Although Williams managed to win the middle set, Henin’s variety of shots kept the American moving. On Monday, Williams collapsed on the court with a strained left calf during her fourth-round win. She played against Henin on Wednesday with her leg, left wrist and thumb taped.
“I didn’t see that she had a lot of trouble to move,” Henin said. “Maybe a little at the beginning of the match.”
Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals, dominating 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and winning 6-1, 6-3 in a two-day match that included a nearly two-hour rain delay. Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round in the men’s draw in a rain-interrupted match that finished four days after he first stepped on court. Read on.