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Serena Claims 5th Australian Open Crown

Williams ends Justine Henin's comeback try

(Newser) - Serena Williams maintained her perfect record in finals at Melbourne Park today, beating comeback kid Justine Henin in three sets to claim the Australian Open singles title. Williams wrapped up the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in 2 hours and 7 minutes, and in doing so became the first woman to... More »

Serena Moves Into Final

Younger Williams sister dispatches China's Li

(Newser) - Serena Williams advanced to her fifth Australian Open women’s final today, beating China’s Li, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1). The top seed dominated in the second-set tiebreak, the AP reports, winning with an ace after the 16th-seeded Li had twice saved match points. Williams will face either Justine Henin... More »

Henin Fights Into Semifinals

Belgian, 27, in first Grand Slam since ending retirement

(Newser) - Former world No. 1 Justine Henin reached the semifinals in her Grand Slam comeback, beating Nadia Petrova 7-6 (3), 7-5 Tuesday to take out the last seeded player in her half of the Australian Open draw. The 27-year-old Henin, unranked and playing on a wild-card entry at Melbourne Park after... More »

Will This Be Serena's Year at French Open?

With Henin retired, she's got a chance to regain her dominance

(Newser) - Justine Henin's abrupt retirement clears the way for Serena Williams to reassert herself in women's tennis, writes Tom Perrotta in the New York Sun, and there's no better place to start than this week's French Open. Last year, Henin took Williams down in all three majors, but Serena now seems... More »

Early Retirement Raises Questions

Henin's abrupt departure can't help but spark drug debate

(Newser) - When a 25-year-old tennis star quits at the top of her sport, at least one columnist thinks it's tough not to wonder if drugs were somehow involved. That's Rick Morrissey's reaction to Justine Henin's abrupt retirement this week. Henin has no link to drugs, but in the current sports world... More »

Henin Retires at No. 1

With 7 Grand Slam titles at 25, Belgian is first woman to leave while atop rankings

(Newser) - Justine Henin, the top player on the women's tennis tour, abruptly announced her retirement today. "This is a definitive decision," said the 25-year-old Belgian, who won seven Grand Slam titles—including the past three French Opens—despite battling injuries in recent years. She's the first woman ever to... More »

Sharapova Shocks No. 1 Henin to Reach Semis

Nadal and Tsonga advance for men

(Newser) - First-ranked Justine Henin saw her 32-match win streak extinguished as an exultant Maria Sharapova put the Belgian away 6-4, 6-0, AP reports. The No. 5 Sharapova will need another upset to get through the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she will face No. 3 Jelena Jankovic. "I really... More »

Serena Bounced in Australia

No. 3 ranked Jankovic knocks off the defending champ in straight sets

(Newser) - Third-ranked Jelena Jankovic ended the run of defending champion Serena Williams today in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4, reports the AP. Williams, who had cruised through her first four matches without losing so much as a set, appeared sluggish chasing down shots and lost some speed on... More »

Nadal, Sharapova Advance

Williams, Henin, Ferrero taste victory

(Newser) - Spain’s Rafael Nadal quickly advanced to the Australian Open’s fourth round today, when a calf injury forced French opponent Paul-Henri Matthieu to drop out; Nadal was ahead 6-4, 3-0. Justine Henin made short work of her opponent, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-2, 6-2, as did Maria Sharapova, who... More »

Top Women's Seeds Advance at Melbourne

Serena, Sharapova, Henin move on in '08's first Grand Slam event

(Newser) - Top seed Justine Henin started the '08 Grand Slam season the way she ended last year's - with a victory; this time with a two-set win over Aiko Nakamura of Japan, reports AP. Defending champion Serena Williams, sporting bright fuchsia on this day, took to the new blue Plexicushion surface... More »

Henin Outlasts Sharapova in Record Match

Belgian grabs Sony Ericsson laurel, extends winning streak to 25

(Newser) - Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova battled for a record 3 hours, 24 minutes in the final match of the Sony Ericsson Championships yesterday until Henin finally locked up her 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory. "It's an honor to play against her," Sharapova told AP, adding: "I hope I... More »

Henin Waltzes to US Open Title

Top seed barely breaks a sweat en route to second crown

(Newser) - Justine Henin wrapped up 2 weeks of methodical tennis tonight the same way she started—by not dropping a set en route to a solid thumping. The victim this time was Svetlana Kuznetsova, the score 6-1, 6-3, and the prize the US Open title. It's the 2003 champion's second Open... More »

Henin Trounces 2nd Williams at US Open Semis

No. 1 set to face Svetlana Kuznetsova in title match

(Newser) - Justine Henin ousted Venus Williams from the US Open yesterday in a hard-fought semifinal match that ended 7-6 (2), 6-4 for Henin. Venus set out to avenge Henin’s quarterfinal win over her sister Serena, but instead fell to the top-seeded Belgian just as her sister had. Henin faces Svetlana... More »

Venus Prevails, Will Face Henin

Will now play Justine Henin, the woman who defeated Serena yesterday

(Newser) - Venus Williams came back from a slow start to defeat 3-seed Jelena Jankovic in the US Open quarterfinals last night. The Serb went up a set and a break but lost her momentum in the second, and ultimately falling 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 to the American superstar. Venus' sister Serena was... More »

Williams Sisters Advance to Quarters

Siblings stay on course to meet in Open semis

(Newser) - One of the US Open women's semifinals may be a family affair: Both Williams sisters are making serious runs at the final four. Venus, seeded 12th, and eighth seed Serena haven't lost a set yet, and each buzzed through her fourth-round match yesterday in two sets. Serena showed no ill... More »

Tall John Isner Makes a Stand at US Open

6'9" ace chalks up first Grand Slam win in round one

(Newser) - Six-foot-nine John Isner won his first Grand Slam match yesterday, downing Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first round of the US Open. The recent college grad, 22, packs a huge service game with his lofty stature, and his 140 mph offerings and 34... More »

Sharapova Finds First Title in 10 Months

Former world #1 bests Schynder for 2nd straight Acura Classic

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova's flagging luck improved at the Acura Classic Sunday, where she took the tournament with a 3-set victory over Switzerland's Patty Schynder. Sharapova was on point and played aggressively, painting the lines with sharp forehands and backhands. "She went for those shots and she got it," Schynder... More »

Henin Drops Shocker to Bartoli

French comeback artist will face Venus in Wimbledon women's final

(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... More »

Henin Scores French Open Threepeat

Straight-sets Belgian bests Ivanovic for Roland Garros title

(Newser) - Belgian clay-court luminary Justine Henin won her third straight Roland Garros in Paris today, breezing past Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-1 6-2 in the final. Ivanovic won a rare break from Henin in the first game, but collapsed soon thereafter, double-faulting five times and handing the 25-year-old her fourth French... More »

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