Dec. 10 • It was a nice tennis evening for all the fans in the Sportpaleis of Antwerp yesterday! Indeed, at the GDF SUEZ Diamond Games in Antwerp, Kim defeated Justine Henin after an exciting three sets, 6-1 3-6 10-5.
At first the match between Kim and Justine did not promise such a thrilling ending. In the first set Kim outplayed Justine completely. It was Justine's first match after months of recovering from an injury. Kim only needed 25 minutes to get hold of the first set, 6-1.
In the second set as well Kim immediately took a break, but then had to slow things down somewhat. Henin started playing better and rebroke. At 3-4, she broke Kim's service again: with her world famous backhand she opened the field and finished it off with a forehand. After exactly one hour Justine leveled up the match, 6-1 3-6.
The third set was a short but powerful super tiebreak. Kim treated the fans with a 'tweener', but the ball from between her legs went out. Still, her fans didn't have to feel sad, as Kim managed to get four match points at 9-5, and finished it off on her first opportunity after 1 hour and 11 minutes.
"Justine is a class act", Kim praised her opponent afterwards. "I enjoy watching her play, but not when she is in front of me", she joked. "This match was very intense", Justine said. "I could feel the adrenaline flow through my entire body. Things did not go as I wanted, but it was a delight to be playing here. An awesome audience!"