Women's Final: Henin-Hardenne v Sharapova Live Match Thread

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Lets hope we get a competitive match at least, even if its an ugly 3 set match.I doubt it because these matches always turn out ugly!!!!
 

Backbored

Hall of Fame
Did we ever clear up if the game starts at 8:00 pm est or as it says over at the Open’s site yesterday, that it was on at 7:00 pm est?
 

BiGGieStuFF

Hall of Fame
mahouFuji said:
sharapova's gonna win!!!
She's due that's for sure, but I think her power game falls into JHH's gameplan. Maria is going to be have to be sharp. I think she will come out strong but crack under the pressure.
 
if marias game is on, i think she'll win straight sets. i just think maria is playng better right now. just a bigger girl with bigger shots. justine better be 100%, because maria will run her corner to corner.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
Backbored said:
Did we ever clear up if the game starts at 8:00 pm est or as it says over at the Open’s site yesterday, that it was on at 7:00 pm est?
the uso site says 7pm. but cbs says 8pm.
 
If Justine and Maria both play their best Justine wins in straights. However Justine cracked under pressure of 2 of her 3 slam finals this year. I hope it does not happen again.

Maria not as powerful as Serena of old for example, or even Davenport in her prime, Justine is very powerful hitter herself, I think their power is similar, and Justine moves way better, is way smarter a player, and has much more variety.

Like I said I hope her nerves dont cost her a slam title for the 3rd time this year.
 

mariarulez

Rookie
justineheninhoogenbandfan said:
If Justine and Maria both play their best Justine wins in straights. However Justine cracked under pressure of 2 of her 3 slam finals this year. I hope it does not happen again.

Maria not as powerful as Serena of old for example, or even Davenport in her prime, Justine is very powerful hitter herself, I think their power is similar, and Justine moves way better, is way smarter a player, and has much more variety.

Like I said I hope her nerves dont cost her a slam title for the 3rd time this year.
maria has winning records aganst both serena and lindsay. if you think maria doesn't have a better game than lindsay and serena, you are dreaming. justine was 1-8 against venus and had a losing record against serena on hard courts. maria in two sets.
 
mariarulez said:
maria has winning records aganst both serena and lindsay. if you think maria doesn't have a better game than lindsay and serena, you are dreaming. and you are. maria in two sets.
A fit Serena in her prime would have slaughtered Maria. Sorry. Maria is a cheap ass version, who moves much worse. and is much dumber on court, then Serena in her prime.
 

mariarulez

Rookie
17 year old "cheap ass" maria beat #1 seed serena at wimbledon. something justine still hasn't done. and maria will only get better. will justine fake an injury tonght.
 

vicnan

Professional
Let's hope the quality of tennis is better than it was in the semis. If Maria wins against JHH, her self belief will reach new heights. Either way, I think she is going to win many majors as JHH, KC, AM, VW et al. slowly fade away years from now. Hopefully, the WTA will supply earphones to spectators and the TV coverage will tone down the decibel level. I was thinking CBS would make them start the final early so they don't go head to head with the buckeyes v longhorns matchup. A brave move by CBS/WTA? I think not.
 
I dont think Maria will win many slams in the future. Vaidisova, Golovin, Ivanovic, all have more natural talent then she does. Once they harness it she will be in big trouble with any of them. Who knows who is coming up after them as well.
 

Bones08

Professional
mariarulez said:
17 year old "cheap ass" maria beat #1 seed serena at wimbledon. something justine still hasn't done. and maria will only get better. will justine fake an injury tonght.
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa, that was a Serena coming back from a Knee Injury that had he sidelined for 6 months I! Head to Head it's 2 all so know your facts!
 

skip1969

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vicnan said:
I was thinking CBS would make them start the final early so they don't go head to head with the buckeyes v longhorns matchup. A brave move by CBS/WTA? I think not.
seriously. the boys are already calling my ass wondering where i am for the game. and i am home still dragging my feet, on a tennis messageboard. god!
 

alienhamster

Hall of Fame
mariarulez said:
17 year old "cheap ass" maria beat #1 seed serena at wimbledon. something justine still hasn't done. and maria will only get better. will justine fake an injury tonght.
Yes, justine will fake an injury, while Sharapova boringly "constructs" points on the way to her loss. And evil will once again be served.

