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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Henin v Serena as it happened
Wimbledon quarter-final result:

J HENIN (Bel) 1 v S WILLIAMS (US) 7

6-4 3-6 6-3

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By Tom Fordyce

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THIRD SET

Henin 6-3 Serena
She can! She misses the world's easiest volley at match point, sets up another as Serena puts a forehand into the net and then raises her arms in celebration as Serena's next return flies long. The crowd rise to her - they're delighted with that result - and Henin is through to a semi-final meeting with Marion Bartoli. Pheeew. Tremendous match...

Henin 5-3 Serena
Serena is coming back like Ali in Kinshasa - she belts down a 120mph serve and follows it up with two stinging forehand winners. Every point won is now followed by that trademark "COME ORRRNNN!" Can Henin hold in the face of this hurricane?

Henin 5-2 Serena
Plenty, that's what - with dark clouds looming overhead, Henin wobbles with a double fault and is then blown away by a screaming Serena storm. Richard Williams is on his feet again. Henin stares at the grass. Serena marches on.

Henin 5-1 Serena
Serena, screaming like a peacock under attack from a hungry fox, goes wide with a forehand and then stoops to plonk a backhand volley into the net. She's broken again, and is staring into the abyss - what's left in the Serena suitcase?

This just in from Venus's press conference: "Last time I checked, Serena's injury was genuine. She has proved to be the ultimate sportsperson and anyone who doesn't know that is ignorant."

Henin 4-1 Serena
She's ever closer now, leaning on her cannon of a forehand to extend her lead back to three games. Coach Carlos has his two children with him, and they're jumping all over the place. He sshhhhs them sternly as Richard Williams looks up hopefully for rain clouds.

Henin 3-1 Serena
Serena's now looking at her strapped left wrist and complaining loudly to anyone who'll listen. She holds to 15, but Henin is holding all the decent cards at the moment. The sun has disappeared, but the crowd don't care - they're going to cheer Henin all the way home.

Henin 3-0 Serena
Huge cheers from the partisan crowd as Henin survives a mouthful of butterflies at deuce to extend her lead. Coach Carlos is now openly coaching from the VIP box - either that or he's got persistant ants in his tennis pants.

Henin 2-0 Serena
The balance of power swings again - Henin is now coming to the net with happy abandon, and she forces two more errors from the frowing, yelling Serena to steal a vital break. Bottoms shift closer to the edge of seats here on Centre.

Henin 1-0 Serena
Wobbles from Justine as she double-faults to go to 15-30, Serena moving closer and closer in for her returns until she's looming as threateningly as the thunderclouds at lunchtime. Henin then grits her teeth and cranks the serve up a level to edge in front. Nervy times here on Centre.

SECOND SET

Henin 3-6 Serena
What drama - Serena holds her serve from deuce when she appeals to Hawk-Eye over a first serve called out and gets the electronic nod. We're a set all - sack off your tea/homework/washing-up for a wee while, cos this is getting as spicy as a three-day-old chicken phaal.

Henin 3-5 Serena
..and then back comes Serena with her own ripping response, forcing Henin into two forehand errors and celebrating like an X-Factor winner when she snatches back the break.

Henin 3-4 Serena
Sensational from Henin - Serena's barely got used to the idea of being a break up when she has one of her own ripped out of her grasp, squeezed out of the points with dead-eyed determination by the battling Belgian. The crowd loved that - no question that they're bang behind Henin here.

Henin 2-4 Serena
Gasps of astonishment as Henin, facing her first break point, smashes a simple forehand miles long. Serena has her break, and she's still moving as easily as a well-fed leopard.This was the chat from Richard Williams before this match: "The doctor has told Serena not to play and I've told her too - her fitness is not anywhere near 100%." Pick the medical bones out of that one.

Henin 2-3 Serena
Oohs from the crowd - at 30-30, Henin is eyeing a break, only to pop a straightforward backhand volley into the net. She clutches her head in her hands, the equivalent of a normal player taking all her clothes off and running around screaming. Rattled, she glugs on a bottle of chocolate milkshake at the changoever and rubs her complementary Wimbledon towel over her furrowed brow.

