U.S. Open Report: Serena Falls To Top Seed Henin

By Richard Kent
Updated: September 5, 2007

US Open NEW YORK — The biggest rivalry in women’s tennis took center stage Tuesday night at the U.S. Open. Once again it was Justine Henin and Serena Williams. Henin won in a deceptively tough match 7-6, 6-1.

Henin was her usual solid self. She took control early on in the first set and Serena was able to level it at 6-6. However, Henin dominated her in the tiebreaker.

Henin is now 4-1 against Serena on the year and beat her for the first time on hard courts. She played well while Serena did not play nearly as well as she could. Many felt going into the match that if Serena was able to play up to her potential she could beat Henin.

Henin got off to a very quick start at 3-0 in the second set and Williams fought back but was unable to take advantage of a number of break points.

Serena had not played a competitive match since Wimbledon. She has been injured and has been practicing on the West coast.

Williams looked rusty and has not played a lot of tough matches this year. She did win the Australian Open. Henin won the French. She is a real master at hitting angles on the tennis court. That was more than true against Williams.

Henin could play Venus Williams in the semis. Martina Hingis is the only player to have beaten Serena and Venus in the very same tournament. She did that in 2001.

Henin stated after the match that playing a match against Serena is “exciting” for her.