Sydney, Jan 11: A mouth watering clash is on cards for the tennis lovers. World number one Justine Henin will meet second ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova at Sydney International.
Henin stormed in to to finals with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over fourth-ranked Serb while Kuznetsova booked a place in the final after a tough fight 7-5 7-6 win over Czech Nicole Vaidisova. Henin struggled with her serve in the humid conditions, conceding 11 double-faults and being broken three times but found her range when it mattered most to seal victory. Henin-Kuznetsova clash will be a repetition of last year's U.S.Open final
"It's important to get this kind of match so close to the open, that's what I really need now," Henin told a news conference.
"It's a perfect preparation for me. The conditions were pretty tough. It's not as hot as it is in Melbourne but still it was quite difficult on the court and pretty windy."
Kuznetsova said that said that she will play her natural game in the final as she has nothing to loose.
While the women's final will feature the world's top two ranked players, the men's draw has shocked the tennis lovers.The only seeded player to make it through to the quarter-finals was world number 14 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic but his campaign ended at the hands of Australian wildcard Chris Guccione. The tall lefthander, ranked 125 in the world, followed up his win over Lleyton Hewitt the previous day by surviving a match point to beat Berdych 4-6 7-6 6-4.
He will play Berdych's compatriot Radek Stepanek in the semi-finals after Stepanek accounted for Argentina's Agustin Calleri 6-2 6-4.
Stepanek spent the off-season training at altitude in Mexico and said he felt like a new man when he returned to sea level.
"I noticed at the zero level I was able to breathe for three other people," he said. "It was like paradise. I was drunk from the air up there."
The second men's semi-final will be played between Frenchman Fabrice Santoro and Russia's Dmitry Tursunov.
Santoro beat Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-3 6-3 after Tursonov defeated Sebastien Grosjean of France 6-4 6-2.