No. 17 Justine Henin beat No. 12 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4 in what was Henin’s first match on Centre Court since 2007.
Petrova was up a break at 3-1 in the second set, but Henin quickly broke back to level the set and rattle the mentally shaky Petrova.
It was a classic Henin performance: wicked backhands, deft drop shots, incredible angles, and excessive celebration after her opponent’s unforced errors.
Henin improves her career head-to-head with Petrova to 14-2 with the win, one of the many lopsided head-to-head advantages Henin boasts over a top player.
Next up for Henin is countrywoman and fellow former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, which will be an absolute blockbuster fourth-round match on Monday.