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Last Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007, 20:09 GMT 21:09 UK
US Open 2007
Flushing Meadows, New York, 27 August-9 September

US Open, Flushing Meadows

Semi-final result:


7-6 (7-2) 6-4


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By Piers Newbery


Second set:

Henin 6-4 Venus
It's over! Venus sends a forehand well long on Henin's first match point and the Belgian looks overjoyed - she's beaten Serena and Venus in successive matches and it doesn't get any tougher than that.

Henin 5-4 Venus
You may have thought it was all over but it isn't now. Venus gets a break point and converts with the help of a huge return and a thumping drive volley. Unfortunately, Brit Dan Evans has gone out of the boys' singles to Matteo Trevisan.

Henin 5-3 Venus
Venus has the trainer on at the changeover and gets her pulse taken, rather worryingly. She doesn't take a timeout, though, and comes out to serve, but Henin takes control early and moves 0-30 in front. Venus then goes close with a forehand and challenges but it's well wide and three break points for the Belgian. Two sloppy returns follow but a tired looking Venus sends a backhand long and that could be curtains.

2256: "This is incredible. I'm a great fan of women's tennis, above the steam-train of the men's game, but the power & precision here is very impressive... let alone some of those rallies!"
From Wot Kuyt 'e did on 606

Henin 4-3 Venus
The Venus backhand is on fire. Not literally, obviously, but she gets to 0-40 and three break points with a spectacular winner. Henin saves the first with a decent serve but Venus then makes three unforced errors to hand back the initiative. Janet Jackson looks impassive in the players' box.

Henin 3-3 Venus
Well, well. Well. Venus gets back on level terms after Henin battles back from 40-15 down to deuce in another pulsating game. Meanwhile, Brit junior Dan Evans is deep into the first set of his boys' quarter-final against Italian third seed Matteo Trevisan. And Pat Cash is walloping Henri Leconte on Grandstand Court. It's all go.

Henin 3-2 Venus
Henin plays a wonderful lob volley and a fizzing cross-court backhand winner but she is caught out when serve-volleying on game point and soon finds herself break-point down. Venus hammers a backhand down the line and it's back on serve.

Henin 3-1 Venus
Venus is getting no respite at all as Henin attacks off the return at every opportunity, and the American does brilliantly to hold on from deuce under serious pressure.

Henin 3-0 Venus
Henin holds to 15 and all of a sudden she is in complete control.

Henin 2-0 Venus
Undertsandably, the intensity has dropped and it's not helping Venus who lets a 40-15 lead disappear. Henin then steps up a gear with a magnificent point, battling her way to the net before producing the deftest of half-volley drop shots. She then breaks with a forehand pass that leaves Venus stranded at the net - fantastic play from the world number one.

Henin 1-0 Venus
After all that excitement there is a hush on Arthur Ashe Stadium as Henin holds to 15 in the first game of the set, and jogs back to her chair.

2218: "Venus is not a very good advert for her clothing line....she's pulling at those uber short shorts more than Rafa does."
From paleochora on 606

2216: Henin has nipped off for a 'comfort break'.

First set:

Henin 7-6 (7-2) Venus
Absolutely bloomin' marvellous. It doesn't get better than that set of tennis, which lasts exactly one hour. The quality from both players remains incredible in the tie-break but Henin dominates, opening with a forehand winner down the line, finding one beautiful angled volley and moving 4-2 clear with an ace out wide. She does not look back from there and seals the set with a winning return.

Henin 6-6 Venus
A couple of searing forehand passes see Henin move 30-15 up before she double faults. The Belgian eventually takes the next point with a volley but is finding it incredibly difficult to get the ball past Venus at the moment. Venus challenges a call on the next point but is unsuccessful and it's a tie-break.

2134: "Wow - they've taken all the missing energy from the chak/kuz semi and poured it into this one. This is full on."
From tenisx on 606

Henin 5-6 Venus
The most ridiculous, and brilliant, point of the match kicks off the game. Henin comes to the net and withstands a barrage of fierce hitting from Venus before the American finally gets past her. The crowd are on their feet for that one. Venus then hits two double faults as everyone gets their breath back and we're soon at deuce again. Venus appears to have won the game before the umpire decides a point should be replayed, although Hawkeye isn't called for, but the elder Williams sister stands firm and takes the lead.

Henin 5-5 Venus
Henin earns two set points at 40-15 but Venus picks up a short volley and puts away a cross-court backhand, before finding a forehand winner to level at deuce. Henin misses a backhand on her third set point and then puts another well long - it's break point Venus. Henin's forehand fails again and the crowd goes wild as their woman levels things up.

Henin 5-4 Venus
The game opens with the best rally so far as Henin scrambles to stay in it before firing a forehand cross-court past Venus at the net - although the American may have left it. A Venus error follows and it's 0-30 but she fights back well with a big serve and a lunging backhand volley on her way to holding.

Henin 5-3 Venus
A very solid service game from Henin keeps the world number one a break up and Venus is not making much impression on the return at the moment.

Henin 4-3 Venus
Henin deals fantastically with a towering defensive lob from Venus that bounces just inside the baseline, smacking it away cross-court without a second thought, but a backhand error on the next point gives Venus the game.

Henin 4-2 Venus
Both players are prepared to get to the net, with Venus squeezing a volley just wide on the opening point before Henin holds comfortably.

2134: Just seen the order of play for tomorrow - we've got NoDjo v Ferrer at 5pm UK time, Fed against N-Dav at 8pm and the women's final at 1am. It's going to be a long, emotional night.

Henin 3-2 Venus
This time it's Venus who wobbles with a double fault but at 30-30 she finds a big first serve and gets out of trouble. It's tense stuff now, which is a welcome relief after the earlier semi-final. Meanwhile, feel free to join the tennis/fashion debate on 606 or via text on 81111. We're getting far too many texts on rugby at the moment, in which France are flirting with defeat.

Henin 3-1 Venus
The first sign of weakness from Henin comes with a double fault at 15-15 but Venus cannot punish her, making an error on the following point. Henin sticks away a mid-court forehand to go to 40-30 and a Venus error hands the Belgian the game.

Henin 2-1 Venus
Venus does well to get off the mark with a thumping serve and a couple of Henin returns that go long.

Henin 2-0 Venus
It's an awesome start from Henin, who holds to love and looks incredibly focused. Incidentally, fashion fans, Henin is wearing her usual red and white attire with a white cap, while Venus has gone back to the lilac number from earlier in the tournament.

2116: "Already, the first game in the second semi is so much better in quality than the entire first semi! Henin breaks...."
From mikesiva on 606

Henin 1-0 Venus
It's a slow start from Venus who slips to 15-40 with three errors. She saves the first with a decent serve but Henin climbs all over a Venus second serve on the next and whacks a forehand return for a winner. A great shot.

2111: This should be a cracker - and Venus is clearly excited as she's gone for a bathroom break after the knock-up. Henin looks less than impressed.

2108: It's time for the big one - can Venus gain revenge for her sister Serena and knock out the world number one, Henin?

The head-to-head record is, frankly, pretty useless as a guide. Venus has an extraordinary 7-1 lead but they have not played since January, 2003.

Both players have looked in superb form in New York, with Henin yet to drop a set and Venus bursting with confidence following her win at Wimbledon.

And after Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Anna Chakvetadze in the earlier semi-final, there's not much doubt that the winner here will be a big favourite for Saturday's final.


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