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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
Serena v Henin as it happened
French Open

Quarter-final result:


4-6 3-6


By Caroline Cheese

Second set

Serena 4-6 3-6 Henin
And that's it. No fightback from Serena and Henin is still on for a French Open hat-trick. All a bit of a damp squib really and Serena's lame forehand into the net on match point says it all really.

Serena 4-6 3-5 Henin
Great serving from Henin and a love game takes her to within a game of the semi-finals.

Serena 4-6 3-4 Henin
Still, this is nothing for Williams, who came back from 0-6 4-5 down against Henin in Miami this year. She recovers from 0-30 down to take this game.

Serena 4-6 2-4 Henin
It's looking bleak for Serena. A mishit forehand drops wide and Henin is now two games away. The American is off to change her racket.

Serena 4-6 2-3 Henin
Henin has her clinched fist in the air as she comes back from 40-15 to deuce. Williams crumbles under the pressure and Henin makes it three out of three on break point chances.

Serena 4-6 2-2 Henin
During the changeover, Henin is drinking what looks like chocolate milkshake, or mud. It's clearly not a magic potion because she comes out and drops the first two points as Serena nearly knocks the Belgian off her feet with the power of her groundstrokes. Henin clings on though.

Serena 4-6 2-1 Henin
The crowd are just itching to get involved with a bit of pantomime booing but they have to back off when Serena's challenge of a line call turns out to be spot on. It would have given Henin a break point, too.

Serena 4-6 1-1 Henin
Serena takes her anger out on the ball and Henin doesn't get a look-in. The Belgian double-faults at 0-40 and we're back on serve.

Serena 4-6 0-1 Henin
Dreadful luck for Serena at deuce when Henin's return clips the net and dribbles over. Henin takes the break when Serena's woeful drop shot hits the bottom of the net - and there are the boos for the first time when Serena slams her racket into the clay in frustration.

First set

"Henin has come out with exactly the right mindset. She's been so aggressive, going big on on both sides. I'm not sure how she got away with a first serve percentage of 44% though."
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Serena 4-6 Henin
Serena slams her racket on the ground as she's forced into a forehand error by some brutal Henin hitting. An ace makes it 40-0 and the Belgian takes it with a forehand winner. She skips to the chair as Serena seethes.

Serena 4-5 Henin
Henin prevents a third love service game for Williams but she's 40-0 down before she gets on the board and the American simply unleashes a huge first serve to close it out.

Serena 3-5 Henin
Serena tries to crank up the pace but she only succeeds in making a succession of errors. Henin one game away from the first set.

Serena 3-4 Henin
Williams turns up the heat on Henin with a second consecutive love service game.

Serena 2-4 Henin
Nice touch from Serena as she delivers a beautifully-disguised drop shot to lead 30-15. Henin responds with an ace down the 'T' but a double fault gives Serena her first break point of the match. The American is a little unlucky that her return clips the net and bounces up invitingly for Henin to bury. The crowd aren't really involved just yet - we could do with a dicey line call to wake up the Parisians.

Serena 2-3 Henin
Serena holds to love. She's hitting the ball with a bit more authority now after a tentative start. There's another "come on" as she fires a forehand winner. It's warming up already.

Serena 1-3 Henin
Serena gives it a "come on" as she battles back from 40-15 down to deuce - despite hitting one hilariously bad drive volley several feet over the baseline. Henin survives and we have a first "allez".

"This should be the match of the tournament undoubtedly, but I've never taken Serena's tennis seriously and I hope Henin beats her."
sjsinclair01 on 606

Serena 1-2 Henin
Relief for Renie as she gets on the board. A few more first serves do the trick.

Serena 0-2 Henin
This is a pretty ugly start to the match, Henin making two errors on the backhand to find herself 15-30 down. But Serena belts a forehand hopelessly long and Henin survives.

Serena 0-1 Henin
Nerves? From Serena Williams? Well, it certainly looks like that. She double-faults to go 0-30 down and though she gets back to 30-30, Henin flicks a backhand return down the line to bring up break point. She takes it when Serena fails to put away a smash at the net.

1256: Here we go then. Le grudge match begins with Serena serving.

1255: Of course, a lot of the attention before the match was on their controversial 2003 semi in Paris, which Henin won in three. But perhaps more significantly, Serena beat the Belgian earlier this year in Miami having trailed 0-6 4-5.

1253: Richard Williams has got his camera out again, clearly relishing this match as much as we all are.

1250: BBC Sport commentator Sam Smith has some interesting chat on this match. "The word on the circuit is that Henin really doesn't like playing Serena, she doesn't relish the power, and I'm not sure if she really believes she can beat her."

1246: Ana Ivanovic has barely left the court after her fine win over Svetlana Kuznetsova before Serena Williams and Justine Henin arrive for their much-anticipated clash.

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