Henin Streak Ends at French Open; Stosur to Face Serena Williams
by Staff | May 31st, 2010, 3:35 pm

Justine Henin’s streak of 24 consecutive match victories at Roland Garros came to an end on Monday when the former No. 1 was out-muscled 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 by Australia’s Sam Stosur in fourth-round action at the French Open.
Stosur will next face world No. 1 Serena Williams, who easily handled Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2.

“Obviously beating Justine is going to give me lot and lots of confidence,” Stosur said. “It’s a great achievement for me, but it’s not over yet. I’m just in the quarters and going to play the No. 1 player in the world next.”

No. 4 Jelena Jankovic and unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova will also meet in the quarters after winning in straight sets, Jankovic beating No. 23 seed Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2, and Shvedova topping Aussie wildcard Jarmila Groth 6-4, 6-3.

Henin’s backhand wing collapsed in the third set against Stosur, producing a un-Henin-like flurry of unforced errors.

“I just wanted so much that the adventure could keep going,” Henin said. “My nerves were simply not strong enough today. I felt very nervous, very upset, which is normally not the way I am. Maybe today I was feeling some nervous fatigue. Maybe that nervous fatigue prevented me from seeing things in a calmer way.”

Williams says she will need to continue playing her game against the Aussie in a match where both opponents will try and out-muscle the other.

“I seem to always be able to turn it up during this particular stage,” Williams said. “Hopefully I turn it up again…You can never underestimate anyone, and Sam is actually a wonderful claycourt player. She’s someone you can’t overlook.”

On court Tuesday at Roland Garros are (17) Francesca Schiavone vs. (3) Caroline Wozniacki, and an all-Russian encounter in (5) Elena Dementieva vs. (19) Nadia Petrova.

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5 Comments for Henin Streak Ends at French Open; Stosur to Face Serena Williams

Kimo Says:

Henin said:

“My nerves were simply not strong enough today. I felt very nervous, very upset, which is normally not the way I am.”

When was she ever not nervous. She looks at Carlos after every point. EVERY POINT.

Conrad Says:

Kimo makes a very good point. I was also confused by that. Even in 2007, Henin had desperation in her long stares and VERBAL exchange with Carlos. Especially against Serena at Wimbledon.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

It’s quite likely that we will have a first time slam winner on woman side… expecting/hoping/praying that Serena will be kicked out à la US open!!!

Dementieva, Jankovic, Stausur, Wozniacki: they are all cool, and for different reasons, they all deserve to win a slam…

Joshua Says:

Henin is one of the guttsiest players around. To say she’s “always” been nervous ignores all the basic facts of her career. She doesn’t look at Carlos because she’s nervous. She looks at him because he coaches her. (Of course that’s against the rules, but the kind of coaching players can actually get in this oblique way has never actually bothered me.)

Thangs Says:

having to play continiously for 4 days with unlikely weather conditions, its hard for Juju to hit through the balls with power…Henin, this year wimby is for you. all the best

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