Wimbledon: No. 17 Justine Henin Beats No. 12 Nadia Petrova; Clijsters Next

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.