2007 FRENCH OPEN
JUSTINE HENIN v ANA IVANOVIC
Henin became the first person since Monica Seles in 1990-92 to win three French Opens in a row.
The 19-year-old Ivanovic was the one in her first Grand Slam final, but it was Henin who appeared nervous in the beginning, perhaps burdened by wanting to win so badly with much of her family, with whom she just recently reconciled, watching in the stands.
Ivanovic has a huge game, but was too inconsistent on the day to cause Henin much trouble. Ivanovic has the power to dominate
points from the baseline, but never settled down to focus on the match.
Ana Ivanovic usually has a reliable and powerful serve, but it just never clicked. She repeatedly had to catch her toss as nerves
seemed to hamper her service motion.
"If I could control my emotions better," said Ivanovic, who upset No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, "it would be a much different match."
Henin, the consumate pro, took full advantage of her opponents discomfort on center stage in the finals. Henin displayed
her quickness and her beautiful one handed backhand.
"It was important for me to show that I wanted to win every point," Henin said. "And not let her come back."
Henin ended it with a forehand volley, then flung her racket behind her and leaned on the net, closing her eyes and exhaling.
From her marriage ending in divorce and reconnecting with her siblings and father, it has been a very emotional year for Henin.
"Emotionally, I had to deal with so many things in the last few months, good things, bad things," Henin said. "But I just tried to stay very focused, concentrate, get my motivation, and just try to be happy on the court, and I felt great today."