Soon enough, Anastasia Myskina, the fastest player on tour, will take on Amelie Mauresmo, who strikes the heaviest groundstrokes on tour. Who will walk away the Moscow champion, and who will hang their head in defeat?
They are two of the most "zoned" players in the game. Myskina doesn't play very well consistently, but when she does she wins 11 straight games off of Hingis, 12 of 14 against Petrova, 12 of 15 (numerous times) against Hantuchova, 10 straight games off of Rubin, and some blitzing wins over the Belgians.
Mauresmo is much the same way. She starts slowly and often loses from ghastly, terrible play, but when she gets in a rythym she is basically flawless from every part of the court.
To my knowledge, Mauresmo won their only match at Wimbledon over a year ago 6-4 6-2 or something like that, but Myskina is better now and Mauresmo is worse.
Under normal circumstances I'd say Mauresmo will win, but Myskina's list of victims the last few weeks include big names such as upset specialist Serna, Russian-conquerer Pistolesi, the HUGELY powerful Daniilidou (who plays very much like Mauresmo), the rising, powerful Petrova, and of course, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin.
Thus, Myskina will prevail 6-3 6-4.