Let's do this: Here's THE matchup every tennis fan was hoping would come to be...and now it's here once again. Our second Women's Marquee Matchup features World No. 1 Justine Henin taking on 8-time Grand Slam champion Serena "ReRe" Williams in what we hope will be a classic quarterfinal under the lights at the US Open.
Justine, playing her first night match at the Open, completely dismantled Russian headcase Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-2 in a 59 minutes 4th round match. ReRe was challenged a bit more but still had too much game and dismissed the struggling Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4. The last time these players met was, of course, their Marquee Matchup at Wimbledon with the Belgian besting the injured ReRe for the first time off clay. Moreover, this win was the second in a row for Justine over ReRe in a Grand Slam (Justine won their quarterfinal at the French Open this year as well.)
Here's what Justine had to say about her rivalry with ReRe:
"Well, I think it's important these contests because we all ‑‑ finally we all help each other to be better. And when you feel another player is playing well you just want to be better. That's great. That's the way I felt when I was with Kim on the tour. Kim and I helped each other a lot. I like this contests, and there's a lot of respect now and everything is fine. So that's very important, too."
ReRe had this to say about their rivalry:
"[...] she's playing well and she's fighting for everything. She kind of believes that she can win, and maybe that's what makes that special."
Bud Collins for MSNBC.com gives the edge to ReRe this time around since beating her 3 times consecutively and in Grand Slams is a huge task. We're torn over here at Down the Line! but think ReRe will also come out on top this time around.