On Saturday, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters will be favored against Na Li of the People’s Republic of China in the women’s final. Li has become the media darling in Melbourne and will have loads of support against the strongest player on the WTA circuit.
Clijsters is seeking her fourth Grand Slam Championship and first in Australia. Li is the first Chinese player to reach the finals of a singles Grand Slam tournament.
Li triumphed over Clijsters two weeks ago in Sydney 6-3, 6-1. The sprite media darling will, see a different Kim Clijsters this time out. In her semifinal win, Kim blasted Vera Zvonareva by taking control of the match.
Li, who thrives on using the pace generated by her opponents will be hard pressed to stay on or near the baseline against Clijsters, who kept Zvonareva pinned down six feet behind the line.
Li’s serve is also suspect. Expect Clijsters to capitalize with blistering returns. Despite Li’s exciting comeback against number one Caroline Wozniacki, where she actually faced two match points, Clijsters finishes what she begins. This one could be over in no time.
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