June 05, 2003

A Women's Grand Slam Final without one of the William's sisters is like fishing without drinking. But Justine Henin will face her Belgian countrywoman Kim Clijsters for the French Open title.

posted by vito90 to tennis at 03:45 PM - 9 comments

Great gobbeldy goo, I feel like I just woke up from a nap and missed the whole damn tournament. Obviously it's nice to see somebody give the Williams sisters a run for their money. Competition is a good thing, you know, and the Venus v. Serena thing got to be a bit tired what with Serena consistently whomping up on her (althought I'm glad it was that way and not vice versa). Thanks for the update, vito.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:54 PM on June 05, 2003

yay! not that I have any rooting interest in Henin-Clijsters, but still, yay.

posted by Bernreuther at 04:11 PM on June 05, 2003

The women's tournament is still happening? I only watch the men's bracket..

posted by corpse at 04:17 PM on June 05, 2003

I wish I had something snarky to say about the French here, but I don't. Well, they smell bad. As for the tourney, I'm glad to see Henin make it also. It just means a little more parity, and I like that. Dynasties are boring.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:24 PM on June 05, 2003

Henin proves that tennis not all about strength. She seems frail compared to Serena, but her fluid strokes pack the same kind of heat. I would have liked to have seen Serena win nonetheless. I'm always intrigued by absolute dominance.

posted by jacknose at 04:37 PM on June 05, 2003

Why would a real American want to win a tournament in France anyway? That applies to the Confederation Cup too, because you know we'll need some good excuses and now is a good time to start stockpiling them.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:42 PM on June 05, 2003

Damn there were supposed to be <sarc> tags around the first sentence of my previous comment! Stoopid preview.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:10 PM on June 05, 2003

Henin-Hardenne's performance today was wonderful for those who like a bit of grace and guile in women's tennis. (And, y'know, I have no sympathy for Serena, who should have engaged brain before putting her mouth into gear about the French some time back.) I'm sure that it'll trigger the Belgian Civil War, as distressed Flemish types demand revenge on their Walloon compatriots. The French women's title is far more satisfying to watch than the men's, anyway, simply because it's not a complete aberration compared to the other Grand Slam tournaments. I'm bemused by the way in which the French Open produces commanding, triumphant performances by Spanish/Argentinian/Brazilian men who then go on to be knocked out in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon. But that's just me.

posted by etagloh at 11:07 AM on June 07, 2003

Walloon. Now that's comedy.

posted by wfrazerjr at 05:04 PM on June 08, 2003

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