Ha. I had a conversation with a friend this morning and predicted Lena would win. As I am omniscient, Lena beat Serena in straight sets, 76 61.
Lena played a quality match. Served well on the big points, ran down a crap load of balls, and painted the lines when she needed to. She absolutely deserved the win. Serena was simply outplayed.
But I had to snicker when Cliffy said that his favorites for the Open are Serena, Venus, and Lena. Uh, first of all, no on Venus. That's just a stupid pick. Second, the knock of Lena isn't that she sucks. We all know she's a solid tennis player who has the technical skill to win a Slam. But she's a headcase. Sure she can outperform Serena at a non-Slam event. Serena didn't look like she cared at all.
But put both of these ladies back on center court in a Slam? Yeah, the only way Lena's winning a Slam is if someone even headcasier than she is is across the net. And considering she lost in at the USO to Kuz, I venture to say that there is no one more headcasey than Lena D.
Well, except for Dinara. But I digress.
That's not to say that Lena doesn't have a good chance in NYC. But in my opinion, she has no better a chance than Dinara or JJ. I guess if I had to give my "most likely to win" picks, I'd say Serena, Dina, Lena, and JJ. But I certainly wouldn't single out Lena as the best of the non-Williamses.