No. 8 Kim Clijsters has defeated No. 17 Justine Henin 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles draw.
The second set was a complete reversal of the first, with Clijsters getting a break early and never looking back, adding a second break of the Henin serve for good measure.
Both women played some of their best stuff early in the third, but it was Clijsters who secured the set’s only break in the eighth game. Clijsters was able to dictate play with her more penetrating shots, and efficiently served out the set 6-3 to win the match.
The loss will certainly be a bitter pill to swallow for Henin, who has said that she only came back from retirement to have a chance to win Wimbledon. To lose decisively to a player like Clijsters whom she had previously owned on the biggest stages can’t be easy.