Re: Video: Justine Henin vs Kim Clijsters 2004 AO Highlights
Justine serving at her most monstrous in this match. Such physical exertion on her shots probably led to her virus in mid '04.
The match was actually pretty one-sided until 6-3 4-2, where Justine started playing inexplicably tight, and Kim finally started to find some range on her groundstrokes. When she realised that she could actually get a reprieve by looping the ball onto Henin's backhand, she was able to find better set-ups for her forehand. Of course being Clijsters in a major final, was unable to string the winners together consistently enough without leeking multiple errors. Justine's greater court-craft and the ability to hit shorter, more compact angles off her forehand ultimately gave her the edge.
I don't get this nonsense about how the call' 'changed' the match. If anything, Kim double-faulting when she had game points was the biggest detriment to her winning the game. Plus, even if she had won the game, 4-4 is NOT the match. It's merely a slight momentum shift, which is hardly decisive.