Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Dementieva vs. Henin in Rod Laver Arena tonight
Though first round play continues, second round play will also be in effect today at the Australian Open, and that includes the most anticipated second round of the tournament, when 2004 Australian Open champion and wild card Justine Henin meets 5th seed Elena Dementieva. Dementieva won the Sydney lead-in tournament, and is obviously in excellent form.
Henin and Dementieva have met eleven times, and Henin has won nine of those matches. The 2010 Australian Open courts are playing rather slow, which does not give either player an advantage, since both play well on slower surfaces. The two have not played each other since 2007, however, and things are somewhat different now, in that Henin is just coming back from a non-retirement, and Dementieva now struggles less with her serve.