Henin Drops Shocker to Bartoli

French comeback artist will face Venus in Wimbledon women's final
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2007 4:05 PM CDT
France's Marion Bartoli returns a shot on her way to defeating Justine Henin of Belgium, in their Women's Singles semifinal on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Friday July 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – France's Marion Bartoli trounced world #1 Justine Henin in the third set of their Wimbledon semifinal to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history. Bartoli, ranked 19 in the world, dropped the first set to the Belgian serve-and-volleyer 1-6, but won a tense tiebreaker 7-6 in the second, and came back with a roaring backhand to take the third 6-1.

Henin came to England fresh from her third straight victory on the terre battue in France, but was hoping to win the grass tournament for the first time. "I still don't understand what happened," she told the BBC. Bartoli will face Venus Williams, whose rematch against Henin was feverishly anticipated, in the final Saturday.