2009 Wimbledon – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Finals
Every day throughout Wimbledon Nick’s Picks will bring you the latest analysis and predictions. We are also teaming up with The Independent Newspaper in London to cover the event!
Serena Williams (USA) vs. Venus Williams (USA)
Serena had to fight her butt off to get by Elena Dementieva in the semifinals, but she hung tough and demonstrated what a great competitor she is. Dementieva played fantastic tennis and if it was anybody else across the net from her, she probably would have won. Serena is looking for her third Wimbledon title and her first since 2003. If she wins the title she will have won three out of the last four Grand Slams!
Venus blasted Dinara Safina off the court in 51 minutes, beating the top-ranked Russian 6-1, 6-0. Venus broke Safina five times in five chances and only made one unforced error in the match! She hasn’t dropped a set at Wimbledon since the third round back in 2007 when she needed three sets to beat Akiko Morigami. If she wins it will be her third consecutive Wimbledon title and the sixth of her illustrious career.
Serena and Venus are 10-10 against each other and have split the two matches they have played this year. This is the second straight year they have faced in the finals of Wimbledon, and last year Venus won 7-5, 6-4. This will also be their eighth meeting in the finals of a Grand Slam and Serena is 5-2 in their previous seven.
It is great to see two Americans facing off in the finals. It is fantastic for the sport, especially in the USA. We don’t have too many players ranked in the top 100 (currently there are 4) and without Venus and Serena we wouldn’t have any women ranked inside the top 50! They are certainly carrying the load for America right now and doing a superb job of it!
Based on the history of the last couple of years, you have to give the edge to Venus. She has played unbelievable on the grass and has won the title the last two years. On the other hand, you can never count out Serena in the finals of a Grand Slam. Both girls have big serves, great groundstrokes and are excellent movers. Both are comfortable at the net and both will fight to the bitter end. I don’t think the match Serena played against Dementieva will have any bearing on this one because when the sisters play it is different than anything else in the sport.
Having traveled with the girls and worked with them both since they were little, I just cannot choose one over the other. The one thing I can guarantee is that this is going to be an excellent match. Send in your pick and let’s see who can get closest to the actual result!
Nick’s Pick – You pick the match!