Justine Henin 
Dinara Safina 
Marion Bartoli 
Serena Williams 
Jelena Jankovic 
Sybille Bammer 
Venus Williams 
Ana Ivanovic 
If these were the last eight women remaining in the draw at any WTA event, it would be a tournament director's dream.
But these are the remaining eight women in the top half of the women's draw at the US Open. Three multiple Slam champions with a combined total of 20 titles, 5 of them right here in Flushing Meadows. Two slam finalists. The No. 1 and No. 3 player in the world. The old guard versus the future of women's tennis. It doesn't get any better than this.
Seven of the top eight seeds on this side advanced to the round of 16. The only interloper is Mother Bammer of Austria who beat former finalist and No. 12 seed Elena Dementieva like she hurt her child.
Every single match could be a final at any event. Two of them could be finals at a Slam.
There hasn't been any major drama on the women's side, but if these matchups deliver, that will all change starting Sunday at the latest.
I refuse to predict the winners. What say you?
Friday, August 31, 2007
Justine Henin