Henin, Zheng Win; Venus, Serena Williams Next in Oz
by Staff | January 26th, 2010, 9:51 am

Comeback queen Justine Henin and China’s Zheng Jie won straight-set quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Australian Open to set up a meeting in the semifinals.

Henin beat the Clijsters-killer Nadia Petrova 7-6(3), 7-5, and Zheng beat another Russian, Maria Kirilenko, 6-1, 6-3.

Zheng, the first Chinese player into the Wimbledon semis back in 2006, is now the first Chinese player into the Aussie Open semis.

For Henin one hurdle will be recovering from tough, long matches.

“I haven’t been able to play well in the tough moments and this week, in this tournament, I’ve been able in the last few days to do it,” Henin said after defeating Petrova. “Even if I’m getting older, I still have this fighting spirit, and that’s a good thing.”

Kirilenko was unsuccessful in fighting through injury against Zheng, playing with a heavily-bandaged thigh. Zheng says she looks forward to the battle with Henin.

“I favor her for her is have the so strong the mentally,” Zheng said. “I watch her play always — how you say — enjoy to watch her for play. For second I think is tough match for me, is big challenge. But I like it.”

The Williams sisters were also forced to battle through the women’s doubles quarterfinals, defeating No. 8 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. and China’s Zi Yan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
The Williams sisters feature in Wednesday quarterfinal singles play, with the No. 6-seeded Venus against China’s No. 16-seeded Na Li, and the top-seeded Serena against No. 7 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

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26 Comments for Henin, Zheng Win; Venus, Serena Williams Next in Oz

andrea Says:

nadal retired?????? this is not sounding good. i had my money on murray beating him but not in this fashion….


JCZ Says:

Andrea, if it makes you feel any better. Murray was beating him fair and square before Nadal pulled out lame. Murray deserves the win. Too bad for Rafa though.

ThyGodisTennis Says:

Murray was in great form. I see him for sure in the finals. I don’t want to add to the great debate about Nadal, knees and excuses. Murray was better.

I like Henin but she is so petite I keep waiting for her to literally fall into pieces on the court. I am amazed how her little frame keeps hitting the ball back with interest.

I think the William sisters maybe playing too much tennis. Doubles and singles deep in the draw is good but this Grand Slam seems to be packed with parity.

topspin Says:

fair and square??? hahahahaha


ok, you keep telling yourself that.

margot Says:

Murray outplayed Rafa, the score tells you so. BTW I have too much respect for Rafa and his friends to go off on one about time wasting tactics…

huh Says:

“topspin Says:
fair and square??? hahahahaha


ok, you keep telling yourself that.”

I understand your pain as the truth is hurting you right now.

sar Says:

Poor Gemini Rafa. I really love him, his personality and his game. Please get well. There are only two left now with that sign. I’m so sad that my final cannot happen.

Duro Says:

Sar, ha ha ha! Who’s the other one left?

Duro Says:

OK, Sar. Now a test for you. Did you notice that 3 out of 6 best players in the world are Gemini? You certainly did. So how come is that so? This is your test.

sar Says:

Rafael Nadal Justin Henin Steffi Graf and Bjorn Borg Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams. Novak Djokovic Anna Kournikova. Nikolay Davydenko Richard Gasquet Nadia Petrova

Not usually good team players. Their minds are lightning quick. It’s physical and mental and the dual nature is perfect for this sport.

Duro Says:

No!!! Your answer is not correct. Dual nature is perfect for nothing! There is one reason why your first paragraph is loaded with so many names! Find it! There is one thing which makes all those Geminis play tennis so well!

sar Says:

I don’t know, you tell me. By the way how come you know so much about them?

Duro Says:

About Geminis? I know about every sign. Here’s answer for you. The Ruler of the Geminis is Mercury. He rules intellect and HANDS!!! That is your answer.

Duro Says:

Good night, Sar. Hope we’ll have reason to celebrate tomorrow. See ya.

jane Says:

Mercury = messenger god = speed. Also, mercurial, as in Safin anyone? : )

mary Says:

Duro: Since you know about every sign, what sign has the best traits for winning at tennis and which has the worst?

Jane: Your guy should be more than ready for Tsonga. Hopefully, he can get through it fast and go on to the semis than final.

andrea Says:

yep…watched the match and murray was on fire. that being said nadal was no slouch. if fed and murray go all the way this year it’s gonna be a dog fight.

sar Says:

Duro I should have known that. Hands! And many are ambidexterous like Rafa. I only gave you half the list. There is also John Newcombe, Baghdatis, Pioline, Paes, Bhupathi, Zimonjic, etc etc.

jane Says:

Is Na Li about to eliminate Venus??

Kimmi Says:

Venus..not very nice to watch. if you are rooting for her..she would give you a heart attack!

Justine, please get to the final and eliminate that Serena.

blah Says:

congrats to Li Na- two chinese players in the semis, woo.

jane Says:

blah, is it Li Na? They always write it Na Li on the scoreboard. But yeah – huge congrats to her!

blah Says:

Jane- well, that’s the last name first name flipped around thing, in the chinese language when you say someone’s name it’s always last name first so I just go by li na. I dont think she has a real chance to take out serena though =(

jane Says:

Thanks for clarifying; I don’t think she can take out Serena either. If she struggled with Venus, it won’t happen versus Serena. Assuming of course that Serena beats Azarenka, which she will. But you never know. Hasn’t Azarenka beaten Serena at an MS event – Miami? Oh well, probably it’ll be Serena vs. Justine in the final – it seems like fate almost! : ]

huh Says:

Li Na!!! :) :) :)

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