Hello, everyone. This is a new column I will be reporting and presenting. This week we take a look at some lopsided head-to-heads amongst our active Grand Slam winners.
First up. Henin/Kuznetsova. Henin leads 14-2.
Personally, I really do not see Kuznetsova as a top 5 player. Too often, she struggles with players ranked amongst the 15-25 ranking. Don't get me wrong, these players are good. However, a consistent top 5 player should not be losing often to these players. Kuznetsova is trying to improve her net game by playing doubles, but her second serve barely reaches in the 80s. I just don't see a future littered with Grand Slams for Kuznetsova. Juju gets on top of her and never relents. You can only hit so many hard forehands, you know?
Second. Venus Williams/Henin. Venus leads 7-1.
This one has a little less credibility than the one mentioned above because they've not played in four years. Four years being when Venus was 1 and 2 with Serena, and Justine was just coming into her own. However, there is some merit to be salvaged of this head-to-head. What is it in Henin's game that plays right into Venus' hands? Your thoughts? Your comments?
Third. Serena/Mauresmo. Serena leads 9-2.
This head to head is very deceiving with most of their matches going to three sets. Matches in which Serena was often a set and a break down, but found her Serena spirit as she always does. However, 9 wins to 2 still counts for something. Mauresmo's only two wins were on clay. A match which Serena was up a set and a break. Her other, at the USO where Serena bageled her before running out of steam in the third. Mauresmo???
Fourth. Serena/Clijsters. Serena leads 7-1.
This head to head is not without its fallacies, but overall sets a dominant tone. We all remember the match at the 2003 Australian Open when Serena was 5-1 down in the 3rd, but won 6 straight games and the match. Several times, Clijsters has served for a match against Serena and was broken. Clijsters' only victory was at the peak of Serena's dominance -- the 2003 Year-End Championships. Again, Clijsters disappoints in the big matches.
Fifth. Davenport/Mauresmo Davenport leads 12-4.
This head-to-head extends back to 1998 and extends to 2006. Mauresmo surprisingly won their first two meetings as a newcomer on tour against the top 2 ranked Davenport. Since then, it has been largely Davenport. Pounding groundies into the corner in a two close set pattern against the mentally fragile Mauresmo.
Please post all your thoughts, comments, and any lopsided head-to-heads I missed. Remember, among active grandslam champions! Capriati is not active!