2009 US Open – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Finals
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Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Wozniacki, who is only 19 years old, ended the dream run of Yanina Wickmayer, beating her in straight sets to reach her first career Grand Slam final. She came into the tournament ranked a career high of #8 in the world, but this will certainly help propel her even higher. She is also the only Danish player ranked inside the top 300, so her entire country is going to watching their young phenom in this match!
Clijsters beat Serena Williams in the semis and it was one of the most bizarre endings I have ever seen. Williams was docked a point on match point for yelling at the line judge, giving Clijsters the victory. It’s amazing that Clijsters is playing in only her third tournament in almost two and a half years and she is already in the finals of a Grand Slam. This just goes to show what an amazing athlete Kimmy is, and why it is great to have her back on the tour!
This is the first career meeting between Wozniacki and Clijsters and this is a really exciting final. To have some new blood in the finals of a Grand Slam is a great thing for the WTA tour, and both of these ladies are crowd favorites and feel they can win. Wozniacki has had a great run to the finals and she won’t fear Clijsters at all. She has an excellent two-handed backhand, moves extremely well, has a solid serve and forehand, and is very competitive. On the other side, Clijsters is playing so incredibly well right now. She will put aside what happened last night with Serena and she handled the whole experience well. Her movement, serve, aggressive groundstrokes and fighting spirit have been unmatched throughout this tournament. This is going to be a great match for the fans and I just don’t see Clijsters going down.
Nick’s Pick – Clijsters in 2 sets