World number one Justine Henin will face off against the 2004 U.S. Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, to decide who will claim the 2007 ladies' crown.
Kuznetsova overcame nerves and windy conditions to oust an equally tight Anna Chakvedatze in the first semifinal match before Henin, the French Open winner in June, took the court against Wimbledon champion Venus Williams. The match featured wild shifts of momentum and some spectacular shot making as Henin became only the second player in history to defeat both Serena and Venus Williams in a Grand Slam event.
Although the Williams sisters were dismissed from the year's final major at the hands of Henin, there is no doubt that women's tennis has benefitted from a season where Wimbledon queen Venus and Aussie Open champion Serena reclaimed their rightful spot as contenders for major titles. Win or lose, the women's game is hollow without them.
By all rights, the U.S. Open title should go to Henin on Saturday evening. Justine emerged from the top-heavy half of the draw, which was no easy feat, and owns a 14-2 career record against the Kooz. Nonetheless, Kuznetsova will be looking to repeat her shocking win from three years ago. And, as we've seen time and again from Flushing Meadows this week, anything can happen in New York! -Wyman Meers