Safina must dictate versus Serena

Serena Williams is the overwhelming favorite to capture the Australian Open title. Dinara Safina has all the requisite tools to win, assuming she can keep her head on straight. So who wins? Our crack reporters duke it out.

Updated: January 31, 2009, 1:31 AM ET

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams made a statement from the outset of the Australian Open, looking fit and resolute. Despite a few hiccups, she has not disappointed, dropping only a solitary set, in her quarterfinal match versus Svetlana Kuznetsova. With a title, Serena would join four others in the double-digit Grand Slam club, further cementing her place in the pantheon of all-time greats.

Dinara Safina, ostensibly an overwhelming underdog, has matured dramatically in the ...

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