Game Point: Clijsters and Henin put WTA on notice

Chris Chase
January 11, 2010

Game Point is Busted Racquet's roundup of facts, figures and links about the tennis world.

Love -- Break out your Dutch-to-English dictionary, study up on the political ramifications of the Treaty of Verdun and remember that Waterloo isn't just an awesome ABBA song, because Belgium is back. Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters played an instant-classic in the finals of the Brisbane Invitational this weekend, with Clijsters earning a come-from-behind three set victory over her fellow Belgian, who was making her return to the WTA. The pair said it was the best of the 23 matches they've played against one another. It also sent a clear signal to the rest of the WTA that the path to a Grand Slam once again goes through Belgium.

15 -- Henin later withdrew from the final Australian Open tune-up in Sydney. Playing in that tournament only made sense if the seven-time Grand Slam champ bowed out early in Brisbane. But after playing 12 sets in five matches over a span of six days, Henin could use the rest before the first Grand Slam of the year begins next week. A leg injury was the given reason, but Henin sounds like she's expecting to play in Melbourne.

30 -- Clijsters is the odds-on favorite to win the Australian, getting a little better odds than both Serena Williams and Henin. On the men's side, Roger Federer is the favorite, but not as heavily as he has been in year's past. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are the next best shots to win, according to oddsmakers. (More on this later in the week.)

40 -- If betting lines don't do it for you, this Australian Open commercial should get you properly hyped for the tournament.

Game -- People Magazine reports that Chris Evert and Greg Norman finalized their divorce last month. Due to a pre-nup, no money changed hands. No money? Somebody get Tiger the phone number to Greg Norman's lawyers, stat.