Henin 2-2 Serena
Serena dashes her racquet to the turf as she duffs an off-balance backhand onto the tape. Henin barely glances up, motoring through her service game with the calm of a sleeping Buddhist monk.

Henin 1-2 Serena
Serena's got a decent strop on now, rebel-yelling a furious "COME ONNN!" as she puts away a forehand to hold again. Didn't go down at all well with the crowd, that shot - murmurs of disapproval from the sticklers for old-fashioned manners.

Henin 1-1 Serena
Henin serves bang onto the back line of the service box, Serena can only loft it back and Henin sends a leaping forehand whistling into the corner for a clean winner. The wind's still gusting up here - it's not a day for eating meringue.

Henin 0-1 Serena
Just the start Serena wanted, holding to 15 with more of those clumping groundstrokes. She's reached for her grunt at the changeover, too - it was a key weapon for Venus earlier, and little sis gets hers going at double-lung volume.

FIRST SET

Henin 6-4 Serena
..and she'll take it too, coming to the net behind a forehand right onto the line and punching away the resultant volley. Serena's shoulders slump - she just let things drop a fraction in half a game, and the Belgian pounced. Richard Williams toys anxiously with the handle of his umbrella.

Henin 5-4 Serena
Which idiot mentioned a tie-break? Henin, ah, breaks Serena to 15, lofting a backhand volley over the stretching Serena on the first break point of the match. She looks up at coach Carlos Rodríguez and gives him the clenched-fist salute. She'll serve for the set now...

Henin 4-4 Serena
It's got tie-break written all over it, this one. Henin holds again, belting in a fizzer of a forehand and watching as Serena frames her return into the stratosphere.

Henin 3-4 Serena
Wallop - Serena creams a forehand cross-court, and Henin has no answer. Not even a sniff of a break so far, just two heavyweights battering each other furiously to the delight of the crowd. Blue skies and sun up above - get your party hats on.

Henin 3-3 Serena
Rock-solid serving from Justine, pummeling Serena into submission and scampering in to pass her when the inevitable drop-shot makes an appearance. I'm not knocking Serena's notebook - I have one of my own which I keep open by my keyboard, containing such phrases as "You ARE somebody!" "Caroline Cheese is a nobody!" and "Type! Type! Type!"

Henin 2-3 Serena
"Fascinating duel!" says a rapt Sue Barker, and who am I to disagree? Serena comes to the net to pass Henin on her backhand, and she's moving as well as Wayne Sleep at the moment. No sign of that notebook she was reading from the other night - the one filled with handwritten motivation slogans like "You're #1!" "Turn and move!" and "You're gonna win Wimbledon!"

Henin 2-2 Serena
Henin matches Serena's shout with an "Allez!" of her own as a big forehand wrong-foots the prowling Serena. Lots of wind here on Centre Court, which is causing problems with Serena's floaty dress. Where's a tub of starch when you need one?

Henin 1-2 Serena
A brisk "Come on!" from Serena as another cheeky drop-shot and booming forehand keep Henin at bay. Henin bounces over to her chair and rips open a large energy bar, tucking away three decent mouthfuls before the umpire calls time.

Henin 1-1 Serena
Serena dinks in a drop-shot to put a small cat amongst the pigeons, but Henin cracks two vicious forehands onto the baseline to level things up. Licking of lips in the crowd - they know a tasty contest when they see one.

Henin 0-1 Serena
Super start to proceedings - Serena comes thundering in to a drop-shot and clouts her forehand straight at Henin's throat. The ball thumps against the Belgian, who to her credit only flinches slightly, and flies off towards Croydon. You can smell the animosity in the air. Or is that the gentleman to my right?

1644 BST: Right - quick gulp of water after that tasty Venus-Shara clash, and little sis Serena and Henin are with us already. Could be a belter, this one. Is Serena fit? Is she over her spasm-induced calf strain? Will her dodgy bladder strike at key points once again?

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