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Serena Williams ousted

Nemesis Henin wins U.S. Open quarterfinal

September 5, 2007

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Serena Williams reacts after losing in straight sets to Justine Henin on Tuesday at the U.S. Open.

Serena Williams reacts after losing in straight sets to Justine Henin on Tuesday at the U.S. Open.

Justine Henin chases a shot from Serena Williams. Henin eliminated Williams from the U.S. Open on Tuesday in New York.

Justine Henin chases a shot from Serena Williams. Henin eliminated Williams from the U.S. Open on Tuesday in New York.

— When it comes to playing Justine Henin at Grand Slams this year, Serena Williams has been overmatched every time.

Hanging tough on long rallies, Henin defeated Williams, 7-6 (3), 6-1, Tuesday to reach the U.S. Open semifinals. They have met in the quarterfinals at three consecutive majors. Henin is 3-0.

"She made a lot of lucky shots," Williams said, a white baseball cap pulled low over her eyes, "and I made a lot of errors."

So while the formerly No. 1-ranked Williams is the active leader among women with eight Grand Slam titles and will stay on that number, current No. 1 Henin will have a chance to snare her seventh major.

"Playing Serena is really exciting for me," Henin said after compiling a 30-17 edge in winners. "I was really happy about the second set. I played much more aggressive."

Henin's next opponent could be another Williams: Serena's older sister, Venus, faces No. 3 Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals tonight. Henin is 1-7 against Venus Williams, 7-0 against Jankovic.

Henin was far better at the net, winning 11 of 14 points, while Williams was only 5-for-14.

Earlier Tuesday, Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals for the first time by beating No. 23 Juan Monaco, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-1.

Djokovic now faces No. 17 Carlos Moya. The 31-year-old Moya is the oldest man still in the tournament, and the player he beat 7-5, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4 Tuesday, 19-year-old Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, was the youngest left.

After Williams and Henin were done, No. 15 David Ferrer stunned No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2, and will meet No. 20 Juan Ignacio Chela.

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