Yes another Serena vs. Justine thread
H2H: Serena leads 7-6
Serena dominated the rivalry early winning 4 of the first 5 matches. All four of her wins were in straight sets. Justine's only win was a 7-6 in the third victory, on the slow clay, in Berlin.
In 03' H2H favored Henin 2-1. Justine was able to beat Serena twice on clay, and Serena beat Justine at Wimbledon.
The two didn't play again, until 2007. 2007 is known as the year that Justine dominated Serena (a.k.a. QuateRena), winning 3 of the 4 matches played (also having squandered 2 match points in the Miami final). Justine was clearly on another level this year, compared to Serena. The only match that I'm skeptical about giving full credit to Justine for, was the Wimbledon QF. Serena was obviously hampered in that one, and I feel like the result could have been different had Serena been completely healthy.
Their last match was in Miami, the following year. Serena won that one, only losing two games.
So with Henin back on the scene, what will happen next? Serena is undoubtly in better shape then she was, in 2007. But her loss of athleticism will continue to cause her problems against both Belgians. Will Justine be able to match the form she showed in 07'? Will she bring back QuarteRena?
I think these two are bound to meet in at least two of the slams next year. My prediction is that the rivalry will go back and forth, should they meet mutiple times next year. I doubt Serena will allow herself to be dominated by Justine, the way she was in 2007. It should also be noted that Justine still "only" has two wins over Serena off of clay, both in 2007. However, that's not to say that Justine won't present "major" problems for Serena, in 2010.
AO: Should they meet here, I have to give the edge to Serena. She's #1, and should be riding high on confidence. But Justine could always pull off a Clijsters. Foot fault, anyone?
Fun fact: It's the only slam they haven't played each other at.
FO: Obviously favors Justine, but I give Serena a fighting chance. She hasn't been able to show her best in Paris, since 2003. She was close to winning it in 09', however.
Wimbledon: I don't care what new tactics and/or serve Justine brings to the table. No way she beats a healthy Williams Sister @ Wimbledon. It's been their playground for years now!
US Open: Toss up. But my hopes lie with Serena, for obvious reasons.
I'm actually kind of excited Justine is coming back now.