Much deserved, ReRe. You played within yourself under tough conditions against a tough opponent. You are THE in form player going into the final. But you'll have your work cut out for you. Because JJ will scratch, claw, and glitter her way into making it a match.
Apparently the wind was wreaking havoc on play today, but in the end it was the veteran who was able to focus, play with margin, and coast to victory, 63 62. Safina did her best but she was gassed, frustrated by the wind, and let her Safin blood take over, getting uber emotional and generally going crazy on herself. She served 6 double faults and hit 41 UFEs, which is understandable given the windy conditions. But when you're playing a focused Serena, who only hit 21 UFEs and hit 16 winners, it's not going to be enough.
Nice moment between the ladies at the net. Serena apologized for hitting Dinara, and Dinara, despite the disappointment was able to crack a nice smile full of respect. She knows she just got beat. I must say that despite Dinara's in-match craziness, she's one of the better hand-shake-at-the-netters on the women's tour. Always nice and respectful to opponents. Unless your name is Shahar Peer.
And so the battle for #1 will be a rematch of the Miami final, which Serena took in three sets. But let's not forget, the Glitter Queen drove Serena nuts in that match, where Serena had a hell of a time trying to close it out. If both play well, it should be a fun one.