Belgian Star Henin Bests Rusty Serena

Power serves and killer forehands rocket her to Open semifinals
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Sep 5, 2007 3:02 AM CDT
Justine Henin of Belgium pumps her fist after defeating Serena Williams of the United States in two sets at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Using a combination of power serves, aggressive up-front play, and accurate forehands, Belgium's Justine Henin beat a rusty Serena Williams 7-6 (3), 6-1 Tuesday night to move to the semifinals of the US Open. Williams and Henin have met in the quarterfinals at three consecutive majors, and Henin has won every time. 

When Henin defeated Williams at Wimbledon, Williams was suffering from a sprained thumb and injured calf.  Though Serena appeared healthy yesterday, her father indicated that she was dealing with another physical problem and doing a "marvelous job of hiding it." Henin could next play Williams sister Venus, who faces Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals today.