By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame stiff resistance from qualifier Severine Bremond before advancing to the Wimbledon semi-finals 6-4 6-4.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam title Henin-Hardenne has not won
Bremond quickly went 2-0 down but she found her form and her natural grass-court game troubled the Belgian.
Attacking the net regularly, Bremond took the set to 4-4 but the French Open champion stepped up a gear to take it.
Bremond continued to impress in the second set but Henin-Hardenne held on to an early break to come through.
The third seed will meet fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals, if the world number two wins her quarter-final against China's Na Li.
"I knew it was going to be tough today and I was ready to fight," Henin-Hardenne told BBC Sport.
"Severine came through qualifying, she's been playing unbelievable tennis this week and she's very comfortable on grass.
"It's nice to be around at the end of the tournament again, after going out in the first round last year and missing the year before."
Henin-Hardenne will complete the full set of Grand Slam titles if she triumphs in Saturday's final but she added: "It's too early to be talking about that. Let's go step by step, match by match."
Bremond was the first qualifier this century to reach the women's quarter-finals and she looked out of her depth early on against the five-times Grand Slam winner.
However, once her first serve clicked into gear, the Frenchwoman's confidence grew and the crowd sooned warmed to her bold, attacking game.
Henin-Hardenne twice broke in the first set, only to be pegged back, but on the third occasion, Bremond could not recover.
The Frenchwoman quickly went 3-0 down in the second set and though she bravely recovered one of the breaks, the experienced Henin-Hardenne held on to her advantage.