Seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin says former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza should have the upper hand in the women's singles final at the Australian Open against American Sofia Kenin on Saturday. Muguruza is a two-time Grand Slam champion and has a 2-1 record in the slam finals while the American Kenin is playing in her first final - her best result at a Slam previously was the fourth round.
Speaking to Reuters, Henin commented, “I think Muguruza is the clear favorite to win, of course, because of her experience at the Grand Slams. It looks like her mind is completely on court, totally connected to what she’s doing.
It’s great to see her back at this level. She’s had lots of ups and downs for sure but she’s a girl who has the potential to play semi-finals and finals everywhere. I think she’s moving well, also, which we saw during the second set against Halep when she was in defense.
Sometimes she rushes a little bit too much and needs one or two more balls to build but the net-rushing is pretty successful. She can volley pretty nicely so we’ll probably see more of that (in the final)”. On Kenin, the Belgian commented, "She doesn’t do anything exceptional but she’s doing what she can do.
She was maybe a little bit nervous in the beginning (against Barty). But when she had the opportunity to take the lead, she went for it. She has good vision of the court, moves pretty well. Of course it’s going to be her first Grand Slam final but from what we’ve seen, she’s pretty relaxed”.
Henin still thinks that the women's tour needs a group of players to perform more consistently like on the men's tour. "Who’s going to be the player or among the two or three who are going to be really consistent every week? When you look at the men’s tour, it’s different.
The same guys are almost playing in the quarters every week (on tour) and there are less surprises. The (women’s) level has improved but it’s just the consistency we want to see a little bit more”.