Sunday, October 21, 2007

Henin wins 9th title of the year

World number one Justine Henin won her ninth title of the year today, defeating Tatiana Golovin 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Zurich Open. Unlike their final match meeting in Stuttgart, Golovin got off to a slow start, making poor court decisions and not using her usually strong forehand very effectively. She picked it up in the second set, though, even taking a 4-1 lead, but that lead evaporated quickly after Henin held at 2-4. Again, Golovin's thought processes were off; she set up winning play after winning play, and repeatedly failed to make the shots that would have consolidated them.

The trophy presentation was charming, and included a group of men who sang a personalized version of "We Are the Champions" to Henin. (To see Henin singing the song, go here.)

Golovin is now 0-4 against Henin, whose Zurich win gives her ten career Tier I titles.

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