Tennis Country's 2009 Third Quarter Highlights - Women
Tennis Country’s snapshot of the memorable moments on the women’s pro tennis tour during the Third Quarter…
• Greatest Accomplishment:
o Kim Clijsters returning to the Tour and capturing the 2009 U.S. Open title… twas a storybook summer! After more than two years away from tennis during which time she got married and had a daughter, Kim managed to find her form immediately winning the U.S. Open for the second time in only the third tournament of her comeback. Along the way, Clijsters beat eight top twenty players in her first three tournaments.
• Biggest Disappointment:
o Serena Williams’ foot-fault-related outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open… shocking! Serena has always been temperamental at times, but her language and aggressive stance towards the linesperson was a new low for both Serena and the sport of tennis. Serena was fined $10,500 for her words and actions, but there still may be more serious repercussions as the ITF is conducting a formal review of the matter and has the ability to suspend Serena from future Grand Slams and fine her hundreds of thousands of dollars. Stay tuned…
• Major Surprise:
o Justine Henin, announcing her plans to return to the Tour in 2010. Since she retired abruptly in 2008, Henin had steadfastly stated that she had no desire to compete again. A week ago, Justine changed her mind explaining that she had recharged her batteries during her time away from the game and felt the fire from within again. Wonderful news for the women’s Tour after all the tumult at the top of the women’s game over the past year.
• Fresh New Face:
o Danish, top tenner, Caroline Wozniacki, won her third title of 2009 in New Haven the week before the 2009 U.S. Open and then reached the Open Final. It’s been an impressive year for the nineteen year old. In addition to becoming the new face of the Stella McCartney adidas line, Wozniacki has led the Tour in match wins.