to add glory to glee.
Will win if: Displays the same level of tenacity and momentum that has helped her reach this stage in the tournament.
From her shots' perspective, it will be her backhand which will play a great role especially considering that her rival for the day, is a baseliner too, whose calculated maneuvers help her garner more points.
If Wozzy, utilizes her all round repertoire of variety to flummox Kim and draw errors from her side, then she stands a chance of snatching the comeback glory from the Belgian.
Will lose if: More often than not, it's the overwhelming emotion that causes a player to lose the final.
Andy Murray [2008 US Open] and Ana Ivanovic [2007 FO] to quote a few, who have gone through this surge of emotions and have lost the match even before they could catch and steady themselves.
If Wozzy isn't able to maintain her rhythm and concentrate fully on the game, then she faces a very strong contender who won't allow her any leeway into the game.
Apart from this, the fact the Wozzy doesn't come to the net and attack, can prove to be a decisive factor against Clijsters, who isn't much of a net player, but will nevertheless try to put the pressure back onto Wozniacki.
Intangibles: Crowd support will be equal for both players and therefore, won't be much of a tangible aspect in today's game.
My Call: Kim wins, but in a thriller three; for as much as Caroline has shown potential in this year, when it comes to the larger platform, Kim definitely holds the advantage in spite of her hiatus from the sport.
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