Henin into Australian Open final vs. S Williams
Justine Henin has advanced to the Australian Open final in her first Grand Slam tournament in two years, easily beating China's Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes.
Henin, returning to the tour after a 20-month retirement, last played in a major at the 2008 Australian Open, where she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.
The 27-year-old Henin will play Serena Williams in Saturday night's final. Williams, who has four Australian Open titles, has never lost a championship match at Melbourne Park.
With numerous Chinese flags draped in the stands at the start of the day at Rod Laver Arena, Williams ended the hopes of an all-Chinese final when she beat Zheng's compatriot Li Na in the earlier semifinal.
It was the first time two Chinese players had advanced to the semifinals at the same Grand Slam tournament.