Serena Williams rallies to beat Henin in final at Miami

Mar 31, 2007 - 7:13 PM MIAMI (Ticker) -- Justine Henin replaced Maria Sharapova atop the world rankings this past week. But it was Serena Williams who raised her index finger in triumph.

After shaking off a rusty start, Williams beat Henin, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday to win the $6.9 million Sony Ericsson title for the fourth time in her career.

Williams has displayed a renewed commitment to the sport after over a year of injuries and distractions and improved to 15-1 this season. Playing in her first event since winning the Australian Open, she clearly has not missed a beat, posting straight-sets victories in each of her first four matches before facing Henin in the final.

On Saturday, she showed her resiliency against Henin, who entered the match with a 15-1 record this year.

Henin won the first seven games, breaking Williams' serve to start the second set. At that point, Williams had won just six of her 23 service points and committed 18 unforced errors.

But Williams broke Henin's serve in the second game and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Williams won the last three games of the second set and first three of the third set to take control.

Williams had not played Henin since a straight-sets victory in the Wimbledon semifinal in 2003. She now holds a 6-3 edge in the all-time series.

Unseeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina will face 10th-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's final on Sunday.






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