Can I root for both of them to lose?
 
My impression is that Sharapova is extremely popular with "casual" tennis fans who unfortunately make up atleast 90% of the tennis viewing public. However among "serious" tennis fans is not particularly popular. Henin Hardenne seems to be popular with neither "casual" or "serious" tennis fans.

As for me I cant stand either. I will need a barf basin next to me while I watch this one.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
vicnan said:
I wonder why the casual fans like her.
can you go to jail for looking at pics like that online?? i feel like i'm being watched . . . .

hey, call me when the 20 minute national anthem is over.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
Now they're singing/shreiking on TV. Why do they take nice patriotic songs and make them sound like try-outs for an Idol show? The station I'
m watching it on has chosen to show Jankovic shreiking instead. LOL
 
Bones08 said:
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa, that was a Serena coming back from a Knee Injury that had he sidelined for 6 months I! Head to Head it's 2 all so know your facts!
yes. venus and serena are injured everytime they lose.
 
Does anyone else think it is strange that the U.S. Open trots out someone to sing "America the Beautiful" before a women's final between a "Russian" and a Belgian? I know that this is what we do at American sporting events and all...but whatever happened to the freakin' national anthem? I don't remember any of the other grand slams doing anything like that before a final...there was less nationalism present in Australia a few years ago when Hewitt was in the final and weren't they celebrating their 100th anniversary as a country?

Is the sound messed up for anyone else by the way? Not that I don't mind not being able to hear Dick Enberg...
 

ubel

Professional
MordredSJT said:
Does anyone else think it is strange that the U.S. Open trots out someone to sing "America the Beautiful" before a women's final between a "Russian" and a Belgian? I know that this is what we do at American sporting events and all...but whatever happened to the freakin' national anthem? I don't remember any of the other grand slams doing anything like that before a final...there was less nationalism present in Australia a few years ago when Hewitt was in the final and weren't they celebrating their 100th anniversary as a country?

Is the sound messed up for anyone else by the way? Not that I don't mind not being able to hear Dick Enberg...
Was actually thinking this exact same thing.. didn't make sense to have this grandiose introduction. Oh well, anything not to have to hear waddle-neck popping off random facts. Oh Euro-sport, I wish you were available here :(

Holy crap, I knew Henin had been destroying people, especially in her winning sets, but wow what a baker. Anyone Catch the number of breadsticks and bagels in there?
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
oh god . . . they're KILLING me with the audrey hepburn sh*t. poor lady must be spinning in her grave.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
andysc said:
holy f*ck, is sharapova competing with nadal to see who can waste the most time in between serves?
hmmmm . . . well, when nadal does it, they call it "gamesmanship."
when sharapova does it . . . well, she's just being "deliberate." HA!
 

ubel

Professional
That was nasty the way Henin pulled her in. Not sure if she meant to slice that as short as it was (looked a little hesitant as if she thought it might hit the net), but definitely realized the situation and capitalized very well taking the break. Sharapova needs to work on her net game so badly :\

And Sharapova goes down the line, drawing the lob from Henin which allows Sharapova step in deep and hit a swinging volley. By then, Sharapova's at the service line ready to hit the drop half-volley against Henin who's so far back behind the baseline. Back on serve lol
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
I have to say it right now but i dont like this new Hardenne serve motion, its ugly, Mcenroe said it looks like Roddick's motion!
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
justineheninhoogenbandfan said:
Henin is look real shaky so far. It shows how much this match is all up to Henin though, Maria is playing out of her mind and Henin is playing awful and Henin is still up.
interesting view . . .

i don't think hardenne looks "awful". and i don't think sharapova is looking that good.
 
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