>Justine Henin found herself shaking hands with Nadia Petrova today, having beaten the woman who annihilated Kim Clijsters, booking herself a place in the semi finals of the Australian Open. Henin, who took the first set in a tie break, fought her way back from a 0-3 deficit in the second to seal a straight sets victory 7-6, 7-5.
Henin looked dominant and in form when it mattered most, ending point quickly at the net, maintaining her focus and intensity on the important points, taking control of the match. She admitted that she was somewhat low on energy, this being only her second tournament back on the professional circuit, her focus and will to fight is as strong as ever.
“The last few days, that took me a lot of energy. It was important today I wasn’t that long on the court. Even if it was two sets close, it wasn’t that physical. So I’m glad about that.
First the bad thing was to play at 11, but now it’s a good thing because I can recover”
Henin has now won 13 of the pairs 15 meetings and next faces Jie Zheng of China for a spot in the finals.