Another best day for Serena Williams. She won her second straight Australian Open Championship on Saturday. She won over Henin, who had most of the crowd support at Rod Laver Arena.
Williams won the last four games to clinch the championship in just over two hours, falling on her back in celebration after match point.
“It was definitely a tough match mentally and physically,” Williams said. “We were both out there to prove something, and I think we did at the end of the day.”
“I thought it would never happen to me again. I’d like to congratulate Serena. She’s a real champion.” Henin said.
Henin saved two break points to hold for 3-3 in a four-game run in the second set, winning 13 of the last 14 points in a dominant finish to the set. She maintained the superiority early in the deciding set, increasing that to 18 of 19 points before Williams held serve to even the third set at 1-1.
Williams, with her right thigh and left knee heavily taped as it had been for much of the tournament broke Henin to go up 2-1. The two then traded breaks, with Williams going up 3-2, a lead she never relinquished.
Williams used an ace on her second serve to hold for a 4-2 lead, then broke again to move within a game of the title.