Brisbane International Women’s Final

09:00 – Clijsters v Henin

 

What an interesting match-up. Two ex world number 1 players who are making a comeback. Clijsters made an incredible return last season taking the US Open. Henin has made an impressive return so far too.

 

Both are from Belgium. Head to heads are 10-10. Even their birthdays are only a week apart (although Henin is a year older).

 

They have both  dropped 1 set this week and both of them lost the set in the quarter final.

 

How do we seperate them? Clijsters for me has a very slight edge but that is little more than a gut feeling. She has had longer to settle back into the tour.

 

Both are reasonably solid on serve but 15-40 opportunities can be taken. I think this is a match where we watch the first few games and see who settles the quickest. If Clijsters is holding serve comfortably then backing her on her service games is fine.

 

2 close sets or a 3 setter. Clijsters to win the title.

 

Update:  One of the best WTA matches I have seen in a long while. Clijsters controlled the first set and just looked too strong. She was 4-1 in the second but then maybe tightened up and allowed Henin to come back.

 

Some of the hitting by both players was amazing and great to watch. henin came back to win the second set.

 

The decider was tight and Henin was a break up but started to get nervous and allowed Clijsters to come back. It came to a finale in a tie break which also went to the wire with Clijsters thinking she had hit the winner only to have it called out.

 

A double fault from Henin handed her opponent another match point which she took.

 

I didnt trade the start of the match all that well. I think it was letting a successful 15-40 opportunity run into the next game. After that i was chasing but was at break-even by the end of the set. When Clijsters was 4-1 up in the 2nd set I had the chance to green up instantly for £45 or let ir run for £55. I split the difference and put an order in for £50. Clijsters got broken and my red figure got steadily larger. My hedge wasn’t matched.

 

I was too greedy and broke my own rules. Trading tired isn’t good!

 

By the latter part of the deciding set I was able to green up for £30 and took it immediately. A lucky escape as at one point I had a liability of over £500. A good reminder to take the profit when its there and also to only trade when you are not tired.

 

Clijsters won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6. She gave her prize money to the local hospital 🙂

 

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