Henin–S. Williams rivalry

Tennis players Justine Henin from Belgium, former world No. 1, and Serena Williams from the USA, also former World No. 1,[1][2] who met 14 times during their careers. When Henin was an active player, their rivalry was one of the most heated and competitive between two female players on the WTA Tour;[3] their contests were not solely athletic in nature, but interpersonal as well.[4]

As of June 30, 2013, Williams leads the overall head-to-head series, 8–6.[5] Henin retired for the second time in January 2011.[6]

Head-to-headEdit

Legend Henin Williams
Grand Slam 4 3
WTA Tour Championships 0 1
WTA Tier I 2 3
WTA Tier II 0 1
Total 6 8

Justine Henin–Serena Williams (6–8)

No. Year Tournament Tier Surface Round Winner Score Length Sets Henin Williams
1. 2001 US Open Major Hard Round of 16 Williams 7–5, 6–0 1:16 2/3 0 1
2. 2001 WTA Tour Championships Tour Finals Carpet Quarterfinals Williams 6–3, 7–6(7–5) 1:22 2/3 0 2
3. 2002 German Open Tier I Clay Final Henin 6–2, 1–6, 7–6(7–5) 2:17 3/3 1 2
4. 2002 Italian Open Tier I Clay Final Williams 7–6(8–6), 6–4 1:58 2/3 1 3
5. 2002 Sparkassen Cup Tier II Hard (i) Semifinals Williams 6–4, 6–2 1:10 2/3 1 4
6. 2003 Charleston Open Tier I Clay Final Henin 6–3, 6–4 1:06 2/3 2 4
7. 2003 Roland Garros Major Clay Semifinals Henin 6–2, 4–6, 7–5 2:20 3/3 3 4
8. 2003 Wimbledon Major Grass Semifinals Williams 6–3, 6–2 1:10 2/3 3 5
9. 2007 Miami Open Tier I Hard Final Williams 0–6, 7–5, 6–3 2:26 3/3 3 6
10. 2007 Roland Garros Major Clay Quarterfinals Henin 6–4, 6–3 1:18 2/3 4 6
11. 2007 Wimbledon Major Grass Quarterfinals Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 1:45 3/3 5 6
12. 2007 US Open Major Hard Quarterfinals Henin 7–6(7–3), 6–1 1:37 2/3 6 6
13. 2008 Miami Open Tier I Hard Quarterfinals Williams 6–2, 6–0 1:20 2/3 6 7
14. 2010 Australian Open Major Hard Final Williams 6–4, 3–6, 6–2 2:07 3/3 6 8

Breakdown of the rivalryEdit

  • All courts: Williams, 8–6
  • Hard courts: Williams, 4–1
  • Clay courts: Henin, 4–1
  • Grass courts: Equal, 1–1
  • Carpet: Williams, 2–0
  • Grand Slam matches: Henin, 4–3
  • Grand Slam finals: Williams, 1–0
  • Year-End Championships matches: Williams, 1–0
  • Year-End Championships finals: None
  • Fed Cup matches: None
  • Matches won after saving match points: Williams, 1–0
  • All finals: Williams, 3–2
  • Sets Won: Williams, 19–14
  • Games Won: Williams, 164–146

Performance timelineEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
  • Bold = players met during this tournament

By YearEdit

1998–2003Edit
Player 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA
  Justine Henin A 2R A 1R 2R A 1R 4R 4R SF F 4R QF 1R SF 4R SF W SF W
  Serena Williams 2R 4R 3R 3R 3R 3R A W 4R A SF QF QF QF QF F A W W W W SF W A
2004–2009Edit
Player 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA
  Justine Henin W 2R A 4R A W 1R 4R F W F F A W SF W QF A A A A A A A
  Serena Williams A QF F QF W A 3R 4R 3R A A 3R W QF QF QF QF 3R F W W QF W SF
2010–2015Edit
Player 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA
  Justine Henin F 4R 4R A 3R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
  Serena Williams W QF W A A A 4R F 4R 1R W W QF W 4R W 4R 2R 3R W W W W SF

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sony Ericsson WTA Tour: Justine Henin stats
  2. ^ Sony Ericsson WTA Tour: Serena Williams stats
  3. ^ Serena relishing Henin's return
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2013-06-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Sony Ericsson WTA Tour: Head-to-Head
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/9377012.stm